Friday, March 30, 2007

southern hospitality

southern hospitality is alive and well.

i have just arrived home from a gig that my band had in telfair county, georgia. we were playing for real encounter, a ministry based around motocross and evangelism. it was the first time that i got to experience real encounter in action and was blown away by how god used the ministry within the community of mcrae and telfair county. it was amazing how the community poured itself out to support the planners of this event, and how the community came together to make it possible. i say southern hospitality is alive and well because of the respect and graciousness by which we were treated. they put us up in an awesome lodge at the nearby state park, they fed us the whole time, and drowned us in sweet tea. then on top of that, i met some of the most quality people i have in a long time. their hearts were huge, and had such a love for the people of telfair and especially the youth. the most amazing thing to me was that the owner of a place called the southern star grill fed us the whole week for free...a guy that was a non-christian, but wanted to see the youth of the city changed. i pray that god opens his heart and he comes to the lord.

it was just a good time.

i like the south.

-will

Friday, March 23, 2007

christian band vs christians in a band

This is a sticky subject to talk about and one that a lot of people have to deal with and come to some kind of answer on. I have had this discussion with a lot of people lately and just wanted share where I stand on the subject.

People are right in the fact that if a band does not sing about Jesus or what not...and doesn't play praise and worship music, then they just want to play music and thats all. I totally agree with them on that. One of the last things Jesus said to the world and to his followers was to go and make disciples of all nations, sharing the story of his redemptive blood. He never tells us how to do it, whether it be from a pulpit or from a stage or from a couch in a coffeehouse sitting with one of your friends. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. As long as the story is being shared, and God is being glorified, God will use it.

When it comes to the debate of a christian band vs christians in a band, I look at it exactly like taking a job at a bank, mcdonalds, or being a second grade teacher. None of those would be consider a "Christian" thing or you could label as Christian. But by my understanding of my faith and my christianity, and Christ's call to go and make disciples of all nations, I can use my job as an avenue to build relationships and share my faith with the people I encounter. I see being a christian in a band as the exact same thing. The band is my job, and my job does not dictate my faith. So I can use the band as a way to share my beliefs with the people that I can come into contact with. I do not need to use my band as a platform to preach, but I can use it as an avenue to share my beliefs.

By taking the avenue of being a christian in a band, and taking away the label Christian, I can instantly reach a completely different group of people then I could if I embraced the Christian label. I have countless non-christian friends that the instant they hear christian, or jesus, or god, they shut down and don't even give what ever it is a second chance. These are the people I want to reach, and I think God is calling me to reach. If I were to be on stage, preaching to them, they would not hear a word I would say. But if I were able to establish a relationship with them, be authentic with my faith in front of them, and share my faith, I will be much more effective in sharing the gospel then just preaching to them. Jesus came here to save the lost, he was friends with a prostitute, and ate with sinners. He was on the front lines, getting his hands dirty and being real, loving unconditionally. That is my model for who I want to be. And I don't need to be in a "Christian" band to do that.

That is just where I am and where I feel authentically called to be. By no means do I want to stir up things.

-will

Thursday, March 22, 2007

3 am

i'm laying in bed and it's around 3 am and i just can't seem to fall asleep. i am exhausted. i haven't been sleeping well. and have been a little sick, so you think when my head hits the pillow, i would be out. but no. here i am wide awake, tired eyes, but sleep is not coming my way. i know why. there are a lot of things stressing me out right now. all small things in the big picture and compared to some of my friends my stresses are tiny, but those small things are piling up and i am in a place that i don't like to be. the biggest burden is my financial situation. i am barely scraping by. barely paying the bills. it sucks. one of my favorite things to do is take people out to dinner, but at this moment in my life, i can barely take myself out to dinner. i don't desire to be rich, but i just want to be comfortable. and not stress about where my rent money is going to come from, or how i am going to pay this next bill. i want to rest soundly at night. i just want some focus in my life and some direction as to where i am headed career/job wise. if i knew a direction, i could rest more in knowing that my financial situation is improving. so we'll see what happens. i hope i can sleep.

