Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where I've Been...

It's a busy time of year... Funny, I always think that "after Christmas" things will calm down a bit. I've started another online seminary class through North Park, Interpreting the Old Testament II (Poetry, Wisdom, Prophets... Job through Malachi). I'm only in my second week, but there is a ton of reading and writing. I love it, though. Even though I can't imagine how I'll get it all done, it's a joy to study the bible.

I'm excited to go to the Covenant denomination's Midwinter Conference again next week. This will be my 11th year attending, and I really look forward every year to being with my sisters and brothers, my colleagues in ministry. I'll be leaving for Chicago on Monday morning and staying through Friday morning. This year at Midwinter, I'm leading a workshop called "Better Together: Worship Planning in Our Diverse Denomination," featuring fellow worship leaders from North Park University; Grace ECC in Chicago; Christ Church in East Greenwich, RI; Crossroads in Loveland, CO; and Convergence in Oakland, CA.

Then on Friday afternoon I'll be heading over to Indiana to be with my parents for a few days. I'll get to see my sister and brother and their families too, so that will be great.

So much is happening at Redeemer. We're in a period of looking at worship ministry and trying to discern how we can best meet the needs of our community while enabling God's people to worship in spirit and truth. I am praying for a real movement of the Spirit... Open us up to Your power, Your mission, Your desires for us, God!

So... I haven't had a lot of time to write here on the blog. I mean, can you believe I let a New Year come and go without commenting on the best music of 2010? I don't know... Maybe my priorities are changing or something. How about that.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Can't believe our son Jacob is 13 today! I love you, Jake! My prayer for you today:

Father, thank you for the incredible gift you gave to the world thirteen years ago. Jacob is an incredible creation, and I'm so grateful you chose to entrust him to us for a while. As he continues to grow, help him to see you all around him. Help him to know you more and more deeply. Help him to know how much you love him, and may he experience your presence in his life. Surround him with friends who can encourage his faith and support him in every way. Give him everything he needs and help him to be more and more like Jesus every day. Amen.

We're having dinner at Genghis Grill tonight with some friends and then heading back home for presents and cake. And then Friday night, the family is celebrating with tobyMac, Brandon Heath and House of Heroes at ORU's Mabee Center!

Happy Birthday!
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