Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 27

Thread: I'm the Dummy

  1. #1
    See, the Thing is... Cow Poke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Republic of Texas
    Faith
    Christian
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    60,424
    Amen (Given)
    13032
    Amen (Received)
    27577

    I'm the Dummy

    A strange thing has been happening at my Church the last year or so.

    Our Church had been made up of, primarily, blue collar workers, but mostly retired people. Older folks.
    I had really hoped that our Church would grow and reach younger families, and that, at 60+ years of age, my wife and I wouldn't be "the youth department".

    Well, we've seen growth.
    A couple young families with children - who put on their "visitor's evaluation" that one of the aspects they like about our Church is that we sing HYMNS!
    Then a few more young families with children.
    Average Age of Congregation going DOWN.

    Then, I noticed something else, and not sure what to make of it.
    Two of the young families include a lawyer - one Assistant District Attorney and wife, and one Chief Prosecutor and her husband.
    Then a medical doctor more my age.
    Then a very young PhD from Texas A&M with his family of 4.
    Then, my dying Pastor friend, who is also a PhD.
    Then, a professor from A&M who is a PhD.
    Then an eye doctor who's a real doctor.
    Then, an honest-to-goodness rocket scientist (PhD) from NASA.

    Some of these are new to the area, and have mad our Church "home".
    Some of them have moved here from other local churches.

    So far, it appears that the main reason for these professional people coming is - they like expository preaching and they love hymns.
    We sing hymns every Sunday, but we also include some of the better choruses that actually have some theology in them.
    The "Modern Hymn Movement" is a good source of our choruses and newer hymns, and we don't do 7-11 music.

    We don't have a band, or a "worship team", or glitz or glamor.
    It's simple preaching and good music.

    I'm puzzled, primarily, why all the "new people" seem to be professional people with, in many cases, much more education than me!
    I'm "the dummy".

    The Professor from A&M started "filling in" as our music leader, as our regular music leader has literally been living in his wife's hospital room at Houston's MD Anderson while she (miraculously) recovers from cancer and very bad side effects of radiation and chemo for the last 2 months.

    Mostly, I just typed this out cause I'm thinking this through, and it helps to "get it out there" as part of the "what is this all about" process.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

  2. Amen mossrose, The Melody Maker, Celebrian amen'd this post.
  3. #2
    Oops....... mossrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Faith
    slave & child of Christ
    Gender
    Female
    Posts
    21,760
    Amen (Given)
    16434
    Amen (Received)
    10059
    I've heard it said that people who are taught the deep things of the word on a consistent basis actually "get" the theology of so many of the old hymns, as well as the new ones by artists such as the Getty's.

    Those without sound teaching only like the shallow repetitive choruses that are in wide use today.

    I'm so glad that Jesus is growing your church, brother, because of your faithfulness to his word!

    Yuh!


    Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

  4. Amen Cerebrum123, Cow Poke, The Melody Maker amen'd this post.
  5. #3
    Troll Magnet Sparko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Faith
    Christian
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    52,079
    Amen (Given)
    5269
    Amen (Received)
    23032
    Don't try to understand it, just praise God for it!

  6. Amen Cow Poke, mossrose amen'd this post.
  7. #4
    See, the Thing is... Cow Poke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Republic of Texas
    Faith
    Christian
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    60,424
    Amen (Given)
    13032
    Amen (Received)
    27577
    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    Yuh!
    Where on EARTH did you get this resounding refrain?




    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

  8. #5
    Oops....... mossrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Faith
    slave & child of Christ
    Gender
    Female
    Posts
    21,760
    Amen (Given)
    16434
    Amen (Received)
    10059
    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Where on EARTH did you get this resounding refrain?




    I don't know. It just seems to be a good idea at the time........



    Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

  9. #6
    See, the Thing is... Cow Poke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Republic of Texas
    Faith
    Christian
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    60,424
    Amen (Given)
    13032
    Amen (Received)
    27577
    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I don't know. It just seems to be a good idea at the time........



    AND.... the music director's wife who was literally dying just 3 weeks ago has made a REMARKABLE recovery, and we've been playing (for the last two Sundays) short videos for the congretation of her from the hospital reporting on her progress. Three weeks ago, her eyes were vacant, she had a rather "dead person" appearance, and she could only mumble without moving her lips - almost in a comatose state.

    In her words, "we have 'me' working from the waste up, and now we're working on getting 'me' working from the waist down". Yesterday, she actually stood on her own for the first time in a month!
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

  10. Amen mossrose, Christianbookworm amen'd this post.
  11. #7
    See, the Thing is... Cow Poke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Republic of Texas
    Faith
    Christian
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    60,424
    Amen (Given)
    13032
    Amen (Received)
    27577
    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post


    AND.... the music director's wife who was literally dying just 3 weeks ago has made a REMARKABLE recovery, and we've been playing (for the last two Sundays) short videos for the congretation of her from the hospital reporting on her progress. Three weeks ago, her eyes were vacant, she had a rather "dead person" appearance, and she could only mumble without moving her lips - almost in a comatose state.

    In her words, "we have 'me' working from the waste up, and now we're working on getting 'me' working from the waist down". Yesterday, she actually stood on her own for the first time in a month!
    And, THIS JUST IN.... got a text from her husband saying the doctors are so impressed, that she'll probably be home by Feb 15!!!
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

  12. #8
    Troll Magnet Sparko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Faith
    Christian
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    52,079
    Amen (Given)
    5269
    Amen (Received)
    23032
    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Where on EARTH did you get this resounding refrain?




    a contraction of "Yeah, duh!"

  13. #9
    Oops....... mossrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Faith
    slave & child of Christ
    Gender
    Female
    Posts
    21,760
    Amen (Given)
    16434
    Amen (Received)
    10059
    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    a contraction of "Yeah, duh!"
    Yuh!


    Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

  14. #10
    tWebber Christianbookworm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Northern Hemisphere
    Faith
    Christian
    Gender
    Female
    Posts
    9,563
    Amen (Given)
    5654
    Amen (Received)
    1832
    There are people that like shallow "worship" songs? The ones that do not bring glory to God due to the bad lyrics? I am thankful CP's church is not like that. Praise the LORD!
    If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •