December 2005


Gary Means tagged me. So now it’s my turn to answer these seven questions:

1. Seven things to do before I die:

  • Travel to Ireland and Scotland
  • Walk my daughter down the aisle (She’s a freshman in college)
  • Clean up my back room office
  • Read every book in my library
  • Take my wife ANYWHERE she wants to go
  • Learn another language
  • Get much older

2. Seven things I cannot (or won’t?) do:

  • Work on cars
  • Sort laundry (I can put them in the washer or dryer)
  • Dance
  • Speak another language
  • Have babies
  • Debate
  • Draw/paint

3. Seven things that attract me to my wife (or significant other or best friend):

  • her faith
  • her realness
  • her patience
  • he wisdom
  • her beauty – inside and out
  • her love (for our daughter, our friends, me)
  • her compassion

4. Seven things I say most often:

  • You know?
  • And your point is?
  • Ah ha. Well then.
  • I love you
  • Tell me again why we live here?
  • Unbelievable
  • Freakin’ idiot!!

5. Seven books (or series) I love (This is a cruel question. Only seven?!!)

  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Most books by Clive Cussler
  • Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  • The Message

6. Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over again if I had the time): I don’t watch any of these over and over again, but I have watched them more than once.

  • The Italian Job
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (I agree with Gary on this one: one of the funniest films ever made)
  • Dave
  • Groundhog Day
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Fiddler on the Roof

7. Seven people I want to join in, too: (I’ll email them later and let them know the good news that they’ve been tagged.)

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I’ve been reading a lot of Blogs lately that deal with the writer’s unhappiness with church, or how church is being done today. But a couple of writers actually had the nerve to write about the “What Ifs…” of doing church, or community.

The first one is “Real Live Preacher” or rlp. He started out this way:

“What if these people decided to cast off any preconceived, cultural ideas about what church ought to be and instead tried to whittle Christianity down to its essentials? Instead of allowing church to become ever more complex, what if they sought to make church ever more simple, simple enough to be written on a thumbnail or even on a heart?”

Then went on to describe his vision. Read him here.

The second writer is Gary Means. He has 23 “What Ifs…” Read him here.

Both of these writers have some great things to say about being a Christ Follower, and not just a church goer. Check them out.

His peace.
B~

TEXAS TECH vs. ALABAMA
2006 70th Cotton Bowl Classic
Jan. 2, 2006

What can you say? Guns up! Go Red Raiders!

Both Danny and Travis tagged me, but I’ve been tagged with this before. Layla tagged me, but I can’t find the post. So, to be fair, I’m going to post this again.

23rd post, 5th line, in context:

Basically the article was talking about the large number of Christians who were leaving the church and why. It referred to them as “stayaway” saints because they are people who, for all practical purposes, could be considered devout, even zealous, born-again Christians. They say they are not leaving the Church (the body of Christ followers) but are just tired of church (organized “religion”).

This was about an article I read on Todd Rhoades’ site and Charisma Magazine site about people who are staying away from organized church, yet are growing in their faith. You can read the post here if you are interested.

I tag: no one. I’ve already tagged 5 people and don’t want to do that again. Sorry.

B~

I visited a new church on Sunday. I know this isn’t a big deal for some of you, but we’ve been members of our current church for 18 years. And except for being out of town, most Sundays we attend there. Last Sunday I didn’t get to teach and I wasn’t running sound for the service, so my wife and I thought we would try someplace new. The problem was the service at Christ Community Church started at 10:00 a.m. We didn’t find out until 9:30, and my wife couldn’t be ready in time, so I went alone. The church is currently meeting in a high school about 15 minutes from us, and it was an enjoyable experience. Nothing really different other than they were finishing up a sermon series based on “Blue Like Jazz,” the book by Donald Miller. But it was the actual worship service that struck me as different. The band consisted of 2 acoustic guitars, a conga drum, and keyboard. Very “unplugged” kind of thing. And there were only 3 singers – the lead and 2 backup singers. We sang a few praise songs (which don’t seem a lot different from church to church), the pastor preached his message, sang a little more, had a communion time, then it was over. What made if different for me was the simplicity of it compared to where I’m currently going. At my church we have 3 services: 2 “contemporary” and 1 “traditional.” I occasionally run sound for both. The traditional has so much stuff crammed into it that there isn’t any time to reflect, or really worship. At least for me. And the “contemporary” has your full drum set, screaming electric and acoustic guitar, bass, piano and keyboard. There are also 4 to 5 singers. That’s a lot up on stage. There are videos and Power Point. Occasionally we have a drama, or children’s choir, or men’s ensemble, or handbells, or…

It hit me after this Sunday: more is not better, sometimes it’s just more.

His peace.
B~