Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tonight's Slides Show

Enjoy your preview (you will if you're a fan of 10,000 Maniacs).

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fave Five and New Zion Church and

We're participating with Johnson City Ministerial Alliance Holy Week. It's our first year and I'm really excited to be a part of it. Last night's service at New Zion (near Carver Park) with Hopwood's choir and with Tim Ross preaching was wonderful, and a cultural experience as well.

Tonight's service is at Bethel Christian Church in Jonesborough. It will feature our own choir and I will be preaching. Should be interesting.

Two4Two faves:
Alyssa and Cora

Ethan and Luke

Cassady and stained glass.



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tonight's Slide Show

Here is your preview of tonight's slide show. I have to thank two Sams this week (but one of them is Samantha). Thanks everybody for your help in putting these together!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Fave Five from Last Week's Two4Two

Finding my Five Faves this week was rough because I just didn't take great pictures last week. Someday I will invest in a real camera instead of using my cellphone (although I am thankful for what I have).
Mr. Luzadder looking dapper on St. Patty's Day.

Charles decided to grow a goatee. Hmm... he reminds me of another Charles whom I liked very much.

Meghan goes to battle with Abby in Carpet Ball.

Abby is obviously up to the challenge.

And Miss Nipper awaits the baking of the bread.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March 17th Two4Two slideshow

Here is tonight's video. Sorry I didn't get around to posting my Fave Five pics from last week, but they're all in this slideshow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tonight's Slide Show

Sam did a great job creating this week's video/slide show for Two4Two. Hope you enjoyed it.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Taking the Church Seriously

I'm preparing to read the following devotional thought at staff meeting this morning. It's from my hero, A.E. Whitham and his essay, "Taking the Church Seriously". Whitham wrote in the 1930s ... this one hit me right between the eyes today.

My plea is that we take our Church seriously--her prayers, fellowship, sacraments, and preaching. We may have a different conception of the Church, of her functions and the scope of her authority, from that of others. But the Divine necessity for a Church, its spiritual uniqueness as an institution, the belief in a special grace through her sacraments, the conviction that her preaching and teaching are of things revealed to men supernaturally in Christ, these seem to me to be the only justifying grounds for the elaborate and expensive machinery of the Church, the costly demands upon her sons and daughters for sacrificial service, the rituals and observances, whether ornate or simple, the punctual and regular attendance we exhort people to make at her services, and the distinction we feel between her gatherings and that of any other society on earth.

The Church that exalts to the highest degree her importance and necessity, her Divine validity, may or may not survive in popular esteem, but this is certain, that a Church will never survive, and does not deserve to survive, that belittles herself, and qualifies her claims until they cease to be claims and degenerate into weak and apologetic invitations. This pathetic effort to win men into the Church by echoing their own unthinking indifference and disparagement of the Church has gone so far that to speak with respect, not to say reverences, of the Church, calls forth angry retort and remonstrance from the members of the Church itself, as though you were accusing her of sin.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Fave Five from Two4Two Last Night

The ballet ladies.
The Smiling Bread Makers: Brynn and Elizabeth.

The other bread makers!

AJ and Ryan

Miles cheeses for the camera.

I haven't had the chance to upload photos from last night, but here is last night's slideshow.