Clam Crowder!

I appropriately wore my green squirrel David Crowder Band t-shirt today. I ordered their new album “Remedy” today off the website. I don’t know if it supports them more or less… but I do it anyway. I LOVE that remedy is #4 on the top albums on itunes! Isn’t that CRAZY! I used to get excited when I would hear switchfoot on top 40 radio! I wish I had a screen shot of it. Lets go for #1.

I feel like I am going to be a little kid checking the mailbox every day until it comes.

Monday morning reflections…

A few thoughts from the weekend.

-I was held hostage in Circuit City! I had to break out to get to Discovery… (long story)

-My fountain o choco made its premiere in the hospitallity room. Things were going great until I thought it would be cool to add chocolate surp to the mix. It will be back next week… fully working!

-I had my first chat with Algeria today.

-My dad made his first visit to Discovery Sunday. He enjoyed it!

-Davey and the band continue to amaze me… I still haven’t found his blog though…

-Jason did an awesome job kicking off the Outflow series.

-ECU beat UNC.. ARGH

-The Marching Tarheels came to town… They showed the Marching Pirates how its done. (This is coming from a Pirate fan)

Rescue is coming!

This evening at about 12:30 I began hearing the elevator alarm at my apartment complex. I ignored it for awhile, but then I went to fix the elevator. I have done this many a time. Normally a beer can or something is jammed in the door. This time was different. I heard screams and loud thuds. So I went downstairs to alert the managment that something wasn’t right. When I got down there I saw that the resident director was already working on getting the stranded folks out. The people in the elevator were screaming very loudly, and jumping up and down trying to get the elevator restarted. It was panicing some of the girls. So the director ask me if I could try to calm the people down and let them know that the fire department was on their way. So I went up to the 3rd floor where the people were stuck. I was able to get them calmed down and quiet. After calming them down and letting them know rescue was coming, the director joined me on the floor. She had brought a tool with her to try to get the door open. She couldn’t get the door open – so I gave it a shot. After playing with the door opener tool for a little bit, I felt the door click and begin to slide open. The door opened up and I saw the elevator lodged halfway between the 3rd and 4th floor. The occupants of the elevator car were very happy to see the door open. I helped get the people down because there was about a 4-5 foot drop between the floor of the elevator and the 3rd floor. As soon as I got the last person out of the car, the fire department arrived. After the greenville fd checked everybody out – everybody continued on their way. It was a happy ending to everything. It did make a boring evening in Greenville a little more exciting!

Somehow this reminds me of the David Crowder Band song… Rescue is Coming.

I feel old.

This evening marks the first night of the Blitz on WCTI-12. I love high school football. Watching the Blitz tonight reminded me of SO MANY friday nights in the fall. I don’t like how they are having football games before school even starts. In high school football was everything. There is something better then high school football. ECU Pirate football… NCAA all the way…

Today I learned AWESOME news.

September 1st – I will be in blacksburg VA. Cheering on the EAST CAROLINA PIRATES! IN PERSON. YEE HAA!

Lets go PIRATES!

ARRRGGGHHH!

The Master has arrived…


Today I made the investment (a very large one unfortunately) in Adobe Creative Suite 3: Master Collection

I unfortunately had to make the choice between the Mac or PC version… Why can’t we just be friends and be multiplatform? I did choose the MAC – This is scarey to me because my MacBook Pro only has a 100 gig hard drive in it. Final cut takes up like 40 gigs of space. Who knows how much this ENTIRE SUITE (Photoshop, Premeire, flash, dreamweaver… you name it) will take.

I might regret the Mac version decision. Hey! Gives me an excuse to start saving for a Mac Desktop – and not one of those little IMacs either!

Quote…

I love the pastors who proclaim that alcohol has never touched their lips when it’s obvious that a treadmill has never touched their feet. – Perry Noble

Food for thought.

Tough Skin

For the past several weeks I have been have been following Perry Noble’s post on dealing with criticism. Perry has whole websites dedicated to criticizing him and his leadership style. They mainly focus on how he is too over evangelistic… wow… How can you not be excited about a ministry that is bringing people to Christ.

If people who spend hours creating websites to criticize pastors wasn’t scary enough, Oak Leaf Church Pastor Michael Lukaszewski had even scarier people come out of the wood work with comments on one of his latest post.

Michael is right on target with his views on children in the church, but this subject created teeth gnashing and scathing comments.

