Heat Retreat 2008 Promo Video

One of the highlights of our summer is always the Heat Retreat. This year’s Heat Retreat takes place, August 1-3 at Lake Beauty Bible Camp. Incredible speakers, great music, wake boarding, water skiing, and more make this a weekend you won’t want to miss. For more information give Wooddale Student Ministries a call at (952) 944-8360.

He Is Risen!

I wrote this poem last Easter, and posted it on this blog. I thought I’d re-post it today.

He Is Risen!

Have you heard the news?
In the middle of life’s chaos
In the wars and rumors of wars
In the hustle and bustle of life on the street
Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today!

Have you heard the news?
In the family crisis
and school crisis
In the workplace struggle
and neighborhood squabble
Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today!

Have you heard the news?
In the homeless’ plight
and widow’s tears
In the aged’s pain
and the young person’s indifference
Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today!

Have you heard the news?
In Hollywood’s self absorption
and Bollywood’s worldly fortune
In palaces and shantytowns
and everywhere in between
Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today!

Have you heard the news?
In the secret places of your heart
and mine
In the public faces on you and me
Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today!

No scholar or skeptic
No pastor or priest
No celebrity or star
No scientist or Atheist
No billionaire or pauper
No discovery or philosophy
No greed or philanthropy
No government or institution
No TV special or blockbuster movie
No book or periodical
No diversion or distraction
No boy or girl
No man or woman
Can stop the news
Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today!

Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today!
He is Risen, Indeed!

Greater Things Have Yet to Come!

I love the song, God of This City. It was originally written by the band, Bluetree. Bluetree is from Belfast, and when you consider the turmoil that Belfast has been under for years, this is a beautiful song. It’s also a beautiful song in light of the resurrection. As you celebrate Easter, celebrate the God who makes the truth of this song possible.

2008 Mission Trip Promo Video

Check out this 30-second promotional video for our 2008 Operation Central America and Chicago Urban Mission Trips! I created it at http://www.animoto.com. It’s a great web site that lets you upload pictures and pick music. It automatically generates the video and then lets you export it to Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, etc. This is a great resources for video announcements at church, your youth ministry, etc. Best of all, if you are just doing a 30-second promo video, the service is FREE! Don’t you love free stuff?

Holy Week Awe

It’s Holy Week.

This week we celebrate Jesus, His love, His sacrifice, His gift, His life. It’s a week to look back on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Many of you marked Palm Sunday, yesterday, by going to church. You either gave or listened to sermons on Christ. At Wooddale we heard about the cross.

Years ago, when I was a child, I asked Jesus Christ to be my Savior on Easter Sunday. So, this week is always special to me. It not only commemorates the week that Jesus gave His life for all; but for me, the week that I gave my life to Him. At a summer camp, several years after that, I listened as Greg Speck, a youth evangelist told a story that helped me understand God’s love. I told the story often, until a few years ago someone told me that it never really happened. I was told that it was a made up story, used by evangelists to move a crowd towards a decision for Christ.

Just recently, I have been told that the story that you are about to view on YouTube, did indeed take place. The year was 1937. The father’s name was John Griffith and his son’s name was Greg. Watch. Be prepared to cry. And, thank God, once again, for His love for you:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16

March Madness and Blake Hoffarber

Did you see the play last night?

The University of Minnesota, a heavy underdog against the University of Indiana, was done. I was listening to the game on my radio as I drove back from a church event. The last 30 seconds of the game must have taken up a good six minutes of my ride home. As I sat in the car I listened as announcers talked about how Minnesota had squandered a lead. The announcers couldn’t believe the foolish errors that the Gophers had made. With 1.5 seconds left on the clock the announcers were talking about what could have been. And then said something like, “We’ll see what Tubby (Smith, the coach of the Gophers) can draw up.”

The coach drew a play up, but I’m sure that Tubby couldn’t have imagined what would happen next.

Blake “The Minnesota Miracle” Hoffarber did it again. In 2005, while playing for Hopkins High School, Hoffarber helped his team win the State Championship game, by making a shot from the seat of his pants in the closing seconds of the first overtime. Maybe Tubby said something like, “Blake, you did it before. You can do it again. Son, you wanna make ESPN? You had the highlight of the year in 2005! You beat out all of those pro atheletes to get that award. Now, let’s do it again! Make the shot! Get the ball to Blake, boys!”

It probably didn’t go quite like that, but in case you missed it, here’s what happened:

I Went to the Dentist Today

I went to the dentist today and was fitted for my second crown in a month. While in the chair I was told that the tooth next to my tooth getting the crown would probably also need one. I was also told that I’d need to get a filling on another tooth. Ugh! I hate going to the dentist.

At staff break today I was talking about my dental woes, when another pastor told me about a video that he had seen on the news recently. It was of a politician passionately arguing his point and his teeth falling out. I’m not sure if this is the video, but when I saw this it made me laugh. I’m hoping this will never be me: