another day…

The past few weeks have been interesting for me. I am a person who thrives in a routine environment. For many years, I’ve had a weekly schedule that has defined my life and provided structure–albeit, chaotic at times. On Monday, I recovered from Sunday and started my week slowly; on Tuesday, I crammed in a ton of meetings; Wednesday was worship ministry rehearsal and prep; Thursdays were tying up loose ends for Sunday; Friday was (sometimes) my day off; Saturday was a half day off with church at night; Sunday was full throttle in the morning, crash on the couch during football in the afternoon and awaken in enough time to meet with our small group at night.

I now find myself without that familiar and comfortable routine. While it has been kind of nice–like a vacation–it has begun wearing thin. I can see that I’m going to need to define a new structure for my week or I’m going to go stir crazy. One of the elements that I want to intentionally build into my new routine is time with people. I tend to be on the “task-oriented” side of the spectrum–often to a fault. Now, in our new paradigm of ministry, “people” are going to be  on my task list. (Yes, we “task-oriented” people have to do that!)

I don’t know if Jesus had a task list, but if He did, people were at the top of it. Our mission statement for browns mill church is “to live like Jesus and to lead others to do the same.” It would be a good motto for me to follow–especially as one of browns mill church’s leaders!

Here are some prayer requests for us:

  • Pray for our transition of being with people we’ve loved for nearly 8 years. To suddenly stop seeing many of them has been hard–especially for Suzanne who is very relational (much more so than I).
  • Pray for a new God-honoring, mission accomplishing routine for Kevin.
  • Pray for our house and the Coleman’s house to sell so we can relocate to Newnan and dive into new relationships.
  • Pray for impact within our existing relationships with neighbors. We are going to have a Winter Solstice party at our house this Friday night for our neighbors.
  • Anything else you can think of–just pray!

how dark is the darkness

Yesterday, I fulfilled my obligation as a citizen of Fayette County, GA, and served as a member of the Grand Jury. First, let me explain what that is for those who might confuse it with a trial jury. The Grand Jury is made up of 23 individuals selected from 100 or so subpoenas. The Grand Jury serves a six month term (my term began in September and runs through February) and only hears the state’s evidence in felony cases. We do not hear from the defense attorney or witnesses for the defense. It is the job of the Grand Jury to ensure that the District Attorney’s office has gathered enough evidence to indict the defendant on the charges. Essentially, we answer the question, “Did this person probably commit the crime or not?”

I served two days back in September, hearing about 50 felony cases across two days. Yesterday, we reconvened and heard about 40 felony cases from 9:00am to 7:30pm with about a two hour lunch break. Needless to say, it was intense. We heard graphic details of some of the most horrendous crimes including many done to children.

As we embark on the journey of planing a church, it was a HUGE reminder of how dark the darkness is without Christ and of the total depravity of mankind. It was a HUGE reminder of the lostness that is all around us. Even in the seemingly safe environment of Fayette County, unspeakable acts are occurring. I was moved deeply by the experience and had a hard time even talking when I got home last night. I wanted to rush in the door, grab my wife and kids and hold them close. I was physically and emotionally spent last night.

Please pray with us as we seek to impact this darkness with the light of Christ. Especially this time of the year when we celebrate that “the people walking in darkness have seen a great light,” we need to be the salt and light that points people to Jesus. Pray that we will be the instruments that God can use to bring His light to the darkness.