Monday Morning Brief

Something That Thrilled Me:  Beating Evan’s Fantasy Football team this weekend.  I realize that it’s pretty arbitrary and kinda ridiculous, but it was still fun.

Something Important that Thrilled Me: 

1. Being at the John Franke Installation at Biblical.  I really do love my seminary.

2. Hearing one of my youth leaders say at our meeting, “You know,  I thought you were crazy when you said we had to forget about being fun and be more missional.  Like what???  But now I think I’m getting it and I see our kids getting it too”.    Nice moment.  (Which my experience tells me will be followed up by a disastrous moment).

    a. Last week’s wed. night youth group was among the best we’ve had.

    b. Hearing our students share about what they gained from our service project weekend.

Something that grieved me (among other things): Hindu Threat to Christians: Convert or Flee.  Appreciated the NY Times for posting this.  

      “The family of Solomon Digal was summoned by neighbors to what serves as a public square in front of the village tea shop.  They were ordered to get on their knees and bow before the portrait of a Hindu preacher. They were told to turn over their Bibles, hymnals and the two brightly colored calendar images of Christ that hung on their wall. Then, Mr. Digal, 45, a Christian since childhood, was forced to watch his Hindu neighbors set the items on fire.

     “ ‘Embrace Hinduism, and your house will not be demolished,’ ” Mr. Digal recalled being told on that Wednesday afternoon in September. “ ‘Otherwise, you will be killed, or you will be thrown out of the village.’ ”

Looking forward to:  The Emergent Conference in Kansas City.  (Read 2 more pages this week).  Also looking forward to hearing Dave Kinnaman from UnChristian to speak at our Eastern District Conference. Will be nice to be away with the fellow pastors for a couple days.

Listening to: Think – the audio book (I’m like, old now. whatev.  I always think of geeky accountant-commuters listening to audiobooks.  Cool people listen to podcasts while commuting in their hybrids or while teleporting.  These are just stereotypes, please don’t be offended).  Anyway, after realizing that I was on Disc 3 and learning the need to improve my critical thinking skills, I immediately put on the FM Radio and fortunately Aerosmith’s “Sweeeeeet Emmooooootion” was on.  


  1. you cheated!

  2. I’m going to start ripping some of your blog ideas. Love the weekly brief.

    I will, of course, take full credit though.

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