Tuesday Mind Dump (2/18/20)

Luke Simmons / February 18, 2020
mind dump, sermon series

  • Big week ahead for Redemption Gateway.
  • We’re starting a new series, Countercultural Convictions, which you can read all about here.
  • It’s been fun to prepare with our Gateway teaching team and the rest of our teaching pastors at all the congregations.
  • I think it will be clarifying and important for a lot of people.
  • This Sunday is also our volunteer fair after every service — such a great way for people to take next steps of connection and service.
  • And we have a major exciting announcement to make this Sunday as well… stay tuned.
  • I’m feeling pretty good this week after a really nice weekend with Molly and the kids.
  • Everyone is healthy again (for now), which has been great.
  • Molly and I did an overnight on Thursday in Scottsdale and then spent the day and evening together on Friday.
  • We slept in, had a nice walk, saw a couple of great movies, ate a great meal (Friday was a one-meal kind of day), and then saw one of our favorite comedians, Nate Bargatze, at the Celebrity Theater.
  • So thankful for my parents who took care of the kids so we could do all that.
  • Saturday we did t-ball and I attended a memorial reception for Dave Bublitz, a sweet man and key leader in the early days of Second Mile / Redemption Gateway who recently went home to Jesus.
  • Then had a big family dinner with my folks, aunt, and grandma.
  • Sunday I wasn’t at Gateway, because I was doing a mini, local church-tour.
  • Went to the early service at Redeemer Bible Church (led by some of our former staffers), then to Redemption Gilbert, and finally to Christ Church Gilbert with some good friends who attend there.
  • Was really encouraging to hear the gospel in a number of different ways and to experience how God is at work in a sub-section of the East Valley.
  • I have a mentor who says that all the churches in a city together comprise the Church (big-C) and that each local congregation is like an elective Sunday school class of the Church.
  • We all have different flavors, strengths, doctrinal emphases, and expressions, but together we make up the body of Christ.
  • I like that image.
  • Sunday night I took the kids on a long bike ride and then enjoyed the NBA All-Star Game.
  • Whole game was interesting, but the 4th quarter was amazing.
  • When the best basketball players in the world play end-to-end offense and defense, it’s pretty great.
  • [Thinking of Sunday night makes me think of the previous one, when we watched the Oscars with some good friends.
  • My Oscar picks were weak this year — only got 13 correct out of 24.
  • But I was pumped about Parasite winning Best Picture.
  • 100% deserved.
  • Such a great movie.]
  • I also listened to Watt’s sermon closing out Malachi while the NBA game was on.
  • Really appreciated the “four looks” he brought out of that text.
  • The feedback on Malachi as a whole was quite encouraging.
  • It’s always fun to me when Christians experience the power of God’s word in a book that they aren’t as familiar with.
  • Shows us that God really has a lot to say and that “all Scripture” really is God-breathed.
  • Had an amazing response to the Tithe Challenge, with 180 households taking God up on the invitation to “test me.”
  • Predictably, some of those folks have already experienced some setbacks.
  • Exactly how the enemy works — when we want to do the right thing, he makes it tough and tempts us that trusting and obeying God isn’t really worth it.
  • But experience shows me that those who fight through the initial pain will see God come through for them.
  • God is just flat-out faithful.
  • In other news, I’m on a bit of a reading kick… or at least a book-buying kick. 😆
  • Here’s what I’ve picked up lately:
  • Most of these are short enough that I feel hopeful I can get through them… but we’ll see.
  • Well, like I said, it’s a big week… so I gotta run.
  • All of life is all for Jesus.