Sunday, March 08, 2009

What Kind of Person Am I Becoming?

This past week, I was led to meditate on Hebrews 13:7. Particularly the question: What is the outcome of my way of life, and is it something worth following?

Since my life's work is about the answer to the query, it's a powerful question.

We were encouraged to write that down in the form of a prayer about the kind of persons we are becoming. Here's mine.

I need a way forward. I need a real path.

I need a kick in the pants to stop the things
that are slightly and slowly strangling my own soul,
my relationships and my heart.

I want, desperately, to be what I seem.
I want radical congruence.

Show me what to stop--give me the courage and discipline to do it.
Show me what to start--give me the vision to see it.
Give me the trust that you do all things well.

In your name and for your glory I ask these things.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Headed East

I'm headed to DC this week for a short conference on the emerging missional church--i.e., church understood from the perspective of doing God's mission in the world--the Missio Dei (just sounds so much better saying it in Latin).

It's a group of like-minded church planters, pastors and leaders who gather every year to do some thinking, discussing and praying about where the church is headed and how to actually get there.
Since I think we are on the cusp of a new day in the American Church, I'm excited to be part of it and look forward to the interactions and partnerships that emerge as we step into a new day as followers of Jesus.

Budget dollars are pretty tight, so I'm footing the bill this time around. It's an investment in the future I'm glad to make. Get to hang with my buddy Doug too. My amazing wife gets the most credit. She's watching the kids while I'm gone.

It's pretty cold in DC this week and with a recent snowstorm dump, I'll be bundling up and packing my snow shovel.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

A Blogging Hiatus

Kyle and I are blogging through the season of Lent here.

This blog will go (mostly) silent through that time frame.