My Friday, tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday. Here’s what I found today:
1. Mystery light – I saw this on Sunday, much to my surprise, because I had no idea how this got in my office or why. It’s a pretty cool little light with a hanger that pops out of it’s back and a magnet. I had a hunch how it got in here. I had two people working in my office during the past week. The first was a guy from Comcast who came to replace our modem. I doubted it was his light because he was here early in the week. The other guy was here on Thursday to work on our copier. Thanks to my brother-in-law, we found out about Tech Soup, a company that provides donated software for churches and non-profits. So this week we installed Office 2013 on our computers. Unfortunately, after the install, our secretary’s computer stopped printing to the copier, which led to the service call. I asked my secretary if he knew anything about the light and sure enough, it was the copier tech’s. Maybe he wanted me to have it?
2. Projector, cords, and computer speakers – We have a lot of techy gadgets at the church, and the spare projector is not normally sitting on my counter as it was when I walked into my office on Sunday. The reason is that we hosted the Lafayette Fire Company appreciation banquet on Saturday. A bunch of people from Faith Church gave a lot of donations and time and energy to pull off what one Fire Co wife told me was “the best banquet they ever had”! I’m thankful for the Fire Co., the relationship we have with them, and for the people of Faith Church who arranged the banquet. At one point during the program, they used our projector to show pictures and video. Since it is a $5000 piece of equipment, we normally store in my office cabinet for safekeeping. And now you all know that!
3. Membership Application – I was surprised, but pleased to see this, as a couple from the church is applying to be members. I’m thrilled that they are taking that step. When I think of membership, I have to admit a bit of a quandary in my mind. The Bible never speaks about a formal process of membership such as we utilize. As I look back over the little bit of church history that I know, I can think of abuses of formal membership processes. I wonder if it would be better to have shorter-term covenants? I do think it can be very helpful for people to have a public way of declaring their intent to join a local church family and be committed. What if people would make a covenant to a local church for a year, then have the opportunity to renew their vows annually? Interested in your thoughts on that.
4. The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken – I just finished reading this book, and because I referred to it in a recent sermon, I was the one who left it in my office. I was challenged and encouraged by Ripken’s stories of God at work among persecuted Christians around the world. These disciples of Jesus, in places like the former USSR, China and Muslim areas are imprisoned, beaten, and yet they demonstrate maturity in faith. What concerns me is that our freedom, as wonderful as it is, along with our affluency, has led to a less-than-passionate faith in Christ. Would you agree?
Now it’s time for me to clean up!