Thanks to our good friends Ken & Lynn Nipp, we were able to really begin our sabbatical in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Our goals for this sabbatical are simple: unplug, refuel, and listen to God. Unplugging is not easy and requires discipline. I’m understanding why Jesus made a habit of escaping to lonely places away from crowds to spend time with the Father. He’d often cross the Sea of Galilee to get away. In this modern era of technology this requires me staying off line (except for these posts) and putting my cell phone on a shelf. Continue reading
After returning to Burlington to pick up the kids, we made a detour through New Jersey on our way to Pennsylvania. We were in the New Brunswick area for only about 24 hours, but every block of that community has so many of memories connected to the six spent years we spent pouring ourselves out in helping start the Point Church. Even more important than seeing the place was briefly seeing people we know and love. Continue reading
We began our sabbatical on July 6 with Christin and I flying to southern California to attend a preaching/teaching conference at North Coast Church with 25 other couples involved in church planting. Larry Osborne and Chris Brown provided the best training I’ve personally experienced concerning preaching and teaching. None of this would have happened, though, without Brian Bloye and Kevin Dunlap of West Ridge Church providing this for church planters they’ve invested in over the years. These guys LOVE church planters and it shows.
As many of you know, me and my family are heading on a sabbatical from July 6 to August 7. Christin and I will begin with just the two of us attending a church-planting conference in Southern California, then head with the whole family for one week in the Poconos of Pennsylvania and three weeks on the coast of Maine. Thank you to all who contributed to making this possible.
We have three simple goals: unplug, refuel, and listen to God. Please pray with us Ephesians 1:16-20:
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.
You can also download our summer update here: summer 2015 update
I’m wired to think big vision and strategic steps. I often think forward, contemplating what might be the next mountain to climb or battle to fight. In the process of thinking about the big picture, I can often miss the seemingly small yet eternally significant victories along the way- especially when I’m facing external challenges, struggling with internal discouragement, or things are moving slow. Continue reading