boot camp and clear skies

February 9, 2005

I’m in Seattle for the Acts 29 church planting boot camp with Dean and it’s going really well. This one has been far more helpful to us than the one we went to in San Diego a few weeks ago. I don’t agree with everything they say, but the amount of thinking they have stirred has been invaluable. They will likely put the audio from the sessions on their website, so I will post a link when they do.

Most of the training has been done by Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church and Bill Clem of Doxa Church. Driscoll and I definitely hold some different views on things, but it is hard not to appreciate what he has to say and I certainly respect him. Bill Clem has been amazing to listen to and interact with. He has a humble heart, but also a very quiet strength about him. Some of his insights will be things I think about for a long time.

I’m not sure who these people are who keep talking about how you can go months without sunshine. We’ve had almost completely clear skies the last two days. It’s been beautiful. This afternoon, Dean and I were driving across Lake Washington and we had a magnificient view of Mount Rainier. (It was the same angle as this picture with more snow and no clouds.) I’m getting more and more excited about living up here.

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