On a Wednesday at about 9:30 a.m. this past week, I received a text from an old friend who said, "Did you know?! We are going to be honored at half time for our victory at state 20 years ago!" The first thought that ran through my mind was, "What! It's been 20 years already?! Holy moly, that went by fast." As I approach my 40s, I cannot believe that my Division 4 high school football team (the Colby Hornets) went to state in Madison and won the championship; completing a perfect 14-0 record for the entire season. That's crazy.
Have you ever heard of this wacky, fun and totally sci-fi franchise known as Star Trek? I have a confession. For the longest time, I could not tell other people that I loved Star Trek, Star Wars and all things science fiction related. (And I guess, now you all know. Oh well...) Well, if you've watched any of those shows or movies, you may recall the mission of the Enterprise, which was "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before."
The programming year for most of us pastors has just come to a close. This is also true for most of our ministry partners, as Sunday School classes (for both adults and children), along with most of our other programming, often takes a break for the summer. This isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's a good thing.