TJ writes

“This is utter hogwash……what in the world are you doing showing the last samuari in the service anyway…..Jesus said let the children come to me…if the service can’t be for the whole family maybe you should rethink CHURCH….FAMILIES and CHILDREN…….USE THE BIBLE and get rid of thse stupid movies in the serivce…..we left a church because they showed the Incredibles to BABYSIT ths kids instead of have a WORSHIP SERVICE…we left another church becasue they had THE EMPEROR’s NEW GROOVE on the screen…what does that have to do with Jesus…some flip, lame mumbled answer of “there’s a lesson in it”……the children’s “minister” told me…..we have sex in the church services, 3-D movies in the services, American Idol backdrops in the services, coffee bars, cafe’s, bowling alleys…DO WE HAVE JESUS IN THE SERVICES…..I AM HIS PRESENCE……
NO!!! WE HAVE A 3 RING CIRCUS…..clowns on PARADE from the Pulpit to the nursery workers….
GROW UP!!!”

Please note how TJ says “I am his presence” – I know this has to be a typo but I can’t help noticing the implications behind that statement.

Shannon Ledford writes

“You sir as the pastor of your church ought to be ashamed of yourself for snipping back at your congregation through your blog. The word childish comes to mind.
The whole tone of your post is sarcastic. That is really juvenile coming from a pastor. However acting juvenile seems to be the latest fad in some churches.
Also you claim in a rather sarcastic way that there is nothing honorable about having your child in a service that is not designed for children.
Your ignorant. You can’t even realize the foolishness of what your saying. Little children can’t come to your morning worship sevice because the content might be to crass or to off color etc….. I ask you sir Where is the honor in that?
In a world full people that are bombarded by the filth of our present culture we have sharp dudes like you giving them more of it in church.
I know this flies in the face of the poor current state of what is considered “Ministry” today in evangelical circles but have you and those of your ilk ever considered the thought that maybe just maybe people out there are looking for someone and something to rescue them from the world the flesh and the devil? Instead all the hip , cool, so called relevant folks are doing nothing but becoming another avenue for the devil to spread his deceitfullness.
Maybe if you preached the Bible instead of videos and movie clips from stupid movies you might not have to put a rating on your sevices.
How pathetic.”

Wow… How scary is that. It’s amazing what somebody can write hiding behind a computer screen.

Jack writes:

“Does the church really need relevant series on SEX??? Preach the word and quit conforming to the world pastor.
When I read rubbish like this, it makes me sick! Apostasy has arrived!”

Yes the church needs relevant series on SEX! Sex is in the bible – just read Song of Solomon. It is scary that people don’t think that biblical teaching on sex has no place in church. Where else are people going to learn about God’s plan for sex? Jack’s statement is scary to me on so many levels.

Donald writes:

“Now we know why you were not called of God to lead anyone…

you are a selfish child yourself (evident from the tantrum you have put on display…typical American, child of a boomer, who was spoiled and is now a little selfish, degenerate, who is in rebellion to the Lord God and to busy worrying about me, me, me… (and showing many biblical signs that you may need to “check yourself”, for those who can understand that means “examine oneself” to see if you really are in the faith…
I think the kiddie room with crayons and fun and toons, may be the place for you!”

Does self-righteous describe this… No comment from me except – SCAREY!

Jen writes:

“I sat through many adult church services (old fashioned ones) and I remember a lot of things that I didn’t realize until later.
Yours is not a church; it’s an ex-rated entertainment centre.”

Wow Jen! I am impressed she remembers things… The few things I remember from “big church” have never realized themselves to me. If Jen wants to see an ex-rated entertainment centre… I’m sure I could show her one, but I know that Church wouldn’t be in any of there names.

I didn’t mean to belabor these statements over and over again… I just wanted for yall to get the scope of how rampant this critical problem is. Fortunately later comments to the article were positive and uplifting. Not everybody is in the business of pulling people down.

Be positive and encouraging in your comments.

Pastors… follow Perry’s lead in not wasting time responding to critics. When I first learned that Ed Young has his assistant filter his letters, emails, and notes I didn’t fully understand why, but if you are being bombarded by criticism this is a great way to help deal with it.

Lay people… be encouraging and uplifting to your leaders. There is a huge weight on their shoulders, and they need to be supported.

Just a few late night thoughts on some things that have been bothering me.