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!
Download the MP3
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.
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.
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.
Posted in Bucharest
Tagged alash, alash ensemble, culture, languages, music, overtone singing, practice, singing, throat singing, time, tuvan overtone singing, tuvan throat singing, unreached people, walking, worship
Daniel 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!
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.
Posted in Bucharest
Tagged bucharest, culture, dacia, dacian, fertility, festivals, friendship, history, holidays, jewelry, love, magic, martisoare, martisor, roman, romania, talismans, traditions