Coffee and Jesus

November 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Check this video out!

Any thoughts?

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Church NBA

October 15, 2008 at 6:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

What if church was like the NBA?

Thought’s?

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Change in Church

August 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

If you could change one thing about your Sunday morning experience, what would it be and why?

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A Concert In Church?

July 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I used to hate when people would tell me that our church services felt like a “concert.” They’d tell me it was too loud and too rocking. (Most of these people’s reference to concerts came from seeing artists like Kenny G)

But now I don’t get offended.

In fact, I hope it sounds like a concert in church.

But, not a concert for the congregation, it’s a concert of worship to our Lord.

We’re there to honor and praise God. Let’s make it loud. Let’s join our voices and instruments to make a wonderful noise to our Saviors ear.

Any thoughts or opinions?

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Church worker’s sin

May 13, 2008 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I used to think that people who worked in church were extra spiritual. I thought that God must bless them with the ability to avoid sin.

Two years ago, I got a job at a church. I was hoping that this job would extinguish the sin in my life.

Unfortunately, the sin is still here.

My struggle, as of late, has been my inability to control my tongue. I have the unique talent of stringing together sentences filled with four letter words that could make a sailor blush.

Call it a potty mouth disease.

Anytime I’m angry, I cuss.

Anytime I’m frustrated, I cuss.

Anytime there’s a lull in the conversations in my head, I cuss.

I don’t know why I struggle with this. I shouldn’t have to worry about an F-bomb falling out of my mouth any time I stump my toe.

Is this a problem for anyone else?

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Tourist Towns Tattoo’s and God

April 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

My wife and I had a get away this past weekend. We left our kid with Bubbles (my mom) and headed to Gatlinburg, TN. We had a beautiful, secluded cabin on the mountain. I’d show some pictures, but clothing was optional. It was a wonderful time for us to fall in love all over again.

We decided to go do the tourist stuff on Saturday. We walked the whole town. The highlights include the aquarium (live sharks) and the sky-lift.

There was a “Women of Joy” conference going on this weekend so the town was covered in middle-aged white women in matching pink tee shirts. I have a healthy fear of large groups of people who are wearing matching outfits, so we decided hide out in a tattoo parlor.

I was surprised to see three of the conference goers inside. I tried to blend in with the rest of the crowd, which included two couples making out, a man who didn’t look like he had anymore room on his body for another tattoo, and a receptionist.

The three women were talking loudly about the tattoo that one of them was going to get on her wrist. It was something to the effect of “God’s servant” written in Hebrew. The ladies started asking the receptionist if they should feel guilty about getting a tattoo at a Christian conference. At this point, my wife decided to join the conversation.

(As a private note, I don’t usually tell people my profession because it makes them uncomfortable around me)

She told everybody that I was a worship leader and my church would be cool with me getting a tattoo. They asked what kind of church would be okay with me leading worship with at tattoo. I explained that my church was not about a “look.” They were shocked when I told them I wear jeans and t-shirts on stage.

This brought the tattoo artist out of the back room. He said he was happy to hear that not every church was judgmental about looks. He had been to a few churches that couldn’t see him through his exterior of tattoo’s and leather. He understood that he wasn’t perfect and realized that he didn’t need to become perfect to enter a church.

God doesn’t need us to pick and choose who we let into a sanctuary. We just need to love and except.

It turns out that the tattoo artist and me had a lot in common. He told me about his kids and his love for his job. He told me he was very happy with where he was in life.

I don’t know if he was a Christian or not. But I believe that my life was blessed by meeting this 6’3”, father of two, workaholic, tattoo artist.

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Is your church cool?

March 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

My small group has been watching the Andy Stanly series “Go Fish” and it’s been sparking some great discussion. It’s making us ask the question “Are you proud of your church?’ or more specifically, “Would you be too embarrassed to invite your friends to your church?” I think that I used to be afraid to invite my friends to church because I thought it would be confusing for them. They wouldn’t understand why we were singing old songs with a piano and organ. They wouldn’t understand why everybody was so dressed up. They wouldn’t understand why I go there. I’m now at a church that I would invite everyone to. I feel like my church doesn’t make it weird for a new person. We try and make it as simple as possible. You don’t have to dress up. There are cool environments for kids and youth. The music is comparable to what people listen to on their own. Most important, the message is relevant to people today.
Church should be a place that we want to go to.

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