Video: Scandal Of Grace (STORYCHURCH)

Here’s a video from our Oct 12th service at our new STORYCHURCH building.

The audio of the video is straight from the camera mic. In our previous space (Elementary school), the audio extracted from the camera after Sunday morning was basically useless. A huge wash of echo and mess. I was surprised how much better it sounded in our new building. Still, not production quality by any means, but a million times better than what it was.

Abram Games

When I was at school, I thought my path would lead to a job in Graphic Design. Things didn’t work out as planned but I still have a huge appreciation for art.

Today, I read an article on Abram Games and his war-time posters. I had a look through his work and picked out a couple of my favorites which are posted below.

The one for London Transport (1937) is amazing. I love the simplicity, the colors, shapes and shadows used. Modern, yet Retro all at the same time.

The “Grow Your Own Food” poster further below is from 1942. Again, I love his use of bold colors. I really like how the spade doubles as a ship.

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Android Woes

android-brokenSo, my son (whom I still love) updated his Samsung S4 to the latest and greatest Android operating system – Nestle Kit Kat 4.2 or something like that. Anyway… now his Wifi won’t switch on anymore. He’s tried the factory reset method, the battery removal method, the task manager / ram cleaning method with no change at all. The WiFi screen will just hang there before eventually timing out.

The only method left that is being suggested is “rooting” the phone with a root kit and deleting the wifi conf file or something.  What the heck?

I need some guidance from my Android friends.

STORYCHURCH Set List – 12 Oct 2014 #chaptertwo

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  • This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B)
  • Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristen Stanfill (B)
  • Like A Lion – Daniel Bashta (B)
  • Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (B)
  • Hope’s Anthem – Bethel (B)
  • Beautiful Things – Gungor (D)

It’s hard to deny God’s blessing on us as a church as we opened in our new building this weekend — with two services to boot! Super thankful for everyone involved it making this happen. Most of us have skills now we never knew we had. Praying that we use this blessing to have real impact on our neighborhood and city. May we never stop reaching out and inviting in the unchurched, the hurting and the lost.

It’s time to renovate our city!

STORYCHURCH Set List – 05 Oct 2014

  • Here For You – Matt Redman (B)
  • I Am – Crowder (B)
  • One Thing Remains – Bethel (B)
  • Hope’s Anthem – Bethel (B)
  • God Of This City – BlueTree (B)
  • Happy Day – Tim Hughes (B)

This was our last week in the elementary school where STORYCHURCH started just over 4 years ago. We opened our first ever service on January 10th, 2010 with Happy Day and decided to close with it on October 5th, 2014. This marks the end of Chapter One in the life of STORYCHURCH.

October 12th, 2014 marks the start of Chapter Two!

He’s our son, and we still love him

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He’s only 14. Fourteen!

You bring them up as best as you can, teaching them the difference between right and wrong and yet sometimes it’s just not enough. Sooner or later they start to think independently from us as parents.

When Nathan announced it to us both it took me a while to process it, if I’m being completely honest. I mean, I couldn’t even comprehend it initially.  Why? It doesn’t make any sense.  Why our son?

Now that Nathan is at High School, we are having to contend with other influential people in his life. And that, quite frankly, is out of our control. He is growing up fast and I’m sure this is one of the many decisions we will not agree on.

Liz and I talked about it at length with him. It’s definitely not a lifestyle choice we’re happy about, but it’s his decision at the end of the day and it was clear we could not change his mind. We don’t have to like it, but we need to respect his choice and love him unconditionally.

Daddy, I want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4“, he said.

Just writing that is still difficult for me. I considered asking him to keep it secret, but sooner or later the news would get out. I was probably a little mean about it for a few days and I actually made him pay for the whole phone himself. I still have not come around to allowing him to sync it using my iMac. Baby steps.

I am softening though. I believe we can make this work. It’s a phase. One day he will come back to Apple. I have faith.