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My Wonderful Wife

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 in Worship, Worship Ministry Catalyst

I just thought I’d take a second a brag about my wonderful wife. We’ve been in the process of moving for about a month now, and she’s been amazing. She packed our entire house while taking care of a two year old and an infant. Since we’ve been at our new house she’s been an unpacking fool, getting the house set up and looking great, as well as painting and a whole slew of other things.

I take her for granted so much, but I’m so blessed to have someone as wonderful as her.

Thank you for all the amazing things you do for our family, and the sacrifices you make!

Starting to like Garage Band

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 in Worship, Worship Ministry Catalyst

So, I’m not really a Mac guy. I have a hard time rationalizing spending ,000 on a computer I could get for 0. And even though PC’s have gotten a bad name lately, I still think they are the best decision for most people. They’re the most commonly accepted platform – worldwide, there are many more companies that offer complete support for them, and most people can afford one. I don’t think Mac’s are more stable than PC’s, my Mac has crashed many times, My PC has crashed too, but when it crashes I can trace it back to a component on the computer that has gone bad, that I bought for cheap. When my Mac crashes I can’t do that. The Mac is supposed to have all great components, made by mac (According to one of their recent commercials) so they’re higher quality. I’m not convinced. My mac will crash at random times, and I lose information, just like I would on a PC.

However, I’m really starting to like Garage band on my mac. I used it today to make some practice CD’s for our choir, and it’s growing increasingly easy. I just drop a recording into Garage Band from my hard drive or iTunes, then with my M-audio Radium 49 – which you can get on ebay for 50 bucks – I play the Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass parts. After I play them into garage band, I mute all tracks except for the part I want to highlight, and the master recording, export the song to disk, and I’m done. It’s a pretty fast way to make practice CD’s, I did one song in a little over an hour – which is something that used to take me a few hours.

So, I’m starting to like garage band. However, the more I think about the things that I like about the Mac, most of them are things I can buy for a PC – and still have money left over in comparison. So, I’m not sure which I like better. Let’s just say, if someone gave me a Mac, I probably wouldn’t throw it away.

Reasons not to have a garage sale

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 in Worship, Worship Ministry Catalyst

So, we’re having a garage sale today, (actually my wife is doing the garage sale while I am inside with the kids). And I’ve pretty much decided we’re never doing this again. Here are some reasons why:

  1. The paper could get your ad wrong and have people show up an hour earlier than you expected.
  2. You can say in your ad “no earlies” but that means nothing to most “earlies.”
  3. Those “earlies” will ring your doorbell repeatedly, just to let you know they’re there. (As if you hadn’t noticed the 10 cars in front of your house, and heard their conversations.
  4. It takes way more time to separate the stuff you want to sell (half of which is stuff you bought at a garage sale in years past), set up the sale, and man the sale than the money you will take in will give you per hour.
  5. Some old biddy will knock a jar of pickled peppers off the table, making a huge mess.
  6. The same old biddy will try to help you clean up the mess, and in the process ruin your kitchen broom.
  7. Your wife will have to hold your daughter while you clean up the mess.
  8. Before you get the mess cleaned up, your daughter will walk through the pickle juice in her socks.
  9. Your garage will now smell like pickle juice.
  10. By the time you pay for the newspaper ad, a new mop & a new broom, you’ll barely have enough money to buy your wife an ice cream sundae for all her hard work.

All of this in the first hour. I wonder what the next 9 will bring.

Like being on Vacation, without the Vacation

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 in Worship, Worship Ministry Catalyst

My wife and I are moving. I accepted a job at a new church last November and have been commuting 56 miles one way, for the last 7 months. We’re very excited that we have sold our house and have bought a house where our new church is.

The interesting thing about it is that my wife has been packing stuff in boxes for months now, and for the last two weeks has really been hitting it hard. She’s great! The thing is, that it’s kind of like being on vacation. We’re getting more and more to the point of having only the essentials out for our living necessities, and more and more of it is in boxes.

It’s not like a vacation though because we’re moving the boxes and doing things that I wouldn’t normally consider fun. However, in light of the fact that we will be getting a brand new home, and really a brand new life, it makes it all worth it. I’m sore, and I’m tired, but I’m thankful.

Being a leader requires courage

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 in Worship, Worship Ministry Catalyst

Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small steps.
– David Loyd George

Sometimes in leadership something becomes obvious to us, and yet, we ignore whatever it is. Sometimes, it’s extremely obvious, so obvious that all the people around us see that we ought to be doing this thing, and still we don’t do it.

Often times in leadership, we don’t do what we know we ought to do because we’re afraid to even breech the topic. Maybe your doing something in your job that goes against your ethics, yet you keep doing it because you don’t want the confrontation it would take to stop doing this unethical thing. Or maybe your boss is killing you off, giving you way too much to do, and you’d rather die than talk to him about the situation. Or maybe you disagree with the philosophy of your boss, possibly to the point of driving you insane, but you don’t want to even think about talking about this with him.

Let me offer you a word of encouragement, be courageous. Nothing great was ever achieved by someone who didn’t act in a courageous way. At some point, all the leaders we admire, took a step that was uncomfortable, awkward, risky or even dangerous. And it was that step that began their definition as a leader.

Let me encourage all of us to be a little more courageous. Let’s not waste anymore time being scared of doing what we know needs to be done. Let’s take a step in the right direction and do it.

The beauty of absence

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 in Worship Ministry, Worship Ministry Catalyst

Sometimes the absence of a “critical” component to the worship band can enhance the worship experience.

We had a couple in our church lead worship this weekend. It was their first weekend leading at our church, and I really wanted to make sure it was a great experience for them, so I was trying to make sure everything was in place, and it just sop happened that this was the weekend that everyone couldn’t participate. We ended up without a drummer or electric guitarist. I was a little nervous.

This couple have led worship before for another church, and have sung together for many years. They did a phenomenal job! The worship had a very cool, acoustic vibe to it, and the congregation responded extraordinarily well to their leadership. It seems to have been a success for this couple and for our church.

This just goes to show you that God had a different plan for this weekend that was different than ours. Had our plan succeeded things would have probably been fine, but likely not as good as this. The connection with our congregation might not have been as strong, and the feeling may not have been as good as it is.

God new the plans he had for our congregation, and they are the plans that will lead our congregation into the future.

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