Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Sometimes life just carries you away

I've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks, so if you've missed my posts, I'm sorry. Most likely no one actually reads this, so it doesn't really matter.

I've been out of town with Rescue the past two weekends. First it was Sisters and Seaside, and this past weekend it was Camano Island at the Camano Chapel and the Warm Beach Christian Conference Center. We did two services and a concert at the Camano Chapel and three 45 minute concerts back to back at Warm Beach. Tuesday is my last concert with Rescue in Salem and I look forward to some time off.

I got back and hung out with Kori for a while. We saw Leminy Snicket's A Series of Unforunate Events. I won't see her again until Dec. 31st, for she is going to Gold Beach, OR to be with her family and I am flying to Stockton, CA to be with mine. She has been a wonderful light in my life and I look forward to spending a lot more time with her and building our relationship in Salem as she moves to Keizer (just north of Salem).

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Jay and Mitch of Rescue

Tonight was Jay McKinney and Mitch Fewell's last concert with Rescue.

Jay will be serving as worship pastor at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, OR, where he's been spending lots of his time outside of Rescue the past few months. He will make, and already is, a powerful worship minister. I believe he will faithfully lead people to Christ for his example of humble service show through his actions and his words. For me it won't be as weird for him to be gone, because he will still be in the area, but him, his wife Allison and daughter Macy will be missed.

Mitch, on the other hand, will seem so far away. He is moving to California where he will be near to family and will be looking for a job in a church. I'm selfishly hoping he finds one in Sacramento, where he is interviewing, so that he will be near to my parents and I might have an opportunity to see him every once in a while. Wherever Mitch ends up, I wish him and his wife Jen and the four boys (James, Josh, Joey, and Jacob) the best. I'll be praying for safe travels and showers of blessings from the Lord.

It has been so wonderful to work with both of them the past 6 or 7 months. They have both shown me things that I would have never otherwise experienced, taught me things that have made me a better person. It will be quite weird and different working with Rescue in December and not having them around. I am blessed to have amazing opportunities to minister to people, and Rescue is one of those things. My life is much richer having met them and I hope that our friendships will go on. I'll recall quite a few things about them and the experiences we had in so many places. Cannon Beach, Halo, Fiji, and so much more. It will be remembered.

end sappy nostalgia

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Cascade Hills Summit

Tonight was the test (practice) run for the Cascade Hills church of Christ Summit, which is a tool for bringing unchurched friends together to drink coffee and allow them to question whether or not they believe in God and to start asking some questions. The actual first Summit will be Jan. 5 and some of the people around Salem that the team members already living in Salem have encountered will be there. It will be a chance to deepen the relationship with these people and get them asking questions about God.

The theme of the first Summit has to do with asking questions of reality and other options for the way we see things. The video clips include shorts from Liar, Liar and The Matrix.

In Liar, Liar, Jim Carrey is forced to tell the truth after his son wishes for that on his birthday. Of course, being a lawyer, it's something that he has grown accustomed to doing, so it effects everything that he does. He has a skewed view of reality in that most things he says are lies, and when that is pulled out from underneath him, his life and view of everything falls apart.

In The Matrix, Neo is forced to make a decision to take the blue pill and go on believing everything he thinks he knows, or to take the red pill and be shown the truth of everything. He isn't told what will happen or how it will effect his life, he just has to jump out and do it in order to see, a choice based on faith.

Some other things are shown and questions posed, but Summit is wrapped up by leaving everyone with a question: "What if there is another option?" Maybe life isn't black and white, and perhaps making God a viable option will help explain some of the unexplainable things, and put everything in perspective. This question isn't answered for them, but given to them to chew on for a while until the next time we see them.

I'm looking forward to meeting some lost people and attempting to show them the love of Jesus without attempting to be The Judge.