Monday morning meanderings. Vol.42

April 29, 2008 at 6:03 am Leave a comment

Sayre, Oklahoma

Busy day yesterday, which is a bit unusual, but it meant not getting the meanderings out on “their” day. The number of emails wondering where they were was huge, so I am up early this morning (it’s about 5am) to try and satisfy my fan base. 

Item one. We leave today for Gig Harbor, Washington and a visit with Brad, Summer and Canyon Paul. Linda was just there 10 days ago but I haven’t been back since July.  Really excited to see the Washington kids and our friends there, and to get some of that rain.  70’s and sunshine is getting old!

Item two. Hartley, Texas.  I travelled with Pastor Andy to this little town about an hour north of Amarillo in the heart of the Texas panhandle.  We were there to meet with the wonderful people from a small but healthy church there who we are getting to know, perhaps to form one of those connections Trinity has with a number of churches and ministries.  We had an informal gathering for Q&A Saturday evening around some great Texas barbecue and then we shared in the morning service on Sunday.  It was a really enjoyable time and good ministry. Interesting sidebar to our visit: 72 boys that have been removed from the cult in Eldorado, Texas are being cared for at Boys Ranch, a few minutes south of Hartley.  We met some of the people who will be advocating for these boys and were able to pray for their wisdom in this very difficult situation. 

Item three.  We had dinner last night with Tim and Janet Johns who were here to minister in Andy’s absence on Sunday and to spend some time here at Trinity.  They lead a unique ministry called Rock Tribe who are working to expand the Kingdom through “…relationally connected house churches, compassion ministries, businesses, and other kingdom enterprises committed to bringing individuals, marriages & families, cities, regions, and whole countries under Christ’s Lordship and transformed into His likeness. In short, we are called to the “Reclaiming Of Christ’s Kingdom”.”  There is much about this ministry that is intriguing and I plan to find out more.  If you are interested in a ministry that is unlike anything else out there that is actually doing the work of mentoring the next generation, check out their website here.

Item four. Here is a link to a really funny (at least I think its funny), as in sarcastic funny site called Stuff Christians Like.  If you are in youth ministry, have some kids or are a GUBA (as in growing up born again) you will find this stuff funny.  If you don’t find yourself in any of the aforementioned groups, whatever you do don’t visit the site here.

Item five. A blog called Strange Maps is getting some huge numbers of hits and if you go there you will know why.  It is unique, interesting, humorous and educational all at the same time.  I found it looking for a map on where certain religious groups are biggest.  I was trying to prove to myself why they call this area of the country the Bible Belt.  Check out this map and you can decide what parts of the country to live in should you want to avoid, say …Baptists or churches all together.  Find it here.

Item six.  The Henri Nouwen devos have recently focused on the personal value of writing (subscribe to daily eLetter here).  I have been writing this blog quite faithfully for about 18 months and though I love knowing you are reading it, I started it for myself and keep doing it because I like it.  Nouwen expresses some of why I keep at it: Writing is not just jotting down ideas. Often we say: “I don’t know what to write. I have no thoughts worth writing down.” But much good writing emerges from the process of writing itself. As we simply sit down in front of a sheet of paper and start to express in words what is on our minds or in our hearts, new ideas emerge, ideas that can surprise us and lead us to inner places we hardly knew were there.  One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.

Why not try your hand at writing?  Start your own blog, its easy and fun or just leave a comment here, I would love to hear from you.

Item seven.  Congrats to our friends Kasey and Tarah! They are expecting a baby this fall and just found out the gender this week.  Check out the pics of the little guy here.

Have a great week and hope to see some of you in Washington this week!

 

 

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Entry filed under: Belief, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Henri Nouwen, Humor, Kingdom, Kingdom Gospel, Kingdom Life, Monday meanderings, Thoughts, Travel, Uncategorized.

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