Bear with me here as this is a concept I am still trying to ‘flesh out’ myself, but I hope you can take something from it.
I was having a ‘Ministry’ chat with a friend of mine the other day and I really started thinking about some important things. Two of which relate to how we ‘perceive’ the Bible in today’s world and the ‘context’ in which the Bible was written.
DISCLAIMER: I want to start out by saying, yes, I know that the Bible is just as applicable ‘Today’ as it has ever been in the past…and I do think that God can ‘show’ us, through his word, wisdom for our life and current state of affairs. I am not challenging any of those ideas or thoughts.
1) CONTEXT – How often to we read the Bible trying to find a proof-text for a certain attribute of God, or wisdom concerning certain decisions, or even to enhance a message…especially to make it fit into whatever ‘series’ we are going through at church. Truth be told, alot. I do it all the time (not that it’s wrong) but it can become unhealthy. Lately I find it very beneficial to take a verse and the chapter before and after, just to get a basic sense of the context in which it was written…often times I find that the message being conveyed is not 100% about what I thought it was about. I would say what we do is similar to a newspaper or magazine interview article, where the writer picks a handful of quotes from the interview and formulates the idea he/she wants to convey with the article…it isn’t always a fair representation of the entire conversation.
PERSPECTIVE (To Be Continued…)
Remember that part of The Wizard of Oz? You know it’s when they meet the ‘wizard’ and Toto starts messing around with the big curtain to reveal a meek little man using a lot of smoke and mirrors to make himself seem bigger than life. The problem with the logic is that it works for some time until people start poking around deeper and deeper into you church, school, business, organization, etc. It simply isn’t enough to look good on the outside…people will eventually see right through it.
It reminds me of a recent trip my wife and I took to a popular mexican grill. (here’s a hint, they have burritos as big as babies and name entree’s after 80’s movies and sitcom characters). It was a wonderful meal. The steak Quesadilla was kicking, the cheese dip hot, and the coke was not flat. I said to Rebekah, um this is the best ____’s I have had in a long time! Before we left I went to the bathroom….um, I assume they weren’t expecting me. Let the pictures explain….
Hopefully these pictures aren’t too small to see all the grossness I found in there. It didn’t get this way in a couple of hours. Some of that ‘nasty ‘ was dried and caked on. It was like layers of grime were built up on the sink…it was just a ‘hot, hot mess’. So no matter how good the food was, this will make me think long and hard before I ever go back. It just simply isn’t enough to look good, the inside has to match the outside to effectively reach customers, students, employees, etc. And especially churches, Are you simply ok with looking good on Sunday Morning’s or are you operating out of an overflow of what God is doing week in and week out in your staff, members, attenders, and organizational structure. The truth is if you aren’t….your ‘curtain call’ may be right around the corner.
So today I am hanging with my buddies down at Warner Bros. Nashville, TN studios. I am having a blast. This is what I want to do for a living!
I am sure most of these guys are very important in the music industry but I have no clue who they are. Paul Worley is here who did the first two Dixie Chicks records, and has won two Grammy awards. I am a little overwhelmed….
So Rebek and I were in downtown Nashville a few weekends ago. we stopped at the famous Gruhn Guitars. So we go i and are immediately facing a ‘vintage’ wall. We see this love it and then look at the price tag….$18,500! yep that’s right, and it’s a cheaper one.
Man, 50 yr old guitars are expensive! Here’s a pic for you to love… it’s a 1952…I think I’d honestly be scared to play it.
This Saturday started off with some really cool stuff.
One I can’t share right now (legal reasons) that involves my wife and TV.
excited is an understatement…
Then I hung out with a friend from Wilmington, NC who goes to school in Nashville, TN.
We were on the set of a MUTEMATH music video all day….No Doubt.
Ok…now for the cool stuff.
So I knew it was gonna be good when we got the tickets (tickets can be art)
I meet this guy. His name is Chris McHugh…he has played drums for everyone and anyone in Nashville (Country, Pop, CCM).
He is currently out on the road with Keith Urban!
Tom Bukovac, the number 1 session player here in town and personal guitar idol walked in and played bass, yep, bass. I guess all the guitar positions were covered…needless to say he was amazing and sat/stood about a foot from us.
I bumped into Steve Wariner (famous country artist and guitarist) before we left (his son played guitar for Jedd Hughes Band and was quite awesome himself).
I think we were part of something pretty special last night, both artists were of a different country breed than most down here. It didn’t feel very hardcore country, it was like Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac on STEROIDS!!!!!