Archive for September 12th, 2009

Between Wyomings – a review

Book Description

Join Ken Mansfield on a road trip through the canyons of Hollywood, the outlaw alleys of Nashville, and the backstreets of his soul as this Grammy Award-winning producer recreates his journey through the lush landscapes of success and the deserts that led him home.

For three decades, Ken Mansfield lived the heady life of a record executive and friend to such cultural icons as the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings. Along the way, he collected a Grammy, number-one albums, and a disquiet that he pushed soul-deep.Between Wyomings invites readers to travel with him on a tender journey that calls readers to reflect on the highways of their own lives and the deserts that press them into the heart of a Creator who has been there all along. As Ken discovers, sometimes when we see how lost we are, we can finally begin to find home.

My Review

After sitting on a shelf for far too long I picked this book up and prepared to read it.  I’m not sure what had been keeping me from getting to this book but as I began to read through the pages I found myself feeling cheated.  This book seemed to drag on and on and there were many times when I prayed that the next page would bring me to an exciting portion of the book that I could find interesting.  I understand that the author has had some amazing experiences throughout his musical career but I just really didn’t care to be a sounding board for his memoir.  I found this book lackluster at best and really wish that I had picked up a different selection to review this time around.

Do yourself a favor, unless you are a huge fan of music history and are interested in the details of the music industry, read something else.

Finishers

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Back in August I preached a series on Influence at GCC.  The final message spoke on the subject of being faithful to complete the things that you have committed to.  Here’s a snippet of the message:

I believe whole-heartedly that we are in a room full of people who have had a hard time finishing things in our lives because we have never fully experienced the joy of crossing a finish line in our lives.  I experience this as a pastor.  We are continual works in progress.  The work of a pastor is never done.  Until we cross the finish line of life there is always more for God to do in us.  As one who has a heart to see people grow and walk in step with Jesus I acknowledge that my work will never be done.  Just as I need to grow, there is more that I can do to help many of you grow.  There are days when this calling feels like burden.  I’d love for a day when I can close up my computer and feel as though the work is done.  A day when the task is over and the project is complete; but when you deal with human beings, the work is never done.

I think that is why I have become a runner.  In a race there is a definitive starting line and finishing line.  There is an end to the run.  There is a sense of accomplishment to the work that you have been doing.  I told you all a few weeks ago that in May I ran my first half-marathon.  I ran it with my good friend Jeff Cerow.  He had my back the whole way through the race.  We set the pace for the each other.  We encouraged each other throughout the 13.1-mile run.  And we finished the race together.  I can still remember the rush of emotion that came over me as I crossed the finish line.  It is an experience that I will cherish.  I accomplished something that day and I believe I also broke a trait of not finishing things.

I’d like to make this same opportunity available to you all.  On September 11 at 5:30 the Friendly Kitchen is hosting a 5K Trail Race over at NHTI.  I want to challenge each and every one of you to participate in this.  As of right now we have the entire staff of GCC on board for this race.  I want you all to join us.  It is a fundraiser and will go towards a cause that we as a church already support and volunteer at.   There are registration forms at the tables by the doors as you leave later today.  You have over a month to train.  A 5K is just over 3 miles.  You can do this.  I believe that not only can you do this but also some of you NEED to do this.  You need to cross a finish line and experience the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with it.  I believe that for some of you there will be a spiritual breaking that takes place as you commit to training and running in this race.

That was the challenge that I posed to the congregation of Grace Capital Church.  That was 6 weeks ago.  Yesterday, Friday, September 11, sixty people from Grace Capital Church ran in the Friendly Kitchen 5k and FINISHED something.  I truly believe that something spiritual took place for each person as they crossed the finish line.  For some people it was their first ever race.  For others it was just another run.  For all it was a chance to finish something that they put their mind to and they did just that.  I, for one, am very grateful for the showing of GCC runners and am very proud of each of them!

Great job TEAM GCC!

The Healthcare Debate

A friend reminded me of some great wisdom on healthcare and I think it really sums up my thoughts on this whole healthcare debate.  President Obama should really think about this with this new information…

In the wild, there is no health care. In the wild, health care is, ‘Ow, I hurt my leg. I can’t run. A lion eats me. I’m dead.’ Well, I’m not dead. I’m the lion. You’re dead. — Dwight Schrute

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