We also had another helicopter drop but handled it very differently when it came to marketing. We did NO outside marketing...no newspaper, no radio, no press releases like we did with the Halloween event. Instead we asked our people to live out one of Four Corners values...invite and invest. And did they ever...over 740 people showed up! It was our largest service ever! Better than that though were the amount of people back this week to attend again. God is doing something!
As so-called indie films become more mainstream in terms of distribution and actual audience, the challenge will become, as with current "blockbuster" films, to not fall into formulas. This film seemed as to aware of the standard indie elements...accordion-laced soundtrack, overly quirky characters, time-lapsed editing techniques, and, of course, depressing modern existentialist themes of "life is nothing more than what you make it...".
"We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, "No, Lord, I don't want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I want to be on display in Your showcase so I can say, 'This is what God has done for me.' " Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made useful to God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender. Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself."
- My Utmost for His Highest (March 12)
David Mamet, acclaimed writer and director of both stage and screen, wrote an intriguing piece for the Village Voice. As I read the article and have witnessed lately, the art of true debate without breaking down into heated rhetoric between the conservative and liberal is lost. Maybe those days may come again...this is definitely worth a read. Here's a sample:
"What about the role of government? Well, in the abstract, coming from my time and background, I thought it was a rather good thing, but tallying up the ledger in those things which affect me and in those things I observe, I am hard-pressed to see an instance where the intervention of the government led to much beyond sorrow.
But if the government is not to intervene, how will we, mere human beings, work it all out?
I wondered and read, and it occurred to me that I knew the answer, and here it is: We just seem to. How do I know? From experience. I referred to my own—take away the director from the staged play and what do you get? Usually a diminution of strife, a shorter rehearsal period, and a better production." (read the rest HERE)
Ben presented the Gospel message of Jesus in some of the clearest terms I have ever heard and several people (especially one) decided yesterday was the day to become Jesus followers. If you have a chance listen or watch the message.
Through his life and intellectual pursuits he has seen a seemingly contradictory trend emerge...freedom of speech in the field of science being eradicated. "Expelled" tells the story of professors and scientists who have dared to challenge Neo-Darwinism in academia. I'm excited for a film like this to come out. People celebrate the films of Michael Moore because they challenge the authorities around us so to see their response to this will be interesting.
So, that being said, we had our first ever "Get in a Group" event where we heavily promoted to the entire church to get connected in a Life Group. Over 115 people of all ages and types signed up to get in a group...it was awesome! You can see some of the group we offered HERE.
I'm finding the most difficult thing about the event is making sure actually get in the group...signing up is one thing but showing up is another. I have 3 amazing Life Group Coaches working with our leaders in leadership and spiritual development. And the momentum seems to be there now and we'll see where is leads...