Tab Benoit — Shelter Me

A new song for me that I’m really enjoying is Tab Benoit’s rendition of “Shelter Me.”

Lyrics

the earth can shake the sky come down
the mountains all fall to the ground
but i will fear none of these things
shelter me lord underneath your wings

dark waters rise and thunder pounds
the wheels of war are going round
and all the walls are crumbling
shelter me lord underneath your wings
shelter me lord underneath your wings

hide me underneath your wings
hide me deep inside your heart
in your refuge – cover me
the world can shake
but lord i’m making you my hiding place

the wind can blow the rain can pour
the levees breaks the tempest roars
but in the storm my spirit sing
oh shelter me lord underneath your wing
shelter me lord underneath your wing

hide me underneath your wings
hide me deep inside your heart
in your refuge – cover me
the world can shake
but lord i’m making you my hiding place

now on the day you call for me
someday when time – no more shall be
i’ll say death where is your sting
shelter me lord underneath your wing
shelter me lord underneath your wing

hide me underneath your wings
hide me deep inside your heart
in your refuge – cover me
the world can shake
but lord i’m making you my hiding place

now on the day you call for me
someday when time – no more shall be
i’ll say oh death where is your sting
shelter me lord underneath your wings
shelter me lord underneath your wing
shelter me lord underneath your wing

Live Performance

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A Question Worth Pondering

Anthony Bradley, associate professor of theology and ethics at The King’s College in New York City, writes an interesting commentary entitled “Too missional for abortion?

He queries:

All of this has me wondering why the missional, center-city evangelicals, who are all about “justice,” “loving the city,” “renewing the city,” “serving the city,” etc., do not seem to consider abortion one those flagship “justice” issues.

It’s a question worth pondering.

 

Lord, Grant Me These Three Wishes

God As Our Genie

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Living Life As Beautifully As We Can

A catchphrase we would often say in the 60’s was, “Hey man, we are living life as beautifully as we can.”

That saying has been running through my mind a lot lately. Seems like a sentiment we as Jesus followers should do our best to take up, not as we defined it in ’68, but as Jesus defines it.

Wonder what Jesus’ definition of “living life as beautifully as we can” would suggest?

 

A Typical vs. Missional Church Foundation

I was in my “nothing” box just mindlessly popping around the web when I ran across Adam’s blog, The Thin Place.

In 2005 he created and posted a couple of interesting visuals inspired while reading Dan Kimball’s book “Emerging Worship.” I found them interesting and clarifying. What do you think?

 

Missional foundation

 

Missional foundation

 

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APEST and Leading a Missional Community

I’ve been working with the elders of our faith community on their role, function and responsibilities. One of the many concepts we are exploring is the base leadership gifts described in Ephesians 4 and how this typology of leadership (APEST) functions and the bent each gifted person brings to the leadership group.

APEST

Mike Breen has been doing an interesting series of posts on Missional Community (pop over and read the seven posts he has done so far). Today he posts on how a person with one of the Ephesians 4 base gifts would tend to lead a Missional Community differently than other people with a different base gift. The post offers a good perspective on each gift and helps us understand why each should be represented on the leadership team.

Here’s what he posted:

Apostles Leading a Missional Community

Apostle led MCs will usually be highly attractional, orbiting around someone who has loads of charisma and ability to gather others. Frequently their groups grow the quickest. Their mode of multiplication is often to split down the middle as a result of the pressure of the speed of growth. A mature apostle should have the skills to manage such a maneuver, even though it can be fraught with pastoral landmines, as multiplying a MC can be difficult for some relationally.

Prophets Leading a Missional Community

Prophets will tend to focus on the mission, but not be quite so evangelistic. They often go for high visibility, since they desire an incarnational approach to presenting the Gospel. Generally this means that they and their groups are very radical, often with the highest demands placed upon members. If you know a group in a tough urban context where there is lots of talk and action about reclaiming the city by their very presence and engagement with the people out on the streets, then that is probably a group with strong prophetic leadership. Such groups can grow by multiplying, but often they will keep the core team and allow a new work to bud off into a new context.

Evangelists Leading a Missional Community

Almost certainly evangelists will love to go straight after the People of Peace in their chosen mission context. They will identify the gatekeepers to that place and stay with them. Often you see evangelists literally going out in pairs, finding some People of Peace, building relationships and through them reaching a whole neighborhood that was previously unreached. Eventually they will look to hand the group on and go into a new context or send out others in twos to do a similar work elsewhere.

Teachers Leading a Missional Community

Frequently you will see teachers go into an existing context where the witness for Christ is struggling or almost extinguished. They will give themselves to model how to live the Christian life, whether in worship, community or mission. Mature teachers will do this ever so humbly, so it won’t even feel like teaching much of the time. They will stay for a lengthy season, but many will eventually begin to look for a fresh context requiring their help and then hand on their group. They will send out new groups who will be characterized by having been thoroughly prepared with a clear model of how to do things.

Pastors Leading a Missional Community

Pastors long to bring community transformation, by establishing and then building on long-term relationships. They highly value the integrity of becoming fully embedded into their context. This means that while things are not as spectacular at first, they have a slower and longer burn approach to mission. We have noticed that often this model works especially well in the suburbs. As relationships are at the heart of everything they do, it can be more difficult for them to multiply, but they do find it easier to grow as a ‘bud’ or ‘shoot’ off a small group of people and perhaps to take what they are doing into a neighboring area (or even neighboring street!).

Thanks Mike.

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Behavioral Modification

This 2009 video called “the dreaded stairs” demonstrates how easy it often can be to modify our behavior — and fun.

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Into the Neighborhood

Our faith community is actively moving back into our neighborhood by joining with our neighbors to accomplish community improvement tasks.

On Saturday, January 15, a bunch of men from our faith community joined a neighborhood volunteer work party to improve the native habitat in the Stephens Creek Natural Area (just a block from our campus) by planting native shrubs and trees. It was a wet day, but the work party got 410 native shrubs and trees planted and mulch.

Here are some pictures. Sorry for a couple of fuzzy ones. I’m still learning to take pictures one handed.

Stephens Creek Natural Area

Stephens Creek Natural Area

Stephens Creek Natural Area

Stephens Creek Natural Area

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Missional Misunderstood

Ernest Goodman at Missions Misunderstood recently wrote:

There are too many ‘experts’ using the word ‘missional’ to refer to traditional missions or serving in the local elementary school. Without a radical shift in the basic understanding of what it means to be on mission, we’re just doing more of the same.

He’s right, but it is not just about orthopraxy. What is missed to often in the missional discussion is that it is not about what we do or how we do it, but about who we are. Missional is about a Jesus followers DNA. It is about a life where “the way of Jesus” informs and radically transforms our existence.

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Peace, Good Will Toward Men

Pease, Good Will Toward Men