Remember 'Remember the Titans'?
Culture change is tough - but it is worth it!!! I was reminded of this as I watched the movie Remember the Titans. A coach dropped into a chaotic situation must bring culture change for the team to survive... but he doesn't just want it to survive he wants it to succeed, and to dominate. In a way we want our ministries to do likewise so what ideas for culture change can we take from Coach Boon?
Thinking about sacrifice
If Jesus is King, what does that mean for what we want to do with out lives? [Image by Chris Bellerophon Dotson on flickr]
Back to the Mission
Reminded again and again about what we are created for. We are created for worship! But because there are some people who do not worship, we have been given a mission... to go and show people they were created to worship! - photo on Flickr by llamatofu
Appeasement verses Satisfaction
Do we look to appease our emotions, troubles, discomforts with earthy things that may provide some release temporarily, or do we look to God who is the source of complete satisfaction? [Image by donald_palansky_photography on flickr]
Prayer = Dependence
Even in the confidence I have in my own abilities - I am learning that I still need to be dependent on God if the outcome is going to be worthwhile for the Kingdom. Prayer is the key consideration in this! ~photo credit: wiedmaier on flickr
Saturday, 30 June 2007
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question.
4. Marvel at how the answer in no way makes sense to the question
5. Realise that you wasted another 5 minutes of your life.
What does next year have in store for you?"
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (Relient K) ~ awesome i'll be a pirate and i won't have to do anything!
What's my love life like?"
Things I Like (KJ52) ~ True
What do I say when life gets hard?
Between You And Me (DC Talk) - alright then
What do I think when I get up in the morning?
Hungry (Bryce Davis Band) - hahaha yeh for sure!!!!
What song will I dance to at my wedding?
Troubled Heart (Kutless) - ahhh won't be troubled that day (and that's a pretty grungy song to dance too...)
What do you want as a career?
Teach Us How To Worship (Soul Survivor) - I could be a worship leader full time... no worries
Your favourite saying?
Home (Paul Colman Trio) - home james!!!
Your pet's name?
This Week the Trend (Relient K) - So I'll be making up a new name every week???
Unqualified (Eli) - fine I'll stay here then
Describe your sexlife:
The One Thing (Paul Colman) - that one thing with that one person... very true.
What do you think of your parents?
Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus) - well maybe that's how they see me i don't know...
What's your Pornstar name?
Dip (Paul Colman Trio) - I really don't want to think about that too much
Where would you go on a first date?
Lost Without You (Delta Goodrem) - awwww how sweet
Drug of choice?
Where can you hide? (Paul Colman Trio) - wats with all the PC3 songs!!! dunno how this is a drug, maybe I'm still lost without you???? :-P
Loved (Soulframe) - Amen to that.
What is the thing I like doing most?
So I Have To Say The Words (Brian Adams) - looks like i'm not telling
What song best describes my school principal?
Worthy To Be Praised (Planetshakers) - well I don't know about that...
What is my state of mind like at the moment?
Forever (Bryce Davis Band) - Eternal Perspective... I like that
How will I die?
You Gave Me Love (The Screaming Jamacian) - I'll go when the God who gave me love wants me to I guess.
Well that was a bit of fun - your turn now!
Friday, 29 June 2007
I'd left the Bombers for dead just then, but in the last 10 seconds Lloyd takes a mark, and kicks to Lucas who punches a goal putting Essendon 2 points ahead of Melbourne for the win!
The Bomber's shouldn't have won that one, but what a buzz to see them pull that out!
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
I got to work late, and had to park in the spots the furthest from the building, but I enjoyed walking in the rain to and from my car.
Constant rain isn't something we've seen much of here in Queensland. I wonder how many people in England run outside and praise God as soon as it starts to rain??? I think they'd be more inclined to be praising God on sunny days. Where I was living in Africa we expected the rain at a certain time of the year, so knowing it wouldn't rain during winter was ok.
Here in Qld each time it rains like it has these past days it really feels like God has reached out and physically touched the earth. Maybe it's because He's giving us something we need so desperately, or maybe because we spend so much time asking God for rain. All I know that when I see rain, or hear it on the roof I feel like I'm just sitting watching God answer prayer.
I just keep praying I get to see more of it.
Monday, 25 June 2007
So whenever I’m in that situation now I usually apologise to the attendant saying it’s all that I have. At least then I usually get a bit of a smile and a sense of understanding from the person behind the counter.
As usually we went to Hungry Jacks after church last night – and not feeling like anything to eat I decided to get a sundae… $1.95 – and I only had a $50 note. So I apologised to the store manager who was serving me, he half grunted then made some smart remark about if I was gonna give him a big note then all he could give me was bad change – and he proceeded to give me four $10 notes and eight $1 coins to cover the change.
