Thursday, February 05, 2009

Midwinter Winds On

A couple moments so far:

"American Christians are like loaded down camels trying to make it through the eye of the needle. It is a matter of discipleship to help them remove that load on the road to salvation."

Interesting note on marriage: the Gen 2 passage, "and they shall become one flesh" - the word for "one" is echad. The exact same word, echad, used in the Shema, Deut. 6: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one." The union of husband and wife is a unity on par with the unity of the trinity. Think on that for awhile.

Did you know there's now a Covenant Church in Idaho?

Poetry by Wendell Berry:
May our kind live to breathe
Air worthy of the breath
Of all singers that sing
In joy of their making,
Light worthy of the risen year,
Songs worthy of the ear
Of breathers worth their air,
Of workers worth their hire.

I accidentally ended up at the church planter's lunch yesterday. Turns out the Covenant is still one of the fastest growing denominations in the U.S., and still at the top of the list of ethnically diverse denominations. Even in that room there were white and hispanic and asian and african-American, there were men and women, there were young and old, there were traditional and contemporary and postmodern, churches meeting in schools and sanctuaries and coffee shops. And, best of all, on average, 10,000 people come to new faith in Christ every year through a Covenant church plant.

On a personal note, I had a nice talk with David Husby yesterday, then headed downtown with Doug and Jim, where we met our friend Jerry for dinner. Afterward we headed over to American Girl (had to pick up some presents. . .), and coffee in Seattle's Best Coffee at Borders. It's an odd thing to be sitting in a coffee shop in Chicago, looking at walls plastered with pictures of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, Lake Washington, Pike Place Market, the Olympic Mountains. I lost track of where I was for a moment.

We eventually ended up walking across the campus of North Park University and Seminary (the Covenant's school), and getting a ride back to the hotel with Jerry. On the way, we passed a bank whose reader board said it was 11 degrees. Brr.

Today's the last full day; tonight we hear from Gary Walter, the new president of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and tomorrow morning from Gary Haugin, president of International Justice Missions. I'm excited to hear what he has to say, as I've long respected their work in combating global slavery and child prostitution.

And, hopefully. we'll be back home tomorrow night.

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