Review: Pocket of Light
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Saturday, 08 September 2007

Working again with Ross King for his third studio album, Pocket of Light, Darrell Smith gets help from former Audio Adrenaline guitarist Barry Blair and Dove Award Nominee Ayiesha Woods. Each CD Darrell comes out with is better than the one before and this one is his best to date. Everything from the artwork to the beautifully crafted songs is, well, professional. From the catchy upbeat opening song Feed Your Fire, to the more reflective songs Smith shows wisdom, grace and courage in his songwriting. Even the vocals are stronger than previous albums.

As I listened to the album I was reminded of the more reflective side of the band Something Like Silas. Don't be mistaken, Darrell's music is worship music, but if you are looking for Christian clichés and niceties repeated over and over you won't find any in Darrell's music. However, if you are looking for honest songs about the life of faith, Darrell's music will not disappoint. If you liked Darrell's other offerings you will love this one. If you have no idea who Darrell is, or what his ministry is all about, check him out at DarrellSmithMusic.com . You will be glad you did!

As in the past, all proceeds from the project go to helping ministries, however now he has created a new ministry called  Chapter Three Ministries which goal is to support churches, charities, community events and ministry groups through evangelism, prayer support, worship leadership and instruction, resource and leadership development and worship/performance events. It is refreshing in this day and age to discover an artist who is about discovering ways to serve his King. 

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Missional Methodists!
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Thursday, 16 August 2007
This article is announcing a new website called the Missional Methodist Movement. You can find it at http://www.MissionalMethodistMovement.com . The purpose is to help connect Methodists who feel called to a missional mindset or ministry. The vision is it will be a place where missional minded Methodists can come, be encouraged, challenged and inspired to continue the journey God has called them to. It is in the beginning stages now, so come, sign up and join in the conversation.
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Practicing Greatness: Asking the Right Questions
Written by Jeff Newton   
Monday, 09 July 2007
I just finished Reggie McNeal's book, Practicing Greatness, (Jossey-Bass, 2006).  It is a very good book for leaders, especially those moving toward a missional mindset. I found his insights on pages 102 and 103 to be particularly insightful for us a church.

Given the significant collapse of the influence of the church in American culture, and given the fact that church attendance is holding up only because people are living longer, and given signs of heightened spiritual awareness accompanied by a loss of affection for religious institutions and given how God is working in other parts of the world where Pentecost is happening every hour, you might think that North American church leaders would be scrambling to deal with the real issues underlying these realities.

McNeal goes on to suggest in the church today we are asking the wrong questions thus receiving wrong answers.  He suggests a church leader's agenda will be shaped, depending on the question asked.  He lists wrong questions, followed by tough questions:

Wrong question: How do we "do church" better?
Tough question: How do we "be church better?  Or how do we deconvert from "Churchianity (institutional  religion) to "Christianity"(the movement)?

Wrong question: How do we grow this church?
Tough question:  How do we serve this community?

Wrong question: How do we develop ministers for the church?
Tough question:  How do we develop missionaries to the culture?
Wrong question:  How do we develop church members?
Tough question:  How do we develop followers of Jesus?

Wrong question:  How do we plan for the future we see?
Tough question:  How do we prepare for the future God sees?

Wrong question:  How do we develop leaders for church work?
Tough question:  How do we develop leaders for the Christian movement?

Asking the right questions may be the problem in the United Methodist Church.   Perhaps we need to think beyond the problem of church decline and look at real issues that have caused us to cease to be a movement and to become a dying institution.  What do you think?
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