Been totally drained, finally settling back into some level of functional normalcy today.
– monday I had classes from 8:30am-9:30pm. Arrived in Ottawa near 2am.
– Woke up at 6am to make it to Montreal for the IMN regional 9am-5pm.
Drove back to Ottawa by 8pm. Crashed after hanging with Andrew & Lisa at midnight.
– Wednesday. Woke up at 6am to make the drive back to Toronto for a 1pm class to do a presentation for preaching class and ended class at 9:30pm last night.
Some thoughts from Makers of Fire…
– opaque vs. transparent strategies – not having methods block the message
– Jesus calls us to the primal essence of humanity
– There is no territory excempt from kingdom influence
– Missional reasons for de-planting churches
– The bulk of the work in reclaiming humanity will not be done by paid staff, pastors, or theologians, but by every day people who’s hearts are following Jesus into the culture.
– When you are doing things that are new and innovative, don’t ever be surprised when no one shows up.
A few other thoughts picked up through this week…
– I need to spend some serious time backtracking and reflecting more on what brought me on to the journey of where I am. I think it’ll go a long way in articulating and seeding thoughts on church planting with others.
– We talk about grace quite a bit, but rarely present ourselves as people in need of grace.
– Our culture values youth, without valuing youths themselves
– The price of our families having good things, is often no family at all.
– Young people often ask why, not out of rebellion, but to try to figure out our value systems behind our demands and ‘traditions’
– Treating the discipline of Sabbath as a day off, is a ‘bastard sabbath’ (Eugene Peterson).
– There are traces of beauty everywhere if you stop long enough to look.