Brian McKay | @RealBrIanMcKay
I’ve listened to Christian music for about 12 years. Originally, I bought those compilations that you could buy at Walmart (featuring mostly Joel Engle…look him up if you don’t remember him). Eventually, I got bored with it. So, I moved on. After a couple years listening to almost exclusively secular music, I returned to the Christian music world.
I started listening to Casting Crowns. They were great. I loved pretty much everything about them. Their first two CDs helped me get through a tough 8th grade, and my love for them continued (and intensified) in high school. I actually got to see them in concert during my freshman year.
It was amazing. When they first came out and started singing, I freaked out. Like legit fan-girl stuff (well, I guess fan-boys are a thing too). The concert was great…it was basically a church service. They’re a band focused on the message of their songs and reaching people. But that’s not what the point of this post is.
Kevin Welborn | @TheKevinWelborn
I learn something new almost every day. I wish it were intentional, but most of the time I stumble into it inadvertently. The proverbial blind pig and all that, you know?
C.S. Lewis died on the same day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. See? You just learned something without even trying. Or, maybe you already were aware of that factoid. If so, go learn something on your own, Matt Coker only gives me so much space here and I must use it wisely. He is a heavy-handed dictator and I must please The Back Row.
We are doing a Sunday night Bible study over Ecclesiastes at our church. Through two weeks we have completed the first chapter. This is a weighty book with a somber, if not depressing, tone. A book written by wise, wealthy Solomon should be enumerating tales of travel, bliss, and good-hearted shenanigans.
Instead, Ecclesiastes is permeated by a man dealing with despair. Phrases like “vanity of vanities” and “striving after the wind” are used to describe man’s life “under the Sun”. In other words, Solomon is asking the question, “What does it really matter that you and I get up and go to work every morning? Eventually our generation passes and the next simply carries on the same useless cycle.”
By Daniel Foster | @DanielFoster07
Worship. What is it?
The other night I asked my students to tell me what they thought worship was. Like many of us, their answers revolved around a worship service. They said things like; singing, preaching, going to church, etc. These were all great answers, but I believe worship goes much deeper than that.
Look at how people worshiped thousands of years ago. In fact, the book of Psalms is a collection of poetry written as worship songs. It was almost like the hymnal of their day. If you read through the Psalms, you realize that life wasn’t always glamorous for David.
By Daniel Foster / @DanielFoster07
"Jesus didn’t die in a suit and tie. If you think church is just suit and tie, you’re missing Jesus. Jesus didn’t die in front of a fancy crowd. There was nothing nice and tidy about the crucifixion. It was a messy death.”
These were words from Louie Giglio that rang loud and clear in my ears as I was standing in puddles.
Last year I took a group of high school/college students to the Passion Good Friday concert in Atlanta. Due to traffic, we arrived a little later than we were shooting for, resulting in a already packed out Verizon Amphitheater. A couple of students managed to wiggle their way into a couple of seats under the pavilion, but the rest of us had to enjoy the service from the back lawn. In the rain. In the cold. I was drenched to the core, and the rain didn’t look like it was going to let up anytime soon. That night, I gained a new respect for “I’ll Praise You In this Storm”.