Whirlwind

Whirlwind

updates
[caption id="attachment_2800" align="alignright" width="300"] mongolian whirlwind. photo credit: wikipedia[/caption] Back  January, I took a team to Spain to lead worship for a conference of international missionaries serving in dozens of other countries (the previous post featured some lessons learned from that trip). One of my favorite things was that, several times, people told us “Thanks for coming to serve us – we never get to do this in ___________ (whatever country they’re serving in).” Getting to worship publicly, in community, and in your heart language is something we can do each week – but it’s just one of many things they’ve given up to follow their call. It’s a privilege to serve them. That trip also helps to expand the relationship with Cru’s Global Missions division, which leads to opportunities…
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The times, they are a-changin’…

The times, they are a-changin’…

missions and ministry
Before the crush of Keynote's Summer Project erases all the extra time in my life, I wanted to shoot an update. blue sky nine, the band I've been leading and touring with for the last 3 and a half years, is coming to something of an end. Our lead singer Laura is getting married and will move to Michigan, and we're going to take some downtime to evaluate our touring strategies to make sure we're being the best trustees of all the resources it takes to do our work. We see God move in incredible ways through our concerts, but that doesn't mean we can't find ways to improve, expand, and become more effective. And that sort of thinking is what leads to the latest change, which is that I have been asked to…
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delusions of… adequacy

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In my more honest moments, I realize that I have a great job and an awesome wife and family, and I really have no idea how I ever hooked that up. But most of the time, when I'm not being that self-aware, I make it through the day/week/month feeling like I've got it pretty well figured out and I can navigate my tasks (including the ones that involve ministry) with nothing by my intuition, experience, and considerable wits. In short, I have delusions of adequacy. Well. Midway through the blue sky nine Asian tour, I got really sick. Not H1N1 sick; but it was the mother of all head-colds. Right in the thick of this particluar misery is when we had to play our first gig in Seoul. And I'm…
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getting punched in the facade

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On this last concert tour with blue sky nine, I was talking to a guy and a girl after a show. The guy was one of the student leaders of the ministry on campus that brought us in, and he was fairly straight-laced. The girl was a bit alternative-looking and had hung around after the show to talk. During the conversation, he asked her a question or two about her spiritual interests. "I'm agnostic", she said, with a certain finality. And at that point, the guy visibly shut down and dropped the topic.  When she said the word "agnostic", it was like a switch went off and he quit asking questions.   Hmmmm.   So, I asked her - "Do you mind if I ask you a clarifying question or two about being agnostic?" "Sure", she said - without any real pushback or hesitation. "When you…
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