I hated missing Worship Sunday… I heard it was amazing.
Anyway, here’s a neat picture of Tom Monson working on his painting during the service.
I went to my first school related activity tonight. (My oldest daughter, Mary Joy, just started Kindergarten).
It was kind of a musical… the kids sang nursery rhymes and the whole show only lasted 7 minutes. Mary Joy was a superstar!! She sang her heart out and even had her own line… “The moral of the story is…” something like ‘run away from spiders’ or similar.
Here’s a quick pic from the Blackberry… I’m starting to feel like a middle aged dad.
Just in case you didn’t know, this Sunday is a “Worship Sunday” at Antioch.
Funny thing is I’ll be down in California meeting with a Worship Pastor candidate and won’t get to enjoy the service.
I hate to miss it…
The other day I was teaching at Antioch and I told the story of a friend of mine who checked into a hotel that was having a Pink Flamingo Conference.
It was a whole conference around fanatics and collectors of Pink Flamingos.
Who would have thought that there was a whole sub-culture built around that??
The point I was trying to make was that sometimes Christians become an isolated and irrelevant sub-culture like that of the Pink Flamingos. We get our own radio stations, book stores, ways of talking and everything else that isolates us from others. We’re tickled pink, but we don’t intersect with culture in any meaningful way.
Well, someone caught the analogy enough to pick me up these lovely Pink Flamingo glasses.
What a trophy :)
The next book for the History Book Club is Thomas Cahill’s Mysteries of the Middle Ages.
It seems like we’ve been stuck in a lot of medieval church history lately, but this one should be a fun read. We’ve also decided to take a look at the Church Fathers (2nd – 4th Century Christianity) after this one.
Too much history… too little time :)
I found this picture the other night.
It’s from when I was a camp counselor… I used to dress up like a hippie one day every week when we had the campfire. Those were some good times!!
I’m writing a paper on worship and have this little bit that just doesn’t seem to flow with the rest… I thought I’d post it here and clear it out of the article!!
He’s His Own God.
Now here’s where the last little tricky bit comes in. I think we get the picture of God being big and we get the excitement and the delight, but we miss that He’s His Own God.
What I mean is that we see God like the genie in the movie Aladin… He’s big and he’s powerful, which is all really cool and exciting, but the swirl of smoke sweeps down from him to the bottle we’re holding in our hands. The mindset is that he’s not just a big God, he’s my big God. It’s all very wonderful, but only if I’m ultimately in control of everything. He’s exciting, but only if the story revolves around me.
God is his own God… and my inability to delight in something unless I possess it is an immature hindrance.
I remember walking through the rose gardens at the Huntington Library in Pasadena and learning this. I couldn’t allow myself to enjoy the beauty because I wanted it all for myself. I wanted to own the estate and be able to stroll the gardens in the evening sun all by myself. I had to learn how to appreciate goodness and beauty for its own sake and not just because it was mine.
Until we are mature enough to praise God for his beauty without having to possess him, we won’t be satisfied.
One last little thought… if God were under my control then how could anyone else worship him? I’d be bigger than God.
The truth is, God is his own God; and, as such, he is worthy to be praised.
I’ve learned that sometimes in ministry, the blessings just pour in.
We’re in one of those seasons right now…
So the bottom line is, I’ve got a bunch of killer secrets that I don’t feel like I can share quite yet.
I guess all that will do is raise curiosity and maybe even frustrate a few people, but sometimes the next best thing to telling a secret is just sharing that you have one!!!
I hung out for 4 hours last night with two new church planting friends… Tim Bach and Lonnie Chapin.
Tim and Lonnie are professional musicians and are looking to plant a church in a year or so.
I always love hanging out with other church planters. There seems to be a common DNA and it’s fun not having to explain all your feelings and reasons for doing things.
Church planters keep me excited about the state of the church in America. And, as I e-mailed someone earlier today…
“The church is a lot like Noah’s Ark… it stinks a lot of the time, but if you get out, you will drown. Hopefully enough of us disenchanted folks will have the humility to not shoot her full of holes and the pride to work hard enough to make her seaworthy.”
Here’s a picture of Tamara yesterday evening. I snapped it on the ol’ Blackberry while we were hiking down the Deschutes River Trail.
I’ve been carrying a lot of stress lately and I’m pretty excited about our plan of taking every Sunday evening as a “Date Night.” Hiking the trail from our house down to The Old Mill is also part of our new Sunday evening plan.
Long live “Date Night” and thank God for babysitters!!!
The 2nd Annual Antioch Golf Tournament was today… and the weather couldn’t have been better!!
There were 22 teams and the whole course at Aspen Lakes was ours for the better part of the morning and afternoon.
It’ll be a few days before we’ll know how much we raised for our Uganda partnership, but by all counts it was a huge success!!
P.S. I think my team only used one of my shots all day… pretty embarrassing stuff :)
We’re currently in the search for a full-time Worship & Music Pastor for the church.
It’s funny how easy it is to decide to find someone in contrast to how difficult it is to actually find someone.
Anyway, it looks like I might be flying down to San Clemente in two weeks to meet with a couple. The irony of it all is that the wife was in my college group years ago and that they are currently at the same church Kirk and Amanda Patterson used to attend (and that’s where the weird coincidences begin!)
I’ll save more of the details for the future… the bottom line is that in the middle of a series on prayer I find myself more and more in need of it.
If you want, I’d love for a bunch of people to join the Prayer Group on our new networking site. If you do, you’ll get prayer updates and be able to leave comments & praises.
Lots going on!!
We’ve set up the Podcast Group on the new online hub.
See the instructions below to sign up and then look under “P” in the group’s section for the Podcast Group. Once you see it you can click on “join”.
Once you have joined you will be able to access uploads, leave feedback and stay connected on new posts.
Time to jump on!!!
Antioch has set up a new church networking hub through OIKOS. “Oikos” is Greek for ‘house’ or ‘home’ and is designed to bring a church community together through effective use of technology.
There are a million ways we will be able to use Oikos, but the best way for me to communicate those is to get EVERYONE to SIGN UP and GET GOING!!
Simply log in as a guest and then request membership at the top right. Once you are in as a member make sure to set your own personal profile and watch all of the tutorials. There are so many neat features and fun things to do that it’ll take a week to get to the bottom of it!!
We received confirmation on all the big pieces of an Apologetics Conference we’ve been working on yesterday (funny how things usually happen all at once!!)
The date (November 7-9, 2008), the location, and all three of the speakers.
I’m pretty excited about the lineup of speakers since two of them (J.P. Moreland and Scott Rae) are old philosophy professors of mine. Moreland is one of the preminent Christian thinkers alive today and Scott Rae sits on more medical ethics boards at major universities than I can remember. In addition, Craig Hazen who chairs the Masters in Apologetics program at Biola University, will be coming.
It should be a pretty sweet conference!!
Kudos to Rich Waller who has been doing a lot of legwork on this!!
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