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My Take On A Favorite Post #3

My series of taking a look at favorite posts continues while I’m, uh, doing some other things this week.

Today post is 1 Good Reason To Skip Sunday School.

The reason I love this post is because it made me take a look at things a little differently.  Like I mention in it, Jan and I skipped Sunday school one morning.  This was when we still went to a church that had Sunday school.

Honestly, we needed it.  We had been in Sunday school for so many years.  We hadn’t really missed except while on vacation until we began looking for a church.  Once we were in one for a while, we were back into it.

The kids went on a trip somewhere, so we were by ourselves.  We had a good time on a Sunday morning without being with God’s people in God’s house on God’s day.

I hope that doesn’t sound irreverent.

It allowed us to connect in a way we hadn’t in a while.

That’s why this is a favorite post.

Why Reinvent The Wheel?

December 18, 2013 6 comments

Recently I had the opportunity to work on a project for my church.  I won’t bore you with the details, but it was pretty important.  It involved revamping some previous work that others had completed.

I had a couple of choices.  I could start all over from scratch and totally redo what had been done before me.  I would totally ignore all of the hard work and blood, sweat and tears that all of these other godly people had done.

My other choice was that I could take what they had done and simply tweak what they had done.  I could reword some of it.  It could be condensed.  I could rearrange it.

Guess which one I chose?

The thing I didn’t want to do was reinvent the wheel.

Too often I think we try to do this in the Church.  We think that the old way of doing things is outdated.  We change our music from choirs to praise bands.  Perhaps we relax our dress.  Maybe we add liturgy to our services.  We shelve Sunday school in exchange for small groups.  We go for simpler church compared to what we have known in the past.

We try to reinvent the wheel.

What ends up happening?  We create our version of church that someone will do the same thing to at some future date.  Our way of doing things will be discarded.  A style of music we don’t care for will be added.  Maybe instead of small groups meetings will be done by Skype.

How about we evaluate what we do  and why we do it?  Why don’t we ask some questions before tossing something aside that others care deeply about.  Let’s have some discussions about it.  Maybe there is value in some of the older things and we can learn from them.  Let’s not just change for the sake of change.

Let’s not get in too big of a hurry to reinvent the wheel.

Have you ever been guilty of trying to reinvent the wheel when it didn’t need to be changed?

From The Archives: Intruder Or Introvert

This is a post from a couple of years ago.

I almost called this one What I Am Afraid Of, Part 1.  Instead it became Intruder or Introvert.  I call it that because, quite honestly, I am an introvert.

Someone just picked their jaw up off the floor.  They cannot believe that I am an introvert.

After all, I teach Sunday school.  I have no real fear of public speaking.  I do each of these each week.  I am not afraid of these things.

However, here is what I am afraid of and it has everything to do with me being an introvert.

I am afraid of…….are you ready?…….wait for it……..group activities.  Parties.  Fellowships.  Sunday school get-togethers.

When I say that I’m afraid of them, I don’t mean I fear them in the same way that I fear rattlesnakes or copperheads.  What I mean is that when I walk up and a few of you are talking, I feel like an intruder.  I see some of you and you have known each other for decades.  I feel like I am intruding into your relationship.  I fear that I will never have that with you or anyone else for that matter.

I see that some of you have some common interest.  I hear you talk about something and speak what I almost think is a foreign language.  I see you belong to what seems like some impenetrable circle that I cannot hope to join.  And I fear that I will never have something like that.

I realize, at times, that it is really just a product of my introversion.  I realize that it is part of where I inwardly hold back.  I will only go so far before I move along.

So what do I do?  I pop in and pop out.  I will try to speak to you one on one.  Sometimes with two of you.  But the larger the group, the more likely I will move along.  If I’m hurt, I will look inward.  I will retreat to a book, a website or my blog where I will let it all hang out, sometimes with disastrous results.

I’m an introvert.  What am I afraid of?  That I am an intruder in people’s lives.

How about you?  Are you an introvert?  How does it affect your life?

First Church Year #11: April Fools Edition

April 2, 2012 5 comments

Welcome to the April Fools edition of the First Church Year blog post.  That might sound like something, but there really was not an April Fools component to yesterday’s church services.

