What if we’re wrong about the harvest?

A little while back I was at a great church planting seminar, and right in the middle of his session the alarm on the speaker’s phone goes off. Amateur. It was an iPhone with the motorcycle sound, so it was really loud and annoying, and I assumed he would quickly turn it off and apologize to the group. Why is this guy so unprepared? Instead, he grabs it and asks us to… pray. What?

He went on to share that everyday at 10:02am he and many others all over the world stop and ask God to send workers out into the harvest. The strange time of day comes from Luke 10:2, where Jesus tells his own people to do this. This guy had intentionally left his alarm on and allowed it to sound, because it was an opportunity to pray together. Clever.

A closer look at Luke 10:2 is revealing, both of God’s work and of my own heart. It says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

I tend to be convinced that the harvest is small and difficult. And of course we’ve seen that be true at times, so experience speaks to that in some ways. But unless Jesus is lying or crazy, the harvest is plentiful and the lack of workers to bring it in is the problem. And in response to this problem, we are told to ask the Lord, who makes things grow and who is in control of the harvest, to send out more workers to bring it in.

And I ask myself: If I am honest with my own heart, do I doubt God’s willingness or even his power to bring in the harvest? Dagger. The answer to this question says absolutely nothing about God, but it says everything about the condition of my own fickle heart.

Or am I expectantly looking for the harvest and earnestly asking the Lord to send workers to help bring it in?

1) What does your own heart believe?
2) Will you pray regularly and ask God to send workers into his harvest?


Foundations of missional community Pt 2

What does missional community look like? What things do we call missional community that fall short of true mission and true community? And how do we do this together?

This is part 2 from a session called Foundations for Missional Community, given by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski at the Exponential church planting conference. I’ve broken it into pieces to make it easier to listen to and process. You can listen to it in the browser or right click and download it to put it on your ipod or a cd. To see part 1, go here.

Take 15-20 minutes to listen to it, and begin to ask yourself and those around you hard questions. And let’s do this.

Foundations of Missional Community Pt 2

Christmas for Kids

Remedy Church is excited to be part of a project with the Texas Baptist Home in Waxahachie to help provide Christmas gifts for foster kids living in the DFW area. There are two major needs:

1) Gifts for kids. Around 550 gifts are needed for the kids.
2) Wrapping 500 gifts. All of the gifts have to come in unwrapped, and most of them will then need to be wrapped. As you can imagine, it’s a huge job, and it’s the responsibility of the staff unless we help.

Christmas for Kids

Will you join us by sponsoring a child and/or coming to our Christmas party on Dec. 10th at the Home to help wrap gifts? For more information, you can email me at aaron@remedy-church.com

Foundations of missional community Pt 1

If missional community really is at the core of who we are as the church, it’s important that we do it right, are all on the same page, and learn to live it as a lifestyle rather than see it as a weekly gathering.

This is the audio from a session called Foundations of Missional Community at the Exponential church planting conference. The two guys talking are Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski. The audio is free to download on theExponential podcast, so there’s no bootlegging involved here.

I will post it in 2-3 parts so it’s not too long or too much to process in one sitting. I encourage you to make time to listen to all of it and to think, pray, and talk through it together as we learn what missional community really looks like. You can listen to it in the browser or right click and download it to put it on your ipod or a cd.

Foundations for Missional Community Pt 1

What questions does this bring up? What about this seems hard or even impossible? What about it inspires you? How does it change your thinking about what missional community looks like?

Dusting off the old blog

If you’ve been here before you know that this blog was established as a way to communicate with people through our adoption journey. since then it’s gone pretty silent. some of you were sad. Most of you are probably thinking, “What blog?”

Either way, I’m firing it back up. It’s still personal in nature, but it’s not going to be solely devoted to our own adoption process. My hope now is to communicate with the masses, sure, but specifically to give my thoughts and put resources out there that will spur growth and movement toward, with, and on behalf of Jesus.

I am not deleting any of the previous posts from our adoption journey. This is a good record of them for us and whoever may want to browse through them. Rereading is an incredible reminder for us of God’s faithfulness and where we have come from. The actual thought of deleting those feels a little like deleting a piece of us or our family. Strange I guess, but that time was life-altering for us, and this blog was a big part of it.

I will specifically use this as a place to publish resources and start discussions that will hopefully move us forward at Remedy Church. If you’re not familiar with Remedy, it’s a new church that we are planting in Waxahachie, TX. you can see a little more here.

I’ll also talk about my family, Charity may write from time to time, and this will be more personal than academic in nature, for sure. So for all those interested, jump on the bandwagon, join the discussion, and let’s go.

And of course, as always, thanks for walking this road with us, wherever it may take us.

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