So I know you’ve been missing my Five Star Fridays. I’ve heard your requests for more and today I’m giving you another peak into my week!
What I’m pondering – Gods grace on our enemies. I had somebody wrong me. Really wrong me. For the best part of the past year my family and I were taken advantage of. Despite being in a place of being terribly wronged by somebody who knew better, I’ve been waking up praying grace upon them because I know that they’re in their own personal hell as they pick up the pieces of what they’ve done. This to me is a testimony of grace. I know what a debtor to Gods mercy I am, and to be honest, it’s a great mercy to me that I’m not kept in the prison of bitterness. When we allow anger, rage, and bitterness to consume us, we allow them to repeatedly hurt us beyond the original offense. Frankly, I don’t want to give anyone that kind of power over me or my family. Jesus was wise to ask God to forgive us, as we’ve forgiven others. It kinda puts it all in perspective.
What I’m reading – The Last Enchantment. The third part of the Merlin series, this book was beautifully crafted by Mary Stewart in the 1950s. This isn’t the Merlin you’ve heard about. This is a historic fiction novel that attempts to reconstruct the King Arthur legend as it may have actually happened in the dark ages of the British Isles. Her research is phenomenal, and of course, it takes place in Wales. As a matter of fact, when I stay in Wales, I often stay in a town called Carmarthen, which is translated, Caer = fortress / Marthen = Merlin. It’s actually where the book takes place. Nevertheless, the Merlin in the book I’m reading doesn’t wear star robes, shoot fire, or do stupid things. He’s a pagan who becomes a follower of the Christian God as Christianity makes its way into the Celtic community and is more akin to a prophet. It’s a pretty rad read, and it’s my second time through. First time, I was 14, so it’s been a while.
What I’m listening to – U2 – The unforgettable fire.
What an album. There’s a mood to this thing. I’m a huge U2 fan, but I confess to coming into them when almost everyone else did…The Joshua Tree. The Unforgettable Fire has a beautiful quality about it, and I’m hooked on it at the moment. I can’t stop listening to it. One day this week, I listened to it on a loop the entire day as I worked.
What I’m working on – Curriculum. Church planting curriculum. No surprises there, but I work with the Southern Baptists and much of what I do is help to train church planters. One of the projects that I’m just gearing up will change the face of church planter training for the next 100 years. It will probably take 100 years to see the fruit of it completely, but I’m excited to be a part of meeting the coming dark by raising up 1st century style church planting teams. There are also other organizations that are knocking on the door asking for help, and although I’m one little dude, you have to know something about me. I write training for fun. Yep, you heard me. I’ve written courses…lots of courses, that have never yet seen the light of day. I tinker with them on weekends, or sometimes if Andrea goes out with a friend and the girls are down. I know it’s nerdy, but I dream of a world where planters are the best trained leaders in the world. Plus, I’m still decompressing from the mission field after 12 years, and it helps me hand off what I’ve learned.
Where I’ve been – Denver – this week I’ve been in Denver opening up a new church planting training center for the West. This will serve as the second Mecca in the Western U.S. where church planting trainers will flock to learn to train church planters.
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