Monthly Archives: July 2010

An Open Letter to Rick Atchley

Rick, I know that most of the times when someone writes a letter like this there’s a chance that it’s not a good one. Anybody who does something significant with their life is going to have their detractors, and you’ve got yours. But, in the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Continue reading An Open Letter to Rick Atchley

Did You Know?

Some of you may remember that last month RHCC was going through a time of equipping for social media. It was nothing spectacular, we were just trying to make sure that all the minsters knew about the potential tools for ministry that were out there…and how to use them.

We showed this video there, and got a tremendous amount of feedback from it. So I wanted to show it here. Did any of these statistics surprise you? What does this change in your world if all this is true? Continue reading Did You Know?

Terra Incognita

Christopher Columbus was no saint. Most people who took any form of American History class know that, including Columbus. He admitted in his diary on several occasions that he was a great sinner. But, like most of us, there was more to him than just his mistakes.

Mark Patterson, in his book, “Wild Goose Chase” points out that Columbus genuinely felt like he was on a divine mission from God. He felt the Lord’s hand guiding him, when other people were too busy mocking the idea of his travels, Columbus believed that God was behind him.

And here’s why that’s cool: Continue reading Terra Incognita

Times and Places

I remember when I was a senior at Harding University, I was in a class with Dr. Fortner that fascinated me. Fortner was an acquired taste for me as a teacher. He was kind of like coffee ice cream, the first few bites, you’re thinking, ‘Why would anyone ever decide to make this?’ But the taste haunts you, and eventually you are addicted. My favorite part having a Fortner class was that he would ask the most brash questions about everything. Nothing was off limits. And while that led to my leaving class on many occasions feeling pretty uncomfortable, he gave me more than answers, he gave me the ability to ask better questions. Continue reading Times and Places

best. party. ever.

So this is the last video in our small group series, “Jesus Throws the Best Parties.” (Click on the Read More at the bottom to see it in a large window). Since the beginning of this little project, our hope has been that this could be a series that could bless other churches, not only RHCC. Because the Richland Hills church has a lot of resources that other churches might not have (like a large video production center) we were hoping to share some of the resources with other churches. Continue reading best. party. ever.

When God Hates Worship

In the book of Exodus, when God comes to Moses in that whole shrubbery/arson scene, there is a statement that God makes that gives us an insight to what kind of God He is. It’s something that we do well to pay attention to. God tells Moses the reason for the whole botanical light show is because He noticed something that was going on in Egypt, specifically slavery. Listen to what God actually says: Continue reading When God Hates Worship

The Cover Charge

This is the third video preview for our series, “Jesus Throws the Best Parties.” Funny thing about this video, we had originally scheduled to shoot at one bank that had gotten robbed a couple of hours before we showed up to shoot. I’m pretty sure we are suspects, because we had spent the previous days “scouting out” the bank looking it over for various shots (not for robbery) Continue reading The Cover Charge

The Head of the Church

In his book, Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch starts off by talking about the unfortunate way churches operated in the deep South after slavery ended. Specifically, one white church in Alabama. I say white church, but in reality it was multi-racial, at least until the Emancipation Proclamation. Slaves and owners would attend church together, but after slavery was ended this system no longer worked. Continue reading The Head of the Church