Cardinals – should have been big

Here’s a terrific band that spent a lot of time on repeat play when Cathy and I were driving to and from Cape Cod last fall.  And, it is still one of the finest releases that I’ve heard for a long while.  Up there with The Lone Bellow, and sadly missed The Civil Wars.  Have a listen to Cardinals.  Hard not to get hooked.

https://www.facebook.com/CardinalsMusic

The renamed themselves “The Juliets”, released an EP under that name, but now I’m told they’ve gone their separate ways.  Some things are too good to last.

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Congratulations! It’s a … CD

Okay, there are still a few copies left.  I’ve not given as many away as with the first release.  And, this one’s not for sale on line (yet, at any rate).

This is the second Wilyums project that Drew, Libby and I put together.   It isn’t anywhere near as exciting as the arrival of a child.  But, it won’t need to be fed, cuddled or changed.

If you’d like a copy (if there are any left after the first mad rush) I’d be happy to get one to you – or you’re more than welcome to drop by and pick one up.  And, I still have a number of copies of “Point My Boat Home” to give away.

Keeping you posted…

Dana

What are you looking to find in church?

It was a beautiful sunny morning today at church.  There was real worship, real teaching, real fellowship and real challenge.  (I skipped the coffee, but I gather that it is good too)

So, I’d be interested to know, what are you looking for in a church on a sunny Sunday morning?

Be perfect to one another

Is working on perfection frustrating you?  It bothered me, this quest for perfection that I thought I was supposed to be working on.  Hadn’t Jesus said in Matthew 5:48 that we were to be perfect, just as our Heavenly Father was perfect?  And I was pretty sure that if Jesus said it, it must be so.

Either that, or I’d misunderstood it.

Or He’d been misquoted.

Or, mis-translated.

Last week while driving back to work from a mid-day appointment I happened to be listening to Charles Price (The Living Truth) on the radio, and I had this eureka moment.  (And that Virginia is why we have radios in cars).

I thought I’d share what I got from the few minutes I’d heard – a few minutes that were somewhat life-changing…

An approximated CP parable can illustrate:  If I’m using my beat up old pen to write a note to someone and I’m asked “how’s the pen?”  I could surely say that the pen is “perfect”.  It’s doing just what it was created to do.  If I use the pen as a toothpick or a coffee stirrer, the pen is no longer “perfect” . That’s pretty much how “perfect” in greek should have been translated. In the sense that Jesus used it, perfect implies “working as intended or working as created”.

Just as it is with the pen, so it is with us.  We were all created for God’s purposes.  If we live to God’s glory, if we begin to love as He loves, we are thus perfected!

Thank you Charles.  Oh and thank you car radio.  Turns out that even though you aren’t a Bose, you are perfect.

Finding the church

It hadn’t gone missing, as much as we’d gone missing.  A million books have been written about why folks move on – whether or not it’s a good thing – whether or not it is even a reasonable thing to do.  Thankfully, it is however a really, really difficult thing to do.  We’d been plugged into the same body for over 25 years and were involved – heavily.  So saying adieu was very awkward at best and impossible at worst.  I remember how I’d felt when others before us left.

Anyway, the church isn’t missing, but we’re trying to find it again.

So here are the choices – the shopping list as it were.  Small, large, religious, free, Spirit-filled, Calvinist, Arminian, worshiping, teaching, friendly, uptight, outreaching, rich, poor, insular, mainstream, charismatic…

“Don’t wait for the perfect church – you’ll ruin it.”

I’d considered creating a scorecard of sorts, and over the Sundays we’d visit and keep score.  Then, after a specific period had passed we’d tally and decide.

The dartboard method would be easier, and if we were wrong, we could blame it on God for not guiding the fated projectile to the appropriate slice of the pie.

Prayerfully consider what your gifts are (your assets so to speak), what you need (your liabilities) and see if there’s a spot where you can invest.

And so the hunt continues…

We’ve liked every spot we’ve gone, and where we came from – so far.