-will

Friday, March 16, 2007

i was arrested...

here is the game...

go to google.com and type in "YOUR NAME was arrested for" and see what pops up. make sure you type the quotation marks.

here are my results:

Will was arrested for street fighting
Will was arrested for cultivation of cannabis
Will was arrested for Rose's murder
Will was arrested for auto theft and was sentenced to five years


sad, there was only 4 results from it.

-will

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

i found this article quite funny.

when you're that age, maybe home repairs should be left to your grandsons.

-will

global warming

go check this post out on ysmarko about global warming and jerry falwell

wow...


-will

Sunday, March 11, 2007

battle cry

I have been doing a lot of thinking over the last year, just really evaluating my stance on life, faith, etc., and since I have been a youth pastor in the past, this article saddens me. I really dislike the use of the war metaphor when it comes to the christian world. so when a group like battle cry comes along, i am not the first to be excited about it. then when it stirs up controversy like this, it just hurts my heart.

god called us to love. not to hate and disrespect people. not to be warriors, but to love on people...and show them the love of christ.

sadness.

-will

outside

so i got to go outside for the first time in a long while. and by outside, i mean camping. i went down to the buffalo river area in northern arkansas. beautiful. i hiked to hemmed in hollow. and camped at lost valley. it was a good time just to be alone, be quiet and think. i read a lot and just relaxed. as i was hiking, i was thinking to myself how much i love being outdoors. and just taking in the creation god has given us. i read this quote a long time ago, and not sure who said it, but it said, "before there were doors, the outdoors was known as home." i felt like i was home yesterday. i felt good. being outside. not confined to anything. i need to get out more often.

on a side note, i am not feeling well, i think i came home with a chest cold. yuck.

-will

Monday, March 05, 2007

things are...

things are getting more serious.
things are shaping up.
things are falling into place.
things are speeding up.
things are slowing down.

let's hurry up and wait.

when?

-will

Thursday, March 01, 2007

harold crick and jay bakker

I have been thinking about this for the last little bit, so I thought I would post it here on my blog, because it's a question that I think all of us have to answer to live a complete and fulfilled life.

I watched the movie Stranger Than Fiction staring Will Ferrell again the other day. It's a movie about Karen Effiel, an author writing her latest novel about an isolated man named Harold Crick. What she doesn't know is that her fictionalized character is real. The real Harold Crick is an IRS agent who has lived a dull existence and one day begins to hear Karen's voice as she narrates what she puts on paper to what Harold has and is doing. Because of this Harold enlists the help of a literary professor to find out what is happening and ends up changing things about his life including beginning a relationship with his IRS client, a government-hating bakery owner named Ana Pascal. Harold, however, finds trouble when he hears that Karen plans to kill him. In the midst of his conversations with the literary professor, the prof makes the assumption that Harold is being written in a tragedy, and tells Harold, since his death is inevitable, to go and live life to it's fullest. Do the things that you want to do to make your life the one you've always wanted. Eat pancakes for the rest of your life. Go skydiving, what ever it is, just make it the life you've always wanted.

I was then watching a show on my ipod that I downloaded called One Punk Under God. It's a documentary that followed the life of Jay Bakker and his struggle with life, faith and living under the shadow of his parents, the TV evangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner. In the episode I was watching, Jay was struggling with the issue of homosexuality. He came to the conclusion that he believes homosexuality is not a sin and came out and told his church that. Because of the fall out from that choice, he lost funding for his church, and has alienated some folks from his church, Revolution. After he told his church, the makers of the documentary were interviewing Jay and he made this point. He said he doesn't want to compromise his life, he doesn't want to compromise here and there, and compromise on this issue or that, and in 20 or 30 years down the road look at his life and see his life as a series of compromises. He wants to live according to his convictions and according to what he feels called to be doing.

So in watching these two things back to back, questions have come to mind. Am I living the life that I have always wanted? Am I living according to the convictions that are on my heart and living according to what I feel called to be doing? Am I living a fulfilled life? In 10 years, will I be able to look back at this time in my life and be proud of what I am doing and see it as where I wanted to be?

I don't have the answers to these questions yet, and I don't know when I will get them. But I know that this will be something I will be wrestling with for a while. And I challenge you to wrestle with these questions as well. God wants us to live a fulfilled life, not just exist. So what am I going to do to move my life from just existing to living a fulfilled life, the life God has for me?

-will

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