Into the Wild

I’m typing late at night from the wilderness of Indiana. I’m here with some other ministers of Churches of Christ in an effort to grow as ministers through the wisdom and experience of Bob Russell, former Senior Pastor of Southeast Christian Church. Bob is a man of unusual wisdom and humility. It’s an honor to be able to learn from him, and an honor to share life and ministry with my colleagues and friends in the pulpit.

Tonight, we shared our life stories. It’s amazing how God uses life as his best teacher of them all. It’s amazing how a little reflection on one’s own life journey can illumine God’s fingerprints all over the place.

For some reason, the middle of nowhere facilitates this sort of reflection better than other places. But, I’m glad it does, and I’m there for a couple of days. Soon, I’ll be home and ready to tackle Easter week.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Often, the “middle of nowhere” is a place brimming with nature and untarnished by man and his machines. I’ve found that when in such an environment, the “obviousness” of God and the “minisculeness” of man become overwhelmingly apparent, and I am forced to deal with the Creator in more honest ways.

  2. Where are you in Indiana? I just moved here a couple of months ago to be senior minister for a church in Valparaiso (NW Indiana), and didn’t know there was anything like that around. Is this a yearly thing? Where is it? When is it? What is it? I would love to know, unless it is a private thing and then don’t worry about it.