Monday Mind Dump (2/1/21)

Luke Simmons / February 1, 2021
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• Happy February!

• Cool that today is 2-1-21.

• Feels like two seconds ago we were all talking about how great it would be for 2020 to be over and now we’re already a month into 2021.

• So crazy that January is over — but I guess since I missed a lot of the first half of it with COVID, it just seemed shorter.

• That “short” month has me behind in a few ways, but especially in workouts.

• One of the things I keep track of is how many workouts I do every year.

• My goal is always 250 for the year and I set a personal record of 278 — all the extra days in the spring stuck at home really helped.

• Now I’m already 6 off of the pace.

• But it’s still early.

• We had some meetings last week for our covenant members that were really sweet.

• One was in-person and the other was on Zoom.

• In both cases, it was so sweet to see so many faces of people I love and it was great to be together.

• Especially fun was hearing some “God stories” from some of our members — God is at work among us!

• Had some other good meetings and also recorded a new King & Culture Podcast that should drop later this week.

• We also made some plans for an All-Redemption forum later this month related to the gospel and race.

• More details will be released soon, but we’ll call it “Inside Redemption Live” and it will be a similar kind of format to the Inside Redemption videos we’ve recorded — only live (and livestreamed)

• I think it will be the first of a few of these that we do every year and, with all the questions we’ve gotten surrounding our views of race, it seemed like a good place to start.

• Stay tuned.

• On the personal side, kicked off the weekend making some homemade pappardelle with a ragu bianco sauce of fennel, pulled pork, and lemon.

• Homemade pasta is a good bit of work but is exponentially better.

• I don’t always do it, but it’s nice when I have some extra time.

• Then we did a bunch of soccer on Saturday morning — Hank scored 7 goals(!) and Mary scored 1, so it was fun.

• Saturday afternoon was the memorial service for Kelley James, a sweet woman and member of our church who passed away just before Christmas.

• I was honored to be able to preach the sermon and thankful for all those who spoke ahead of me — it made my job easier.

• Kelley was a precious woman who loved people and pushed them to Jesus, even as she suffered with chronic pain and other challenges.

• It was nice to see some familiar faces of folks who no longer attend our church but who knew Kelley.

• I’ve had a few situations in my life when I’ve attended a funeral where people who have had some strong disagreements ended up together there.

• In each case, it’s interesting how the focus of eternity puts the disagreements in perspective and the fellowship reconnects in a sweet way.

• Makes me wonder if perhaps us Christians could treat each other all the time the way we will when we attend each other’s funerals.

• Eternal perspective really does re-shape things in a powerful way.

• Yesterday at Gateway was fun.

• After the last few weeks of preaching kind of re-stoked my preaching appetite, I was bummed to not be up there.

• But Seth did a wonderful job making sense of a challenging passage (watch here), and it was a good day.

• Plenty to do this week in the steady plodding of life and ministry.

• Thursday I’ll head down to Tucson to spend the day with the staff of R/Tucson, which should be fun.

• It’s a huge blessing and privilege to be able to influence and learn from other congregations.

• Before I sign off, a few of my favorite recent things I’ve seen on social media:


• If we all know this, why can’t we resist?

• An amazing thread from somebody who wrote this last January as COVID was starting — incredible foresight (click to read it all).

• Fascinating insight on discipleship and how it hasn’t changed that much.

• Helpful distinction from Tim Keller.

• Not sure this is true, but it definitely could be.

• My Super Bowl prediction: Chiefs 37, Buccaneers 33


• Have a great week!

• All of life is all for Jesus.