- Going to two services in September. We sense something special taking place at Antioch and our leadership desires to position ourselves in such a way as to maximize this movement of God. But I'd be lying if I didn't confess that I'm a little nervous. How balanced will our two services be? Will I enjoy preaching the same message twice? Will we have the volunteer staff we need? These are all issues I'm daily handing over to God.
- Mentoring under Bob Russell. I shared Saturday how he retired after 40 years of preaching at the same church. Well, his heart is to train younger preachers [I have no idea if I'm even remotely close to being considered young still] and so starting monthly in January, he is taking eight young preachers, inviting them to Country Lake Retreat Center, and mentoring them for a couple days. He's even having the guys over to his house for dinner. I'm excited because I applied online tonight. I have no idea if I'll get accepted but I'm excited at just the thought of learning from one of the best [and eating at his dinner table].
- Vacation. The end of July can't come soon enough. I need some time to get away and relax with Emrie. We're planning to spend a couple days in northern Ohio with Amy's sister, Julie, and her growing family. And then we'll spend a couple days with my sister. Emrie will enjoy the time with cousins and I'm excited about attending her new church.
I'll keep you updated on these events but do me a favor and bathe them in prayer [especially the first two].