Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Singing at the Atlanta Braves game, June 21

Our own Truth Tabernacle Choir (you who know me well know that I love the sound of that) had the fantastic opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves game last Tuesday, June 21. As I had been doing some Interim work at Eastside Baptist Church (Marietta) their choir was scheduled to sing, and they asked me to direct, and invited our choir to sing with them. It was great fun to sing an arrangement that I did several years ago for Mabel White Memorial Baptist (Macon) in front of all those people and to see Truth Tabernacle of Praise's name on the big marquee there at Turner Field. (Yes that is me [below] on the High Definition Video Board - BravesVision - the world's largest high definition video board measuring 72ft. x 80ft.) I still can't believe the whole experience. What great exposure so early in our church life.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

If the Horse is Dead: Dismount?

Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. In contrast, here's how many in the church respond when the find out their "horse" is dead:

  1. Say things like, "This is the way we always have ridden the horse."
  2. Appoint a team (or better yet a committee) to study the horse.
  3. Buy a stronger whip.
  4. Change riders.
  5. Arrange to visit other churches to see how they ride dead horses.
  6. Raise the standards for riding dead horses.
  7. Appoint a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
  8. Create a training session to increase our riding ability.
  9. Compare the state of dead horses in today's church environment.
  10. Change your definitions or rules by declaring, "This horse is not dead."
  11. Hire new staff members to ride the dead horse.
  12. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
  13. Declare that "No horse is too dead to beat."
  14. Provide additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
  15. Do a cost-analysis study to see if riding dead horses is cheaper.
  16. Purchase a product or institute a new program to make dead horses run faster.
  17. Declare that the horse is "better, faster, and cheaper" dead.
  18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
  19. Revisit the performance requirements for dead horses.
  20. Downsize the dead horse.
  21. Reassign fault to the dead horse's last rider.
  22. Have a church picnic to celebrate the dead horse.
  23. Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
  24. Declare the dead horse was "one of the leading horses" in it's day.
  25. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
  26. Dead Horse, emeritus

adapted from p.14 of "Into the Future" by Elmer Towns & Warren Bird (c) 2000