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Bewilderment, Bravery & Broiled Fish

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Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:36-53


I spent the better part of the week in Princeton, NJ, at a gathering of pastors, church planters, and other people doing all kinds of interesting and innovative things, representing congregations and communities truly participating with God in the world, people energized and discouraged, people that make me have great hope and stir my imagination.
When I shared our story the first day, the response overwhelmed me. One person said to me, “I’m really struck by how brave your congregation is.” Then another one said, “I am struck  by how much you love them.”  And for the next two days, I kept being reminded of these two things, over and over again. And I came back feeling like I need to tell them to you. So listen up:
You are very brave.
And I love you.
If sappiness makes you uncomfortable, buckle up for a minute because I am going to go there. I love you. I love your courage and your fear. I love your baking and your tinkering and your smiles and your tears a…