McCain, Obama and Warren – One Week Later

I finally got around to watching the Civil Forum on the Presidency hosted by Rick Warren at Saddleback Church. DVR is a great thing. I was looking forward to the interaction between Warren and each of the candidates, excited that the first time that they would be on the same stage after becoming presumptive nominees would be in a church, and interested to see if there would be anything unexpected or off the wall.

But, I was disappointed.

I only made it through Obama’s portion of the show before having to go to bed and I found myself having to fight to stay awake for what I did see. Maybe I was just tired last night or maybe the event was really not as good as I had anticipated.

One week later, instead of being a defining moment in the political season, I think that this event has passed quickly into the political drain of old news.

Worship Venue Benchmark Trip

I had a great trip to California. Dan, Jason and I ended up visiting:

  • Crystal Cathedral – mainly because it was close and we had time.
  • Mariners Church – Just got to see their facilities, but great stuff – technical stage and wonderful outdoor space.
  • Saddleback Church – We checked out one of their venues (Tent 1) and worshiped for part of a service in their main worship center on Saturday night.
  • Rock Harbor – outstanding worship, similar to what we are thinking about for Sunday morning in the Student Center.
  • North Coast Church – Venue worship in a way that I had never seen before, a main street feel with vastly different worship styles next door to each other.

Here is a slideshow from a presentation prepared for the senior staff retreat today:

For more pictures check out my photostream.

One Quick Trip

By the time that you read this, I will be on a plane with Jason Gant and Dan Entwistle headed to California to check out venue worship services at the following:

I hope to get some photos on the trip and possibly post on the road.

You can read more about the trip at Jason’s post.