Who is this Jamin guy anyway?
I am the husband of one and the father of nine. I was created to sing, to worship, to encourage, and to be steady. I am the Owner & Executive Director of Trinity Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary Arts Center in Eastern Tennessee, and the President of Trinity Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on funding arts education and performance. I've been involved with four music projects in my life -- Hot Pink Turtle, Spin Radio, Stand Like Stone, and of course, Jamin Rathbun.

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John 1:1-6
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.

I'm sure you're all familiar with the first 5 verses here but the one that I really like is the one that turns the corner -- "There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John."

As with the M. Night Shyamalan stories I talked about yesterday, this text rings with the same idea... Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. Nothing glamorous. Just that the darkness of the world was having a hard time seeing the Light that would save them so... God sent this guy named John to tell them.

He didn't send angels. He didn't send fire from heaven or visions in the night or writing in the sky. He just sent this guy named John. = ) There's just something comforting in the idea that God uses very ordinary (and imperfect) vessels to do some amazing things.

Father, help us to be attentive to hear, and faithful to do, the things that you are calling us to do. Forgive our pride and our procrastination. Help us to be content and help us to see your will more clearly. Lead us to do greater (and lesser) things, in Your Name. Amen.

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A Plea To Worship Leaders
Todd over at MMI, relayed an article today from Sharper Iron with some interesting comments about corporate worship from a "layman's" perspective.

My favorite points (enhanced with my own brief summaries) include:
  1. Be prepared for the service.
    This means the music, the service, the miscellaneous, and your heart.

  2. Avoid songs with difficult rhythms or melodies.
    After all, we're participating in worship, not a vocal exercise.

  3. Bring us back to God's Word.
    In fact, if the music doesn't have some clear support in Scripture, maybe it's not the best choice. (La La Anyone?)

  4. Make us think about the lyrics.
    Sometimes speaking the lyrics can really bring home what it is we're singing about.

  5. Avoid cheap tricks.
    "OK, Let's have the men sing this verse." -- Whatever. = (

  6. Don't attract attention to yourself.
    You are here to lead people in worshipping God, not in appreciating your talent.
He includes a handful of additional points and -- expands on each with some additional thoughts. It's worth a look.

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Jay is games... Yay!
This site has tons of games in every category you can imagine and -- without a lot of the junk that accompanies many of the flash/game sites out there. Check it out!

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