Sunday, January 18, 2009

It's Been a Long Time

I shouldn't have left you
Without a dope beat to step to
Step to, step to, step to, step to, step to

Ah the sweet sounds of classic Aaliyah and Timbaland dropping in my head as I am reminded how long it has been since I last posted on this mess. Much has happened that many of you do not care about at all, but I am at liberty to share anyway.

I got to go home for Christmas, which was great. Spending time with my family was a joy, especially now that I don't live a drive's distance away. My mom was gracious enough to rent me a car, so much of the time was spent driving around all over the place to catch up with folk. Then I traveled to Atlanta to recruit for Trinity at Campus Crusade's annual Unveiled Conference. There I was able to catch up with a lot of friends from UF and make a few new ones as I had the odd tension of being at a familiar place with familiar people, but for purposes that steer a little more toward the direction of life God has me in.

The biggest news however is my transition to the City of Chicago. If you have been keeping up, I moved down for The Line, the new church we have started, trusting that Jesus has many of his people here (see Acts 18:10). I am right at the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, two amazing neighborhoods just north of The Loop (about 2-3 miles) and about a mile south of Wrigley Field:

Here's a link to a map for a better view

I deeply believe I was made for the city (large cities in general). I love the city. There's so much culture, so many things to do, so many different types of people, so much to learn. Furthermore, the city through its vast influence has the chance to change the world in ways rural living just can't. The challenge is great because for all its good, the city has so much violence, so much corruption, so much hatred, and ironically, so much ignorance. I hold on to hope--only the Spirit of God can move and bring life back to a vibrantly dead place.

So I am here, in this city trusting that I have been called to move, to shake, to act, to preach, and to love those around me with the love only Jesus can give. I don't have steps. I don't have programs. As Paul said, "By the grace of God, I am who I am" and I do hope with utmost sincerity that my words and actions are full of integrity and that my character reflects that of God so those who know me will, by His amazing grace, know Him. This I pray while I am in this city.

Please pray with me.

By His Grace.

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