Wednesday, August 30, 2006

communicate this...


I've been thinking about communication lately.

It should be primarily about the listener...and then about the communicator.

How can we as communicators (in multiple forms) listen better to our listeners so that we aren't the only ones who hear what we are saying?

I've been thinking about this in regards to my teams at our church, and I've discovered that I have a tendency to get comfortable with my thing...what works for me. As a communicator, I'm learning to listen and adjust...

props to dell

I'm totally ready to make the switch to a mac, but alas my wallet is not quite so ready to make that switch so for now my dell laptop is my life.

Lately though I've been hating it. We use this laptop for all of our media at our church and well...its been flaking....which only increased my mac lust.

I called Dell yesterday to inquire about my problems...flickering external monitor...not so good for a media heavy church...and after a painful 40 minute conversation with tech support they came through with flying colors!!

I reported my problem to them mid-day yesterday, and by noon today I had a tech in my house replacing both my mother board and video card. Holy Cow!! I guess the exended warrenty was worth it. :-)

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sorry for checking out for a bit. i got swamped...ugh.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

you're kidding me!

So I once was tempted to pay 50 bones for some of these:

But now I can buy one of these:


Next thing you know someone will be selling me a life that is already lived....

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Felt Like This Guy Today...


Steve Burns: from Blues Clues to Indie Rock


Today I felt like this guy...only in reverse...and I don't play indie rock...or is that what they are calling worship music these days? ;)

We had a great time putting on Songs and Jokes for Little Cow Pokes at Fairfax Corner. The team did an amazing job...especially ben playing the part of british vulture...yep...no kidding....

It was so fun to connect with so many kids and moms who aren't a part of our church. We gave out a ton of water bottles with our logo and website on them, and got to personally invite a ton of people to our church. We are really praying for God to draw some of these folks into the church.

Kudos to jen for making this all happen...

Monday, August 14, 2006

My Trip Out of the Plane

Ben has a great post about what this month has been like at History. It has been an amazing season of God renewing and birthing new evangelistic vision. I'm praying that it will only continue into the fall...great stuff is in store.

Yesterday was an interesting day...we tried some new stuff with our worship team. Just some out of the box arrangements for us...it went pretty well over all, but it seemed to throw me all out of sorts. I really struggled to stay mentally "on point" and felt like I stumbled through the service.

Ben's message though was really great and was so encouraging and faith building for me...so that was a help...

Then the evening came....wow what a night!! Tricia and I had some members of our small group and some of our neighbors who don't attend church over to our house. I was a bit nervouse about numbers as some of our small group was out of town, but it ended up being the perfect number of people and balance for the group that was there. It was such a fun and natural environment, and I think everyone had an amazing time.

I was so proud of the folks from our group...they were so outgoing and welcoming, and really tilled the soil of the hearts of our neighbors. I was also really blessed by the reverse hospitality of our neighbors as they offered extra chairs, and took time out to entertain all of our children...I was so psyched about the whole night.

We did get to share a bit about our church with one of couples who is really new to our neighborhood. I was so excited, and pray that there will be some fruit from that conversation. I was also excited as one of our friends from church talked afterward how helpful it was for him to see a different form of relational evangelism in action. sweet...that's what this deal is all about!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Back

Had an awesome time with my team in Va Beach. There is nothing like getting away with people to provide focus and comradery. I'm so excited for what God has in store for us next. The worship time was incredible and there was a real sense of God moving through the music and through Ben's message.

My message on Sunday went well. I felt like God spoke through me and I didn't speak too much heresy. :) I was excited because there were some people who are a bit on the margins in our church and they seemed very engaged...awesome!!

The whole weekend kicked my butt...I'm old. I took yesterday off and just hung with my girls...a much needed break.

This week I'm learnin' songs for a program we are doing at a local town center called Songs and Jokes for Little Cow Pokes. Tons...I mean tons of moms and kids come out to events like this in the summer...I'm so excited to be able to serve them in this way, and to get the word out about our church.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Big Weekend

I have a packed weekend, and this has been a bit of a crazy week...hence the lack of posting. Ben is headed to the baptidome in Va Beach to speak in their morning service. So I am covering the message at History this week. Right after church the band and I are hopping in the car to meet Ben in Va Beach to do the evening service at London Bridge.

Should be a really fun time, the church we are playing at has been amazing and is putting us up in a great hotel. Looking forward to showing my team the old stomping grounds.

These are the graphics for my message that Jen our graphic designer did. Makes me want to preach better. :-)


I'm speaking from Rev. 2:1-7...really good stuff that God has laid on my heart, about his responsiveness to our real needs, regardless of whether we notice them, and his faithfulness in becoming what we need in meeting those needs...check it out here next week.

british invasion

Came across this new resource via Tim Hughes' blog. I have so much respect for Tim Hughes and Matt Redman and that whole British camp that kind of emerged from the Soul Survivor thing. WorshipCentral.org has a great podcast that deals with leadership, and also has a new song once a month.

For those of you who hit the pd worship conference Tim's new song Happy Day is up on this site and talked about in the August podcast.

I'm also really psyched about the conferences they are putting on. They have 2 per year with just 20 worship leaders in a country cottage in England...sweet...

I also stubled across this album and am downloading it from iTunes as I type, but looks to be amazing.