Sunday school and the worship service were solid, typical times yesterday.  One of the standout pieces was the opening song of the Easter drama was sung.  It is really a powerful song.

Sunday night was more interesting than usual.  We had the first business meeting that I have attended.  What was unusual for me was the order of the service.  The business portion was sandwiched by the singing and the preaching.  I had never actually seen a business meeting that was followed by preaching.  Maybe that should happen more often.

Following the service I spoke to a couple who are interested in beginning a small group.  We both think that this is the future of some great things for our church.

The night wrapped up with several of us gathering together to watch Wrestlemania.  It was a fun night of fellowship, food and fun.  Unfortunately, I had to leave before it was over, so I don’t know if The Rock beat John Cena.

How was your Lord’s Day?

First Church Year #10

March 27, 2012 2 comments

Today marks a special edition of First Church Year.  It is the first such post to occur on Tuesday, instead of Monday.  That makes it special, right?  I hope that you got over to Michael Perkins The Handwritten yesterday.  I hope you continue to check it out and it becomes one of your favorite blogs like it has become one of mine.  Now, on with the first church year recap.

The focus on this week at church has to be three things: Sharing your faith, missions and prayer.

Our Sunday school class went in together to visit another class.  The purpose of the class is to give people help in sharing their faith.  Few people other than who was in our class decided to take time to spend learning how to better tell others about their life with Christ.

In both worship services, we had missionaries speak.  One missionary had spent a great deal of time in Asia.  The other missionaries had spent their time in Peru.  It’s amazing to listen to those who have given their lives to live in another culture away from everything they know.

At 5 pm each Sunday evening, our church is gathering to pray together for our church.  This Sunday our prayer focused on our future pastor, his family, the search team and the future of our church. 

How was your Lord’s day this week?

1 Great Reason To Skip Sunday School

March 18, 2012 2 comments

More than likely, unless something goes wrong, I will go to Sunday school today.  Perhaps you’re reading this and I’ve already been.  Regardless, the majority of the time, I go to Sunday school.

However, a couple of weeks ago, I skipped Sunday school.  Guess what?  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I’ll tell you why I did it.  And I will give you a good reason to skip Sunday school yourself.

(By the way, two of the staff members of my church will read this, so I hope they understand what I’m saying.)

I skipped Sunday school to go to Hardee’s and spend a few extra minutes with Jan.

Our kids were out-of-town at a youth conference.

We were running late to Sunday school.

Rather than break our necks rushing to get there, we went to Hardee’s and got a cheddar biscuit.  We got to talk.  We got to laugh.  We wondered why and how they could have coffee for the drive-thru but not for the lobby.

Then we went to church.

So, if you are going to skip Sunday school, do it for a good reason.  Spend time with your spouse.  Enjoy your time together.  And don’t do it too often.  But often enough.

What would you skip Sunday school for?

First Church Year #8

March 12, 2012 4 comments

I usually begin my recap with what happened on Sunday.  Let’s shake it up a bit.  Let’s start with Wednesday.

My friend David is the youth minister at our church.  He called me recently to ask if I would help him with some of the speaking on Wednesday nights.  I said yes and showed up to hang out with him and the youth this past Wednesday night.  I wanted to get a feel the group.

What ended up happening was that I gave an impromptu introduction by way of my life story, who I am and how I came to know he Lord:  you know, a testimony.  It looks like I will actually do some planned speaking this Wednesday.

Our church recently went through a building process.  This left the old worship area empty.  It looks like with some work and upgrades, the youth will be able to use this area on Wednesday nights for a worship service.  It’s exciting to be in on this from the beginning.

In Sunday School, we had a substitute teacher who did a great job. 

During the worship service, we had the Lord’s Supper.  It was the first time we had done this in at least six months, if not longer.  It was great to do this in remembrance of Him.

Following the service, I was asked to be a Roman soldier in the Easter musical.  I was told that there would be no lines.  I have this picture of me with a sword and a toga.  That would be a dangerous combination for me.  I also wonder if I could steal the show like Vince Vaughn did in the Christmas play in Four Christmases?

How was your Lord’s Day?