|The spire of the American Church to the left sits in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower along the shores of the Seine.|
|The beautiful sanctuary of the American Church in Paris|
Mark has written two books: The Dangerous Act of Worship and The Dangerous Act of Loving your Neighbor. The core challenges were these: He urged us to make our worship a whole life event, not merely a Sunday morning gathering focused mainly on getting our personal needs met. He also challenged us to consider what it means to more fully follow Jesus especially through the dangerous act of loving our neighbors, even our enemies. He spoke of keeping first order priorities our real priorities instead of getting bogged down in the minutia of life and ministry that sometimes demands our attention yet zaps all our energy. We were confronted with the difference between sight and vision and in the end, he reminded us that following Jesus means living a life that is radically different than those who do not follow Jesus. I have never come away from a learning experience feeling more resonance with what a speaker said yet wondering on a deep level if I can apply what I've learned. Very challenging in many personal ways. If you are interested in more, get his books and chew on them. They are hard to swallow but quite satisfying if you can digest it! The first day ended with a boat ride on the Seine.
|Yes, that is Notre Dame in the background.|