I can understand that at 8:30 on a Sunday night he may have to dish out some small notes and coins for change, but if I was polite enough to apologise for using a large note, maybe he could have been polite enough to apologise for having to give out all the small notes and coins for change.
He came off quite rude: I’ve been noticing as ‘managers’ seem to get younger, or maybe just as I’m getting older, levels of service from all staff at certain establishments is getting worse and worse.
Anyone else seen stuff like this?
Saturday, 23 June 2007
I heard this song on a friends MySpace profile, and just had to check it out more.
"Obadiah Parker is not what you’d expect. It’s tough to nail down their sound. With influences from artists like Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Miles Davis, and Bill Withers, their sound incorporates elements of funk, R&B, gospel, blues, and folk through a singer/songwriter’s lens. Upon listening to this original and natural blend of styles you can’t help but admit that this band’s got soul.
The three members of Obadiah Parker have been together for seven years. Mat Weddle, Jessie Young, and Daniel Zehring met at a church in Scottsdale, Arizona before they were really musicians at all. In that setting, literally starting from scratch, they picked up their instruments and learned how play together. As they honed their individual talents playing in churches and youth camps throughout Arizona and California they formed an understanding about the music they made collectively and organically discovered a distinctive musical style."
Their cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya" is brillient - here's Mat Weddle's solo performance of the song, with a bit of editing to include some of the original clip. This has become a bit of a YouTube classic since it was made in 2006.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
“I started making a singer/songwriter album but after about a month I stopped because it just didn’t feel like the right time to make this kind of record. These songs are still around and I will definitely record them sometime. After a few months to consider what I would do I started getting very excited about making a very different kind of record. I am now 3 months into a record where I am recording 10 cover songs. These are songs written by other people. They are songs that I really connect with and feel I can do something very original with. It has been really really fun. I am not going to say which songs I am doing but I can tell you that I am recording songs by Delirious, Larry Norman, Reuben Morgan, DC Talk, Whiteheart and Michael W Smith among others. Classic hey?"Paul Colman ~ www.paulcolman.com
Monday, 18 June 2007
SEVEN people have been killed when an out-of-control drag car crashed into
a crowd of spectators at a children's charity event in Tennessee.
A simple burnout and straight run, which this professional drag racer had probably done hundreds of times, went terribly wrong due to a slight difference in track surface.
It also seems people overlook some of the in-place safety regulations at these smaller charity events when trying to create an atmosphere for the people attending.
A witness who said he was only metres from the spectators who were hit, said:
"It ain't really safe to do anything with drag cars on a city street. They shouldn't have done it".
Another spectator said: "There should have been guard rails, but even if there had, it wouldn't have mattered".
Track officials spend hours getting their surface to the optimum grip levels so that drag cars car run straight and true as full power. If it begins to rain the track is automatically closed, and once the rain has stopped the officials set about laying another layer of glue and rubber so that there is no chance of a slippery track. They vacuum the track regularly to make sure there is no dirt, car parts or other alien objects lying on the track. Even if the smallest amount of oil or water is dropped by a car they stop the racing long enough to ensure it has been mopped up.
For this driver in the USA to do a run on a city street it would only take a slight change in the surface grip, or even a small amount of water or dirt on the road to unsettle a car with that amount of power.
To run with spectators lining the street is pretty crazy, and dangerous. I don’t know who should cop the blame for this, the organiser or the driver.
The body [USA drag racing authority] later said the driver was a 20-year veteran of drag racing and that road conditions had caused the loss of vehicle control, AP reported.Money raised for kids is great, but to fore-go the safety measures when dealing with these amazingly powered cars is irresponsible.
The accident took place during an annual "Cars for Kids" charity day, which raises money for disadvantaged children. Drivers were performing "exhibition burns" in which they smoke their tyres on a road before tearing off down a track.
Cars for Kids, which holds similar events across the US which raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, said on its website: "The loss is deep within our hearts and we will carry the scars of each loss forever".
And all the money raised could never replace the lives now lost. I hope this sparks a look into armature racing events and their safety. Because I’ve seen it done properly at Willowbank Raceway and the safety levels there are fantastic. Motorsport is dangerous, but the amazing work of officials is not to be taken for granted, they ensure the safety of both specators and drivers.
Sunday, 17 June 2007
If you're like me, and you generally avoid any blog posts dealing with Paris Hilton, can I ask you to try to make it through to the end of this post?
