Today we launched our “Christmas Store“, which will help make your search for Christmas media resources as quick and painless as possible. We’ve noted the ones that are new for this year, as well as featured the best of years before. For more information on what’s out there read my annual “Christmas Media Review“.
I just returned from speaking at the Christian Musician Summit in Seattle. I taught four classes: “Beginning, Leading and Developing Your Church’s Media Ministry”, “Advanced PowerPoint”, “Resources for Media Ministry” and “Leading and Planning Multisensory Worship”. Each class had awesome participation and class discussion. I was honored to just be a part of it.
Worship with Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Louie Giglio was a great experience. The Phil Keaggy concert was absolutely amazing. It was my second time seeing him and as last time, he left me speechless. A standing ovation followed every song he did.
This conference was my first opportunity to be able to teach these classes and then say, “You can find all this at WorshipHouse Media – we’re LIVE. Enjoy!”. Once I get my pictures developed, I’ll post a picture of Don Chapman (creator of WorshipIdeas.com) and I down at the Market (where they throw the fish).
Sunday, Don and I got to go to Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Wow – what an experience! I see why they are exploding and currently the largest church in the state of Washington. Mark Driscoll preached the most heartfelt, passionate, powerful and difficult message I’ve ever heard. I felt as if I was watching a historical moment take place right before my eyes. It was like being there when Jonathan Edwards preached “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God”. Absolutely amazing! Go to “New Content” and find the sermon: “Jesus Took Our Wrath (Propitiation)” – try to call young/growing churches shallow. I dare you.
Got your attention? Cool. I’m the type that never cries. You could cut my leg off and I’d scream, but I wouldn’t cry. However, when God breaks through to my hard head and heart, it’s not uncommon to find these strange deposits of liquid in my eyes.
On Tuesday nights you can usually find me playing “nasty keys”, as I call it, at i55. Last night, after our music set, we watched “Beyond the Gates of Splendor”, which is the prequel to the powerful upcoming film “End of the Spear”.
Next January marks the 50th anniversary of the death of 5 missionaries: Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming and Ed Mcully. This documentary will be showing in theatres at the beginning of the year to tell the story of their deaths and how their families were able to forgive the killers and carry on the work that these men began. To find out more, check out http://www.beyondthegatesthemovie.com.
I’d suggest tracking down a copy of “Beyond the Gates of Splendor” and watching it before going to see the new movie. You won’t regret it.
So today we continue playing “catch up” after returning from the Outreach Convention in San Deigo (read my blog about it). We had a great time and got to hang out with our friends from Worship Films, Media Shout and Flashlight Films (whose products we offer at WorshipHouse).
I leave tomorrow to speak at the Christian Musician Summit in Seattle. With worship being led by people like Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman, it should be awesome.
*** By the way, looking for a great video clip to use with your message series on “Beyond the Gates of Splendor” or “The End of the Spear”? Check out “Heart of God” by WorshipFilms!
Today, we at WorshipHouse, and many others mourn the passing of Kyle Lake, pastor of University Baptist in Waco, TX. Kyle, only 33, died yesterday morning after a tragic accident while leading a baptism. Yes, UBC is David Crowder’s church. Kyle was David’s pastor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kyle’s wife, their 3 kids and the University Baptist community.
Our sister company, Igniter Media, has set up a way to donate money to Kyle’s family. Check here for more info: http://www.ignitermedia.com/lakefamily.asp
Next week, Jeff, Rob and I will head to San Diego for the Outreach Convention. I’m looking forward to it and hope to meet any of you that are planning to attend. If you’re going to be there let us know!
We’ve been LIVE for a week now and word is really starting to get out. It’s been fun to experience the transition of “prep” mode to an open for business/serve mode. We are glad you’re checking us out and hope you’ll continue to allow us to be a small part of your worship planning.
Look for Christmas products and reviews coming soon!