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Aug 6 2008

DC Debrief 1

lis

We’re wrapping up day 3 here in Washington, DC and are having a fabulous time! So far we’ve visited Arlington National Cemetery, The Ford Theater, The Peterson House (where Lincoln died), The International Spy Museum, The National Archives, The Holocost Museum, The Library of Congress, and the major monuments on The Mall. Those are just the places we’ve toured…the places we’ve seen is a much longer list, not the least of which are The White House and the Capitol. We’ve tried to pack our days full so that we can experience as much as possible in our few days here. Our feet are definitely feeling it, but it has been well worth it. I’ll recap some of the highlights over the next several posts. For now, I’m going to go back to our trip to Gettysburg on Saturday.

After a quick stop at Chick Fil-A (oh. yes.) we headed North to Gettysburg. Neither of us really had any concept of how large and well preserved battle field is. The National Park Service really has done a wonderful job creating an experience where you sense the weight of the battle almost as if it happened recently.

There are 1,400 monuments on the 600 acre battlefield. That probably doesn’t sound like much to you, but the monuments are mostly along the roads. That means that along the roads there is nearly a constant line
of monuments. One of the most striking monuments is the Soldiers’ National Monument at the National Cemetery on the spot where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. What an amazing experience to be where one of the most notable speeches in American history was given.

We wrapped up our day with dinner at the Dobbin House which was built in 1776 and has recently been restored.

Click below to view some pictures from our trip to Gettysburg:

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Apr 22 2008

Resolved Music

john

This past week marked the beginning of production for the first official Resolved Music project. A while back Rick Holland asked me to consider starting a worship resource ministry that would flow out of the Resolved conference. God has blessed our ministry with humble and gifted musicians and writers who share a singular passion for seeing Christ glorified in our musical expressions of worship. It’s a privilege to work alongside of them in Crossroads and now in the beginning stages of Resolved Music.

There’s an old saying that goes ”Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die!” The topic of study at Resolved 2008 is heaven and hell. In preparation for the conference, I have been freshly convicted by how often I do not live in light of eternity. This is a mindset that should affect every aspect of my life and interaction with others. This world is not my home, and yet I have to wonder how often my choices communicate that my mindset is very much in this world.  I am convinced that, unlike the generations of believers before us, we have lost sight of what it means to truly live according to the hope of our glorious home. I also believe that we fail to evangelize in light of the eternal judgement that awaits those who do not embrace Christ as Lord. 

As I considered putting a Resolved Music project together, I was struck by the absence of worship songs that focus on our glorious hope. After much prayer, it seemed appropriate for the Resolved Music team to take on the task of writing and producing a few songs that would do just that. The Lord brought together the right team for this project and it has been a remarkable experience to see it take shape. Ryan Foglesong (e. bass, writer) and David Zimmer (drums, writer) stepped up to take the challenge of writing for the album. Their combined efforts have yielded incredible songs that focus you on that day when we’ll be in the presence of our Savior. Rick Holland has been a tremendous help in writing lyrics that are bathed in the rich truth of Scripture.  Brian Steckler is producing the album and has brought a dimension of skill and creativity that has exceeded my hopes and expectations. It has been a thrill to say the least.

The CD will have a total of 12 songs, 10 of which are brand-new and 2 that are updated hymn arrangements. I’ll continue posting updates here over the next few weeks. The album is appropriately titled O For The Day and we’re aiming to release it on June 13 at Resolved. Stay tuned!


Mar 13 2008

Resolved

john

Well it’s that time of year again and Resolved conference preparations are captivating much of my time these days. On June 13-16, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, thousands of believers will come together to worship. Our speakers this year are John MacArthur, Rick Holland, John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, Steve Lawson and Randy Alcorn. We’ll be studying what Scripture says about heaven and hell which will be really fascinating. I have the privilege of leading our times of singing with the Resolved Band once more. That experience is always a highlight for me because of the passionate and worshipful attitude that has come to characterize congregational singing at Resolved. There’s nothing like the experience of truly wholehearted corporate praise fed by the Truth of Scripture. It’s like a slice of heaven.  

I have the privilege of working with a really gifted media team for the conference and over the past couple of weeks we put together a conference “trailer” that gives a little taste of the kind of preaching we are blessed to have each year. We put these little promos together every year and I always love putting the music together for them. This year we tried to achieve the epic audio/visual tone that the topic demands. Hopefully it encourages and edifies along with letting folks know about the conference itself. You can check it out at the Resolved website under the 2008 promo video link. Make sure you listen on some good speakers if you can. The sound has some range to it. Hope to see you at Resolved! 


Dec 13 2007

Trusting God

john

“God does not exercise His sovereignty capriciously, but only in such a way as His infinite love deems best for us.” - Jerry Bridges

trustinggod.jpg Over the past few months, Rick Holland has been leading the Crossroads leadership team through Trusting God by Jerry Bridges. If you have not read this, I would highly recommend it to you. It’s a Bible study on God’s sovereignty that unpacks the practical application of trusting God when circumstances can’t be explained. The first chapter alone is worth the price of the book. It has been particularly encouraging to Lis and me over the past few weeks. I am sure we will be coming back to read it again and again for many years to come.

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