I can't say that I've been following the soap opera that the Paris Hilton prison episode has become but it is difficult to avoid news of her on again, off again, on again drink driving sentence.
The story so far as I understand it is that she was sentenced, had her sentence reduced, went to prison, was released, was taken back to court, then sent back to prison.
It's not right
When the judge announced that she would have to return to jail to complete her original sentence she was taken from the court screaming "Mom, Mom, it's not right".
So what's not right? I guess it's the fact that she's been able to live without consequences for so long. It would seem that her parents, her friends, the media and her adoring fans have failed to let her know that we need to live within boundaries. It's also not right that at her age she hasn't woken up to those facts herself and started taking responsibility for her own actions.
My initial reactions are that she should be punished and that she deserves all she gets but I must say that I'm glad that I don't get treated the way I deserve. I'm glad that people are ready to forgive me and give me another chance when I screw up.
Give me mercy
The older I get the more I see the beauty of mercy. When my natural reaction is to say, "She's a spoiled little rich kid who deserves all she gets", mercy says she's a fractured person, just like me who needs healing and restoration. She might not realise that she needs that healing and restoration but that shouldn't change my attitude toward her.
I know that a lot of people say that they'll only offer forgiveness when someone else shows contrition. Is it right that we only offer mercy and forgiveness when the other person has recognised the error of their ways and shown remorse? I'm reminded of the example of Jesus ho was prepared to endure a violent death to offer forgiveness. Was that because we had shown remorse? No. It was while we were still his enemies that he made that sacrifice. His offer of forgiveness was not based on our actions but on his love for us.
Am I suggesting that we just let Paris, or anyone else for that matter, do whatever they like and that we should keep forgiving? Yes I am.
Am I suggesting that peoples actions shouldn't attract consequences? Absolutely not. There are natural consequences to everything we do and there are other consequences when we step over the line and operate outside the laws of the land in which we live.
I think it is right that Paris serves her sentence but I can't take any pleasure from her suffering. I also think it's up to the legal system to judge her and prescribe the correct sentence. It's not up to me. Thankfully that lets me off the hook from having to keep score of everyone else's wrong doings. I don't have to compare everyone else's record against mine and complain when others behave more badly than I do.
Getting it wrong
We all make mistakes and Paris seems to have made more than most. Maybe mistake is the wrong word. I understand that we sometimes mess up unintentionally and at other times we quite willfully make the wrong choices. Either way, we need forgiveness and restoration.
How are you going with mercy? Are you only able to show mercy when someone else's transgressions don't exceed your own? Do you take delight in the suffering of others while still crying out for someone to help ease yours?
Amen Rodney, mercy is something hard to grasp, and harder to give away.
Friday, 15 June 2007
It was a great weekend of sport, with Whitehill doing very very well. I think we won the Touch Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Female individual and team fun run. Having the largest team there helped, allowing us to put in 3 teams to most competitions.
All this added up to Whitehill finally knocking Springwood Church of Christ off the SYG Champion podium.
I played Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Netball and Volleyball – and not one of my teams won a final which was slightly disappointing. However playing the volleyball final against the other Whitehill team was a bit of fun, just a shame we couldn’t beat them.
This year I really enjoyed interacting with some of the other churches a little more. We had a great time playing basketball against a very young Vicky Point team, such a young bunch of dudes, but they gave it such a huge effort. Also just chatting with people from Springwood, Oasis, Redcliffe and Hills was a nice change from spending most of the time within your own church campsite.
The Hills guys ran the music on Sunday night, wasn’t what usually excites me but I think the majority enjoyed it.
Tim Mander was the speaker. He was great – telling some stories from his old Rugby League Refereeing days and then giving a simple Gospel love message with no emotional hype or undue pressure. He didn’t make an altar call, but invited anyone who wanted to come and get a Bible off him at the end of the service, he had a stack of Mark’s Gospels there to give out (I think it was a Rugby League edition or something).
Most of my photos have a very Whitehill flavour of course, but there are a few general ones so if you went, or you want to see how awesome it was check out my flickr account.
So Whitehill are the SYG07 Champs, great to be apart of, but looking forward to a good competition in 2008.
Thursday, 7 June 2007
Work was pretty horrible, one of those days when something really important stops working and everything you seem to do just makes the issue worse....
...until 5 hours later you find out that Telstra is actually having a problem with their new 'NextG' network right where you've set up your system that relies on NextG.
I love computers and especially Telstra....
ANYHOW! - on a day like today you just think things can't get any worse. You feel that even though you're stressed you're still handing things really well, doing Jesus proud and all that. I was working with a guy that can be difficult to have a round, but I've always felt I still have a responsibility to make the time to develope a relationship with him. So even in the stressed times today I was making an effort to be positive, selfless and Christ-like.
