I am sorry for the torrential rains that are hitting Texas south of us. But for us to the north, the cooler weather is an emotional lift. Now the Texas coast is bracing for the possibility of a big hurricane.
This time of year, I sometimes think back to when I was a kid heading back to school. I can still smell it. Paste. Crayons. The cafeteria. As I got older, it also brought the excitement of football.
Speaking of football, my younger son, Jonathan, is coaching. The church he ministers to has a large private school. They have asked him to coach receivers and defensive backs. They went through two-a-days while we were on vacation.
It seems that the "in" thing today is to rip on the church. Many are predicting (and I guess it's even happening to some degree) that the traditional model of the church is going to give way to cell churches -- or no institutional church at all. I guess time will tell.
However, I found the following quote worth repeating. It is from Shane Claiborne in the book THE IRRESISTIBLE REVOLUTION. He said, "I once heard a pastor say, 'The church is like Noah's ark. It stinks, but if you get out of it, you'll drown.'"