Yesterday I met with a group of committed evangelical ministers for a time of fellowship, just hanging out together for a couple of hours and letting our hair down a bit (although one or two men were a little short in the hair department). The first ninety minutes or so, we had coffee, laughed at/with one another, shared an update about our life and Christian ministry since we last met; and then we adjourned to a nearby pub for lunch, some serious discussion of theological and ecclesiological matters, and a time of prayer.
As I sat with these godly men and relished our fellowship, it dawned on me that we represented five distinctly different streams of evangelical life in Wales. It's not so important who these men are, or where we meet or why we have discovered mutual spiritual enrichment in our periodic meetings; but we jealously guard our schedule to carve out that monthly bit of time for one another. It's not just a fraternal, although some might call it that. We don't feel like we have to follow an agenda or put on ministerial "airs" when we get together. There's no pressure to read a Bible verse or have someone bring a prepared devotional in order to justify investing two or three hours together. It's just so enjoyable, so fulfilling, and so exciting to be together as men committed to following Christ. Continue reading