Monthly Archives: July 2011

“For I’m a part of the family…”

Sometimes I cook things in bulk.  I’ve somehow fallen into the role of Lighthouse cook within the past year when it comes to the youth group or the venue. I don’t necessary mind, it’s just all a little new to me ya know.  Last year I cooked meals for the youth group while we were at Cornerstone and I tell you what…those kids ate good for camping. I tried to get creative and think beyond PB&J and Ramen noodles (although Ramen is a staple at Cornerstone) and we certainly did. This year however I decided that I spent way too much time and money trying to figure out what we were going to eat, preparing food, cooking food, serving food, cleaning up…it just wasn’t worth it. So this year we tried to cut back a little. Yeah…we still had too much food. I had this bright idea to make bags of chili ahead of time and just pack them in the cooler.  Sunday night before the group left I spent all night making huge batches of chili in my little kitchen. It was a mess to say the least.

It turned out pretty good though and saved loads of time. We had so much chili!  One  of the nights we were there, the Anchor tent was going to host dinner for the Come & Live bands and anyone else who wanted to join, but needed someone to volunteer a grill and the sorts.  Exactly the kinda thing our group loves to do, so we willingly volunteered our grill, our services and all of our extra chili! I got to wo-man the grill for quite some time and serve the nastiest soy/filler cheeseburgers I’ve ever tasted, to all kinds of appreciative people. The burgers were pretty gross, actually really gross, but it didn’t matter.  It was probably one of my favorite memories from Cornerstone this year.  I mentioned in my last post the sense of community that you feel at Cornerstone. It really is like none other I’ve felt before.  Somehow all these different types of people can come together in one place, some familiar faces, others complete strangers yet there’s an underlying commonality. We’re all taking different approaches at life, but all striving towards the same goal, it’s kinda beautiful. Feels like a giant family, which I’m pretty sure is what God had intended for the church in the first place. (Anybody happen to know where I took the title of this post from?)

Seriously disgusting:)

Lots of chili!!

View from the grill...random I know.

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“God Gave Rock and Roll To You”

Fact…It’s been waaayyy too long since I’ve updated this blog.

Fact…I’m really sorry about that. I really am.

Fact…it’s 11:30 on Saturday night.

Fact…as I write this blog I’m watching a Petra documentary on TBN.

Fact…I’m kinda digging it. Don’t judge. Ok, so I might actually love Petra now, this just gave me a whole new appreciation. They’re such cute old guys now.

So since that last post a few things have happened.  Ironically, seeing Classic Petra live is actually one of the things I’ve been up to. Two weeks ago I went with my friends from SKAD and some of the youth from my church to Cornerstone Music Festival in Bushnell Illinois.  I’m not going to go into all the details that make up Cornerstone, but just to give you a mental picture, let’s say camping in a field surrounded by cornfields, lots of sweaty hippie/punk/goth/hipster people, dust…lots of dust, constant music, no showers (oh wait, that’s just me), God, God, God, community that’s really unlike any other sense of community.

And for a picture that’s more visual and less mental….

From top left to right….1. Sean Michel plays some serious blues/southern rock on the Arkansas Stage (yes, I think his beard might be touching his belly button). 2. Listener, it’s true I may have seen their set more than once, if you haven’t already checked them out, do it. 3. That’s my brother dragging Ashley and I into the rave tent, we don’t dance. 4. That’s Ashley looking all cute behind the wheel of the 15 passenger. 5. One of the best moments of my trip, sunrise on the road…twice. 6. Lakeside worship at sunset, a Lighthouse youth Cornerstone tradition. 7. Metal lots of metal. 8. The Anchor tent…our favorite. 9. In the Midst of Lions 10. The SKAD group on our way out of Tyler.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you tonight. I’ll leave you with this quote from Greg Volz, (so maybe you feel as if you’re watching the documentary with me) talking in regards to our walk with God, why they feel called to a reunion tour and their hope to reach some the thousands of “prodigal sons” that have tasted the goodness of God and walked away. He says, “Just remember, you’re never disqualified for falling, you’re only disqualified if you quit.” Ok, goodnight.

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