Tuesday Mind Dump (3/9/21)

Luke Simmons / March 9, 2021
movies, preaching

• Whew, been a little bit of a whirlwind the last few days.

• Thus, the Tuesday mind dump instead of Monday.

• Had a good, full day of preaching on Sunday.

• I went into it thinking perhaps I might have too much material and, after the 8:00am service, I was convinced that I was trying to do too much.

• Normally, there’s not a huge difference between the services — but this week I did some pretty major surgery.

• I think the changes made it better (watch it here)

• There was a long section thinking through many differences between slaves and sons that I cut out, so that I could focus more on the slave/son distinctions in the John 8 text.

• But the other distinctions — adapted from Tim Keller — are still quite helpful, so here you go.

• Then I got to preach the sermon again at 4:00pm at Redemption North Mountain.

• Our friend, Josh Watt, asked me to preach up there and it was wonderful to be there.

• I’m so encouraged by how their new congregation is going.

• If you have a Sunday afternoon free, you should definitely check it out.

• Then yesterday, I headed down to Grand Canyon University to speak at their Chapel (watch here).

• My dad came down with me, which was fun.

• It’s something I’ve been able to do a few times and is always a massive privilege and opportunity.

• This year was fun to be able to speak on the same day as Chandler Kruse, who has been part of Gateway and is now leading at North Mountain, was leading worship there.

• But it was weird too — tons of distancing protocols and the arena was filled with cardboard cutouts all over.

• Made it hard to see where there were actual people and where there were just cardboard people.

• But still very special.

• Then last night was Gateway’s forum on the Gospel and Race, which was a follow up to the larger event we had with all Redemption congregations a few weeks back.

• It was special and heart-wrenching to hear some brave Gateway people talk about their experiences.

• I know they all felt a level of trepidation, and I was so proud of them and thankful for their willingness to share.

• This week is one of those weeks where you’re trying to get everything done before you go on vacation (with spring break coming).

• This Sunday, though — before we leave town — I’m going to do a special sermon reflecting on what we’ve learned in the last year since Covid-19 changed our lives.

• It was one year ago this weekend that we stopped meeting as a church and so much of our lives changed.

• It won’t be a wallow-in-the-sorrow sermon, but I’m hoping it’s one that helps us think seriously about the lessons we’ve learned that must carry into the future.

• Let’s see… in other happenings…

• I enjoyed watching the NBA All-Star Game and Dunk contest on Sunday night.

• I’ve been playing a lot of NBA2K21 on Playstation, so I feel like I know the NBA players better than normal, which made it fun.

• Was crazy to see the balls that Damien Lillard and Steph Curry were launching — and making!

• I never quite get it when people dog on the NBA — these guys are so crazy talented that it’s incredible.

• Also saw a few good movies last week…

• Nomadland was really good — a friend who recommended it said that “it felt like somebody gave me a special gift,” and I’d agree.

• It’s a slow, spacious film that really takes you inside an interesting world of people who travel around throughout the western U.S. — and you experience their loneliness and camaraderie (here’s a thoughtful reflection by TGC’s Brett McCracken)

• Also finally saw Wonder Woman 1984, which seemed to get knocked pretty hard by reviewers, but Caitlin and I really liked it.

• It was more of a movie than a film (the distinction I like to make), but it was fun and interesting and even a little thought provoking on the questions of what would happen if we really got what we want?

• Well, not sure I have a lot else to say…

• I’m recording a few conversations today for the Inside Redemption podcast that should be fun.

• And I guess that’s all for today.

• Have a wonderful day — all of life is all for Jesus.