a God report card…

sometimes i wish that i could get a God report card.  i know that it sounds faithless and i’m sure there’s something deep within my soul that’s dysfunctional for wanting something like this, but i still have this yearning to know if i’m on the right track or not.  i feel that with church planting, it’s a constant state of blur and uncertainty.  there are days when i’m ok with it and others when i wish i knew how i was doing.  am i making any progress at all?  am i moving fast enough?  am i moving too fast?  am i missing something?  

today begins my time as the interim pastor at bay area christian connection at 810 clay st. oakland, ca.  how does this correlate with my church planting journey?  i’m not sure, but i have a sense that it’s good.  other than that, i’ve got nothing.  i’m faced with a lot of challenges from day one.  so, if you’re out there reading this, pray for me and pray for the community here at BACC…

preached and preaching at BACC…

yesterday was the first time that I preached at BACC (Bay Area Christian Connection). before i even started preaching, it felt like a full service.  the gospel choir is amazing at every transition during the service there was a word of inspiration, encouragement, and even challenge.  i’ll never know how to accurately evaluate a sunday service (i wrestle at times if we’re even supposed to), but I experienced God, and that’s powerful for me.  Brian Woodson (the pastor and now also my friend) always ends his time of prayer by saying, “wow…” it’s a statement of awe and wonder that we get to talk with the creator and savior of the universe.  his humility before our God challenges everyone around him.  well, i’m never sure how well i preach so i won’t go into that one, but as an fyi, i’ll be serving as the interim pastor of bacc during the month of august.  I’ll also be working on starting a home Bible study during the month for people that are interested in being a part of ‘convergence.’  i have to say that church planting is  wild journey.  but to be a part of God’s family, plan, and purpose…  “wow…”

rekindled desire to write…

so, it’s been a while since i’ve wrote on this thing.  but in the past few weeks, i’ve had this burden to write.  why is it so hard to get back in the saddle?  i think it’s this tension in me that says, “i’m so far behind, so why start…”  versus “just start writing…”  oh, there’s also the thought, “who’s going to read my blog anyway…” 🙂 i’m going to work at getting my thoughts out there though.  i realize that thoughts in my head can sit there and be lost and never worked out.  so, my hope is that some people (no matter how few) will engage in some critique of my thoughts or conversation.  we’ll see…