Well, it seems like I’ve been writing non-stop for the past month, and when I don’t write for a day it feels like a week. That said, I feel like I’ve finally reached a point where I see this space both as ministry and worship, even if both of those only apply to my own heart. While I’m going to do my best to keep writing every day, there are some upcoming changes that may affect that, and I thought I’d take time to share those here.
First, it seems like mother nature finally got her biological clock fixed, as this crazy Texas weather is almost beginning to look more like spring than winter. That means more running. I’m hoping to be able to run between four and six miles a day, except on Mondays when I have small group after work. Fridays will probably be a much needed day of rest and recovery before the longer runs on Saturday.
Second, my small group is starting 1 Peter on Monday. This is exciting because I haven’t studied this book before…and come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve been outside of Pauline Theology in the past five years. So, where I can normally pick up a Pauline epistle and just kind of go with it, 1 Peter may take more time, study, and thought to really understand it. I may share some of what I learn through this study here, but it will most likely be more concepts I’m trying to process than communicating what I understand. We’ll see. Either way, I’m looking forward to it.
Third, this past Sunday I felt God basically smack me upside the head and tell me it’s time to look into leading a small group after the summer’s over. The Village has a great process in place to make sure that qualified people lead home groups. The first step is a BEAST OF AN APPLICATION. One of the questions is how you would counsel a couple who just had a baby die. The second step is an interview with one of the groups pastors, and my interview is toward the end of April. Needless to say, I’ll probably be thinking and reading much about home groups philosophy and trying to prepare my heart as best I can to walk with people through the muck and mire of life, in addition to the good times. I’d definitely appreciate some prayer for guidance on this as well, for both myself and the groups pastors.
Other than that, I finally picked up a copy of Future Grace by John Piper. I’m hoping to post some weekly reflections on the book. If it’s anything like Desiring God, I’ll be reading it for six months. Then my brain will need to recover. I’m also re-reading Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore. If you haven’t read this book, stop what you’re doing and go buy it now. No, I’m not kidding. It’s that good. Here’s the review I wrote a couple years ago.
Well, that’s about it guys. Hope everyone has a great weekend!