Wk 1: Get Ready, Get Set

June 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm 4 comments

Last Monday, we finally left Davis around 8:30pm tunnelafter saying “good bye” to the many Waypoint members who stopped by to wish us well.  They made a farewell tunnel through our living room, into our kitchen, through the family room, and out to the front lawn! We are very grateful to everyone for encouraging us through this Sabbatical with your prayers, encouragements, and gifts/goodies.  We are richly blessed…

By midnight, we made it to Yreka where we checked into a motel for a quick sleep and were on the road again at 7am to cover the balance of 900 miles to Vancouver. Canada in a blink of an eyeI drove most of the way, while listening to an audiobook of Chuck Colson’s book, The Faith, while Susanna quickly finished the book, Blink. At the border, a Canadian immigration officer asked me, “Will you be working or teaching in Canada?”  To which I replied without blinking, “Nope; I’m here on a sabbatical — I’m not supposed to do those things!”

We arrived at our dorm 24 hours after we left Davis and I unloaded the minivan all by myselfOur dorm But after the 8th box, I wished we had packed Timothy, Ming, and Jacob in our minivan (they helped me load back home).  But being the macho man that I am, I unloaded the entire minivan without crying or whining.  (I nearly pulled several muscles, but I figured I’d have the next 8 weeks to recover!)

Dinner for twoIt took some time to get things set here since we couldn’t bring up everything.  The night of our arrival, we went to Wal-Mart to get important necessities like ketchup.  It was strange not buying in bulk quantities since it will be just the two of us for the first couple of weeks.  (Our kids will join us at that time after their youth retreat.)  Since it’s just the two of us, I’m gladly volunteering to do the dishes every day.  (That will change when I get to pull seniority on our kids.) 😉

We also went to a special seminar by Prof. Darrell Johnson at Regent College entitled, “The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World.”  His thesis is this: (and I’m quoting him here)

“When a human being [imperfect, broken, multi-motivated, sinful-in-process-of-being-made-whole], open Bible in hand, stands up before a group of other human beings [imperfect, broken, with all kinds of needs, bombarded by many voices, under many demands, sinful-in-process-of-being-made-whole], and says [however imperfectly, inadequately, yet as faithfully as possible] what the Living God is saying in the text to which the Bible is opened, something happens [something transformative].”

I was so pumped up after his lecture that I wanted to drive back down to Davis to preach!  He also challenged us to find in every text of the Bible an opportunity to encounter Jesus.  As a result, I’ve been spending several hours each day reading the Bible, starting with Genesis, and it has been good, very good…

Finally, some of you will be happy to hear that Susanna and I are putting that gift membership to the Rec Center to good use.  As proof, here is a picture of the two of us on treadmills going really fast.  It’s so fast that it’s blurred because we’re warping time, bending light, or pulling your leg!  🙂

Running fast

Running so fast, it's blurry!

Entry filed under: About Life, Leadership Lessons, Ministry Lessons, Parenting Lessons.

Sabbatical 4 Me Wk 2: R & R (Read & Read)

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. susan  |  June 21, 2009 at 8:12 am

    i think you’re pulling our leg… =)

    hope you have a great time of rest and rejuvenation on your Sabbatical!

  • 2. MD  |  June 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Wow! thanks for sharing from Prof. Darrell Johnson. Thats right – every text in the bible is an opportunity to encounter Jesus. how silly and tragic for me to miss those opportunities when I dont take the word of God or my DTs seriously. Thanks again. Rest well!

  • 3. Danny O  |  July 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    *[context: Josh Wang challenged the brothers in his talk, “Recovering the Biblical Manhood” at Worldiew ’09 to call out behaviors and attitudes that are “manly.”]

    Pastor Joong, unloading all those boxes was very manly of you. I’m happy God gave us such a biblical role model to follow. 🙂

  • 4. Dennis K  |  July 6, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Echoing Danny, that moving P. Joong, was “manly”. Good example for us Waypoint peeps to follow…even if we have “pretty white trucks”. 🙂


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