• Beholding & Appreciation

    The Gift gift

    Hello Strangers and Friends,

    First, apologies for the tardiness of this post. I try to get new stuff out by Friday or Saturday each week, but this week has been a bit crazy. A lot of stuff is happening. Today (Sunday) I spent the day with the marvelous people of The Pursuit. It’s a church in Riverview, Michigan–a downriver community. I was there for Pastor Appreciation. SIDE NOTE: Appreciate your pastors, people. Let them know you’re grateful for their work. As I prepared for my talk today, I realized something: it’s really hard to be pastor. They need support, they need encouragement, and sometimes they need a break.

    That said, The Pursuit is doing the humble work of serving their community in ways that testify to the goodness of God and purpose of the church. If you’re looking for a church that is on mission with God’s purposes in the world, this is one of them. If you find yourself in the vicinity of south eastern Michigan, stop by.

    I was blessed to be invited to give the message to their congregation today, and we did a little bit of time travel. I talked about Hebrews 11 and Anamnesis, or “lived memory.” Living out the memory of Jesus and the saints is fundamental to living out our faith. If they post a podcast of my talk, I’ll post it. Until then, here are some Instragram photos of our time together.

    This is me and pastor Adam Lockhart.

    This is me working my presentation, mid-message. Notice the acorn.  

    Loving listening to Evan this morning! A photo posted by Adam Lockhart (@pastor_adrock) on

    Then I left them with a reminder, a “Gift” gift, so they could alway remember who they were and all that the world is: a gift for the life of the world.

    Evan gave us a gift! This is so cool! Just like the one from the FLOW videos!

    A photo posted by Adam Lockhart (@pastor_adrock) on

    In other news, I’d be silly if I didn’t tell you about an article written by Courtney Shingle. It’s a response to our visit to Pittsburgh by way of the the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation for a night with Jars of Clay. It was a wondrous night. Read it here. Oh, and here’s a glimpse of what you missed, my recitation of Gerard Manley Hopkins “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” backed by Jars new song from For the Life of the World (FLOW), “Ghost in the Moon.”

    Finally, if you’re in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area…OR, if you have an unbridled desire to send your pastor(s) to Grand Rapids on October 29, Acton Institute is hosting a free screening of FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD for FREE, specially for them. Registration is required, though, so sign up here if you’re interested.

    With that, I have to go fix my kitchen sink. Say a prayer for me….but most of all, have a great week.



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