Posts by mcherryjr

Posts by mcherryjr

Ask the composer.

There’s a story that I heard recently about an Italian conductor, Massimo Freccia, and his brush with one of the great composers of Italian opera.  I have no way to verify whether this story is true, but it almost doesn’t matter – it’s one of those stories that ought to be true, even if it isn’t, because it makes such a great point. As a…

Don’t forget to look up!

When I was in college, I always had at least one part-time job in addition to the classes I was taking.  Mostly, these jobs were at churches – part-time choir director, part-time youth leader, etc. – but occasionally I also held jobs in other fields. Of my non-church jobs, by far my favorite was being a tour guide at the state capitol building in Austin. I had…

Some Thoughts on Zoning

As many of you know, our church is in the middle of a major building program.  As a result of some of the amazing growth that God has sent our way in the last few years, we began having discussions almost a year ago about the need to build a new Sanctuary.  As that plan began to take shape, we realized that we would need to relocate our gym to our vacant lot across the…

This Post is Not About Cameras.

  A little bit of tech news here at the church: we just got a new video camera. For those who might not know, for about a year now we’ve been video recording our services and posting the sermons online so that folks who missed a service can view them later.  Up until this point, we’ve been using a little camcorder that Lora and I own, but it’s not really up to the…

The Greased Lightning Gospel

I want to show you a picture of something amazing, but I feel like I should prepare you for it before I show it to you. Don’t worry – this picture isn’t offensive or inappropriate.  It’s not too gross or gory, and it probably won’t keep you up at night.  But, you’re about to be amazed by it. You might want to sit down. Ok, are you…

We’re All In This Together

Can I brag about my kids for a minute? By now, I’m sure that pretty much everyone has met my children, Caroline and Mitchell.  Caroline is nearly four and Mitchell is a couple of months shy of being a year and a half, and the speed with which they are growing up is astounding to me.

The Stay-cation

What did you do last weekend?  If you’re like me, your weekend plans were altered somewhat by the rain that we experienced. My family had originally planned to take advantage of the three-day weekend by taking a little trip to the coast with my parents.  We love to go to Port Aransas, and so my dad had booked a condo on the beach and we all planned to enjoy a…

What Are We Missing?

Did you see that video of the college kids taking selfies at a baseball game? Chances are pretty good that you did – it’s been all over social media – Facebook, Twitter, and the like – for several days.  The video is good for a chuckle, and perhaps some reflection on the nature of our culture and the ubiquity of technology that distracts us from…

Creation Continues…

Do you have a Facebook account?  Chances are, you do – the majority of people who read our blog are referred here from Facebook links. If you’re on Facebook, you’re likely familiar with what happened to me a few days ago.  I had a couple of spare minutes, so I logged on and looked at the various things people had posted.  One of them was a link to a mildly…
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