Monday Mind Dump (8/29/16)

August 29, 2016  |  Luke Simmons

  • Fun to be back in the pulpit and kick off our Sermon on the Mount series.
  • It’s such a formative part of Jesus’ teaching that I’m thankful we get to spend the next 9 weeks on it.
  • We’re trying something new with this series as it relates to group discussion questions.
  • Instead of writing them before the sermon and publishing them in the printed program, we’re going to try writing them after the sermon and posting them online.
  • So, check out the questions for this week.
  • They include a ‘chart’ with the contrasting beatitudes I shared in the sermon, where we see the values of the kingdom of the world next to the values of the kingdom of Jesus.
  • Yesterday was a wild, fun day overall.
  • Having all the students there who were part of the Fuse weekend was great.
  • The 9:00am service felt almost like an Easter service, with so many extra chairs being brought in.
  • Our family hosted a group of freshman girls in our home.
  • They were wonderful — polite, fun, sweet, kind to our kids, and very respectful.
  • I tried to stay out of the way as much as possible, since it seemed like my presence was more intimidating.
  • The more I was away, the more fun it sounded like they were having.
  • I guess it’s like staying at the principal’s house or something.
  • I remember being driven home from a prom by the principal when I was in high school because our limo driver double-booked and left us high and dry.
  • That’s probably how those girls felt.
  • But they were great and I hope we can host again next year.
  • Josh Watt and Robbin Howey were flat out amazing in organizing and leading Fuse.
  • It was so well run, so thoughtful, and all with a focus on creating a great experience for students to engage with God and the church.
  • So proud of them.
  • In other news, Molly and I are just three weeks away from baby #4’s due date (the first three have all come near or past the due date).
  • It’s been very different not knowing the sex of the baby.
  • In some ways it’s more exciting and in other ways it’s less.
  • We have a boy’s name locked up and have narrowed a girl’s name down to two options.
  • No matter how much I try to get Molly to tell me what she thinks it is, I can’t get anything other than “I don’t know” out of her.
  • I think it’s because she really doesn’t know.
  • We’re also gearing up for some energizing movement with the church and our staff.
  • For the church, we’re hosting a series of vision meetings over the next few weeks related to our building plans.
    • We have some very cool things to share with folks and will hopefully make it easy for those who want to be involved to do so.
    • After more than two years of conversations and planning with our architect, it’s pretty dang fun to be able to share this information and vision with more people.
    • If you haven’t already made plans to join us for a vision meeting, you can do so here.
    • I hope you’ll be part of it.
  • For the staff (and by extension the church), we’re about to welcome a few new people to our full-time staff (they’ll be joining over the next month or so).
    • Joshua Ruiz has been a faithful volunteer in Student Ministry and is going to join our team to help mostly with Students and some with our music ministry.
    • He’s an amazing people-person and will bring some really fun energy to our team.
    • We’re also going to be welcoming Seth Troutt, who has been part of the senior leadership team at Grace Community Church in Tempe.
    • He’s a strong, godly, gifted young leader who will help us in a variety of ways, and it’s been really cool to walk through the process of how God has brought him to our team.
    • We’ll be sharing more about this soon, but if you want to read some about it, here’s a post Seth wrote about it.
  • Overall, it makes for an exciting time of growth, development, and transition to some new normals.
  • I think our team is quite unified as we approach these developments, but would love your prayers — change can often be challenging even in the best of circumstances.
  • In unrelated news… I finished reading Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance this weekend.
  • It was a fascinating look at the decline of the white working-class, which is getting some attention during this election cycle.
  • If you read it, know that it’s got some very mature themes and that Mamaw (Vance’s grandmother) curses like a sailor.
  • I’d think that it would also be an interesting book for so many of our families who have done foster care or adoption as the dysfunction it describes is likely par for the course in many of these families of origin.
  • Alright, that’s it for today.
  • Have a great week.
  • All of life is all for Jesus.
  • Oh…and 5 days from college football Saturday.
  • Thank you, Lord Jesus.