Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Redemption Church. In our society 8 out of 10 start-up churches never make it to their tenth year. I feel really grateful ours did. Lots of old friends came back to be with us for the morning and it was good to see their faces. I think that my favorite part of the day was this: the most intense moments of the morning – emotionally and relationally – seemed to be shared between people who showed up early, either from the very beginning or in the first few months and years, and then stuck it out for the whole time, people who have a lot of skin in the game. I sensed in their voices such an intense love for this place. We could hardly even talk without being overwhelmed with emotion. I would watch them hug spontaneously and pull away crying and laughing at the same time. The joy was so palpable and thick you had to wade through it like water. I’m a big believer in the power of fidelity. I think, at least for one day, we got a glimpse of how much God is pleased by our fidelity to the body of Christ. I am so grateful to be a part of this community.

I confess that having the Chiefs win yesterday is cause for concern. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when they are good, but it has an adverse impact on Church attendance. I confess that I wish the pastors of American would unite and petition the NFL for 1pm start times. I would estimate that during years in which the Chiefs are a playoff team, church attendance for the fall drops somewhere in the neighborhood of 15% over the course of the season.

I confess that the Royals are giving me a heart attack. A week ago I was ready to cash it in and say it’s been a really fun season, and we are going to make our run at the playoffs next season. But we are only three games out. If the Royals can put together another run of eight or ten straight wins we could grab the last wildcard spot for the playoffs.

I confess that I’ve been eagerly waiting on my kids to ask for one of those electric scooter things. You know the ones with an electric motor and go about 10 mph? I confess that the moment they say that they want one, I’m going to jump at the chance. I want to ride one. They look so dang fun. Almost everyday I’ll see some kid riding around the neighborhood, and I always feel a twinge of jealousy. I’ve already looked and they are not that expensive.

I confess that I read American Lion, the biography of Andrew Jackson last week. I’m seriously considering attempting to read one biography about every single president of the United States. I think it would be a fun project – I’m thinking at least 2-3 years? I confess I knew little about this era, and didn’t have any idea how much Jackson changed the presidency. I moved on to Team of Rivals on Friday.

I confess that I’m moving to my Monday Sabbath routine starting today. I’m hoping it will be a good day.

Okay, I’ve made my confession. Time for you to make yours

About Tim Suttle

Tim Suttle is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the author of several books: Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), and An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade Books, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals. Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. He has planted three successful churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.


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