Just reflecting this morning on a few places where my time and effort are going lately, at least as far as work goes. If you're within reach of the Elk River area, maybe you want to know about these things:
1. This weekend, (May 6) I'm preaching at both the WHY Church (at the Elk River YMCA, 10 am worship on Sunday morning) and the Gathering (at Central Lutheran, 6 pm Sunday evening) about the address to the church in Pergamum in Revelation 2. Basically we're going to dig into the question, how do you follow Jesus in a world opposed to Christianity?
2. Starting the week of May 7, I'll be teaching a 5-week introduction to the book of Revelation. This runs concurrent with our 7-week sermon series on the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. You can choose either Monday evening, 7-8:30 pm, or Thursday morning, 10:30-noon. We'll be looking at the historical setting of the book, its sometimes mystifying symbolism, and what it means for Christians today. Going to be a fun class!
3. The evening of May 11th, 6:30-8 pm, join our Philippines Flight Crew GAT team -- come see pictures and hear stories of our trip to the Philippines. We thought the trip was done, but this weekend I met a man who is considering relocating to the Philippines specifically to help Protestant churches develop Alpha. So that is a very exciting possibility!
4. Our pastorate leaders are meeting this evening to celebrate what God has been doing in the launch of these groups. I'm thinking, talking, and praying about how we can best support these key leaders in their work. What kind of study, prayer, conversation, and support will be most helpful?
5. Lots of others, but those are the key things that are taking my time and effort at work right now.