In preparation for a series of messages that will lead up to Easter, I am reading a great book by Jud Wilhite. It is titled, "Stripped: Uncensored Grace on the Streets of Vegas". Jud is the pastor of the fast growing Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. Jud jokes that when he tells people he is the pastor of a church in Vegas they often respond by saying, "You can't be. There aren't any churches in Las Vegas." When I think of Vegas, church isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but God is doing some amazing things at Central, and Jud shares many of these stories in "Stripped".
Here's a great quote from Jud that I just read this morning. I think it goes along perfectly with what we talked about this past Sunday.
"Some think the answer is in the size of the church - from a house church to a midsize church to a megachurch. Others think the secret is in the style of ministry, from traditional to emerging. No matter how you view it, every church community will be messy because it is filled with imperfect people, imperfectly following Jesus. These people may be the problem - but they can also be the solution. Yes, life is messy. Church is messy. Faith is messy. But let's get over it, and get on with helping people experience God's grace."
Keep praying that God will place someone in your path who needs grace. When it happens, be ready to act!
Organizational update: This morning has been spent going through the piles on my desk. When someone tells you that their desk doesn't look organized but they know exactly where everything is, they're lying.