- Boy, yesterday was a really fun day at Gateway.
- We concluded our annual in-town student summer camp, Fuse, with our Sunday services.
- The room was rearranged for an in-the-round experience.
- You can see the sermon and get a feel for it here.
- I loved being so close to everyone, though it was challenging in some ways to know whether I was moving too much, too little, etc.
- In the end, I felt happy with how it went.
- I’m so proud of our student pastors, our tech guys, and the many volunteers who helped make it all happen.
- My oldest daughter also was a participant for the first time and had an amazing weekend.
- She was dog-tired last night, though.
- As was I.
- We were a host home for the 9th grade girls, which was a fun little window into our life in about 3 years.
- We had quite a surprise when we woke up Sunday morning:
- That’s right — toilet paper, seran wrap, forks in the grass — the whole nine yards.
- They did a remarkably thorough job.
- Here’s what it looked like as I drove off to church:
- We suspected it was the 10th grade boys who weren’t staying far away, but it was actually 12th grade girls and boys (and apparently a neighbor who was driving by in the middle of the night and wanted to help them).
- These sweet 9th grade girls cleaned it all up and seemed to have great attitudes about it.
- Though it turns out I was the target, not them.
- It was a fun weekend, and I’m really thankful and excited about the future of our church and the generation that will be the leaders of the future.
- Along those lines, we passed a key milestone recently by getting over 50% of the way toward our financial goal for our new building.
- That’s pretty dang amazing considering we’re just 8 months into a 3 year initiative.
- Also had a strong kickoff to The Greenhouse last week with over 70 men and women participating.
- That’s way more than I expected and it’s a good mix of people who lead in a variety of areas of life.
- It’s kind of a pilot semester, but off to a good start.
- Life is in full swing with our family — like most folks I know.
- I start my last year of seminary a week from tomorrow, and then life will be going on all cylinders.
- Looking forward to learning this year, doing my work, and being done.
- Also looking forward to the start of college football this weekend.
- My Illini are ranked #93 out of 130 teams, so I’ll probably be watching a lot of other teams this year.
- Will be nice for it to get started, and NFL soon after.
- I’m also praying — as I’m sure many of y’all are — for what’s going on in Texas and Louisiana.
- These storms are awful and the footage of people being rescued is remarkable.
- So sad to see some of the retirement homes flooded, but also encouraging to see how hard people are working to do what they can to help.
- And… to finish, here’s a new mind-dump feature… some of my favorite tweets of recent weeks (all for different reasons):
A truly amazing moment on CNN ➝ https://t.co/roWhNDwJ85
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 27, 2017
This what life was like when people ate their gruel, did their work, and didn't know what avocado toast was. https://t.co/gftxiJUW0n
— Barnabas Piper (@BarnabasPiper) August 25, 2017
Players find out their coach used to tour with MC Hammer and make him do the Hammer Time dance. He nails it.pic.twitter.com/sQeNIjdHfj
— Classic Dad Moves (@ClassicDadMoves) August 22, 2017
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) August 25, 2017
If every person in your church agrees on every political issue, it might be that this is where your unity actually is. – Russell Moore
— Micah Fries (@micahfries) August 26, 2017
— Andrew Wilson (@AJWTheology) August 13, 2017
If in response to Black Lives Matter you say All Lives Matter then act like All Lives Matter so we won't have to say Black Lives Matter.
— Bryan Loritts (@bcloritts) August 25, 2017
Tubas trolling Nazis with cartoon music is my new favorite thing. pic.twitter.com/R5PsRt9ps7
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) August 19, 2017
- Alright… have a great week.
- And even if you didn’t like all those tweets, I love you still. 🙂