I wasn’t really surprised that a movie I have never heard of won at the Academy Awards…but after hearing the song that did it – Falling Slowly – I jumped on Itunes and downloaded it. It is a rad song and the movie looks pretty sweet too. Looks like we can’t even see it here in town. It is amazing what a little movie from Ireland can do. The movie – shot in 17 days in Dublin was done so with a very small budget – around $150,000. Makes you wonder what we could do with a little money and a lot of creativity.
Speaking of money – I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. His church is going through a building campaign and he said that they are very detrimental to the church. I asked why and he continued on with saying that building campaigns focus only on money and hurt the Body that needs to be fed. I AM SO BLESSED TO BE PART OF A CHURCH BUILDING CAMPAIGN that is seeing LIVES CHANGED AND PEOPLE BEING RADICALLY BLESSED! We have seen more commitments to Christ during this campaign that we have ever before. People are stepping out in faith and in return, we are seeing one of the greatest movements of God at GracePoint.
Continuing with GracePoint and movements – Brian got some buzz on his blog the other day. Funny how churches react when someone else does something a little bit different – or not to their own personal preference. Not to get in on any of the details, because there are some I don’t even know – I just know that when God calls you to move – you do it and don’t wait on the policies and procedures of man. God has strategically placed an amazing team of staff and volunteers to see a revolution take over Wichita. GracePoint is not and has never been about seeing people who are churched come to our experiences, but we are trying to reach those FAR FROM CHRIST. Far meaning the bums, the abusers, the prostitutes, the liars, the drunks, the addicts, the broken, the hurting, the ones turned off from traditional church. No one is complaining that we are taking a bus downtown to reach THESE some of these people…or is it because we haven’t blogged about it yet. This is what Jesus did (well not the bus and the blogging but reaching those far from God) – but sadly – this is NOT what churches are doing. Brian you nailed it on the head – WE CANNOT AFFORD TO MAKE THIS MISTAKE AGAIN.
And finally – speaking of Mike. This guy is one of the coolest people I have ever worked with and have had the privilege to know. He has the calling of God all over him and God is using him in mighty ways. If you haven’t watched Sunday’s message – you have to. He laid it out. I am excited to see what God is going to use him for to reach the MANY people in East Wichita.