Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fun, Fun, Fun,...

What a welcome for my family and me!

Watch this video of the song the praise team wrote and performed at the installation service. (The guy shaking his head just to the right of the center of the screen is my dad... a fairly traditional Lutheran, himself, but a very good sport!)

Fun, Fun, Fun...

Well the call committee met
And decided we should find
a new man now
Packer – Viker didn’t matter
But he had to be a Jesus fan now
And with the congregation saying their prayers
Just as fast as they can now
We will have fun, fun, fun
‘Cause we got the Texas preacher to stay

Well we knew all along
That our preacher was kind of unique, yeah
Seven children – Faith, Elijah,
Isaac, Noah, Abram, Lydia, Hannah
And the saint of the family
Is the mother and wife, Diana
Praise Father Son, Son, Son
For the blessing of this
great family

Well, we got the pastor
Who speaks and leads
like an ace now
We’ll be moving just
as fast as we can
Keeping up with his pace now
He’s got enthusiasm
written all over
That baby face now
And he will run, run, run
Doing ministry at Trinity, yeah
And he will run, run, run
Doing ministry at Trinity, yeah
And he will run, run, run
Doing ministry at Trinity, yeah!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A wonderful dance...

This awesome liturgical dance was sent to me by a friend. I had to post it for the rest of you. It's a great celebration of freedom in Christ.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


I've had several requests for the video I shared with the church called EE-Taow. Here it is... with even more footage!

Here's a link for ordering the DVD which now includes a sequel to this amazing story...


Sunday, September 09, 2007

Nutshell Verses

I enjoyed preaching a message today called "Getting It... Nutshell Verses". My vision for the message was that there are several key things that God really wants us to get. They can be stated in simple verses from the Bible. It's possible to glance over these verses without getting it. They are so important that I wanted to be sure that they were examined today and clearly understood. Here are the "nutshell verses" I shared today...

Truth in a nutshell
John 17:17 (ESV)
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Consequence in a nutshell
Ezekiel 18:4 (ESV)
Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

Law in a nutshell
Luke 13:5 (ESV)
…but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Gospel in a nutshell (of course)
John 3:16 (ESV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Salvation in a nutshell
Acts 16:31 (ESV)
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Power in a nutshell
Romans 1:16 (ESV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Obedience in a nutshell
Matthew 22:37 - 40 (ESV)
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Responsibility in a nutshell
Matthew 28:19 - 20 (ESV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Worship in a nutshell
Revelation 5:12 - 13 (ESV)
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” …“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

Here are the results of my last poll...

What do you think about "Video Sermons"?

68% I get just as much out of them.
26% They're OK ocassionally, but I really don't like them.
47% They are a good tool for multi-site churches.
5% They are less effective and their use should be discouraged.
0% They do not belong in today's church.

The percentages do not add up to 100 because more than one response could be registered