Our opening morning worship time was with Brandon Muchow, the 19-year-old son of Saddleback Community Church’s Rick Muchow. The sincerity and love of God coupled with gifted expression made this a special time of worship. And, I think that I might try to match-make Brandon and my daughter, Emilie (although my daughter just turned 12).
Controversy might have reared its head with the showing of the documentary movie Missionary Positions if we were not a bunch of artistic people. This film chronicled three years in the life of x3church.com guys Mike Foster and Craig Gross. These guys deal head on with the issue of p*rn and encourage men to get help. Talk about taking the culture head on. We also heard from Integrity Online, a filtering internet service provider and software company.
For lunch we were at an amazing studio: Oceanway Studio A. This studio was a church and what I heard is that it is the closest acoustics to an actual cathedral one can get. And, it is huge. I could just imagine conducting the string section in rows. And, how about a Neve 8078 board with 80 faders!? Wow. Pocket Full of Rocks played an "unplugged" set for us, too.
Our dinner experience was at Sandy’s Downtown Grille in Franklin. I had the portobello mushroom cap appetizer, field greens salad, and for the entree the Fillet Mignon. Dessert was vanilla bean creme brulee. Wow. I gained a few pounds this week!
After dinner and all the hugs and good byes, I headed into Nashville’s downtown for a late-night coffee at Cafe Coco with Joel, a friend and college student at Belmont University. Joel is from Redding and one of those young adults who has the potential to change the world. After a couple of hours of chatting about theology, politics and life I finally headed to my hotel back in Franklin.
I will never forget this year. These people I spent the week with are brothers and sisters and esteemed colleagues. I am never the same after attending one of these re:create think tanks. Thanks Randy!