After reviewing the tape with my wife this afternoon, we both looked at each other and said " What's it coming to?" I said "Even prison guards don't have to put up with this kind of disrespect."
It's hard on teachers these days. Students don't respect authority and they often flaunt it. Schools have been lax in punishment and somehow "individual" rights have risen up to take away the fundamental principle of : respect for authority.
What's going to happen to the future? Where did we go wrong? Do I sound like my parents- probably so. But I know one thing, I told my kids tonight that if an authority figure (school or otherwise) asks them a question--they are to answer them with respect. The girls' response in this video only fuels the frustration that this bus driver must have felt.
I did see an apology later from the girl in questions---but probably only after she saw how truly awful she was to this lady.
What do you think?
On to baseball... it never stops.
Scripture taken out of context and meaning can be used to say anything you want it to say. This isn't true spirituality. It's deception and you know where that comes from.
Gift of the Season" package in his or her name. A new gift card each season will share the life-changing difference being made for children and families with the gift of a goat (spring), immunizations for a child in an impoverished community (summer), a school backpack and supplies (fall), and water treatment tablets to provide a year's worth of safe water for a school (winter).Had I known about the Recreate connection with Compassion, we might have gone that way. But that could be our next year project.
Collectively we collected enough to provide this gift and we didn't even miss not getting a gift ourselves. Now talk about the gift that keeps on giving. Why don't you think about this the next time you have a gift to be given for a party, or office function. Pool your money together and sponsor a child through World Vision here or Compassion International here
A church member sent me this video. A very interesting art form of interpretation with black lights and white gloves. Enjoy
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This sad news was relayed to me today by a fellow St. Arbucks Parishoner. Yes--St. Arbucks Chapel is closing--from 5:30-8:30 today for retraining all of its employees. I read this book last year in Chicago It was a very good read and gave insight to some of the mystique around Starbucks. Most of all it reinforced the idea that Starbucks isn't just a coffee seller--they are culture creators. Yes, it's true. Why do so many people look to see what Starbucks is doing? They have recycling efforts, green endeavors to harvest coffee from only organic farms, and much more. The other thing they lead in is the Starbucks expereience--yes, where we fork over $4.00 for a cup of coffee that would cost $1.25 at the Town and Country. But, by holding that cup in our hand and going into that establishment, we are part of the experience.
Who knows? Maybe the CEO will hand each of these people "The Book" and tell them to get back to serving the St. Arbucks way. We'll watch and see.
He works by donation and offers these images to be used in the church. We're going to make a donation to help him out and to keep this site up.
For us, the Easter season is a mixed bag--it falls during the School Spring Break this year--so we're not quite sure how that will affect our attendance. We have no activities the week of Easter, except to have a prayer experieces (with stations) during the day on Thursday and then we gather back together for Maundy Thursday night services in our chapel. I'll post a link to the prayer stations pdf when we get it edited. For the last two years, we've done the stations of the cross, and it has been well received.
This year we're making a change for the prayer stations to coincide with the Pastor's new series on the miracles surrounding the crucifixion. We begin this week with Death and Darkness. Sounds cheery doesn't it. But I think it will be effective in getting us mentally ready to experience Easter.
What are you doing this Easter?
We are going on 6 months of below normal rain here. It's very dry--and dangerous.
Read more about it here.
A Thousand Hallelujahs! (Opener)--new song, we didn't ask them to sing along because it was new. Somehow it didn't energize the people like I thought it would.
Love the Lord (Lincoln Brewster)-- Not a new song--but you might have thought it was. We wore the tread off this one in October. People weren't engaged with this one either.
Your Grace Is Enough-(Maher) Some more engagement...
How Can I Keep From Singing (Tomlin) ...hmmm
Amazing Grace (on the fly--people were'nt singing..so I did this one on the fly--some more engagement-but not much
You Gave Your Life Away (Baloche)--response song
Just a heavy feeling in the room today. Don't know what it was. Maybe it's the leader... I dunno.
These are the days that challenge me to keep going.
