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Practice is the Embodiment of Value

I listened to Alan Hirsch at our leadership conference (via Shapevine), and he busted out the title of this blog.  He was talking about the idea that intellect moves us to action being a complete reversal of reality.  Another quote from the day that really rung home for me is below:

Act your way into a new way of thinking, rather than thinking yourself into a new way of acting.

I love the way this guy thinks (and acts), and it was a joy to hear him articulate ideas on gospel and mission.  The idea that practice embodies value, or that action demonstrates what we treasure, is an excellent way to phrase why we have Partnership commitments at The Austin Stone, not just core values.

I pray that God would continue to move us toward practicing what we value as a church.

By Todd Engstrom

Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth.

God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

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