Well, Sara and I got back on Saturday night around 9:00 from a very quick six days in the Phoenix area. Yes, I soaked up some sun while we were there (it was 108 on Friday) and i did get a chance to relax a little, but mostly from Wednesday through Friday, Mark (Warren our executive pastor) and I talked church - specifically Eastview. We had great discussions each morning (outdoors with palm trees and a view to camelback mtn...man is that environment inspiring) about what God is doing at Eastview and what He may be doing in the future. I am extremely humbled that God has called us to lead here.
The other thing we did was to visit three other growing churches and tour their facilities as well as pick the brains of the sr. pastor and exec. pastor. We felt like little kids asking about finances, staff, leadership, church strengths and weaknesses, etc... Literally we talked for two to three hours non-stop at each location. What we found was that each church emphasizes different things, but they were all being used by God to do His will. I'm extremely humbled to be a part of this kingdom that is bigger than I ever dreamed.
Finally, on sunday I gave roses during the service to some select moms (second hour with two in the balcony was fun...don't ask) but first and foremost I gave 24 roses to my wife who was not only celebrating mother's day, but also our 24th wedding anniversary. I surprised her (yeah for me!) Anyway, the point is that I'm equally humbled to have such a great wife. Sara continues to be one of my greatest blessings from God.
Doug gave us a great start to "you asked for it" sermon series and I will continue this Sunday with Deuteronomy 22:13-30. Invite a friend to hear the amazing stuff God has to say about our sexuality.