catching up

OK, so it’s been a few days since the last post, which isn’t a bad one to camp out on. Intimacy is everything, right?

We spent three full days in Austin, Texas, for Thanksgiving at Chrissy’s parents’ brand-spankin’-new house on Lake Travis. Their place is unbelievable, with a huge deck off the back overlooking the lake. It was the perfect place for 15 people to enjoy Thanksgiving together (perhaps the only place where that might be possible). Perhaps the best surprise of the week was seeing my dad get hop out when my brother’s car pulled into the driveway. We knew my mom, brother, and Lindy (Mitch’s sweet girlfriend) were coming, but my dad — being a truck driver — couldn’t get the time off approved with his supervisor. Or so he — and we — thought. Turns out he was only scheduled for two days of driving during Thanksgiving week, and he was able to switch a day around to make the Austin trip possible. It was so great seeing him step out of that car.

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“Church” for us these days looks like this: On Sunday morning, we’ve begun taking the newspaper over to “Sylvia‘s” house, where we spend a relaxing morning talking about what God is doing in her life, playing with her precious children, eating a wonderful breakfast while sipping coffee and looking through the paper, and just being. She asked us a few weeks ago if we’d be willing to make this a Sunday tradition, and this past Sunday was as refreshing as we thought it’d be. In fact, I can’t think of a better way I’d like to spend my Sunday mornings. She is an amazing neighbor and great friend, and she can teach us so much about desperation for God and the meaning of family.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27)

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Going to see Rob Bell — author, teacher, storyteller, and pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. — speak tonight on his “The Gods Aren’t Angry” Tour. The subtitle of the tour is “How Humans Invented Religion to Make Themselves Feel Better.” Should be interesting.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. “just being” – and that’s what I was talking about earlier today. Blessings to you and Chrissy.

    peace

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  2. i want to know how that goes.

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  3. Going to see him in Louisville on the 29th. Hope it went well.

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  4. I was at Rob Bell last night too. Funny that we were actually in the same room! Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you about your comment on my blog about coffee. We should definitely do that at some point, but currently my schedule is CRAZY except for weekends.

    Did you enjoy the talk last night?

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