Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Reflections

It has been a while since I took the time to blog. This will be random and crazy but I need to purge a bit.

LAST SERIES:
  • We finished up a series called, "Why do we do this?" I don't think this is the last time we will do this series. We will find more things that we do as the Church and as Christians and look at them through the lens of this question.
  • We planned it to be a four week series on singing, prayer, communion and baptism. Then we had some folks ask about doing a week on giving. I kid you not, people asked about it. So, we obliged.
  • We asked folks not to give in the offering the day we talked about giving unless they had planned to give before they arrived or they clearly felt led by God to put something in.
  • I got a couple of emails asking for the PO Box where offerings can be sent and we saw four new givers the next week. I guess God was talking to some folks. Pretty cool when you ask people not to give unless God speaks, and then see obedience that quickly. Just another reason I think I am one of the luckiest pastor on the planet.
NEW SERIES
  • Way pumped about our unLONE series on Psalm 23. We will take 5 weeks to look at six verses.
  • I knew I was going to be out of town for the first week of the series and after being turned down by a couple of buddies (both had valid reasons ahem... excuses), I decided we would take the creative route on this week and recorded the sermon via video.
  • We called up a homestead farm in Plano and they allowed us to come and film the video with their sheep (and one stupid goat named Jack with a bell around his neck).
  • I wasn't here, but I heard that people tracked with it.
  • I love, love, love that we can try some fun and crazy things with our people and they just roll with it. No whining about watching the video, they just accept whatever is thrown at them.
  • Even had a facebook message from a guy that said he is not much of a fan of video sermons, but really dug this one. The coolest part about it is that this guy has never come to me and felt the need to express his dislike of video sermons because he "gets" that church is not about him and his preferences. I love it.
  • I was able to watch about half of the service live on the Internet via our streaming video. That is so cool. I think it is a big deal that we are able to this on a weekly basis.
NC TRIP
  • It was surreal being back in NC. We had some friends that got married and they had asked me before we left if I would come back and perform the ceremony.
  • Crazy beautiful wedding. I felt like I was in a movie. She came riding in on a horse drawn carriage around a lake. It was awesome. Everything was top notch and the the wedding coordinator was the best I had ever seen.
  • I try to live by an adage, "Plan hard, live easy" This wedding was planned so well that everyone could actually enjoy the weekend.
  • We got to stay with some good friends that lived down the street from us. Great to spend time with them and their college kids. We are hoping their son, Brendan, will come and do an internship with us next summer.
  • We had a great dinner with 50 or so friends from our old church. It was great to realize that we touched so many lives when we were there. I think as pastors, we live so much in the moment, we have no idea how much we mean to some people. I know that sounds arrogant or cocky, but I don't know how else to articulate it.
Musings
  • Texas is home for me. I can't speak for Heather on this one. I thought I would have some feelings of NC being "home", but the feelings just weren't there. Rowlett is where I am supposed to be.
  • We have some great friends here now and I am resigned to the fact that I will most likely live quite a distance from my parents and in-laws (whom I actually like) for a lot of my kids growing up years.
  • People asked me if I could ever see myself in NC again. My answer was, "No". There is no place for me there. Many of my friends there would most likely not be a fan of a Catalyst style church.
  • I think one of my gifts in an entrepreneurial spirit. I love to dream, create, and lead. I am a big picture guy. I need someone to make the creations in my head come alive. That is why Sprang and I are such a good team. If I can dream it, he can make it a reality.
  • I would suck at trying to appease three or four generations of people in one church. With Catalyst, I don't have a huge church history to worry about. I don't have a bunch of inter-related power families vying for prestige. I have a lot of respect for guys that have to deal with people like that.
Told you I needed to purge some stuff.

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