Saturday, December 31, 2005

Blog Additions

As a part of the usual changes I make at this time of the year, I decided to shake up the "People I Read" section of my blog. I added a few and sadly had to see one go. Here they are:


Dave Ferguson
Dave is the Lead Pastor/Cultural Architect/Spiritual Entrepreneur/whatever he comes up with next, of Community Christian Church in Chicago. We co-hosted a multi-site conference at their place a few months ago. Very cool church and great blog. Check it out.

Multi-Site Church Revolution
Great blog about everything that is multi-site right now. The authors are my brother Geoff and a couple of the guys at Leadership Network.

Perry Noble
I have been reading Perry for quite awhile, but it was time to add him to the list.


Mac Lake
Mac - I hope this is a wake-up call for you buddy. Best blog on the net, and you walked away from it. Please come back Mac!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve Service

We had an absolutely AWESOME Christmas Eve service tonight! Everything went really well and we didn't set off the smoke alarms! I posted a few pictures over at the Greenville Page. I am going to assemble Christmas presents now - yeah!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas At Seacoast

I posted a few pictures of our stage set and decroations this Christmas at the Greenville page. I can't believe it's almost over! :(

Sunday, December 18, 2005

God Showed Up

Have you ever had one of those amazing days that you did not expect at all? We had one today. If you've been following this blog, you knew that this has not been a great week for the Upstate of South Carolina. We were absolutely wiped out by an ice storm that hit late Wednesday night. Half of Greenville still does not have power and they are not guaranteeing it until later this week. It looks like a hurricane blew through this town and took half of the trees with it. Accumulation of ice is an amazing thing.

We did not have power at the church until late Friday, and I was not sure if anyone would want to come to church after all of that - and I really knew that people would not want to come early to volunteer. When we gathered early for prayer for before the first service, I looked around the circle and there were at least 30 people standing there with smiles - ready to serve! Some of them had not had power at their house for 3 days and were living with relatives or out of hotels. What an incredible team!

And then God showed up in a BIG way. Greg's message was anointed and the best I have heard him. Anyone who ever thinks that Seacoast may not preach the Word, needs to listen to this message. After that, we had an incredible time of worship and prayer where people literally pinned their sins/requests/fears - to the cross. Amazing.

God always seems that much more powerful after a storm, and we experienced that today.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Let There Be Light

At somewhere around 8pm tonight, we called our home from WalMart (we were there with around 10,000 of our closest friends) and heard the beautiful sound of our answering machine picking up. It meant that after 2 1/2 days...56 hours and 10 minutes, we had power at our house again! We started jumping around the store like we had hit the Education lottery and triple coupon day at the same time. The people around us probably thought we had gotten the Holy Ghost or something - we didn't care. We had heat!

I will never again take for granted little things like: expecting the heat to come on when it gets cold outside; or how beautiful our tree looks with all of the Christmas lights lit up. God has blessed us so much and we have so much to be thankful for. Maybe sometimes stuff happens in life to help us put things back in perspective. What do you have in your life to be thankful for right now?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Frozen Tundra

I am posting this with my Treo 650, because my office and my house have been without power all day. We do not have power because Greenville is frozen. One large piece of ice. I am sitting here watching large trees in my backyard snap like twigs. It's a little disconcerting to watch tall trees now almost touching the ground from the weight of the ice. We ventured out for lunch and had to drive off of the road a few times to avoid fallen branches and power lines. Oh well, at least I don't have to worry about hurricanes anymore!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Catching Up

Ok, I haven't blogged in awhile - so I have several things to get out into the blogosphere. Here goes in no particular order:

I bought a Windows PC for the house at the 5am Black Friday after Thanksgiving. I am a musician, so I wasn't really aware that there were two 5:00's in a day, but apparently there is. There aren't very many nice people out at that first 5:00 - but that's beside the point. I bought a PC. I wrestled with the desicion for several weeks. We haven't had a working computer in our house for a few months, and I thought that getting a pc would be the best thing for the whole family - because of my daughter's games, ect. Man - am I regretting that decision! Maybe I've been Mac too long, but I have already experienced all of the "joys" of Windows. Crashes, virus software for the virus goes on and on. Please take me back Steve!!!

Last night, I checked out one of our worship leaders, Chris Sligh and his band Half Past Forever, at a concert in downtown Greenville. Those guys seriously rocked!!! Chris had eaten some bad Mexican food the night before, so he looked a little putrude all night (it may have been the green light on him as well), but they still put on a great set. Chris has an amazing voice and writes great songs. You can buy one of Chris' cds at our bookstore next Sunday.

We decorated our auditorium for Christmas a couple of weeks ago and it looks very cool! The best part was - I had very little to none participation in the design. We have some very talented people in our church who know how to do that kind of thing. I just showed up with a ladder and put things where they told me! That was the best thing for all. I will try to post some pictures here or at the Greenville blog.

40 Days of Community was a very cool thing for us. We ended up with over 80% of our adults in small groups! I can't wait for the next small group semester to get kicked off in January. We have some great new groups that are going to be starting up. Also, I'm very excited about our new online learning experience. More about that later!

The uproar about churches not having Christmas services on Christmas Day is getting almost ridiculously funny. My brother Greg has a great post on it here.

Am I the only one who thinks it's weird that the spell check on my blog does not recognize the word "blog"?

I spoke 3 times this week - twice this morning + a child dedication. That's about all I have in me...

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Not So Good

I've always fancied myself a pretty decent keyboard player. I have done it for a living for most of my working life, and have gotten by pretty well.

I sat down with my 7 year old daughter tonight to play with a little Christmas keyboard book that she has. You know - it's one of those miniature pianos with different colors on each key. The sheet music tells you which note to play by the colors. It doesn't give you a key, time signature, or note values. Just colors. I couldn't play it. I finally had to give up and let my 7 year old take over. She breezed through it with no problem, and then looked at me with the look we usually give our children - as if to say "it's ok daddy, you'll get it one day." I'm learning how to play the flute now.