Monday, we had the opportunity to meet David Rogers who publishes the blog “Love Each Stone“. David and I are not sure when we first “met” one another online, but I know that we have been commenting on one another’s blogs for over a year.
Anyway, David was coming to town for a couple of days, so we had several opportunities to spend time together on Monday. First, David and I had lunch at The Court, which is a small cafe on campus. That night, Margaret and I took him to dinner. After dinner, we took David back to our house where a few friends joined us to talk for a couple of hours.
For those who may have read David’s blog, I want you to know that he is as gracious and kind in person as he is on his blog. Our family and our friends all enjoyed spending time with David, getting to know him better, hearing about what God has been doing in Spain, and listening to some possible plans for the future. David and I have often discussed the church, and especially unity between believers. We’ve agreed more times than we’ve disagreed, but I’ve even enjoyed the interaction when we disagree. He’s always very respectful and thought-provoking.
I’m thinking through several conversations that we had – conversations that will probably lead to blog posts after I have more time to think through them. (If I get these stories wrong, then I hope David or someone who was with us will help me out.)
David told us that in some Spanish towns of 50-100,000 people, there may only be 70 or so followers of Jesus Christ. Whenever these believers meet one another on the street, they are very excited to see one another. This makes me wonder why we do not have the same excitement when we see one another. Is the excitement a work of the Spirit? If so, we have the same Spirit. Is the excitement something other than the Spirit? If so, what is it?
David also mentioned that while they were in Spain, there were two groups of believers who met together regularly. One group was charismatic, including speaking in tongues. The other group was not charismatic – they did not speak in tongues. When they met together, the charismatic group chose not to speak in tongues in deference to the other believers. I think this is a wonderful example of preferring others as more important than ourselves. I think this showed amazing maturity for the charismatic group. I wonder if the believers that I know and meet with regularly would show the same maturity if we met with a group who differed in some ways.
I may discuss these two issues again later. But, for now, I’ll say that my family and our friends are hoping to spend time with David Rogers again. Perhaps we will be able to meet his family this time.
To see a few pictures, visit the post “Meeting another new friend” on our family blog.