26 September 2006

The Lazy Blogger

I was at lunch today having a conversation with Katie Sullivan and Dr. Rogers, and Dr. Rogers told me that he had found my blog and reminded me that it was quite out-of-date. So I decided to write again in the midst of a few free moments. So how do I sum up a great semester so far? I'll do a list!

1. Revival among the athletic teams (including approx. 17 or 18 athletes meeting Jesus)...SO AWESOME!!!
2. Reading so many good books (particularly about evangelism, missional lifestyle, and urban church planting)
3. Trip details are set to go to Boston from Oct. 11-14.
4. My iPod was stolen, unfortunately.
5. Meeting new people, including lots of freshman and athletes
6. Having an awesome time working with Katie Sullivan running the Honors Freshman Seminar and planning social events for them.
7. Evangelism & Missions class is so sweet. We get to start each class hearing more about what people are doing to show the love of Jesus to others.
8. I usually go to NewSpring in the evenings on Sundays...this past Sunday, there were about 7 or 8 SWU people that met Jesus that night. The best night of my semester by far, all because of those people!!!
9. I love being a student chaplain. The team I work with just rocks. They have so much to bring to the table. The chapels this semester really have been a step above past semesters, not that we had a whole lot to do with that.
10. My D-group starts Thursday. We're going through "The Barbarian Way" by Erwin McManus. Did I mention that Erwin is the man?
11. I taught my first college class because I'm a TA under Dr. Black and he was out of town. It was sort of fun.
12. I am finishing up the planning for my seminar that I'll be doing at the Religion Division Retreat this coming weekend. I hope it really inspires us all. It really has kicked my butt as I've been going through it.

I'm not sure what else to write about. That's my semester. What am I learning? Most of all, love people unconditionally and spend your life helping the ones who need you most. For me, I feel like that means the ones who need the love of Jesus in their lives. I'll stop at nothing to make sure I live up to that. I've spent three years of my college career staying away from the ones I should have been pouring into since day one. I am praying that the rest of us Christ-followers on campus would catch fire on that same mission and live it out. Mission is why we exist.

Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, calls this missional lifestyle "reformission." Here is a quote from one of his books called "A Radical Reformission":

Reformission is ultimately about being like Jesus, through his empowering grace. One of the underlying keys to reformission is knowing that neither the freedom of Christ nor our freedom in Christ is intended to permit us to dance as close to sin as possible without crossing the line. But both are intended to permit us to dance as close to sinners as possible by crossing the lines that unnecessarily separate the people God has found from those he is still seeking. To be a Christian, literally, is to be a "little Christ." It is imperative that Christians be like Jesus, by living freely within the culture as missionaries who are as faithful to the Father and his gospel as Jesus was in his own time and place.
I am advocating not sin but freedom. That freedom is denied by many traditions and theological systems because they fear that some people will use their freedom to sin against Christ. But rules, regulations, and the pursuit of outward morality are ultimately incapable of preventing sin. They can only, at best, rearrange the flesh and get people to stop drinking, smoking, and having sex, only to start being proud of their morality. Jesus' love for us and our love for him are, frankly, the only tethers that will keep us from abusing our freedom, yet they will enable us to venture as far into the culture and into relationships with lost people as Jesus did, because we go with him. (pp.39-40)