It occurs to me we never talked much about Colorado. I just kind of mentioned it, then left it alone. And though I don't think I have many blog friends anymore that I don't also see in real life, I do have a few. So maybe you're interested in what's going on?
We want to be a part of a church there. Not work for a church, just attend one. Ever heard of Sovereign Grace? They are a reformed (as are we) charismatic (as are we - though typically closeted here in the Bible belt) group. I lean away from the word "denomination" because that implies they are completely separate from other denominations (if you are Methodist, you necessarily aren't Baptist, for example). And they aren't, really - Sovereign Grace conferences and music are widely respected and utilized in Presbyterian circles in general. Still, a reformed charismatic group is a little unusual, and for that reason they are their own entity.
Why Sovereign Grace? And why Colorado?
Am I being overly simplistic if I just tell you God led us there? Probably so.
Sovereign Grace because we like their approach to church leadership. And we are intrigued by the idea of a reformed charismatic church. We hold similar convictions about many (though not all, if you start poking around) of the same things they do. We think it's a church that could be a good place for us to worship and serve for a long time.
We're open to being completely wrong, of course.
Colorado because after a year of researching and praying, this seems to be the right place. I don't mean to be trite or flippant. I understand we're talking about taking our young children twenty two hours down the interstate from every family member they have ever known. But just because something is hard doesn't mean it's wrong. You can imagine that our families are not exactly excited about the idea. There has been much speculation here that Brian is pushing me in a direction I wouldn't choose on my own. I have to tell you guys the truth; if any one is pushing, it's me. If anyone is hesitant, it's him. I think it's going to be good for us in a number of ways. Plus, who doesn't want to live in Colorado?
For our part, we're still working on actually getting out there. Selling houses and applying for jobs, that sort of thing. Brian is a musician; this is his career. Do you know how hard it is for a musician to put his guitar down indefinitely? Also, do you know how hard it is to move across the country only using peripheral marketable skills? And to support five people on an income only using peripheral marketable skills? It starts to feel like a county fair relay after a while - pull five people from point A to point B without using any of your usual strengths to do so. The effort is herculean. Sisyphean. Insert your own Greek mythological comparison here.
But we're doing it. Because it's what God wants and it's what we want, and the fruit is going to be good. In the meantime, if you know anyone in the Denver area who needs a guy to do the thing, I've got just the guy for you.
Happy Sunday, friends.