Archive for January, 2007

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Addiction and Ministry

January 29, 2007

On the blog at worship.com is an excerpt of an article by the ex-wife of a former pastor who is now a felon.  You can read the entire piece here.  The experienced opinion of this woman is quite valuable.

Folks, pray for your pastors and encourage them live out the gifts they have been given, not someone elses.

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I Repent

January 17, 2007

You know, in the recent and distant past, I have been quick to criticize Chris Tomlin.  In a recent post I panned his new release , See the Morning.

Well, I repent.

I had the opportunity to listen to the entire recording uninterrupted last Saturday.  At first, like his last record Arriving, the music seems much of the same.  But once I listened for the differences and creativity in the songs versus the similarities, I began to see the value of the songs. 

I really like the uptempo, “Let God Arise” and the contemplative “Uncreated One”.  I am still in digesting the tunes, all the while in awe Chris continues to write good songs in terms of melody and theology.  God has truly gifted him.  How many of my songs does the church universal sing?  You get my point.

I leave you with these words attributed to Chris I read on this blog:

When asked what it was like to be famous, Chris Tomlin said that it used to be nobody offered him any advice or criticism. The more that he becomes known, the more people criticize him.

For unjustly criticizing Chris and being one of those people, I repent.

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Bait and Switch

January 2, 2007

I received a request for charity last month.  The request went something like this:

World Vision, the Christian relief and development
organization, has partnered with EMI Christian Music Group to
offer the Chris Tomlin release “See the Morning”AT NO ADDITIONAL
COST to anyone who gives a gift of $20 or more.

I thought to myself, “I will end up having to have this CD because invariably a song or two from it will make it into the modern worship music collective”.  So I followed the link, made a donation, and expected the CD in the mail.

A few weeks later, I received the CD in mail, along with a explanation of giving.  It turns out the CD is not free.  My gift to World Vision was actually diminished by the market value of the CD.  So the shipping was free.  I paid for the CD.  I think the paragraph above could be changed to be more clear.

I felt a little icky after thinking through this.  I had been “had” in a manner of speaking.  I guess I am bothered mostly that I paid for the Chris Tomlin CD.  😉