The Heart of Worship

Since moving out here and finding myself the only guy who can play a guitar and come every week to church, I’m often in the position of leading worship.  This whole process has made me realize I need lots and lots of training.  It certainly would have been more wise to seek training earlier, when I was in Spring Green working alongside an awesome man of God and worship leader, Derek Miller, the pastor at Cornerstone Church of Spring Green.

But… I didn’t.

So anyhow, I’ve become an avid listener of the Worship Leader Podcast, where I get a bunch of practical advice about how to lead worship but also some great laughs and awesome Australian accents.

A few weeks ago, they did a podcast titled “The Heart of Worship” that was just awesome.  It’s especially relevant to worship leaders and others in ministry, but any Christian will find it challenging.

Check it out!

Date: March 26, 2014
By: Darin Browne
Description: This is a very special pod, talking about the heart of worship, what it really is and how you can obtain it as part of your ministry, whether you are leading the worship, serving in the team or just worshiping in the pews!
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28 Romanian Foods the Whole World Should Know

For those who have been curious about what Romanian’s eat, here’s a great blog post about some traditional Romanian foods, most of which are eaten regularly by Romanians and most of which I’ve at least tried.  I have to point out, however, that calling slanina “bacon” is VERY misleading.  It’s not bacon.  Not in the least.

With that said, check out the link and learn a bit about what Romanians eat.

http://onejive.com/28-romanian-foods-the-whole-world-should-know/

What’s on my playlist?

Okay, so the title for this post is a little misleading.  I’m not actually going to tell you what’s on my playlist, other than saying I really can’t get enough of everything from Luciano Pavarotti‘s operatic awesomeness to Parov Stelar‘s crazy electroswing (samples), from Wavedude and Josiah Kramer‘s explorations into worship dubstep that I know are gonna blast church sanctuaries one day to the haunting and exotic sound of the Alash Ensemble, from The Tallest Man on Earth and Doug Burr‘s down-to-earth folk that speaks straight to my heart to the music of Tommy Emmanuel, who can somehow do on a guitar things no man with only ten fingers should be able to do.  (Hmmm… I feel kinda guilty that no Hillsong, Jesus Culture, or IHOP musicians appeared on that quick list… but… sucks to be them.)

But I’m not gonna talk about that.

I want to share some of the places I go to for great messages of biblical truth that will strengthen you, challenge you, and confront the laziness, timidity, faithlessness, and selfishness in you.  In no particular order, I offer you my top ten places for preaching that’ll strengthen your inner man (Ephesians 3:16), in both Romanian and English.

cstone milw1) Cornerstone Church Milwaukee (English) – Michael Fisher, the leader of Cornerstone Churches International and a man who has imparted much into my own life, is currently pastoring our local congregation of young radicals at UW Milwaukee along with a team of Jesus-loving world-changers.  Anything from this group is sure to challenge you to live with boldness, walking in the power and freedom of the gospel.  Michael’s got an anointing to raise up and send forth leaders who will change the world for the glory of Jesus, so get ready for some Holy Spirit impartation.  You can check out the latest sermons at their podcast, or you can do what I do, and dig through all the old messages here.  Currently, I’m working through Michael Fisher’s “Our Genetic Code” series.  It’s awesome!

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How to be disappointed in your pastor (Reasons 1-10)

The original comes from Pastor Joe McKeever, about whom I know nothing other than that he wrote a great article.  :)  Enjoy!

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching” (I Timothy 5:17).

The first step toward running a pastor off or leaving the church in search of a better preacher is rejecting the one you have.

We have some pointers on how to do that.

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I think this means… I do too much walking

Because I don’t have a car here in Bucharest, I end up spending a lot of time walking.  (Some days, in fact, I feel like that’s *all* I do.)

While I do some intellectually-stimulating things (like practice speaking/thinking Romanian, listen to Romanian preachers), some spiritually-strengthening things (like listen to preaching form the U.S., pray in tongues, meditate on Scripture, talk with God), and some mind-numbing things (like get annoyed at the slow-walking people, complain about the weather, hurry), I also do one thing that really doesn’t fit into any category:  I practice Tuvan overtone singing.  :)

It’s probably one of the most difficult and useless skills I hope to develop while in Bucharest, but it really sounds awesome when it’s done right.  (Trust me, it does!)  Unfortunately, I don’t do it right.  (Trust me, I don’t!)  Fortunately, since I often walk along some pretty empty streets, I’m the only one who hears my pitiful attempts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwANedEkqaY

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Super Tract Man

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADaniel is Super Tract Man.

He loves to share the gospel, and he’s one of the most faithful, dedicated guys I know, especially when it comes to passing out tracts.  Even if he has to go out alone, he heads out at least a few days every week to pass out tracts on the streets of Bucharest.  He’s always smiling, and he seriously is anointed.  While I may get two or three people to take a piece of literature, Daniel will have a dozen.  He loves to stand at the busy subway exits with both hands held out for people to take tracts as they pass by.  It’s awesome!

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Mărțișor – It’s Everywhere!

If you’re in Romania during the end of February, you’ll notice stands popping up all over selling little red-and-white pieces of jewelry for 1 leu (35 cents).  They’re on the roadsides, in the malls, on the subways… everywhere!  And they are most definitely not candy canes.

And, if you’re American, you’re probably asking yourself, “What on earth is going on here?!?!”  Because the only thing going on in February in America is the Superbowl and a whole lot of snow.  (Okay, so I guess we do have President’s Day and Valentine’s Day as well.)

Say “hello” to Mărțișor, a traditional Romanian celebration that goes all the way back to the ancient Roman or even the  Dacian (pre-Roman) people of the Carpathian region.  It has its roots as a fertility festival, the rebirth of nature, and a celebration of spring.  Celebrants would participate by giving and receiving mărțișoare (the small, red-and-white, pieces of jewelry).  In ancient times (and yet today in some rural areas) these trinkets were believed to have magical properties, guaranteeing the wearer of a good, blessed, and fertile future.  Today, for most people they’re simply a fun way to show you value someone’s friendship.

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