Sabbatical Update #2

Alaska is big, beautiful and fascinating.  I'm learning about permafrost, tundra, and grizzlies and because it's summer, last night sunset was 12:45 am in Fairbanks. Being here has reminded me of the saying, "If anyone doubts the importance of one lone voice try spending the night in a small tent with a pesky mosquito." This truism convinces me that this side of heaven there is no perfect place, even a place as beautiful as Alaska in the summer time. Before departing Idaho we visited 5 churches. All of them are located in close proximity to First Baptist. This exercise has had a fairly important impact upon me and my view of churches and worship services. However, I will write about these at a later time. But, suffice it to say, God is at work in many churches in Boise and it's encouraging. Yet, I am observing some glaring gaps in the modern American church.

Meanwhile, I am reading three books while in Alaska (in between fishing of course). They are, 1)  "Next", by William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird, 2)  "When Missions Shapes the Mission", by David Horner, and 3)  "The Tangible Kingdom", by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay. I invite you to Google them and read one or two if you like. Obviously, they will all be dealing with the ideas, thinking and strategies Christ might have for His church today.

Finally, looking at Mt McKinley, the biggest mountain in North America, I am reminded of the words of the Psalm, "The heavens [and earth] declare the glory of God." What an amazing God we have come to know. He allows us to see into His character and love as we look at what He has made.

All God's best for you, Pastor Bruce