Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A farewell and a new start

This was my first attempt at a blog. I didn’t really start it with any overarching theme or intent. It has always been rather fluid and that has allowed me to bounce all over the place in what I wrote about. When I look back at all that took place over the last few years, some of which I blogged about here, it’s amazing to think through all the changes that God has brought about for my wife and I.

When I started it, I was serving regularly at the Refuge of Hope in Canton. Then it was on to Light of Christ Church in Waynesburg, which was a congregation with whom I was able to have my first interim pastorate. Next it was on to finishing seminary, which of course was constant through really all of these different seasons. Then, there was of course the amazing, exciting and life-altering time of becoming a father! Lately, I have been thinking through and writing about church planting, which is something that God may be calling me towards.

When I started to write about church planting, I changed the title of the blog to display a passage that God has laid on my heart in relation to planting, “…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 2:5, ESV). Really for me all of 1 Peter 2 has been this reoccurring passage that God keeps bringing me back to in relation to how I have been thinking about  the question, what is the church? The question of whether planting is what God is calling me towards is still out in front of me and we are still very much in the learning and praying season. However, we are entering into an exciting opportunity that I am hoping God will use to bring clarity and affirmation about what is next for us. God willing, I will be starting an internship/pastoral residency of sorts with Alpine Bible Church in December. It’s a long story as to how we got hooked up with them, but God seems to be all over it.

Along with that new opportunity, I am hoping to get a bit more disciplined in writing. It is something that I enjoy doing, something that helps me process things as they come along and hopefully is something that is beneficial to someone. I have noticed the limitations of Blogger and have contemplated in the past switching to Wordpress. Well, I made the jump. Consider this the final post of this blog. I won’t be transferring any old posts from this blog over as I will take this opportunity to start fresh. My new blog will live at http://iamalivingstone.wordpress.com/. As of right now, you won’t find much there yet, but I will be working in the coming days and weeks on getting that blog set up.

Many thanks to the faithful few who have actually read my blog! Check out my new one if you get a chance.


Blessings in Christ!