(composed on the plane- posted in berlin)
it certainly was an interesting few days spent in london. and the biggest question that i am left with leaving the island is how long it’s going to take for me to lose the accent- well, at least the one that i say in my own mind when i formulate sentences. my guess is as soon as i start hearing german again… all joking aside though, i do tend to be a bit of a language chameleon. not that i learn how to speak it, but i pick up on some of the weird, quirky, nuances pretty quickly.
there are so many things to write about my time spent there, so i have been trying to think about what the most important things to share- i definitely learned a lot of things and felt like i heard from God on a lot of different levels.
the first and most important thing to note is that i had a great time with my reach global colleagues. time and time again, when i get to spend a few extended days with any of them, i am inspired, have fun and leave encouraged. i think that is a really good and healthy sign for sure. not everyone can say that about those with whom they work and serve beside, and under.
one of the highlights was getting to know the new london city team leader to be. he and his son were spending 2 weeks in london to get prepped- meet pastors, churches, and other ministry endeavors. i had the opportunity to sit in on most of these meetings, which were very informative- not only on expanding the idea of the european and global/urban city, but also what it looks like to plow new ground in a place. in these meetings, we certainly got a wide view of the church- from ideology, theology and praxis- but also of the different views on ministers of the Gospel coming in from the outside. sadly, i feel like we experienced some of the unfortunate realities of the ‘human’ side of church. things like tribalism, nationalism and reactionary thinking. this to me is the antithesis of the Gospel of Christ-
for me, i am becoming more and more convinced that the church is to be built upon the foundation of Christ, which is love, grace, and humility. if you are starting there- then i find it hard to believe that God is not going to be living and active. my concern is that too many people are working with strong convictions- yes- but ones that are far too often surrounded by the kindling of arrogance, ignorance and impatience.
so now it’s back to berlin-
i feel like i am going back with a new and refined perspective. i know that God is at work in my spirit and exposing me to more and more of His good and perfect nature. it is with that, that i want to be clothed.