I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself,
if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received
from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:25

From BVB

Summer 2016


I hope you do have, are having, will have a wonderful summer. What could possibly make it wonderful? Is that something to ask now, or at the end of the summer?

I do know about some plans: Travel is what some of you have decided will make it a wonderful summer. Trips to Ireland, Scotland, Italy, England, Hawaii, the Eastern Seaboard, Alaska, Spitsbergen (in my case)* are in the offing – probably many other places I have not yet heard about.

Not sure what makes us want to go places or see things we have not seen. We are in one of the “garden places” of the world. Why go looking for others? Do we just want reassurance that we have already chosen really well?

“Time away” seems to be part of what many of us want. But “time away” always costs a lot: money; extra thought and planning; disorientation; catching up when we get home. And how often does everything go smoothly?

Well, never mind. What I really hope is that your relationships get deeper, stronger, and more enriching. I hope that the end of summer finds you relaxed, even more grateful to be alive, and more enthusiastic about your life and your goals than ever before. And yes, I hope you end up more eager to be the church and to be faithful to Jesus than ever before. That would indeed make it a wonderful summer.



* Spitsbergen trip was canceled.

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