Nine months ago, I asked Andy Fleming (Birmingham, England church) and Valdur Koha (Boston church) to meet for a week of reading, prayer, writing, and discussing–sort of a Rambo weekend for the mind, if not the soul(!) So here we are this week in Ayrshire Scotland (Andy’s setup this year), in a remote place where sheep outnumber people. Here’s the field in front of the cottage where we are staying:
My shadow got caught in the foreground. Some of the things we’ve been talking about: Atonement, Narrative & Systematic Theology, Faith-building d-groups, missionary needs around the UK, Europe, and the world; God’s Providence (sheep as food-on-legs coming up to us); how to revive churches; the equipping of ministers to lead churches; the “Teacher”‘s role; “did Pharoah foreshadow Satan?” and we’re not done yet. I fly out on Thursday back to Seattle.
Sunday, I had the great privilege of preaching for the 30 member Glasgow church. The 50 members of the Edinbugh church came over for the service as well, and it was a joy to share about the Seattle church and the Northwest.
Perhaps the most astonishing thing of the trip was the joy of recontacting an old friend–Elizabeth Moon, my high school classmate who I hadn’t seen since 1978. We were co-writers on the school newspaper and on Facebook I discovered she had lived in Scotland the past five years. Elizabeth and her husband came to church Sunday to worship and hear me preach–amazing. Here’s me and “Elly” Moon:
Missing Seattle, and looking forward to leaving Scotland, flying over Greenland, and returning to beloved Seattleland!