It's been a while since the last Sunday afternoon post, so whilst the babes slumber, here goes.
We had our elder planning conference Friday and Saturday. We kicked it off with dinner out with the wives, which was a great time of fellowship. Then we retreated to a riverside cottage owned by the in-laws of one of the elders. Friday night we worked till 11:00 or so. After a good breakfast, we got going Saturday around 9 and finally quit around 6. It was much longer than usual, but some great, great discussions were had. The main focus of the time was on church planting, gathering our thoughts about daughtering a work somewhere nearby. More on this later...
Short book review - I recently read Bringer of Storms, the second in the "binding of the blade" series by L. B. Graham. I reviewed the first one here. So, um, there's not much I can say that will be helpful if you haven't read the first one. I can say the book was good, probably better than the first, despite the embarassing cover art (seriously, I couldn't take it in public without a brown paper bag cover like we used to put over our science books). It's good to read decent Christian fiction. I don't think I can make a hobby out of it, but I'm sure I'll keep up with this series.
Our students are back. It's good to have the college students back for the school year. They bring something to church that I can't always put my finger on; more than youth, they bring some vitality and excitement and opportunities for ministry. If you haven't checked out the website of our college ministry, it's on the right side of this page (purdueCORPS). We have a solid group of freshmen coming in and some of the students have moved, which always changes ministry. It's going to be great fun figuring out how best to disciple young believers and evangelize the lost this year. If your prayer list isn't too long, put us on it.