• Well, happy day after Valentine’s Day.

• Is Valentine’s really a holiday?

• I don’t think I met anyone this year who was truly excited about it.

• Or maybe nobody wants to admit it — who knows?

• Was fun to preach again at Gateway yesterday. (watch here)

• I’m so enjoying going through the Gospel of John — I keep thinking what the officers in yesterday’s passage said: “No one spoke like this man.”

• I was able to make a tweak to the sermon between the 8:00am and 9:30am services that improved it.

• I had a part in my notes as a possible way to finish the sermon if I had time, but at 8:00am I wasn’t able to get there.

• Figured out a way to condense the first part of the message so I could finish with it — talking about the great irony that, despite the Pharisees claim, there were two prophets who arose from Galilee and both of them were connected resurrection.

• Was also special yesterday to have my oldest daughter, Abby, playing keys with the band.

• She’s worked really hard over the last few years, has played a number of times in the student band, and was thrilled to play on a Sunday.

• She held her own musically and had a really sweet presence on stage.

• Her authentic love for Jesus on stage (it’s the same when she’s off stage) is so moving to me and sometimes brings me to tears.

• But… if I’m honest… I’m getting a little tired of the song “More Like Jesus” since I heard her play it about 500 times this past week. 😆

• After church we recorded a new For Jesus podcast episode that will release tomorrow.

• It’s a sweet interview with Dave Lopez, a firefighter in our church who shares his story of meeting Jesus and then partnering with Jesus on mission in a variety of ways.

• If you haven’t listened before, check it out.

• We also recorded for the King & Culture podcast last week, which should come out on Thursday.

• Of all the podcasts we do, it’s probably the one I’ve heard most feedback about.

• I think there’s an audience of people who really like going deeper into areas of theology and culture.

• I call it the “Wind Seth Troutt up and watch him go” podcast.

• Saw a good movie last week, The Little Things.

• Was great to be in a movie theater, eating popcorn, and watching a good movie with legitimate stars in it.

• Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Rami Malek were all excellent.

• And, since I’m one of those weird people intrigued by any story involving a serial killer, I was hooked.

• Don’t ask — I don’t know why.

• Molly and I went on a date Friday night over by Superstition Springs Mall and, while we waited for a table, we walked around the mall.

• Seems like malls were on the decline pre-covid, but I’m really wondering how they’re going to make it in the long run.

• Pretty sad to see the mall so empty — and it was actually more full than I expected.

• Looking forward to this week.

• On Wednesday we’re hosting a big all-Redemption staff and leaders gathering at Gateway.

• Always fun to have folks from other congregations into our “home,” and will be fun to be together.

• We’re putting the final touches on our Inside Redemption Live event on February 23, focused on The Gospel and Race.

• I know that the topic can be super-charged, but I have a surprising level of hope (especially after experiencing lots of strong reactions and defections in the past year) that it will actually be a helpful, healing, and hopeful event (how’s that for 3 H’s?).

• I know some folks who have heard about it are nervous that we’re stirring things up again, but the fact is that we’re long overdue to create crystal clarity around our convictions on the issue.

• I know it won’t be perfect — and I hope people will patient and gracious.

• I just so desperately long to show a vision for racial unity that is better and beyond what any of the woke warriors of popular or academic or corporate culture can achieve.

• Please join me in praying that it goes smoothly and is covered in grace.

• Well, I don’t have a long list of recommendations today, but I do have one that’s one of the best things I’ve heard in a while.

• It’s an interview with Tim Keller and he covers a lot of ground that interests me.

• If you only listen to part of it, check out the first 17 minutes when he shares what he’s learning from going through pancreatic cancer — it’s so moving.

• Then he gets into stuff that interests pastor-types like me, especially the last 30-40 minutes where he’s talking about evangelicalism and the various movements within it.

• Anyway, check it out:

• That’s it for this week.

• All of life is all for Jesus.