Archive for July 2008

To Be Frank

July 25, 2008

Somebody told me about FRANKTOWN ROCKS, a “music-driven virtual world” for kids. I checked it out, seems pretty cool. It was recently featured in Parents magazine…and it’s free. Check it out for your kiddos and see whatcha think.


July 24, 2008

Seeing family in Huntsville, AL this weekend. Will attempt to cram family time, fishing, and disc golf all together, within a 24 hour visit. Then it’s back to C’ville for a 4am wakeup call Sunday morning. Rock-n-roll.

Camel & Check-In

July 23, 2008

Here are the pics of the 2 person camel hanging out pre-service, harassing kids, and the new KidVenture Check-In Station.


July 22, 2008

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
Psalm 17:6

Every Sunday afternoon drive home, I begin to process. I think. I think alot. I say a prayer. I say a thanks. I sometimes focus on how tired I am. I sometimes think about how much I sweated from 5am – 2pm. (I then thank God for clinical strength deodorant.) I think about the highs and lows of the morning. I think about the new families I met. I think about our City Host’s doing a terrific job of bringing energy to our elementary kids and how they shared God’s love. I think about the worship service, setup crew, staff, incredible volunteers,….ministry.

This past Sunday morning, I was overwhelmed with one thought: The 2 person camel we had walking around the KidVenture Check-In area. Ha, just kidding. What was truly on the brain was PRAYER. The prayers of thousands that prayed for a successful move back to the theater. The prayers of staff and volunteers and family members and other churches. The prayers of 70 year old grandmothers who might not get the “style” of Oak Leaf, but they love Jesus and want others to find Him. Faithful Prayers. Audacious Prayers.

So on the drive home I pondered. I thought about the importance of prayer. I thought about us fasting last Thursday, about us asking God for something that we were incapable of doing ourselves. And I thanked God for answering our prayers.

Ever To Conquer, Never To Yield

July 21, 2008

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Note: If your team is not in the SEC…well, I just feel sorry for ya. 🙂

Back Home

July 21, 2008

The best way I can describe today:
For all you UGA bulldawg fans: Imagine for a moment that this Fall UGA decided to close Sanford Stadium. That’s right, done. No games there. Maybe it was a crack in the structure. (Blame a GT engineer, right?) So let’s say for the football season you had to play all your games at some neighboring stadium. I don’t know, just pick somewhere. And this somewhere facility was nice, and it seated plenty of people, and it had concessions and restrooms,…and after all, it was the same players, cheerleaders, and coaches…and you still enjoyed rooting on your team. But, it was no Sanford Stadium. It just wasn’t the same as “playing between the hedges.”

I hesitate to make such an analogy because God is not contained in a building or limited by our ideals of “good church” or “good location”. But, today – WE CAME BACK HOME. Oak Leaf Church was made for Carmike Cinemas in Cartersville, GA. Who knows for how long but for now, it’s where we are supposed to be. Sure, it was the same worship and same teaching and same crazy terrific KidVenture volunteers that we had at Woodland High School. Nothing has changed. But there was….well….there was just something about this move back home. A draw. A fit. A belonging. Most importantly, an obedience to God.

If I’m being honest, I had my doubts. Would it really have the same energy? Would new, 1st time guests really show up? Should we try to recreate something from the past? But all of that was laid to rest within the first 30 minutes of being in the building (5am-5:30am). And as more and more SUPERB volunteers showed up, I sensed that it was going to be a special day. What’s that? Kinks to work out? Well, sure. No doubt. But when you run out of 1st time guests bags, you have to bring in chairs for your 3rd service, you see a bazillion new faces, your KidVenture check-in station is rockin’ (thanks Kim D.), and someone you had prayed for accepts Christ on your first day back in the theater….well, it’s quite simple – you’re home.

Manly Car

July 19, 2008

Some dudes in the South drive pickups. Some dudes drive cars with bumper stickers that say “No Fear”. Some have shotguns hanging on the gun rack.

Me? I have a stuffed dolphin staring at you through the side window.

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