October 2011

Good Shepherd Band: I wait for the Lord...

This tune written by Phil Moyer to serve the text of Psalm 130. (TB)

ClearNote Bloomington Choir: Ride On, King Jesus!

Phil Moyer directs the choir of ClearNote Church, Bloomington last Lord's Day singing "Ride On, King Jesus!" (TB)

Good Shepherd Band: Unseal my eyes...

Good Shepherd Band does Horatius Bonar's "Unseal My Eyes." If I were a pastor, I'd invite Good Shepherd Band to my church so my people could see how the Sons of Asaph led the Israelites. I never cease thanking God for these men... (TB)

Joint Reformation Sunday service in Lynden, WA...

FirstCRCLyndenAfter Lord's Day morning worship at Westminster PCA down in Vancouver, WA, Mary Lee and I will drive up to the US/Canada border for the 6 PM Annual Joint Christian Reformed Church (CRC) Reformation Sunday Worship Service hosted this year by First Christian Reformed Church in Lynden, Washington. I'll preach at the Reformation Sunday service, then speak on...

Heritage Conference in Vancouver, WA, this weekend...

Mary Lee and I are out in the Pacific Northwest for the 2011 Heritage Conference of Westminster PCA in Vancouver, Washington. We're looking forward to the fellowship with the brothers and sisters of Westminster and hope some of you will join us for the weekend.

Our sessions will be Friday evening, Saturday morning and early afternoon, and Lord's Day worship Sunday morning. It's Reformation Sunday this Lord's Day and our titles will be "Reformed Fathers," "Reformed Mothers," "Reformed Children," and "The Church Reformed, Always Reforming."

Here's the info. (TB)

Mt. Rainier...

MaryLeeMtRainerMary Lee and I flew into Seattle, yesterday, and on our way down to Vancouver, WA, we stopped at Mt. Rainier National Park. We drove up to Paradise which is above the tree line, then hiked up a couple trails, starting with the Alta Vista Trail where this pic was taken.

It was a beautiful Fall day with bright sunshine. We didn't see or hear any elk herds. Glacier National Park was much better for that. But what majesty, telling atheists and Christians alike of God's great glory!

When we got to Paradise two fox--one red and one black--were hanging with one huge raven. They were all begging.

The were twenty or so cross-country skiers coming off the mountain when we started up the trail. The sun set while we were up on the mountain. When we got back to the car almost eveyone was gone. (TB)

Herman Cain: "Put this in your pipe and smoke it..."

Priceless. Comparisons are odious, but I'm beginning to think Ross Perot was boring. Then there's this campaign video for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee done by his PG-13 motley crue.

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Go for the men and the women will follow...

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men (aner) of Athens...” - Acts 17:22a

Dad gave me a couple pithy exhortations my first year in the pastorate. They weren't original but they carried the weight of his authority and I've passed them on to other pastors. Here are four of them: "Don't use Pardeeville as a stepping stone." "A home-visiting pastor makes a church-going people." "Preach it down; then preach it back up, again." And, "Go for the men and the women will follow."

That last one was deleted from an article on men's ministry I did for Christianity Today's journal, Leadership, back in 1989. Shortly after buying the piece, Leadership's editor left for Focus on the Family. The new editor didn't like the article, so he cut more than half the text and ran it without sending it back to me for approval. Readers won't be surprised Dad's advice "go for the men" didn't make the cut.

Jesus calls twelve men as His Disciples and we're not supposed to notice? Poor Christianity Today. Poor readership. Poor leadership.

I think of Dad's advice all the time. Parachurch organizations and church planters each have their own marketing strategies. Here are a few...

Children are a blessing from the Lord: Genevieve Joy Hess...

This morning at 8:44 AM, Genevieve Joy Hess (Vivajoy for short ;->) was born to Abram and Sara Hess. Abram reports, "Mama and baby are both doing very well." God is so very kind to us!

Hope springs eternal in this human pest...

Cubs masochists like me just received an e-mail formally announcing what the world's known for some time: former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has been hired as President of Cubs baseball operations. The e-mail was five sentences long. It went out from Cubs.com over the name of Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and here was the money sentence: "Today, we took another big step toward that goal by announcing today that Theo Epstein has joined the Chicago Cubs as the new President of Baseball Operations reporting directly to me."

That's about right for Cubs baseball. "Today we are announcing today..." (TB)

On same day here in Bloomington, twins give birth to twin babies...

From his present home in LA, Sir Alex forwarded this news note. Identical twins of the tribe of Judah gave birth to twin babies yesterday at the Bloomington Hospital. Jennifer Patterson gave birth to a girl named Adalynn Rose Patterson, followed by Jessica Patterson giving birth to a boy named Mason Douglas Patterson.

Maybe the mothers are married to twins named Patterson? (TB, w/thanks to Alex JC)

For poor on'ry people like you and like I...

I've mentioned before how much our worship leaders, Good Shepherd Band, strengthen us in our corporate worship here at ClearNote Church, Bloomington. The highlight of the year is our annual Christmas Sing-a-long and coming soon is a CD of their Christmas music titled Repeat the Sounding Joy. The disc will be realeased November 11th--just a couple weeks from now--but you can listen to one of the tracks now.

Here's the olde carole, "I Wonder as I Wander." If you like it, drop us an e-mail to reserve your copy. (TB)

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