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Georgia on my Mind

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Feb 23 in Musings
(Atlanta, Georgia)-   I’ve been here since Monday night at the National Gathering of The Fellowship Community, the theologically evangelical churches within our PCUSA denomination. Hollywood Presbyterian is a member of the group.  I’m serving on the Board, and had a great deal of involvement in pulling this gathering together.  Hollywood elders Shay Case, Mac Heald and Jack Hardgrave made the trip with me, and Dr. Michael Bruner led a terrific workshop. About 220 elders and pastors from around the country gathered at Peachtree Presbyterian for worship, friendship and learning around the theme “Discipleship in a Divided Time.” 
The title acknowledges that we are in a time of great division in American culture- racial, economic, political and spiritual. At every turn of this conference, we have talked about the call of the Church to be Jesus’ people. Where do we engage the culture, and where do we go an entirely different way?  How can we live out our faith in a way that is compelling to people who have perceived the Church to be either irrelevant or an enemy?  How do we intentionally reach across deep chasms and act like God’s people?

 I’m sure I’ll be talking about our time for weeks to come.  Dr. Mark Labberton from Fuller Seminary was our opening speaker and preacher.  He was followed the next day by Rev. Harvey Drake, my friend from Seattle who was at Hollywood Pres a few years back. Worship times were very rich.  New friendships were forged. We shared stories of where God was at work in churches and communities and prayed together. The entire group took a field trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. We sat in the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King grew up and learned to preach.

Along the way, men and women from small churches and big churches, huge cities and small towns, African Americans and Koreans and Whites and Hispanics and others laughed and cried together and were reminded that God is doing things all over the place. Every once in awhile I looked around and thought- this is a little picture of God’s kingdom. The same one we are trying to live out in Los Angeles, CA. 

More soon,
            Pastor Dan

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