Scripture, Tradition, Experience, Reason

Photo from downtown Austin, Texas.

Rhonda and I were able to take a trip in February to Austin, TX. As many say, Austin is a unique place, even coming up with the slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” Texas A & M Aggies, while spewing venom for the University of Texas, will also admit that the music scene and downtown environment is something to behold. Live bands, parties in the streets, Austin City Limits, South-By-Southwest, people riding double-decker bicycles, all make for a vibrant, bohemian place.

Austin has definitely carved out it’s unique musical place in the landscape.

As I prepare for choir and handbell rehearsal later in the evening, I can’t help but wonder what unique musical niche has my ministry created? Has it set itself apart in some way . . . a way in which people want to be a part of it’s special connection with the Holy? Am I living out The Great Commission? No, even better, am I leading others to fulfilling The Great Commission?

I’m going to be in preparation, reading and prayer over the next several days, giving focus to these exact questions. Perhaps, prayerful consideration of new vision, new ideas, and a connection with history will give me guidance.

All, of course, done with my United Methodist/John Wesley system — scripture, tradition, experience and reason. I hope you will pray with me.

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