What was your set list today? What worked? What didn't? At least Chris from Canada (chrisfromcanada.com) was out there enough to tell us last week that his service was...uh...less than stellar. Maybe we all need to admit this more often.
This isn't a picture from today--but it sure looked like this about 2PM this afternoon.
Have you ever been in a Fire situation? What did you take with you?
Today I was able to follow my oldest child, Taylor, as she played the back 9 at her second golf tourney of the year. I'm the first to admit, I know nothing about golf. Yeah, being a minister I probably should have learned the standard "trade game" of pastors, but the only times I've been on the golf course..well, I hit every tree on the course. I've just given up on going golfing.
But my oldest has taken to the sport, obviously a tribute to her Unlce who love to play, and so today I got to watch her. I knew nothing about the rules. Heck, I couldn't even see the ball when it went flying through the air. I had to constantly ask her "Where did your ball go?". Anyway, despite my stupidity I picked up on the basics of the game rather quickly. We enjoyed our day together and I must say my legs are tired after 9 holes (she played 27 holes a week ago--what?). So I'll live vicariously through her and watch her play golf. It's more fun that way and I get to spend time with my first born who won't be around much longer.
I think the national elections should be this way...one week only, no ads, no parties, no banners, a debate for all interested candidates-then we vote and get it over with. Are you as shocked as I was with these figures.
Oh--we have a lot to answer for in the end.
I took my 10 year old son to the Doctor today. We've been fighting something with him for over a week and a 4 o'clock wake up this morning with a temp of 100+ was the last straw. As we sat there in the waiting room I remembered with great fear how much I hated going to the Docotr--because of that shot. Now, kids don't fear the Doctor--because their going to give them a Z-pack or some set of tablets.
Where did the good old days go? Do any of you have a memory of this?
I was reminded last night at the performance of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL how magical words can be. The drama and music of the night was engaging, but after a while you noticed that the rhythm of the story and the rhythm of the night was found in the magical rhymes that are Dr. Seuss. Now, the musical wasn't written by Seuss but was written in a Seuss "style". It made me want to go check out every Dr. Sesuss book in the local library. It made me laugh; it made me think; it made me marvel at the beauty of words. We often don't think about words as beauty and art--but they are. They are coming out with an animated version of HORTON HEARS A WHO on March 14th
So today, if you have a moment, read a Dr. Seuss book and enjoy. You never know what it might inspire you to do.
Pictures from last night's performance are here
I've joined with other creatives to dedicate each Wednesday to talk about creating culture and adding to the culture of our community. You can read about it here on Randy Elrod's site.
This question of creating culture has resonated with me long before Recreate 08 in Nashville. Anyone who knows me knows that I love the Arts and I love the culture of the city which fosters the arts. After some time asking God--why don't you change the culture where I am ( more artistic, more expression, more Starbucks!) I felt the Lord say--"What are you doing to change the culture where you are? Until you do your part, you won't see my part (Not that God is dependent on me to move).
So, this fall, after a 25 year hiatus from the theater, I tried out for a production at our local theater. I had no idea if I could do it, but I tried. I ended up being.. A Buzzard. In fact, I was a Baptist Buzzard (Wallace in Hank The Cowdog). It was a children's play that was produced for our town's annual White Buffalo Days festival. I know, it's not a Broadway type of play, but it was invigorating to join with other artists in my town, many that I knew and many that I didn't, to work for 6 weeks on this production. You can see by this picture, my appearance was...stellar.Not only me, but my two daughters have been bitten by the theatrical bug ( both appeared in ALADDIN and THE SOUND OF MUSIC as well as my son who appeared in RUMPLESTILSKIN. It has even awakened in me a desire to direct a production sometime here in the future or to volunteer to be creative director for our small theater company. Who knows.
It just started with a small desire to change the culture where I live.
Anyway, all night long in my sleep I kept hearing "Dance with me, sing with me O Lord and I will sing a thousand hallelujahs!" Over and over again. So Mark, if you read this--you were in my dreams. Just don't be there tonight. I need some sleep
At the end of last year, we purchased this large scale printer from HP.( HP DESIGNJET 3100) It has been a dream to work with and we've made all of our in-house promotion posters and advertisements with it since. I even made a 13' wide banner (pieced together in 8 different pieces--using a Poster creator program (which I'll post later) for a background ealier in the month. Everyone should look into
getting a large scale printer. It's heaven!
One of the benefits of parenthood is seeing your children grow and accomplish their dreams. This made me smile today.
This video is hilarious! It's too true how our guests feel coming into our "gatherings". Enjoy
I finally sat down today and listened to Matt Maher's new cd (we got a pre-release copy @ Recreate 2 weeks ago). It is a marvelous cd--maybe it's because I got to sit with him at supper and talk about worship and ministry. We all fell in love with GREAT THINGS, but for me the one that captured my heart was EMPTY AND BEAUTIFUL--the title cd. A piano based personal expression of praise for what Christ has done for us. I played it over and over again. Check out his site here
At Recreate Conference we were to give one of the technologies that we've discovered during the last year that has revolutionized our worship planning. Back in October I discovered a little free program from Google called SKETCHUP . It is a 3D modeling program that is tied into Google Earth. You can get it here. There are also some amazing videos on You Tube that walk you through the tutorials (check out the Sketchup Show (Episodes 1-43 now available and very interesting). It takes some time to master some of the tricks, but when you do, you can model your environment before you build or change any sets. We use it to look at possibilities for stage pieces and emphasis. It's one of the best things I've discovered this year.
What are you finding out there?
Then it was off to one of my favorite creative places...Lowe's. Anyone else with me? I always enjoy going to Lowe's (1. because we don't have one in town, 2. there's so much that you can stand there and imagine "what can I do with this" My wife used to hate me going to Lowes. I'd come home with all kinds of "oops" paint and big ideas for the house. It was thrilling today to walk down the isles and try to figure out how I could use common building products for sets and worship design. I tried to grab 1 paint chip sample from each bin-like JVO's display @ Recreate...but was too scared to take'm all. So I have a few to play with and see what we can do.
Then off to Sugar Brown's (another coffee shop--ok,ok--it was a little chilly to sit at the park today and finish my planning. Besides they have free wifi there). I spent the rest of the afternoon working on the worship segements for Easter. I surfed and found resources that fit into the themes for the week. Sugar Brown's is an old 7-11 that has been turned into a neat coffee house. It has a great feel and I see so many Christ followers there doing their devos and reading scripture. I felt right at home.
Finally one last stop--to HOBBY LOBBY. Sorry, another creative hangout--where I picked up foamcore board that I couldn't find here in our town. (and for $5.99). On to Mardel's where I was looking for a book I found today on the net about the Miracles of the Crucifixion. Nope--they didn't have it, and the boy told me "We haven't put out our Easter stuff yet!" What? I thought I was behind.
That was my day--how was yours?
This happened today--about 40 miles from us. I had already left town when it happened, so I wasn't here but people that were said that they could feel the blast. It rattled the walls and shook the ground. All of this after we sang "Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble" yesterday in worship. I talked about how we had a small earthquake here on Jan. 29--3 something on the Richter scale, but equated when the people of God worship how it shakes the earth. When the blast happened, my cell phone started ringing. People were asking "Did you feel it--the ground trembling?" Of course I didn't, but was a cool connection to what we sang about yesterday.
Let The Praises Ring--Lincoln Brewster
Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble--Martin Smith
Jesus Paid It All--Passion Version
Above All-Paul Baloche
You Gave Your Life Away-Paul Baloche
This was our first day to sing "You Gave Your Life Away". It was well received and many commented how much they liked this song. We'll probably sing it a couple of more times before Easter-and use on Easter too.
