Saturday, January 29, 2011

Moving mountains

"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." (Mark 11:23 NIV).

I believe in moving mountains. Actually, we have one growing in our church parking lot. It didn't go into the sea but it did get moved--further back and a lot higher. I guess God uses high hoes.

Many thanks to Dan and Adam who volunteered their Saturday to mountain moving.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Retreat from "I" or "You" to "We"

We retreated this week.

That's right, our pastoral team waved goodbye to our families and our offices for 2 days in order to spend time in Stayner, ON.

While away we set goals, bounced around ideas for congregational discipleship, and we even had time for a late night game of euchre.

But my most significant moment came, not in a new idea or a breakthrough conversation, but when I reflected on how things were being said.

Sometimes I can get caught up talking about myself too much. That's an "I" mentality. Other times I'm tempted to point my finger at someone else when I think a wrong needs to be righted. That's a "You" mentality. But there's a third way; it's not an "I" or "You" by a "We". "We" knows that if there's a problem, together we can find a solution because we're all responsible. I think that makes for good teamwork.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

It's the start of a New Year so, once again, the Mills family set some goals.

While I don't want to give away any of my clan's ambitious ideas, I will enlighten you with a few of my own. In no particular order:

Learn biblical Hebrew. I learned Greek but never took a Hebrew course. I'm not sure how attainable this one is given my schedule. Nonetheless, it made the list.

Read Christ Plays in 10,000 Places by Eugene Peterson. I've finished the other four books in the series but I've never made it through the first--even after two attempts and a handful of overdue notices from the library.

Visit Regent College. It's an international graduate school located on the campus of UBC. I've known many who have studied there, and read books by Regent professors (including Peterson), but I've never been there myself.

So, these a few of my plans for 2011. How about you?
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