Life in DFW can simultaneously be a blessing and a curse. We are blessed to raise our families in communities that are relatively safe. We are cursed because our neighborhoods sometime resemble insulated cocoons where we don’t visibly see enough of the world’s brokenness.
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I’m not exactly sure how I feel about New Year’s resolutions. Some people say that resolutions are what keep them on track to accomplishing goals year after year. Others are good at setting them but fail in execution. Still others run as far away as possible from them.
Sorry I didn’t post my schedule last week. My Sunday and most of Monday was spent loving, encouraging and mourning with our staff and the Murrey family and then I did a round of chemo so there wasn’t a lot of time to write. Here is what this week looks like:
This past weekend I started a new sermon series titled “Village Identity.” The series will take us deep into the fall, and the first part of the series focuses on the mission of God and of our church. It’s an important series in life of our church, so please be faithful in your attendance in the coming weeks.
Thanks so much for your faithfulness to pray for us last week. It was good to get back into a routine and to be with the staff and people of The Village. I felt rested and grateful. This week is a bit different. I’m traveling to Albuquerque, NM, for Lifeway’s National Collegiate Week so part of my week will be spent there.
Sabbaticals are a great reset button. I am grateful for our Elders and their care for my family and me. Over the last month, I found myself often thinking about all that God has done at The Village and beyond. The weight of what the Spirit has invited us into is well beyond the abilities and energies that we posses.
This Saturday, Dec. 4 marks the one-year anniversary of the 7-8 hour craniotomy that removed a malignant cancerous tumor from my brain and started a year of radiation, chemo and recovery. To say that we've been doing some reflecting as a family would be an understatement. So on the one-year anniversary here are a few random thoughts I've had:
For the last year and a half The Village Church has been heavily vested in Southern Sudan. We are working with the Evangelical Presbyterian Churches (EPC) based out of Yei. Although our primary role has been training their pastors theologically, we have also sent some of our doctors and nurses to work in their clinics and hospitals. In addition, we have been partnering with their pastors doing ...