To jump to another thread of this same theme....
I have an awesome pair of sunglasses. I love them. They cost a lot, but I don't mind because they are such good quality. They are made from T6 grade aluminum which just happens to be the same grade that the US military use on the jet aircraft. They are machine forged, and tough as nails. The lens can supposedly take a 12 gauge shotgun round from 44 feet! They are marketed as the virtually ‘unbreakable’ pair of sunnies.
See where this is going???
Yep well while working on our NextG problem today I sat my uber sunnies on the bench. While crawling under a table another RACQ lady knocked the sunnies onto the floor and my co-worker then took a step back and ‘crunch’! The unbreakable break and I’m left with a couple of really expensive pieces of aluminum.
My co-worker said later that he was quite amazed at my reaction, and the fact I kept a semi-positive attitude for the rest of the day. He said if it was him he’d probably sworn, hit the guy who'd broken them and taken the rest of the day off.
So I should feel like a good witness hey??? Well no – maybe my outside appearance looked Christ-like – but inside I was in turmoil. I was angry (mostly with myself for putting my glasses on that bench at that time). I felt like it was so unfair… I was sick of the computers not working… I was annoyed at working with this guy, and then having him stand on my glasses (I know it wasn’t his fault).
How Christ-like is it to brood over it all on the inside? To the world I did a good job, even gaining a comment on how Christians handle things differently. I didn’t let my feelings out… I kept looking ‘Christian’ but inside was having my own private tantrum.
Isn’t that hypocritical?
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Wow! I love this song by Casting Crowns. First off, yes I changed some of the words (the ones in italics) just to make it a little more personal to an Aussie, obviously the original lyrics spoke of the United States of America.
Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you're lying in the dark
There shines an ever lasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight, tonight
Oh Bethlehem what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh little town of Bethlehem you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only son
The Way, the Truth and the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save
Jerusalem what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on a cross today
Jerusalem you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping
The Land Down Under
Looks like another silent night
Every son deceived by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while lying there in the dark
There's a shout across the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night, in the night
Australia what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
Australia will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping
There are not many times where I end up with tears in my eyes over a song, Keith Green and Michael W Smith have been known to do it to me a couple of times, but this morning driving to work this song touched me deeply. This morning I was reading about Moses and the Israelites, and their golden calf. God wanted to wipe the Israelites off the face of the earth, but Moses talked him out of it. Moses interceded for the nation, and I just had the feeling that maybe we need to do that in the face of the drought we’re in. Is there something behind this drought – is God trying to wake our nation up, but do we continue to ignore him.
All this was going through my head when this song came on the iPod in the car this morning. And I cried for our nation. The eastern sky – representing the Eastern Church (3rd World) is where God’s trumpet sounds so loudly, and here in Australia and the USA are we going to miss it because of all the ‘worldly’ philosophies we get caught up in. Sure nuclear power, recycled water, tree logging and koala’s are important issues, but I have a hard time putting that in front of starving kids in Rwanda, kid soldiers in Uganda, girl prostitution in Cambodia and the general disregard for life in Zimbabwe. I get the feeling God is calling us to save these people – and we’re ignoring that call and getting ‘caught up’ in the politics of our nation. We can start with looking after the people in our own communities, especially those who are underprivileged which in most cases included our local Aboriginal communities. Whitehill supports the local Salvation Army Indigenous church, and I think I need to find a way to be a little more involved there.
But my tears today were for all those other people driving with me on the motorway – the majority of them are in the dark, they’re sleeping while God’s plan is being revealed, and when that trumpet call happens they will be the one’s caught sleeping while the Bridegroom returns and carries his church away. Even my workmates – I feel so helpless in helping them, yet I know that’s because of my own short comings, they’re a great bunch of guys yet as the song says they’re the ones sleeping, with no idea Jesus is coming back one day soon.
As Christians it’s our job to wake everyone up, God’s presence on earth these days is through the lives of the people he dwells within. So does that mean the duty falls to us? I think it does.
I so don’t want Australia to go down in history as a nation with no room for its king!
As a bit of a Post Script - here's what Mark Hall has to say on the Casting Crowns website about his motives for the song.
"I set out to set the classic hymn "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" to new music and, in the process, rediscovered the song and its message. They slept through it. Bethlehem missed the birth of the Savior of the world. Jerusalem did the same with Jesus' ministry among them. Seems crazy - 'til we as a nation look in the mirror."
Written by Mark Hall