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This song was inspired by two enormously courageous people. Eric Goodman and Kristin Hay. Eric was afflicted with Covid-19 early on in the quarantine and fought hard as his family fearfully watched. His trust in God was so evident as... Continue reading
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In this season of our lives, between covid and the unrest in our country, here is a song of hope. Please forward it to anyone who may need some encouragement today. The song chart is linked here. Download Be Strong Continue reading
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Sorry Larry, Not my intention at all. Just trying to explain the reasoning and passion behind the methods. I'd love to chat offline about this.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2009 on Bon Jovi or Not to Bon Jovi at
Excellent response Tina. I agree 100%. And any element of the service must be evaluated in the framework of the entire experience. What is the net takeaway for the attender? I pray that it is clear we are about our Savior above all things.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2009 on Bon Jovi or Not to Bon Jovi at
Awesome feedback Larry. I really appreciate your thinking here. I think there are two thoughts I want to respond to. Regarding the applause and the element. I think it's important not to evaluate a service element purely on it's own. It is designed to be part of something bigger that is being communicated. 3 1/2 minutes out of a 60 minute service needs to be thought of in the context of the whole. What was the net take away for people? If a pastor tell a a joke or a story, a video clip and people laugh we think nothing of it. If people applaud simply because they like a song, regardless of it's spiritual content, I don't have a problem with that. The important thing is what they walked away with at the end of the day and was the entire service effective. This is what Dan Southerland said about the use of elements like this: "The goal is not "to impress them with our coolness." The goal is to present the message in a relevant manner. The point of the teaching yesterday was that Jesus wants to connect with us through prayer. For thirty minutes of teaching, I talked about that truth. Introducing that teaching with the idea that we need to be "living on a prayer" was perfectly aligned with the passage that we taught. That is why we used it. Paul quoted the pagan philosophers of his day when presenting Christ to seekers in Corinth. The pagan philosophers of today are musicians. Using one of their tunes to make a connection to the people we are trying to reach is well within Biblical standards in my estimation." I also believe we need to maintain unity within the body. But, more importantly we need to be careful of what unites us. It is easy to unite people. You tell them what they want to hear. Church is no different. I think when Paul was talking about unity in Romans 12 and Ephesians 4 it was clear what they were to be united under. When Jesus calls for the unity of believers in John 17 it is very clear what they are to be united by. We are to be united by Jesus and Jesus alone. To share His heart and passion for the world. His brokenness for the outsider. It would be easy to unite religious people by never asking them to sacrifice. Never asking them to make room for the outsider. Churches have been doing that for millennia. But to be united by the heart of Jesus means being broken for the outsider, the one sheep, one coin, one lost son. To make sure in all of our good intentions we don't lose our passion for a dying and broken world. And a willingness to do whatever it takes to introduce them to the only one in the universe who can save them. "What" we are united by is so much more important than being "united." Thanks for your thoughts Larry. I appreciate you challenging my thinking in this.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2009 on Bon Jovi or Not to Bon Jovi at
Thanks JC. I appreciate your honesty. I don't think any of us would say that we are all equally gifted by God in any given area. Or that people are always aware of the truth regarding their ability. (Ever seen American Idol?) For whatever his reasons, God apportions to all of us talent and experiences that are different. The body of believers is extremely diverse and we all have a place. A person may have an average talent or skill set and another may be better. There are lots of opportunities for people to serve God with whatever gifts they have aside from Sunday morning in a band. It is one of my jobs as a pastor to point people in the direction of their greatest giftedness and ultimately, greatest joy in serving Gods Kingdom.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2009 on A Question About Church Bands at
Great post Tim. I have to occasionally fast from tech. It is weird that in the mornings before the family is up, I find it very hard to keep my laptop shut to get some silence with God. The role of the pastor in this age is often more about teaching people how to filter information as much as disseminating information. It takes discipline to shut out all the voices that demand our attention.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2008 on Are You Tired of the Noise? at LeadingSmart
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Tim, you are my new favorite blogger ever!) I have been bummed I wasn't able to go to Catalyst, and it looks like you have sifted some of the best learnings. Thanks, my friend! And I just scrolled down and perused some of your other posts. Love it!
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Randy; How are you using Backpack, if you don't mind me asking? I am loving: my iphone (oh yeah) omnifocus for mac and iphone - major help in projects and multitasking yojimbo - free info organizer, love it iwork - Microsoft Office Killer appletv - my son is watching Speed Racer right now. the Genius feature in itunes - great way to rediscover your library unchristian - disturbing and really helpful book and I am loving finally having our basement/home theater finally finished!!
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