There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

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Siberian Summertime

Here’s the latest from Siberia and some of our friends there.

pray for the Kolbs

a few of you may remember Seth and Kristen (nee Seckinger) Kolb.  They live in Colombia, where Seth works for the State Department; and they have a son, Jackson, who is 9 months old.  This week they learned Jackson has what may very well be a malignant tumor above his knee.

They are being med-e-vac’d back to Houston for urgent treatment.  

Whether you know them or not, I’m sure they’d be appreciative of your prayers for them and little Jackson.

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super map

Here’s a map to the super bowl party at the home of Kirk DeBoer, and Brandon Houpt.  Make sure you tip them well for the use of their domicile.

Eat, drink, talk shop, bring in the Kingdom

HEY! Listen up: this is about this Wednesday, January 30th.  RSVP’s are due today, January 28th:

As you may have seen in the email update this week, coming on the 30th of this month, Pete Deison and Tracy Taylor have scheduled another breakfast for discussion and prayer concerning how to place our career in the service of our calling in Christ. You can click here for a brief synopsis of the effort’s intentions and values.

This won’t be the last time they’ll gather for discussion and prayer in service of this idea, but there’s no time like the present to get in on the discussion. It’s geared for anyone–not just those established in, or even clear on, a particular profession. So come along. Email us by January 28th (wednesday) at noon if you want to attend. Come along.

Change of plans! Elm Fork now Soggy Bottom, so head to Spagehtti Warehouse

Noah’s in the house! Trinity River Authority released some water to offset the buildup of rainwater. Unfortunately that area of release is right in the vicinity of Elm Fork. Translation: Elm Fork is now Soggy Bottom.

Instead, the crew is heading over to Spaghetti Warehouse in the West End for a little food and fellowship tonight at 6:30. We have a reservation for 28 under the name Patrick Lafferty. Whoever gets there first, please sign us in.

Stay tuned, we’ll be rescheduling the night of guns and ammo for another less soggy time in the near future. Thanks for your patience in bearing with us.

Check back here at around 5pm for a definitive call on tonight.

We’re told the moisture will have departed by this afternoon, so we’re still on for ‘Point & Shoot’ this evening, convening around 6:30 at Elm Fork for din-din. If you’d like to caravan from the church, if one of you would comment here and volunteer to be the point person, then others who want to caravan may be in touch with you.
Otherwise, we’ll see you at the shooting grounds.

It may be cold, but fear not, we’ll have a warm meeting room in which to warm up in between rounds.

hey, where were you over the holiday break?

Say, would you be interested in sending us a few of your more fetching digital shots from wherever you may have been during the holidays?  Email us with pictures of you from your break.  We’ll assemble a little online slide-show that tells the story of your collective treks, or, as my family has opted to do in recent years, the “stay-cation.”

Don’t be shy.  Let the pictures fly.

the fruit of the Spirit and its implications for marriage

They are now Mr. and Mrs. Brian Black (and, at their request, I presented them as Mr. and Mrs. Married-Filing-Jointly in a nod to their common profession of corporate tax), and they married last weekend.  They picked the text. I tried to link its implications to marriage.  The English Puritan, John Owen, said that no sermon (or wedding homily, for that matter) is fit for others until it has been preached to the preacher, himself.  I’m reading it again for my sake this morning.


22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self control, against such things there is no law.  24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh in its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

If you happened to be at the base of Mt Rainier or somewhere in the Himalayas, and you saw a man preparing to climb to the summit of either, outfitted only with a single rope and a granola bar, you might think for a moment that this man was brave and tenacious.

But it’s more likely that the outcome of his attempt to climb with only those items will reveal he was neither brave nor tenacious, but merely foolish.  The climb before him would be magnificent and worthy of the ascent, but it’s treacherousness would require a kind of preparedness he did not account for.

You’re stepping into something this day that is both magnificent and treacherous. Read the rest of this entry »

slightly early arrival

Kathryn Aldas has just been induced for labor. A few days short of her due-date, but it’s time for their daughter to meet the world. Would you pray? Will keep you all informed.

Update (10/17, 9:22am): baby still refusing to disembark, but all are well.

Update (10/18, 9:06am): Kyrie Grace Aldas saw fit to enter the world around an hour ago. Mother and child are doing well. Pictures forthcoming.  If you’d like to send them a congratulatory email, click here.

Come together

Hey, three things, all mentioned last Sunday in class, but which might’ve eluded your memory due to the high volume of announcements: