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November 8 Worship Bumper

November 12, 2009

Worship bumper for Nov. 8. Music was performed live.

Jesus is not my copilot

November 4, 2009

Have you ever seen those “Jesus is my copilot” bumper stickers? I see the reasoning behind them, letting people know that God’s will plays a part in your life, but I don’t think that they are enough. I think the Jesus should be our pilot, and we should be in the copilot seat. Who better to make the tough decisions in our life and to guide it towards its final destination that the one who has already planned our steps and knows how it is all going to play out. I hope to trust His judgment in my life far more than my own.

Everyday Jesus

November 1, 2009

This Sunday was the first Sunday of “Everyday Jesus”, our winter series at Antioch. Through this series, we are going to look at how Jesus applies to our everyday lives. Preparing for this series, I realized just how many days can go by when Jesus is on the outside borders of my life, and not at the center of it. Everyday Jesus is about more than just a routine. It is about relying on the creator of the universe for more than just the emergencies in our lives. Jesus is not a seasonary figure, and He is not a 911 call, Jesus is relevant to our everyday lives, in our struggles and in our pains, in our joys and our fears, and in our relationships with others. I am looking forward to what God speaks into my life through this series and I hope that everyone that attends Antioch is challenged to live with Jesus as the center of their everyday life.

We Need a Flood

October 25, 2009

How many times do we take for granted the blessings in our lives? Today at Antioch, we had a special prayer time for the region in India where one of our staff members is a missionary. The Indian people in those villages have lost everything that they knew. Their entire lives were disrupted, uprooted, and destroyed.

Too often, I complain when God gives me even the simplest of tasks. I had a wake up call today when I realized that the Christians in this area of India have not only poverty, sickness, and persecution to endure, but recently a terrible flood has covered the region making their daily lives even more difficult. A faith strong enough to withstand the things that they go through should be an example to all of us that our faith is in serious need of reform. I cannot imagine being in that situation and facing so many trials.

Keith wrapped it up best:

Those people cry out to God, because He is all they have.

God is really the only thing we have. He is more than able to influence our everyday.

In defense of Church Media

October 21, 2009

Sometimes I think that church media can be concentrated on the wrong things. Some churches add flashy lights and over-the-top media for the wrong reasons. Whenever I work on a media element, I try to make it to the best of my abilities, but I am trying to keep in mind my audience and their well being over everything else. There is a place and a time for flashy stuff, and that is during a performance. Church is not a performance. Church media should reflect the message above all else, not the cool effects and techniques that were used. I really liked this quote from Dave Harris, a media guy from Southeast Christian:

I think media is one of the most powerful tools we have, but only if we use it intentionally. The idea of wowing a student with a fancy moving light or an HD projector doesn’t accomplish anything to grow them in their faith. We use the tools of media to tell a story or create an environment for students to learn the truth of the Bible in an engaging way. Students generally have short attention spans as is, so we need to make sure we never create a distraction, but use media to create focus.

Media should be used to support and enhance the message that is being presented. Sometimes I have placed my attention a little too much on the whiz bang. I hope that no one ever walks out the doors of Antioch thinking about how “good” anything on the screen is. I hope that they leave motivated and touched by the words that were spoken. If I can support that, then I have done my job.

Bible Glo

October 21, 2009

Yesterday  I got a copy of a new bible software called Glo. You can check it out at  bibleglo.com.

The reason I rushed out of my office and drove 30 minutes to immediately buy this software was because of it’s amazing user interface. The way the Bible is laid out visual seemed very compelling to me. The Youtube video at the end of this post will show you what I mean. The layout is amazing, with the Word, theological topics, time lines, graphics, and videos all linked together to make study easier. From what I saw in the video, I was certain that I would be amazed by the software.

There are a few things that I did not like about it, however. Installation was a NIGHTMARE. The autolaunch installer did not work, and I got an error message the first 7 times I tried to install it. I had to explore the files on the DVD and try .exe after .exe until one of them would let me install it. The rest of the process was acceptable, taking just around 2 hours to install. Considering it is 18gb of content, that’s an acceptable amount of time. Once installed though, it puts one link to the program on the desktop, and nothing in the start menu. This is highly annoying since I don’t use the desktop, and prefer programs in the start menu. After launching the program, I experienced the amazing user interface, but even on a machine with pretty decent specs (I do AfterEffects production on this machine), it was slow and glitchy. This software would best be run on a BRAND new computer with more than the hardware requirements listed on the box.

While it may have not been a great experience at first, I think that there is a lot of potential with this software. Once the reading plan is implemented (which, by the way, was promised in the video) is added to the software in November, it will be that much more useful. I think that this could be a good tool for bible study, and I am anticipating the Mac version next year.

[11-16-2009 Update]: I have to admit, with all of the excitement that I had about the release of this software, I have yet to use it since the first day after installing it. I think it may be for some people, but it just didn’t excite me past the first few moments.