There were so many great moments at Sola-San Antonio. Here are a few:
1. Thursday Matins – The Te Deum set to Gustav Holst’s majestic "Thaxted" (LSB 941). That’s a keeper!. As someone put it, "We looked down on heaven on that one." To steal an apt phrase from one of my members, it made you "heavensick," that deep longing for home where we already are in Jesus. I wept. Wow!
2. Homiletic line of the week: "Walking on water with Jesus is not the big deal; drowning in water with Jesus is." Or words to that effect. Yeah, we’ll be borrowing that line.
3. Best youth response to a question: When posed with a picture of the Twin Towers under attack on 9/11 and a depiction of Jesus on the cross and asked the question, "What is the same and what is different about each of these pictures?" a young man replies, "One is about people dying to kill their enemies; the other is about God dying to save His enemies." The teacher is humbled before the student.
4. Memorable moment: A lengthy hallway conversation with a young man over how best to talk about their beliefs, he Lutheran, she Roman Catholic. What stands out for me is a young man who wants to talk serious spiritual stuff with his girlfriend! If only I could get my premarital couples to do the same thing.
5. Touching moment: Singing "Happy Birthday" to Pr. Borghardt’s daughter Sophia. Pr. Borghardt has written eloquently on Lady Sophia’s story here. Every day is a gift of grace.
6. Cool moment: The African Lake house at the San Antonio Zoo. Chilled down to a comfortable 72 degrees for the sake of the great African rift lake cichlid exhibit. Relief from the heat! For those of you who have never been there, San Antonio has a terrific zoo. Great bird collection.
7. Visual image: Kids, kids, and more kids. Kids and pastors hanging out, talking theology, goofing around. Kids being kids, testing the boundaries, pretending not to have a good time and smiling large under apathetic eyes. Kids wearing Sola! t-shirts hearing about grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone, Christ alone. Kids daring to be Lutheran in a world that dares you not to be Christian. I call them kids but they’re not kids. They emergent adults, apprentices, the rising generation. We’re teaching them how to use the tools correctly and constructively. Scripture, Confessions, Hymnal. I’m hopeful. Grace abounds.