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Our Journey to E91: July 16

As I write this, I'm sitting in a Starbucks in Lexington, KY enjoying a nice cup of coffee and AIR CONDITIONING. My in-laws' A/C unit blew right before our arrival on Friday, so we've been experiencing part of the pre-1950s lifestyle, and we (along with my in-laws) have been wondering how they did it! Hence, this time at Starbucks is a nice reprieve from the heat before we make our final leg of the journey to Indy sometime tomorrow afternoon. We close on our house (hopefully) on Wednesday, and we'll get moved in (again, hopefully) on the 23rd.

We look forward to worshiping with our new E91 family this coming weekend! Laura and I will be visiting ABF classes and hanging out in the foyer in between services, so if we haven't met you yet, don't hesitate to stop by and introduce yourself. I know we have a BIG learning curve to remember names, so we plead for patience.  One thing that will help tremendously, and I say this with deep love, is that I encourage you not to approach us and ask, "Do you remember my name?"  When I'm put under pressure like that I have a hard time remembering my own name, let alone someone's name that I met a few weeks ago along with a thousand other precious people.

We're only three Sundays away from our first "official" Sunday where I'll be preaching, and I need your help. Our first teaching series, starting on August 5, will be called, "Legacy: Honor the Past…Embrace the Future," and we're going to focus on how to hold on to our tremendous heritage in Jesus Christ, let go of the things that hold us back, how to move forward in faith and life, and how to pass the baton to friends and family, especially the next generation.

So here's what I need from you should you be willing to take on this mission:

  1. Pray that God uses the launch of this new series in a way to bring the entire E91 family together, on mission, as we begin this new season.

  2. Facebook me (send me a friend request on Facebook and then send me a message) with things that HOLD YOU BACK from moving forward. I won't use any names, but I want to list various topics in this series of things that keep us from moving forward in life.

  3. INVITE people to join you for this series--especially as we launch on Aug. 5. Word of mouth works best, of course, but I encourage you to share the Facebook invite that we will be posting soon to all your Facebook friends and those who follow you on Twitter.

  4. Forward this post to as many people as you can, so that they will be encouraged to join us in prayer as well.

Thanks for helping, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Journey to E91: July 12

We're in our third day at the North American Christian Convention in Orlando, and I just have to tell you that if you've never been to the NACC, you are missing out on an incredible experience. Many people think the NACC is only for preachers, but there are programs, workshops, and seminars that can impact anyone and everyone. Plus, the main speakers and teachers are some of the best and brightest in the world.

I just finished a breakfast sponsored by Taking Christ to the Millions International (TCMI), a ministry of which many E91 folks are familiar. At the breakfast, Dr. Gary Weedman, president of Johnson University, lectured on "Reading Ephesians from the New Perspective on Paul." Sounds exhilarating for a 7:00 a.m. lecture, right? Well, here's how helpful his lecture was for me personally, and this is just one example of many on the benefits of attending the NACC.

Will, our sixteen-year old, has been in discussion with other teens his age concerning Calvinism. When I was his age Calvinism was not at the top of my list of things to discuss with friends, but that's an issue for another time. Will and I have been talking about the five points of Calvinism, and I was having a hard time explaining my perspective and disagreement with this systematic theology. Will even texted me two nights ago asking me to explain the "TULIP" to him once again while he's attending a youth conference this week at Daytona Beach. (Can you imagine male teenagers talking about Calvinism at the beach? Come to think of it, maybe that's a good thing?) So here I am sitting at breakfast at 7:00 a.m. listening to a lecture on Paul's letter to the Ephesian church, and I'm actually intrigued and can't wait to tell Will about the things I learned!

My point? Biblical study and theology have their place in our day-to-day lives. If theology isn't being lived out practically, then it's not very good theology.

Oh, and by the way, the NACC isn't all about theology. As I said, there's something for everyone, and I hope you'll join me next year at the NACC in Louisville!