I am finally back in the office…but a little late on getting to my blog. If you could have seen the pile of stuff I had to deal with I think you would understand. I enjoy getting away for awhile; its just the getting caught up that I don’t like. But I think I am there.
Last night I had an AWESOME night…
…that is Point of Grace and I had third row, center aisle seats for this concert. AND…it was free. This was the finale of the Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference that I attended this past week…and everything is free…it has been that way for 74 years. This is an amazing conference and I am always blown away that they can put on such an event based solely on the contributions of generous supporters.
Each morning started with prayer and then a Bible study. At 10am we have some fellowship time before we head to the “communities” (small group sessions) at 10:30. There isn’t anything going on in the afternoon but we reconvene at 7:15pm for the evening worship celebration time with a different (usually a nationally known) speaker (i.e. Tuesday night was Phil Vischer, the founder of Veggie Tales). And did I say that all of this is FREE?
The “community” I attended in the mornings was lead by Phil Vischer and his brother Rob (a law professor at St. Thomas Law School in the Twin Cities). They spoke about Christ and Culture. I missed the Monday and Tuesday communities but I am glad I made it to Wednesday’s. Here Rob Vischer spoke about the Christian perspective on family law. The basic premise was the evolution of the same sex marriage debate. This is something that has been brewing for quite a few decades. But what was really scary is where the law is headed in the future. Basically the family unit is being de-valued and more emphasis is being placed on individual liberty. Hence…people starting to be allowed to decided who’s in their family. Rob said that on the horizon the next debate will be polygamy because if two men or two women want to get married, why not expand that definition to include more people. The direction that family law is headed is very scary. This was indeed an eye opening “community”.
So much more happened this past week but I am still trying to process everything. I got a feeling that as other learnings begin to bubble up that they will soon find themselves on the pages of this blog. But in the mean time I will take my leave of this topic.
In the future
There are some other blog topics that I have started that I haven’t dealt with for a while…and I am going to be returning to these topics shortly:
(1) Evangelism — at the end of July I was invited to participate in a meeting at the ELCA headquarters in Chicago. My bishop along with a synod minister and our synod V.P. attended this meeting. We heard a number of presentations and participated in some fruitful brainstorming for the synod. I also got appointed to the “Serving in God’s World” board (evangelism and outreach) for the SW MN synod. I am looking forward to writing more about my involvement here.
(2) Business meeting model vs. Ministry meeting model — this was something concerning church councils. Wrote a while back about my efforts of changing how our church council looks at themselves. We need to be a group of people focused on advancing the mission of Christ in the world around us. Someone commented and asked me how I was going to do this and I responded that I was still working on it. Well…I want to return to this topic in the near future. I have a council meeting this week and I hope to implement a new “agenda item”. I will say more about this later.
(3) Learnings from the Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference.
Whew…that’s a lot of stuff coming up and I am excited to get started writing. I guess time off really did me some good.
Anyway…take care and God bless!