Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Random Musings, Thoughts, and a very brief Grump :)

-If you've had a chance to check out the website for Grace (www.experiencegracelouisville.org), I hope you've looked at the Missional Community page.  At the bottom I have a rudimentary graphic displaying my approach/philosophy to this adventure; simply put I want to replace darkness with light.  Sounds simple and no doubt metaphorical, but the truth of the matter is that in spiritual currency I'm being quite literal.  What happens if we as Christ followers are simply obedient?  What if we focus on building light and trusting that God is doing something with it?  Sharing, preaching, and modeling mercy, grace, and love?  Could such things really have reverberations that reach throughout a neighborhood? Dare I imagine a city?

I shared a couple of posts ago the graffiti I was greeted with one morning on the side of the church.  It's been over a week now and no one has messed with it and no one has attempted to counter it.  I still marvel at that.

 I mention this, because our stop sign (which I've written about) has been the talk of many.  Just in case you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a pic...
Well, I pulled into work this morning and this is what I found....

A brand new stop sign.  I did not complain to anyone about this sign, made no phone calls to the city about it, and yet, this morning we have a new sign.  On my first Sunday I commended my church for keeping the light on and the fire burning.  However, I also warned them that the darkness was pressed up against our door.  A little over a month in; we have gained breathing room, the darkness has been pushed back from our door.  Little things, wonderful things are happening.  I've said it a million times already and I know I'm going to say it a bazillion more...God is up to something here.  I don't know what exactly, but I know.  If you want to be front row for this, I'll save you a seat.

-I've got to also say that I'm incredibly proud of our little church with the sheer amount of school supplies they've produced for our back to school celebration.  They are an amazingly generous and selfless bunch.  Beyond that, we've received donations from our good friends at St. Matthews United Methodist Church here in Louisville, the Westview, Kentucky United Methodist Women, various friends from Breckinridge County Kentucky, and we've even gotten help all the way from Iowa.  We are truly, and I do mean truly, blessed.

-I hope to have a new Q and A up this week and I also hope to get back to posting my sermons on here.

-A final thought and I've written on this before...cowardice has absolutely no place in ministry. 


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