I’m excited to announce our big pub night for this month – the Theology of Willie Nelson. Our guest is Dr. Bob Shelton, former president of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, who will be sharing stories of Willie, music, and spirituality from his time living in Austin. Bob is an awesome guy and may answer some of our questions about faith and culture.
Click the link above to RSVP on Facebook. Childcare will be provided for free at the church. There is no charge for this event.
Heads up – this will be my last pub night with our wonderful group as my family and I head off to beautiful Washington DC. So, let’s make it a good one.
Also, shout out to talented artist, Anna Bleker, for her image on the little informal flyer above.
Our praise team, with guest drummer Ben Pham, jammed poolside Sunday evening at my apartment complex, the Trails at White Rock. We appreciate being invited back and even did a little vocal work in addition to the latin/calypso grooves. The evening began with some unexpected rain that forced us to call off most of our musicians, but we were able to setup on a patio and work it out. We did miss the smooth vocals of Brenda Armstrong and Douglass Anne Cartwright. Thanks to Matt Jaynes on steel pan, Alberto Martinez on bass, Dave Burris on guitar, and Mike Garvey on keys.
The highlight for me was singing “One Love” by Bob Marley and the Wailers. I had to decide if I was going to sing the Marley or the Wailers part. (I went with the Marley.)
Thanks to everyone who gave us a warm reception and enjoyed the vibe. We love music – it really is a gift. The Spirit speaks to us through these tunes, whether they are sacred or secular, so we play most of them on a Sunday morning in worship. I am grateful that we have the fantastic musicians that we have. Join us sometime to hear them yourself!
I’ve been enjoying this album since discovering it on NoiseTrade a few days back. It’s a complete interpretation, musically, of Song of Songs, one of the most uncomfortable books of the Bible to read in front of your parents. Romantic, sexy, poetic, and amazing. Some theologians think it is a love song about God’s love for God’s people or the church. I think it is about how awesome sex and love can be. I’m grateful it is in the Bible, since it counteracts some of the misunderstandings and judgmentalism we hear from loud Christian voices about sexuality.
Anyway, download it and enjoy. It’s free.
Heads up – the vocals on track 2 do sound a bit dorky. Just ignore those as best as you can and get on with the rest of the album. It simply gets better and more beautiful.
Easter is not here yet, but I am extending an invite to all my friends, fellow bloggers, and seekers to come join us for the Table this Sunday.
Many of our neighbors will get a invite card that looks like the image above. If you are wanting to return to church or discover a community that practices God’s hospitality, I hope you check us out. Our gathering takes place at 9:30 AM in the Community Room (below the sanctuary) at East Dallas Christian Church (629 N. Peak St., Dallas, TX). Park in the parking lot and follow the Table signs. Grab a donut and some coffee on the way in at our little breakfast bar. Say hello to some of our regulars. We begin worship with music and continue with a mixture of prayer, conversation, and communion. It’s relaxed and informal – dress as you feel comfortable. If you’ve got kids, you can check them in to our nursery or one of our Sunday School classes where they will have a good time. (My daughter and son can attest to that!)
The Table is a great community – our people are such a blessing, so generous and thoughtful and fun. I believe that comes from the fact that we celebrate and honor Jesus’ generosity and hospitality first shared with us. Wherever you are in your theology or life, come check us out!
For more information about us, check out our various Find Your Place pages, like a map on our location page, what our worship is like, more info about our activities for children and youth, and a convenient contact us form. In addition to worship, we are rapidly expanding our small group options. We have members who participate in our church’s bell choir, our pub ministry, and a Wednesday bible study. In April, we are launching more groups – stay tuned for info on those!
I hope to see you this Easter!
We’re doing this tune on Sunday as an alternative Palm Sunday piece, but we will close our service with “Were You There” to move us into the pain and suffering of Holy Week. I love finding different music that breathes new life into the traditions and scripture of our worship. Credit really goes to Doug over at his blog. Awesome work.