Powering 20,000 Homes: The World's Largest PV Solar Farm Open
With an installed peak power capacity of 20 megawatts, world's largest photovoltaic solar power farm has opened in Spain. This farm surpasses the solar farm at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada which is rated at 14 megawatts. The new solar farm consists of 120,000 solar panels and covers 100 hectares (247 acres) in Jumilla, a wine-producing region in southern Spain, where the local Mayor says 300 days of sun a year are guaranteed. The farm's total annual production will be the equivalent of the energy used by 20,000 homes. ...
Sometimes humor is more truthful than we want to admit. This is a funny video
This week a group of 16 Bloggers are detailing their trip to Uganda via their blogs
I remember when I first heard this song. I sat transfixed in my car just listening to the words. My heart was open at the moment to hear the truth. It really matters not what you do, you know--but how you live. Make the most of every moment. I learned that this week.
An interesting article in light of this week's message to us--don't change the world--change the culture. Perhaps Young is right--music will never change the world, but artists can
So, Recreate is known for their surprises for their attendees each year. From special guest artist, to special gifts and special trip--but tonight was SPECIAL. We were hosted by Integrity Music @ the Journey Church (Ecclesia) in the Factory @ Franklin. Its a neat old warehouse. Great meal--then great worship with Paul Baloche, Jared Anderson and others. In the midst of wonderful worship I hear this high pitch noise and I think "What a wicked guitar solo Paul is playing tonight!" Then heard it again and thought "It's a fire!" Then I heard it again and I thought "Tornado". Sure enough there was a Tornado heading toward us. What could we do? We just continued to worship (but be wise and watch the weather). Can you imagine singing "Your Name" during the midst of the storm. It spoke volumes to me--that God does indeed cover you with his wings (Psalm 91). It's not over yet---there are more storms to come--but we're back @ our hotel and keeping an eye on the storms.
All in all--a RECREATE surprise unmatched by no other.
"And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. Hebrews 11: 13b-14"
In the 80's classic movie, E.T (the Extra Terristerial) finds himself on the planet but looking for his home...his planet. I feel like that sometimes. Out there all alone, thinking that no one could feel the way I do--struggle with the same things I do, wonder why God what he does and when he does it.
Tonight I discovered there is a planet called CREATIVES...and there are many aliens like myself who have those same questions. Have you ever met total strangers (like less than 12 hours ago you didn' t know that they existed) and you could carry on life with them for hours? What's the bond---it's the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Creative one who is our bond. I think I've found my planet and I'm phoning home.
If you hate statistics--it would have put you out in a minute. But I love this kind of stuff because numbers tell you stories. Very interesting stuff. Blended worship is declining while two separate styles of worship services (Contemporary and Traditional) are growing. Contemporary is growing the fastest.
Some real confirmation to me of some of the changes that we've adopted in our place of worship. Looks like we are "NORMAL" according to the trends. Can't wait to share the findings with our folks.
It's been a whirlwind day. First there was Church ( 2 services--2 different choirs--much multimedia and then a luncheon) followed by a day long effort to get all of my "materials" done for the conference (DVD's, handouts) and packing. My energy is beginning to wane.
We can't wait to go to the RECREATE Conference. For those of you who know me--CREATIVITY is an important part of my life. I'm meeting 99 other ministers that I've never met before. From all across America, Canada and some from Latin America--my muse will be energized.
Hope to update you throughout the week.
It used to be when I was a young lad that I couldn't wait until the Super Bowl. There was a magical mystique about it and I anticipated it's arrival. Maybe it's because my family made a big deal about it. We would get together as a family, just like Christmas eve, and bring the best food and watch the game together as a family. I can remember those classic games with Dallas vs. Baltimore, and Dallas vs. Miami, and Dallas vs. Denver. Those were exciting games. Maybe just the sense of family being together was the key ingredient.
Tonight's game--well, to be honest--who cares. We'll watch for a bit, but we really have no investment in who wins. Maybe if the Cowboys had come through there might have been more interest, but it will be just another game. Besides, I'm travelling this week and I've got to pack.
Still--fond memories of the Super Bowl past--maybe 42 of them, it's time for another memory maker.
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