Last week Elizabeth and I began reading the book The Sabbath Experiment, by Rob Muthiah (that is an affiliate link and you can pick up the Kindle Edition for $3.99 currently). We’ve been practicing Sabbath for a few years now, but began to feel like we needed to revisit the purpose of Sabbath, and just as important, how to practice it in a way that is honouring to God, and life-giving to us.
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I am a very poor mind reader. I do it a lot. I’m just not very good at it. I think it is pretty safe to say, that you are in the same boat as me. You send an email, and a reply doesn’t come when you expect it, so your brain begins painting a picture. “Here is why that person didn’t get back to you.” And most times, we don’t paint a very pretty picture.
I've loved the discussion over the past several days as I've laid out some of our vision as we move to Ireland...at least some of the parts that have become clear to us so far. Thanks for participating!
It seemed for a few years I found myself spending more and more time dealing with people who simply wanted to tell me how bad I was, or how bad the church was. It got to a point where I dreaded opening my email, or I'd see the caller ID on the phone and I'd feel the knot in my stomach. I'd let it get to such a place, where I was getting resentful towards our church.
I have a lot on my plate right now. I am transitioning out of a church I planted, pastored and have loved being a part of for 13 years. In 3 months (and a few days) I will no longer be the lead pastor of the Ithaca Vineyard. My family is moving to another country in less than 5 months. We need to get rid of nearly all of our stuff. We need to raise an additional $4,000 to $7,000 in monthly support between now and May.