Monday Mind Dump (10/9/17)

Luke Simmons / October 9, 2017
family, mind dump, mission

  • Well, the Acts series is officially over.
  • It was a good run.
  • I had a blast teaching (as did our other preachers) and I think it was a helpful series for our church.
  • Amazing how timely it seemed to be.
  • I guess the lessons of the Scriptures continue to be relevant for the people of God in every time and place.
  • It’s always a bittersweet moment when we come to the end of a book.
  • On one hand, there’s a real sense of thankfulness and joy for all God taught.
  • On the other hand, I often feel sad and wonder if I’ll ever have the privilege of teaching that book again.
  • Had a delightful surprise last night after The Five, when Molly showed up to take me to dinner to celebrate the end of the series.
  • She’d arranged for childcare and had been planning it for some time.
  • It was so unnecessary and thoughtful that I was really touched.
  • Things are slowing down this week with fall break, which is great after a few wild (and fun) weeks.
  • Two Fridays ago, our Hank turned 1 — and, yes, he crushed the cake.
  • Then last Wednesday I had a meeting scheduled with a German church planter (who I talked about at the end of my sermon) who wanted to connect and talk about church planting.
  • In our meeting, I asked where he was staying and he said the place he had arranged had fallen through.
  • So I offered for him to stay with us for a few days and he accepted.
  • It was a rare week where we had nothing scheduled in the evenings — God had been preparing us for his visit.
  • We had a lot of great conversations about life, ministry, culture, and the joy and challenges of church planting.
  • I loved having my kids around him to hear about what life is like in other parts of the world.
  • He’s planting in Leipzig, which is in East Germany, where 80%+ of people are atheists.
  • Not atheists like in America, who have thought about God and rejected him.
  • These people have never really thought about God — he’s never occurred to them.
  • It’s challenging work, but I think God will use him in mighty ways.
  • Speaking of church planting, today I’m up in Glendale sitting in on a church planter’s assessment hosted by the Southern Baptists.
  • We would never send a church planter without some kind of formal outside assessment (where they try to gauge whether church planting is a good fit for a particular leader).
  • I’m hoping this might be somewhere we could send our guys in the future.
  • I know a lot of the attention for our church’s future is on the new building that’s breaking ground in 6 months or so, but I’m just as excited about the churches we’ll plant in the coming years.
  • There aren’t any church plant plans right now, but I continue to pray about it and trust that God will lead it in the right time.
  • Well, this assessment is about to start, so I need to get going.
  • Have a great week — if you’re on fall break, enjoy it!
  • All of life is all for Jesus.

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