Xanga Post Wednesday February 15, 2006

First: the other news.
1.  Liza had a wreck.  She ran off the interstate Friday night on her way to Jackson.  It was raining.  I was in Ft. Worth.  She was/is fine.  I hate her Camaro with the very fiber of my being.  I'm going to get rid of it.
2.  I lied about the youth scripts coming along.
3.  Happy (belated) Valentine's Day.
4.  The video iPod has changed my life.  Literally.
5.  The new Battlestar Galactica is indeed one of the best shows on television (you may all snicker now behind my back about this claim).

Now... since an email has been sent out about this little project with my name listed in its contents, I feel a need to address this here.

Many of you know at least bits and pieces of the journey God has been taking me on over the past couple of years, particularly with regard to the Church (note the big "C").  It is also certainly no secret that my current church (note the little "c") has been having its share of, let's say, issues lately.  A question arises for Liza and me about whether we should continue being a part of this particular church.  I'm not one to just bail on it (though I certainly have wanted to do so).  However, I have to do some real searching about what is the right thing to do.  The difficulty is trying to separate what I believe is the right thing for me to do from what is the right thing for Brook Hills to do.  I don't agree with the direction in which it is heading.  I also have trust issues with the leadership there.  But it may be going through changes that the leadership wants and that will minister to a particular group of people.  I have come to the conclusion, though, that I will not be one of those particular people.  So where does that leave Liza and me?

Well, we've been here in Birmingham for a few years now.  We spent a great deal of time visiting churches to try and find the right one.  We thought we had, and maybe we did for a time.  But not now.  (Let me say clearly that this is not out of hatred or bitterness or anger towards Brook Hills.  It will be what it needs to be.  I have no doubt.  God is still actively at work in the life of that congregation.  But He has called me away from it.)  Also, nothing has changed to make us think that any of those churches we visited before will now be the "right" one for us.  I have also come to realize that God has been birthing desires and questions in me that I believe are good and could hold some relevance for the Church and particularly for churches with whom I'm associated.  All that to say that I have come together with a group of people interested in seeking God's will about the possibility of starting a new church in Birmingham.  Currently it's called the Church for Birmingham (clever, huh?).

Now, if you're like I was the first time I heard about this possibility, you've got tons of questions.  The first is probably something like "aren't there enough churches in Birmingham?"  Trust me.  I understand.  I've got all the same questions, and tons more.  What is exciting, though, is that I believe I have found a place where there is a group of people of whom I might be a part to help answer those questions.  Visit the web site and get a vague idea of what we're talking about.  Email me or IM me about it.  Give me a call.  There's no way I can even begin to cover all the reasons and answer all the questions here.  Plus, we don't have all the answers yet, obviously.  All I can say is that I truly believe that whether or not I think Birmingham needs a new church, God is starting one here.

I'll probably write more about my reasons later.  But this is enough for now.

If you're interested in more info, I'll paste the content of an email about it below.  Blessings.

Is it time for a new church?  This is the question we are prayerfully
considering for 90 days between February 1st -April 30.

This is a one-time email to a large group of addresses.  You will receive no
more emails unless you sign up for updates on the web-site at
www.churchforbirmingham.org

Please forward this to those who might be interested.

News and Updates

ONE
Public Discovery Meeting
February 26, 2006
Marriott on Hwy. 280
5:00 p.m.

TWO
The Church at Shelby Crossings offers their prayerful support of this
Discovery Process as a sponsoring church.  Pastor Mike Satterfield is
serving as a consultant and ex-officio member of the Discovery Team.

Discovery Team Members

John Herring
Denney Barrow
Randy Hall
Valerie Hall
Jerri Herring
Ron Gulley
Chris Kinsley
Mickey Tumlin
Mike Satterfield

THREE

Hear Our Heart      (more stories Hear Our Heart stories on the web)

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