Greetings friends. When we moved to Tennessee several months ago, my intention was to keep marching forward at Fanning the Flames with my usual one or two posts per week. But a funny thing happened on the way to the keyboard. I ran out of things to say. Well, not exactly.
That is to say, I did not run out of ideas. My mind still races with thoughts about encouraging each other to live into all that became new at our salvation. I still have a passion to explain what the supernatural Christian life looks like under the provision and promise of the New Covenant. But the process of writing it down has not been the free flowing experience of the past.
As Rhonda and I were discussing my “writer’s block”, I think she zeroed in on what is missing; it’s YOU! I miss you! When we lived in Houston, you and I were sharpening each other discussing these ideas. We would meet for breakfast or lunch. I would see you at church or in our small group. This blog was not just about online writing and comments. It was about living these principles with you in community. I miss you.
Now when I try to restart the blog engine, I wonder if I am just sending thoughts out into cyberspace. Will these posts encounter signs of life? Is this turning into a one-way conversation? As you know from the tennis ball illustration, a one-sided conversation is no fun. I don’t know what this means going forward. I just wanted to let you in on what I was thinking.
To end on a positive note, Rhonda and I have connected with Fellowship Bible Church Franklin as our new church home. This church of maybe two to three hundred attenders is very focused on community-building. We have joined a small group and are excited to be moving ahead in what God has for us here. The Bible teaching is expository in style, very solid, and application oriented. And the music is…(it’s Nashville, what did you expect me to say?) The church is a smaller campus offshoot of Fellowship Bible Church Brentwood and is already feeling like home. But that does not lessen the impact or point of this post: We miss you!