Monday Mind Dump (10/28/19)

Luke Simmons / October 28, 2019
mind dump

  • Been far too long since I wrote a mind-dump, but it’s time to get this tradition going again.
  • Yesterday was fun.
  • It was great to be back in the pulpit after a few weeks away for vacation.
  • Normally we take more vacation in the summer, but decided to split it up a bit this year in light of moving into the new building this summer.
  • Was awesome to get to the midwest in the fall and actually get a taste of fall — went apple picking, went to a pumpkin patch, wore a sweatshirt to a high school football game, and enjoyed some fall colors.
  • Now that we’re back it feels like the weather has finally broken here too.
  • All that to say, it was fun preaching again yesterday. (here’s the sermon in case you missed it)
  • I wasn’t sure initially how to handle both chapters since they’re both so important and there’s a lot there — you could spend a few whole months just going through the Ten Commandments.
  • As I read commentaries and met with the other Redemption preachers in our preaching collective, the marriage imagery became clear and I thought it would be a helpful way to arrange things.
  • The next few weeks for our preaching team get even harder with some really big chunks and lots of detailed stuff.
  • Was great to have Chandler leading worship yesterday too.
  • He was an intern with our student ministry until this year when he got the opportunity to be one of the worship leaders at GCU for their chapel.
  • Amazing to see how he’s grown over the last few years, and even more recently.
  • I told him that a few years ago it felt like he was a good musician and singer but that yesterday it felt like I really saw him lead us in a way I hadn’t seen before.
  • One of the most fun things in ministry for me is when younger leaders grow in front of all of our eyes.
  • Getting back from vacation also feels like the beginning of a new season — at least in terms of my personal thought process.
  • This past year has been such a tremendous and fun year of change.
  • It’s also been really hard in a variety of ways — as Samuel Chand says, “There’s no growth without change, there’s no change without loss, and there’s no loss without pain.”
  • I know that the last year has stretched our staff, volunteers, and members in some significant ways.
  • It’s been impressive to see how well everyone has handled it, grown, adjusted, and created such amazing ministry environments.
  • One of the signs to me of how well it’s gone is that new people I’m meeting have no idea that we just moved a few months ago — that’s how well-put-together things are.
  • At the same time, that sense of having things together also creates more stress and challenge since in reality we’re all kind of scrambling to keep up with the new people who are coming.
  • It’s like we’re a duck that looks really calm above the water but is really kicking like crazy under the surface.
  • So while it feels to a lot of leaders like we’re still catching up (and we are), I’m beginning to look ahead to what’s coming and how to prepare for it.
  • That’s not a mark of discontent or of a need to keep striving — it’s just the role of a leader.
  • I don’t know exactly what’s in store next year, but I take comfort in the reality that Jesus does.
  • He’ll lead us, provide for us, stretch us, and walk with us every step of the way.
  • Shifting gears, today we have our all-Redemption Lead Team annual meeting. (It’s the team of all the congregation lead pastors as well as a few others who help with cross-congregational stuff)
  • I love being part of a team and I love the guys on the team.
  • It’s one of my favorite things about the multi-congregational structure of Redemption — there’s real freedom for our congregation to be what it needs to be but also real teamwork and relationship as we work together.
  • A few of us are actually heading to Italy soon to explore a potential partnership with a group of protestant churches over there who have a similar structure.
  • Seems like they’re stronger in some areas where we’re weaker and vice-versa.
  • Plenty of stuff on the meeting agenda today, including trying to nail down our 2020 preaching calendar, which I help coordinate.
  • Normally we’d have that in place by now but it’s taken a little longer to plan it this year.
  • I like where it’s likely to go, but stay tuned for details…
  • Other random thoughts…
  • Lots of birthdays in my family lately with Hank turning 3, me turning 40, my dad turning __ (that’s his little secret), and Caitlin turning 11.
  • Maybe I’ll share more reflections on turning 40 at some point, we’ll see.
  • Been loving the college football season and all the good teams at the top of the pack.
  • Ohio State especially looks good (they’re kind of my football team to root for since Illinois stinks — go ahead and judge me)
  • I’m not following the World Series super close, but I may try to tune in now that it’s getting to elimination time.
  • I continue to follow politics a bit, but I doubt I have a lot to add to that conversation (which is always so productive).
  • Was disappointed to hear John MacArthur’s latest friendly fire, this time against Beth Moore.
  • Not sure why he spends so much time attacking people, but it makes it harder for people like me who believe a lot of what he believes.
  • And it’s heartbreaking for a lot of strong women leaders I know and love who already feel too easily dismissed and minimized.
  • Sam Storms’ response was probably the best thing I’ve seen about it.
  • Listened to Kanye’s new album, “Jesus is King,” and found it really encouraging.
  • I loved when Jimmy Kimmel asked if he was now a Christian artist and he said he’s a Christian…everything.
  • That’s what I want to be.
  • Have a great day.
  • All of life is all for Jesus.