I am back from two very busy weeks. The week before last I was up in Portland to take the next class in my D. Min. program. The teacher was Bill Hull, the author of a number of books on Discipleship. Some of my posts on meditation were written from there.
Last week I went down to So. Cal. to speak at a retreat of the First Chinese Baptist Church of Fountain Valley. The youth pastor there is Tony Lin, who was at CFC in the mid 1990’s and was the coordinator of the youth group for a while.
I gave 5 messages on Spiritual Leadership and did 2 workshops as well, so I was pretty much worn out when I arrived home on Saturday evening. But it was a great experience.. good to see Tony again (and Ted as well) and to see God at work at the retreat.
The retreat was held at theCenter run by Calvary Chapel. It used to be a resort, so it is pretty nice. The big thing to do after the evening program is to go sit and relax in the sulpher hot springs on the property. Very relaxing!
In writing this message I am also trying something new. At first I thought I would use this blog to share only my theological reflections and some articles that I want to write. But I felt that it might be good to write more about my personal life as well. In the past few weeks when I have experienced something or had some new ideas I have thought “I could blog about that.” This is a new experience for me. But I am much more likely to write if I get some feedback, because it is easeir to write if you know that someone is listening.
I even could have/should have shared about the retreat BEFORE it happened and asked for your prayer. (i.e. for the few ppl who read this!)
So.. today I am contemplating my message for this Sunday. I am between series and Kiki is preaching the following week, so it is a good time for a misc. topical message. I appreciate your prayers this week as I prepare.