Tuesday Mind Dump (4/13/21)

April 13, 2021  |  Luke Simmons

• Sitting here while my oil gets changed and it’s time for a mind dump.

• Maybe someday I’ll learn to change my own oil — but seems like a hassle that wouldn’t be worth it.

• Been a good week since I last wrote.

• So interesting the diversity of issues a pastor is working on and thinking about.

• Last Wednesday-Thursday are a good example…

• Wednesday began early with a coaching call of a church planter in Leipzig, Germany who I talk with monthly.

• He’s thinking through leadership, pace, how to work hard but still have balance, how to navigate being portable in a Covid-nervous Germany, and other stuff.

• I told him when we started that I don’t know anything about church planting in Germany, but he still wanted me to coach him.

• Then had a great conversation with a friend and mentor who is a few decades ahead of me about strategy and structure within Redemption as a whole.

• Then into our weekly Preaching Collective, to talk about the passage that is two Sundays away with the other lead and preaching pastors.

• I used to lead that meeting but have handed it off to Frank Switzer from Arcadia, and he’s doing a great job.

• It’s a dive into God’s word with thought toward how it connects with our congregations.

• Then a few hours later was a pre-marital counseling meeting for a couple whose wedding I’m officiating at the end of the month.

• I don’t typically do much pre-marital counseling anymore because there are some folks who are better at it than me, but occasionally I do it.

• Talked through in-law issues and how to prepare for two people from two different families and situations to become one.

• Then went into the “studio” with Seth Troutt to record a King & Culture podcast — which released the next day as “Incel, Incest, Cannibalism, and The People of Go‪d‬”.

• It was a conversation mostly about communion and some of the implications of the Lord’s Supper.

• Then I headed out to my daughter Caitlin’s middle school basketball game, which they won.

• One of the best blessings of being a pastor (especially a lead pastor) is that I usually have control of a lot of my schedule and can arrange things to attend kids’ games and events.

• Then Thursday morning was writing my sermon — which you can watch here.

• Normally I take almost all of Thursday to finish studying and to write the sermon, but I had had some extra time early in the week so started Thursday quick and ended up finishing it up by the end of the morning.

• Then headed to officiate a funeral for the dad of a woman in our church.

• It was a sad thing, especially since he died pretty young (in his 50s).

• Thankfully he knew Jesus, but it’s still sad.

• Believe it or not, I actually like funerals more than weddings.

• I think it’s because funerals are such a crucial reminder of what is important — we’re all going to die, so it’s a great chance to take inventory.

• And, as a preacher, it’s a good opportunity to be bold with the gospel.

• Even though I didn’t know the man who passed, it was an honor to be invited to participate by the family.

• The afternoon finished with returning emails and catching up on some administrative stuff.

• Then I let the sermon sit for a few days, look at it again on Sunday, and let it rip.

• And this Sunday I felt like I let it rip even more than normal (at least I was more tired than normal from it).

• Not sure what made me want to share all that, but sometimes I think people wonder what the life of a pastor is like.

• While not every week or two-day stretch has all these things, it’s a good view into the diversity of what it’s like.

• That diversity is part of what makes it fun — there’s strategic stuff, relational connection, studying and thinking, communicating, and walking with people in the highs and lows of life.

• On the family side, we kicked off Hank’s t-ball season on Saturday.

• I’m the coach and it’s a 3-4 year old team — with mostly 3 year olds who haven’t played before.

• So it’s pretty wild and fun.

• The guys picked the team name, “Blue Jays,” which tells me that one of the players must have a dad who is a Toronto fan or something.

• Everyone bats through and plays in the field.

• It’s chaotic but fun.

• Alright, I’m going to finish with a few tweets and links…

• I’m so excited to hear that my high school alma mater, Cherry Creek, is going to come down to Chandler High for a football game this year… Go Bruins!

• This is just amazing.

• If you can’t say “amen,” you should probably say “ouch”…

• Jackie Hill Perry had me and Molly busting a gut on this one.

• I love this song…

• I made these recently and they are amazing… kind of a neat little trick with the corn starch.

• So that’s enough random stuff for you. 😆

• Have a great day… all of life is all for Jesus.