It's been awhile since I've done one of these quick Monday morning update things using bullet points, so here goes:
- The band was on top of their game yesterday. Every week our musicians work hard to help lead in worship, and week after week they sound great, but yesterday was even better than usual. Don't ask me why, but I loved it.
- I struggled delivering yesterday's message. There was a lot info on the front end that I thought was necessary to share to get to the main points about moral authority. It wasn't easy trying make my way through all of it in an engaging way. Despite that, there were several folks who commented positively afterwards, further proof that God is the one who speaks to the hearts of people. That takes a load off my shoulders!
- For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl was great. Last night was one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever in my opinion. I began the game not caring who won, but by the end I was hoping to see the Cardinals pull it out. I guess that was due to the whole underdog thing. Of course, my decision to make them my team in the second half is what sealed their fate. I apologize to all real Cardinal fans out there for giving them the kiss of death. I really didn't mean any harm.
- Springsteen and the E Street Band were awesome. 12 minutes of high energy, give it all you got, rock-n-roll that was a small slice of what his concerts are like. Opening with "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" with the full horn section was a great choice, and closing with "Glory Days" fit perfectly for the halftime setting. I've heard some younger haters out there making fun of the Boss this morning, and I'll just say this: it won't be long before Cold Play or Fall Out Boy will be performing at halftime, and a younger crowd thinks they are cheesy and out of style as well. Remember what another great, out of style, American rock legend (John Mellencamp) once sang: "changes come around real soon, make us women and men"
- I'm officially old. I just wrote two sentences chastising younger people for not liking my music. I never thought I'd do that.