Tuesday Mind Dump (6/7/16)

Luke Simmons / June 7, 2016
books, generosity, mind dump, psalms, vision

  • Been a few weeks since I did a mind dump.
  • Each of the last few weeks I’ve intended to write one, and had a hard time squeezing it in.
  • But now that I’m sitting here, I can’t necessarily remember all the things I may have wanted to say.
  • Such is life, I suppose.
  • Been a tough few weeks for some folks in our church family who are dealing with serious grief.
  • A few weeks ago I was privileged to lead the graveside service for Jack McCann and then attend the funeral at his son’s church.
  • So many different people stood up and talked about the impact Jack made in their life.
  • Person after person saying things like, “I was a lost soul, and Jack had me over and made dinner” or “I was in a tough place, and Jack led me to the Lord.”
  • Really cool.
  • And the makeup of the group were a kind of rough-around-the-edges crew — lots of bikers and Vietnam vets.
  • But Jack was comfortable around all of them — and made them feel comfortable.
  • We miss him.
  • Then last week we got word of Linda Noble passing away.
  • She’s been a faithful wife, mom, student ministry leader, and servant of Christ.
  • This was her second round with cancer, and Jesus called her home last week.
  • She too touched many people and has been one of the most known and loved women in our church.
  • Couldn’t help but think of all this grief and loss on Sunday when we sang:
    • This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
      That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
      This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
      Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
      And earth and Heaven be one.
  • Brought me to tears at all three services.
  • I’m so saddened by the way sin ravages our world and brings death and destruction.
  • But I’m also hopeful that one day all things will be made new.
  • Not by an escape to another world (like so many other hymns and songs portray), but by God making this world new — “earth and Heaven be one.”
  • Sunday we began our new summer series, The Psalms: Learning to Pray.
  • Video and audio should be posted soon, but in the meantime you can check out the quote I shared from Sean Mortenson at Redemption Scottsdale.
  • I’m hopeful that this series will help all of us become people who delight to pray since, in a very real way, prayer is what Jesus died to give us.
  • This week feels like “portable church” week for most of our staff, with Vacation Bible School taking over the campus.
  • Reminds me of the old days which is kind of fun.
  • But it’s also nice to not have to office out of coffee shops all the time.
  • Took another trip down memory lane the other day when a pastor friend who is looking at facility options asked me to send a history of where we’ve met, what campaigns we’ve done, etc.
  • It was kind of amazing to look back at how much we’ve grown over the years at our different locations and to consider the remarkable generosity of people to fund both our general budget and the various initiatives we’ve done.
  • I was also mindful of how so much of what we’ve done in terms of facilities would have been either impossible or much, much harder without the generosity, stewardship, and relationship with Redemption Church.
  • If we were just an independent church plant, we wouldn’t have been able to get in our current building when we did, we wouldn’t have been able to buy our land when we did, and we wouldn’t be able to make the kinds of plans we’re making to build.
  • The cash resources and overall financial strength of “Big R” has been a huge blessing for us.
  • We’re better together.
  • On the personal end of things, it’s been a weird last week.
  • My oldest daughters are with my mom visiting some of the colonial states and seeing a bunch of cool historic sites and state capitols, so Molly and I are home with little Mary.
  • They’re touring the White House today.
  • It’s been fun to hear about their adventures, but I miss them.
  • And it’s also been weird to just have one kid to take care of.
  • Molly and I were saying, “What was it like when we just had one?” and “Did we think we were really busy and overwhelmed when we just had one?”
  • I’m sure we did, but it’s funny to look back on now.
  • I like the pace of summer, especially in the evening.
  • Pretty much every night has either an NHL or NBA Finals game to watch.
  • Last year on sabbatical, I watched pretty much every minute of all of those games.
  • I’m trying to do it again this year — though it’s actually a little tougher because they start so much earlier here.
  • I’ve been pulling for the Cavs, but it seems they are totally overmatched.
  • Warriors are just too strong all the way around.
  • Wouldn’t be surprised if LeBron & Co steal a game back in Cleveland, but I think this series is about over.
  • Maybe when these series are over, I’ll get to more of my summer reading.
  • In addition to some stuff for school, I have a few things I’m planning on reading this summer:
  • Recently finished the last of the Jack Reacher novels, so I’ll probably be looking for a few good novels to read over the summer.
  • There’s way more I’d like to get to, but I’m still behind on school.
  • Alright, it’s time to get cranking on the rest of the day.
  • But more good things to come.
  • Lean into Jesus today.
  • Be honest with him, and treasure him above all else.
  • Peace.