I’m never sure how much personal stuff to share on the blog. By “personal” I don’t mean deep-dark secrets but the day-to-day stuff that makes up life as a pastor in Logan Square. I generally lean away from these kinds of personal details and instead write and share about interests in theology and culture. While I’m OK with this, I’ve noticed that many of the blogs I read regularly (see the “regular reading” list on the sidebar) occasionally share personal stories. I always appreciate these personal notes; they add an element of context that works nicely in the blogging format. My friend Brian strikes this balance of context and content quite well.
With this in mind, I’d like to find ways to share some of the life stuff that leads to the thoughts and links that get posted on signs of life. I’ll leave it to this blog’s readers to let me know if symptoms of that ugly blogger’s disease, narcissism, are ever observed.
Here’s something: Sunday wore me out. It was a good day, but probably the busiest since joining the New Com staff in May. Maggie and I got to the SDA building (our church rents the sanctuary of a Seventh Day Adventist church on Logan Boulevard) at 8:30. She was helping out with the kids as she does once a month. As has become normal, I gave the announcements at both services. During the morning I met with two folks from the church; one is interested in participating in the prayer ministry and the other is volunteering to help with children’s ministry. Following the 2nd service I drove to lunch with one of our community groups. This group is going through the Bible in a year using the Disciples curriculum. In addition to a great pot-luck style lunch (Do churches still do potlucks? I hope so.) we talked about their experience thus far of going through the Bible. After a brief stop at our apartment for an abbreviated Sunday nap, I went to the church offices to prepare for a couple of meetings. Our team of small group coaches came at 6:00 to talk and pray about our community groups. At 7:00 the community group leaders showed up for our monthly meeting. Meeting with these folks is generally very encouraging. It’s always good to spend time with folks whose commitment to community is so high. Following the meeting I drove to some friends’ house where Maggie had been hanging out. They had saved me some delicious Korean barbecue and a glass of red wine. Eating their food and listening to their account of the Obama rally on Tuesday was a great way to end a long day.