Dave Milam – To Those Who Stole Our Stuff

I just finished speaking to Dave Milam, planting pastor of Kinetic Church in Charlotte, NC. I first came across Kinetic Church’s website a couple of years ago as I was investigating various church websites. It was really intriguing and different and caught my attention. Over the last couple of years, I drop by the site occasionally to see what they’re up to now.

I began blogging in January and recently entered a blogging tournament (which you can click here to vote for me) of which Dave is a participant. I decided to check out the “competition” and dropped by his blog. I then realized that he is the pastor of Kinetic Church, which was pretty cool and ironic. While on his blog, I came across their story of how their church trailer with the church equipment was stolen. Pretty sad and pathetic stuff when people stoop to steal from a church. But what was amazing was their response to this horrible deed. I was so moved by it that I shared the video clip with our own church last Sunday. They in turn were moved by it as well.

I think it’s important that when someone does something that inspires, encourages, or challenges us (or all three in this case), then we need to let them know. We need to speak that to them so that the Spirit works through us to encourage them further. And so I called Dave this morning to do just that.

Sadly, Dave has received far more negative reaction, from hateful emails to calls in the middle of the night. I am deeply saddened to hear of this. Why do certain people within the body of Christ find it their responsibility to correct everyone else, to disrupt and discourage, to bring about turmoil and criticism? That is NOT what Jesus Christ calls us too. That is why it’s so important for us to encourage whenever we can, because you can rest assured that those who do the criticizing will not hesitate to throw their venom.

Dave, for me, and on behalf of The Grove, press on brother! We’re praying for you!

March Madness – Final Four

March Madness The Final Four is here and the final standings in all brackets are up for grabs. 

Here at the Coach’s Corner, my offspring and I still have positions 1,2,3.  But that will all shift depending on the winners in these next three games. 

In my Blogging Church Planter’s Bracket, I’m stuck in the 30s, but can still rise to finish just outside the Top 10 if my teams win tonight.   Here’s how I see it—-

UCLA vs Memphis – Memphis utterly destroyed everyone it has played in this tournament and gave Texas (the team I had picked to finish in the Final Four) a Texas-sized beat down.  I could see it coming too.  Memphis is making a believer out of me, unfortunately it’s a year late (I had them picked for the Final Four LAST year).  But….UCLA brings three consecutive years of experience on this stage.  I think Memphis will out “athleticize” (new word here on the Coach’s Corner) them, but that the experience UCLA has will be the difference down the stretch.  I think Memphis’s best bet is if they get off to a running start that can see them all the way through, but I don’t think that will happen here.  UCLA by 5

UNC vs Kansas – UNC is paying out of this world and Kansas got all they could handle from Davidson.  Add in the “revenge” factor that Kansas is playing for, the “never been there before” factor for Coach Self, and I think it adds up to too much pressure to overcome the UNC juggernaut.  UNC by 8

I’ll wait to see how bad my predictions are to assess the final.  Good luck everyone!

Signs of Life

I went over to the church this afternoon, and as I pulled back into the neighborhood, for the first time this year, I saw the unmistakable signs of life.  Trees and shrubs everywhere with those ever so small red tips.  There is life there.  It’s coming.  What has been dormant is now springing back. 

new-buds.jpgI feel that way about life many times.  I’ve been through numerous patches of dormant seasons where nothing feels right…where very little flows effortlessly.  But when new life arrives, it feels wonderful.  Happily, I feel like I’m entering one of those seasons now….where life is returning…where energy is renewed….where hope is plentiful….and anything is possible. 

How about you?  Ever been there?  There now? 

March Madness, Denver & the MHO

My bracket took a hit this afternoon as Texas looked like they were slow-dancing while Memphis was doing the jitterbug….all over their face.  That hurt me but if Kansas wins, I’ll still have 3 of the final 4.  As much as I want my bracket to stay as strong as it can, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be greatly upset if Davidson pulls the upset.  What an awesome story that would be, huh? 

So what does Denver have to do with this post????

WE’RE GOING TO SEE DENVER AND THE MILE HIGH ORCHESTRA TONIGHT!

As a fan of music, we decided to watch “The Next Great American Band” last summer as a family.  DMHO was on that show.  They remind me of some of the old Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire music of the ’70s with all the brass.  Really cool sound that you don’t hear very often anymore.  We’re going with a group of friends from The Grove.  It should be great fun.  I’ll miss the end of the Davidson/KU game, but I’m good with whichever way it turns out. 

(By the way, this may be the only post in history that ever combines the NCAA Tournament and DMHO)

Here’s a video of DMHO.  Good stuff!  Enjoy.

March Madness Greatness

march-madness.jpgThe Sweet 16 have been whittled down to the Elite 8 and before the weekend is over, we’ll have our Final Four.  I don’t know if this will hold through the weekend or through the end of the tournament…..

 But for Today…….

THE DOEBLER HOUSEHOLD IS 1-2-3 in the Coach’s Corner Standings. 

That’s right, my offspring and myself hold the first three spots.  I’m getting a little misty-eyed just thinking about it.  Brandon, my youngest (although 14 isn’t as young as it used to be) is in 1st.  I’m holding down slot #2 (I’m still going to win though), and Zach, my eldest (17 and growing) is in third.  This is a Kodak moment….the kind of moment that every self-respecting father dreams of.  Sniff, Sniff.  And I’m proud that you could all share this glorious moment with me. 

Now, it’s off to clean toilets somewhere…and other non-glamorous duties. 

March Madness, Update 3

march-madness.jpgTournament madness resumes tonight as they begin to whittle the Sweet 16 down to the Elite Eight.  I’ve still got a fighting chance in both brackets I’m in, mostly because I’ve still got 7 out of 8 teams left that I have picked for the Elite Eight.  If they hold serve, I’ll have a good chance to win both.  Here are my teams for tonight:

  • Xavier – didn’t have them playing WVU, but if they win, it doesn’t matter
  • North Carolina – thought they’d be playing Notre Dame
  • UCLA – Did anybody have them playing Western Kentucky?  Anybody?  Don’t lie!
  • Tennessee – Had this game picked right, but after the way Louisville annihilated Oklahoma, this could be trouble. 

Anybody got it different? 

Tornado Video Coverage

Back on 3/15 I blogged a bit about a tornado that just missed my mother and step-father’s home in S.C.  Apparently, their particular area was the hardest hit in the county, which makes it all the more amazing their home didn’t get destroyed.  They had many people come out to help with the initial removal of trees and debris that was scattered everywhere.  The local CBS affiliate in Augusta, GA (right across the river) came out and interviewed the two of them last week as they were getting ready to weather another night of predicted heavy rains.  You can view the video by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post.  It will take a minute for the video player to load.  The news segment is about 3-4 minutes long. 

Now…go meet my folks!

WRDW-TV video clip