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“Already But Not Yet” CD Release

I am overjoyed to announce that my CD “Already But Not Yet” is now available! Overjoyed by the hope that God will use these songs to encourage many people and churches. Overjoyed to contribute to the hymn-renewal movement that the Spirit is using to revive the Church. Overjoyed to exalt the true Redeemer!

“Already But Not Yet” tells a story–God’s story of Redemption through King Jesus. And each song moves the story forward from Christ’s Cross, Resurrection, and Exaltation to our life of Exile and Prayer, and finally to the celebration in the New Creation. Already redemption has been accomplished. But not yet completed. We await the Return of the King!

Song Titles

1. He is Risen (Resurrection)

2. Look! Ye Saints (Exaltation)

3. Christ is Coming (Exile)

4. Come, Lord Jesus, to Redeem Us (Prayer)

5. Upon this Mount–Isaiah 25:6-9 (New Creation)

6. There is a Fountain (Our Theme)

CDs are now available to purchase at BullMoose Music (Windham and Portland) and will soon be available for download at ITunes.

For mail orders please mail a check to Joshua Otte |973 River Rd |Windham, ME 04062. $7ea or 2 for $10. Just add $3 shipping (up to 4 CDs). Add $0.50 for additional CDs. If you have any questions email me (eucatastrophe101 at yahoo dot com) until the website is launched! Thanks!

UPDATE. Please check out my Facebook Music Page. Listen to the tracks, leave a note, tell your friends!

UPDATE. Please check out my Facebook Music Page. Listen to the tracks, leave a note, tell your friends!

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Tim Keller Loves The Rural Church Too!

Being a pastor in the woods of  Maine, I was overjoyed to read this recent post from Tim Keller. With so much emphasis on urban church planting these days it’s quite rare to hear such encouraging words to consider pursuing ministry in a rural setting. After Keller’s litany of good reasons for being a ‘country parson’ he wisely cautions us to not view the pastorate of a small church as a mere stepping stone. This quote is worth a million Dunkin Donuts coffees.

Young pastors should not turn up their noses at such places, where they may learn the full spectrum of ministry tasks and skills as they will not in a large church. Nor should they go to small communities looking at them merely as stepping stones in a career. Why not? Your early ministry experience will only prepare you for ‘bigger things,’ if you don’t aspire for anything bigger than investment in the lives of the people around you. Wherever you serve, put your roots down, become a member of the community and do your ministry with all your heart and might. If God opens the door to go somewhere else, fine and good. But don’t go to such places looking at them only as training grounds for ‘real ministry.’

Thank you Tim Keller! May God raise up many men to serve Christ’s Church…even where there’s not a Starbucks within 20 miles!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in church, leadership, Pastoral, rural

 

Lead09 Conference Starts Today

Lead ’09 begins today! And I can’t wait for the first session to start!

Together, men and women from Maine, New England and beyond will be exploring the themes of Gospel, Community and Mission.   This two-day conference is a call to each of us and our churches to take Jesus seriously–to radically reshape our lives around the gospel word so that we can truly be his gospel community on God’s mission.

Please pray that God will use this conference to exalt Jesus in the lives of all who attend and in the churches they represent. May God bring a great awakening of gospel renewal in New England!

Here’s Friday’s schedule…

Friday – October 9

* 12:30 : Welcome

* 12:40 : Gathered Worship

* 01:00 : Tim Chester – Session #1 Making God’s people the heart of God’s missionIs our gospel too small? Too individualistic? The Bible’s story of salvation puts community at the heart of God’s mission. The church is part of our identity as Christians.

* 03:00 : Tim Chester –  Session #2 Community as lifestyleHow can we live as a community – sharing lives, sharing decisions, sharing struggles?

* 05:00 : Jonathan Dodson. Session #3 What is the Gospel? The Three Dimensions – this will be a biblical-theological examination of the Doctrinal, Personal, & Social dimensions of the Gospel.

* 06:30 : Dinner

* 08:00 : Breakout Sessions –

  1. Too Busy for Mission?: Tim Chester
  2. Becoming a Missional Leader: Jonathan Dodson
  3. Gospel, Community, Mission & Orphan? Bill Legere
  4. The Shift: Our experience in re-churching the church: Mark Gedicks

Here’s the full schedule. Hope to see you there!

 

How Will You Preach the Gospel in THIS Kind of world?

Bob Dylan didn’t have a clue how right he was when he croaked…“The times they are a-changin’.” The world we live in is morphing at a staggering rate. But. There is one thing that will never change–the gospel. And we are to be ready in season and out of season (1 Timothy4:2) to announce life’s only essential message. Take a second to get connected with the reality of our hyper-changing world and ask God for wisdom to faithfully proclaim his un-changing goodnews.


 
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Posted by on May 5, 2009 in church, culture, gospel, prayer, preaching

 

The Church is God’s Wonderful Mess

“The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness, and sanctification center, where flawed people place their trust in Christ, gather to know and love him better and learn to love others as he has designed. The church is messy and inefficient, but it is God’s wonderful mess–the place where he radically transforms hearts and lives.”

–Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, p. 116