Skip to main content


wow, it's really hard to believe our new praise and worship experience, "all the way live!" is only two days away! i was at a district event today, and made sure to ask several pastors to remember our church in prayer this saturday. i also encouraged the church last sunday to pray for the service, even if "rock n' roll church" isn't their thing. every member of the church pledged to support its ministries by their prayers, prescence, gifts, and service. i am expecting those prayers in full force this weekend!

there is still time to invite a friend,relative,aquaintence/neighbor (you've heard of the FRAN plan, i am sure!) to the new service. a phone call or face-2-face invitation is always most effective. another fun way is to go to the church's website and click on the banner at the bottom of the home page. it has a black and white cow and horse, saying, "the same... but different." it says the message we really want folk to hear, at trinity and beyond: the worship style may be different, the people may be different, but the feel and atmosphere of the church will not change.

i am a mixture of anxiety and excitement. not that i am worried or not faithful-- we are doing what we feel God has called us to do, and God is going to be glorified. but there is always a sense of the unknown about this. i was reading some starting contemporary worship tips and one near the end was "expect birthing anxities." that's exactly where i am now-- birthing anxiety. and no saltines or pickles or ice cream or olive garden salad will fix it.

just as a reminder, here is the reason why we are doing this: to reach new persons for Jesus Christ. we are not trying to fix anything, raise more money, do something everyone else is doing (no one else is out here!), build the church's membership/budget, raise awareness for the church, get the pastor's name in the paper. there is nothing desperate about this new service. it is an offering to God.

to reach new persons for Jesus Christ.

we're keeping the main thing the main thing. in a new way. God be praised this saturday and always!


Popular posts from this blog

The Famous Black Cat Band

This week my former high school band director, Mr Reinke, died. Mr Reinke is a legend in my hometown of Bay City. He was the leader of our Black Cat Band for many years. He was a fiery man, a perfectionist with extremely high standards. He was a gifted musician. He and I both played the trombone; one of us sounded like a goose being strangled. The other sounded like... well I can't think of a metaphor to properly describe Mr Reinke's horn. It was amazing. He would pull that thing out occasionally to show us how to properly play a part of a song and the sound was spellbinding. 
Mr Reinke was very innovative in his music selections. He had us playing the most random music, from popular stuff of the day by Michael Jackson to Also Sprach Zarathustra (popularly known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. This song in particular was a great choice-- it's amazing, complicated; however, this was the late 1980s. The song was originally released…

Grief Is a Powerful Thing

"So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the Gospel of God but also our own selves." 1 Thessalonians 2:8
My first couple of Sundays at Grace, early in July, a couple of different people asked me this question immediately before worship: "How are you feeling?" My response: "Terrified." This was met with sort of shocked looks, then afterward the same person would say something like, "See that was ok." I've always been nervous before preaching-- the ramped up nerves help me to focus on my task and give me energy. But this seemed stronger. On Saturday nights my first couple of months at Grace I would hear an inner critic saying, "You're not prepared." "You're going to bomb today." Most Sundays he was wrong. A couple of sermons did bomb, but that happens. I decided to seek out a spiritual director to help me discern what was going on with me. I knew it was internal, but couldn…

a response to gideons international

last sunday prosper united methodist church welcomed representatives of the gideons to share about their ministry. how many times have you stayed in a hotel or visited someone in the hospital and found a gideons Bible there? and while no one can argue that reading the Bible is a bad thing, or that distributing Bibles to others in native languages is inherently harmful, i would like to offer some thoughts on the practices of the gideons, as they were described at church.

1. bravo to the gideons for distributing 73 million Bibles last year. however, most of the Bibles they sent were tiny new testaments with psalms. i am a Christian, and i love the words of the new testament. but those words have their foundation in the old testament, and to remove thousands of years of traditions and stories of God's powerful love and acts of salvation diminishes the power of the whole Bible. we must never forget that the old testament (or "first" testament or "hebrew Bible"…