Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Music of the season

I have to admit that I don't love that XM radio is playing Christmas music already.  Luckily for me, there are 100's of other options to choose from.  Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas music.  I am just not ready to enjoy it before Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to pop in the Amy Grant Christmas cd that I first enjoyed on vinyl, but there is nothing like a little live music.  From carolers stopping by the house to singing worship hymns in church, live music is special in that it only happens just that way once.  And once the note is sounded, it is gone.  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that Caroline and I play in the Georgia Wind Symphony.  On December 10th at 7:30pm, we will be performing our Christmas concert at the Cambridge High School Performing Arts Center in Milton.  The concert is our gift to the community, so there is no admission charge.  If you can free up an evening during the busy holiday season, I promise that you will not be disappointed.  Let me know if you can make it, so we can make sure to thank you for attending afterwards.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Welcome Respite

One of the great things about being in a small group at church is that I have a group of people looking out for opportunities to inspire me.  One of our members shared this video of one young man's response to the massacre at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC last year.  In the wake of all of the rioting going on in our nation over the past week, this is a welcome respite. The video is 17 minutes in length, so make sure you have time to see this one through to the end.  You won't regret it.  Thanks Katie.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

This is Us

In researching speakers that will be leading sessions at Pine Cove Chimney Point, I came across the bio for Barrett and Jenifer Johnson.  They will be  hosting week 2 at the family camp in summer of 2017.  Their website is and includes great resources for families seeking to cope in a world that is constantly pulling us away from God.  Barrett posted this glowing recommendation for the new NBC series, This is Us.  If you haven't seen it yet, This is Us is about the struggles and triumphs of a family, but what makes it unique is the way it integrates the current day with flashbacks to when the adults were young revealing the effects their parents had on them.  This was done so seamlessly that my wife, Caroline, had to explain to me what was going on in the first episode.  Patrick continues in his post to talk about things we can do to help ensure that our legacy to our kids and our grandkids is something to be proud of - and not something to be ashamed of.