- a forum for expressing my thought
- a place to chronicle what's going on in my life
- a place to meet new friends/leaders
- a venue to show others what I do and why I do it.
Tonight was a wonderful performance of Willy Wonka Jr. The play combined the best part of the original Willy Wonka Movie and the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movies.
Mattie was Viloet Beauregard--the bratty girl who loves bubble gum. Her suit even inflated when she was tasting the gum. It was priceless.
The kids did and outstanding job. Theater is big here in our town. It starts early and keeps on going. Way to go cast of Wonka!
In honor of Wonka--here's a little something.
What was your favorite part of Willy Wonka?
Back Seat Jesus_Promo from Cross Point Church on Vimeo.
This is the new series starting this weekend at Crosspoint Church in Nashville. Take a look at the video. It is well done! I'll have a link to the series on Monday so you can listen/watch.
What new series/teaching topic is coming up at your church?
This video isn't new ( I posted about it last July) but I wanted to dedicate it to my fellow RECREATE attendees, especially Randy, John V., Dan P and Pat Callahan. Kim Bontrager and I were laughing the other day what would we do if you guys took this video seriously. Really?
En tout cas, faites-moi savoir qui vous êtes - que vous faites et que vous aimez lire sur mon blog.
I guess some people wonder where I got my bent for visuals in worship. I don't know that I could place my finger on a certain day or event (I've always enjoyed arts, photography, etc) but I guess my connection with it in worship began with the Technology For Worship Conference in Dallas when The Midnight Oil team talked about Metaphors and what was happening at Granger Community Church. It was like a light bulb went off and I said "yeah, I get it, I see it and love it--give me some more"
I did some visuals at my church in the late 90's but it wasn't until 2001 when I landed at a church in the Metroplex that was moving to a new facility with large screens and lighting that I began to see the potential for this in worship. The above pics are from that church.
This was our ORDINARY DAY WITH JESUS in January of 2004. Some people called it our Mardi Gras Set. It was the next step in our use of visuals. These are just ordinary (no pun intended) items from Lowes; concrete forms painted for the columns; insulation board and my all time favorite, Wal Mart $1 fabric.
During this series we also did worship pathway stations (based upon the book SACRED PATHWAYS (by Gary Thomas) where we had the congregation identify their pathway. (Boy, I took some hits from our ultra traditionalist when they came into the room that day--I remember our Interim Pastor coming up to me with my emotional blood on my hands and him saying "Don't own that--that's their issue-not yours"- Thanks Bruce for that!) Oh by the way, I'm a Sensate, if you couldn't tell.
Alright, in honor of Mardi Gras (just passed) I present my stage design for ORDINARY DAY.
Test your Sacred Pathway here.
Where did you get your bent for visuals in worship?
This video is very interesting about the Arts being integrated into the Tuscon school system.
Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) is a student-achievement program that uses music, dance, and visual arts to teach skills used in reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects. The curriculum, based on brain-development research, is designed to engage specific skills targeted to each grade level. Independent research demonstrates that OMA has dramatically improved test scores and teacher effectiveness. Launched as a pilot program in 2000, OMA now thrives in more than 40 Tucson, Arizona, public elementary schools.What was your favorite Arts program in school?
Blue Ridge Community Church in Forest, Virginia is one of the most creative churches in their use of visuals. Andrew Hunt, Todd Foster and Colin Harman are the amazing team that conceptualizes and implements the designs for their stage.The above is a time lapse of their latest stage build. Here are some more pictures of the stage.
One of the exercises this morning in our devo was to list out the people who had great influence in my life. I started the list from when I became a Christian (1985) until now. That will humble you! To see whom God has put in your path these many years really makes you grateful. I can look at stages in my life and know exactly what I was going through and observe the people God placed there to minister to me. Some of them have made the JIM DRAKE Hall of Fame! (ask me about that).
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
So, today I wrote a bunch of them a short note and gave them this prayer. I actually prayed this over every name that God brought to mind. Then I began to think, why not use your Facebook Friends (yeah those 500 friends that you've added) or your Twitter or your Iphone contact list to pray for people? We always say that we don't have anything to pray about. Sure we do--we have a prayer list at our immediate disposal thanks to technology.
Why don't you use these things to spur your prayers on towards the saints and the people that have meant so much to you? You'll never know what those prayers might accomplish in their lives. All you have to do is to be faithful.
So--is this really a crazy idea?
@fbcjdrake thanks for your recommendation of @___________.It was one of the many confirmations that God was at work in the process
The photo below captures a disturbing trend beginning to affect wildlife in the U.S.
Animals formerly self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democratic Party. They have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance. This photo is of a Democrat black bear in Montana nicknamed "Bearack."
You can also listen to his sermons on Crosspoint's site and read his blog here.
HT: Clayton Bell
- You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning.
- The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you.
- You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence.
- The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice
- What you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered — this is the process that entices you.
- Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences — yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one.
- This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential.
- The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”
Maker Profile - Public Projections on MAKE: television from make magazine on Vimeo.
I found this tonight on Make Magazine site. I thought it was interesting that large outdoor spaces are being used for installation art and projections. Camron Ware thinks this is the next wave in architechtural lighting.
- Woo stands for winning others over.
- You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you.
- Strangers are rarely intimidating to you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing. You are drawn to them.
- You want to learn their names, ask them questions, and find some area of common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport.
- Some people shy away from starting up conversations because they worry about running out of things to say. You don’t.
- Not only are you rarely at a loss for words; you actually enjoy initiating with strangers because you derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a con- nection.
- Once that connection is made, you are quite happy to wrap it up and move on.
- There are new people to meet, new rooms to work, new crowds to mingle in. In your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet — lots of them.
- You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events.
- You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are.
- An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for con- nections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure con- nection.
- An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges.
- You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle.
- You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you.
- Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.