Daily Archives: February 24, 2008

Cool things behind the scenes

Today had to rank as one of the best and most memorial days at Lifepoint. Here’s my perspective on some of the “behind the scenes” items that contributed to the red letter day:

  • We’ve got a pastor who sports a Beatles haircut…how cool is that!
  • We ran slap dab out of chairs and had to throw folks in the bleachers
  • I was thanked by several people for using a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t suck
  • I got to pray for and over one of the neatest people in the world
  • Where else can you have a sausage and egg biscuit and get to chase it with a Krispy Kreme doughnut?
  • We got a new video cable for the flat screen tv in the “cry room!” After fighting the old one for months, this is a big deal!
  • I got to overrule my wife! She works in hospitality; I work with ushers; she wanted to park one of the portable bins in front of a door; I got to say “move it!” but with lots of love.
  • Executive pastor and wife walking around with bread and juice, hunting down band members so they could take communion
  • Being short-handed in the usher department and having folks who’ve never done it jump in to fill the shortage
  • Seeing people who we invited who hate church show up… wow!
  • Watching members of my setup squad using amazing (and unusual) creativity to make the impossible happen (Kyle and Milo — you rock!)
  • Wanting to introduce guests to pastor Jeff (who was slammed by folks in the lobby) and having them say that they’d just rather talk with us instead (they said they’d have other chances to talk with him but may not have that chance with us)
  • The intensity of  the audio/visual crew was scary!
  • The pride of my usher team in the excellence of what they’re doing – Mike, Cody, Lisa, Eddie, Kyle, you warm the cockles of my heart! Sterling… you da man!
  • Dressing up the resources area up with an oriental-looking rug — the perfect touch
  • All the comments about my haircut :)

My heart is busting with pride because of my crews and the part they played in making today happen. Lifepoint, thanks for a great day!

I must have been on something…

Sheesh!

Just watched the WWAY-TV piece on Lifepoint. Either somebody was goading me with an electric cattle prod, I’d had way too much coffee, or I must be something this side of passionate at what’s going on in the Lifepoint environment.

What was with the eyebrows bouncing up and down?

Buried alive!

Ever been to a graveyard and seen hands and arms sticking up out of the graves?

If you’d been at Lifepoint this morning, you would have!

As a preface, many, many years ago, an old preacher made me baptize a 6’5″ fellow who weighed 250lbs four times because each time something stuck up out of the water — a hand, a foot, an arm. On the last dunk I dropped him completely, he went to the bottom of the baptisty and almost drowned. The preacher said that  it was a “good” baptism because nothing stuck out.

Can we say all say “legalism” together?

Baptism is symbolic; it is a “coming out” for our faith; it is a drawing a line in the sand statement, not a literal burial.

If it were, this morning would have been nothing short of a fiasco at Lifepoint! We had arms, hands, feet, fingers and whatnot flailing around, out of the “grave,” and in some cases sticking straight out.

But nobody was the least bit concerned. In fact, it simply added to the party atmosphere!

This was, without a doubt, the most fun baptism service I’ve ever experienced. Today, we partied like the angels do at these events.

It was a good day!

Supper and a thought

Been doing lots of ruminating on the concept and practice of what we popularly call communion chavda-power-of-blood.jpgor the Lord’s Supper.

I just finished The Hidden Power of the Blood of Jesusby Mahesh Chavda. It’s a refreshing look and passionately written.

One thought/question that keeps chasing me, prior to reading it and even more tenaciously after reading it, is this: are we missing something very fundamental in our perception of what the “blood of Jesus” and the Supper are all about?

I think we may be dotting the “T’s” and crossing the “I’s;” at the very least we’re not assuming the full venue of power that is available to the Jesus follower.

As I noted in the title, I’m just thinking out loud…