As previously planned,  I went to Belmont church. Really friendly people. Worship team was amazing. Should have expected that in Nashville! Really warm tone, new - to - me songs plus familiar hymns with a slight twang 
Message was on 1 cor 14. And was part of a series, get this Evan Smith, on the ethos of Belmont church. The idea was that the experienced presence of the living God, not just the dissection of the idea of God, is a root aspiration of the church here. At the end of the service I was able to immediately pick up a cd of the message and another one of the worship music from the service. 
Meet up with Ben Knorr and we walked to Belmont U. What a beautiful campus! Talking while I walked through a gazebo on the way to registration and immediately marked it as a place for quartet practice. The roof forms a reflector to reinforce sounds as you pass through the centre. 
Our chorus is mostly in Potter Hall (Gryffindor! !) Nice bright, airy and air conditioned rooms. FOund the hall where our chorus will practice. It has three seconds reverb which made a lovely sound when a few of us sang, but it could be a trap for the chorus. Stayed and sang a few non-repertoire songs while Denis Laflamme played on a piano with, err, vintage tuning. Our small group massacred the lyrics to Piano man, crocodile rock and a few others before heading off campus for a beverage.

I met 2 barbershoppers on the plane. Andrew from our chorus and Ben, a 17 year old lead from Regina.  He's participating in the next gen chorus. Ben and I took a walk down Broadway saw Mecca (the Barbershop Harmony Society headquarters [closed on Saturdays])
 the country and western hall of fame,  and ate at the Hard Rock Cafe. All told it was six miles of walking in quite hot weather, just killing four hours until I could check into my hotel.  Still great to get to know Ben,  who is real musician.  Classical guitar, fiddle,  Lead/tenor,  composer and arranger.  Next Gen indeed!  

Also ran into Denis Laflamme and Aileen Carney downtown.  

I planned to go to Belmont Church at 5:00 for the acoustic service but after a shower my body refused to go out in the heat again.  So I'll take in one of the morning services.

The Summer of 2013 was dramatic for our congregation, and even more so for me and my family. In mid-July our friend and pastor Rev Neil Baxter was admitted to hospital in high fever, delirium and convulsions. It was meningitis, and it was his 60th wedding anniversary. (Later when things settled down, Lise joked that Neil would do anything to get out of going dancing.) I was already returning from vacation travel, and was able to see Neil in ICU, and join the congregation in prayer over this.

Erica and I arrived home from vacation to news that her job was redundant: she is laid off. Two weeks later, on our way to visit family in Guelph, our 15 year old dog died at a rest stop in Trenton. During that visit we were told that a wind storm had toppled a tree through the church roof. Our caretakers were also on vacation at the time. (Does it make you wonder if we should all just stay home?)

This article was recently published in the Community of Concern Newsletter. Due to an error, only half of the article was printed. Here is the full text:
We find it remarkable, astonishing and heartening that one morning, fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit filled His church with power from on high. It is certainly exciting that there was an audible rush of wind, that tongues of flame danced upon each disciple's head, and that they were empowered to declare salvation in the name of Christ to Jews who had gathered in Jerusalem speaking every kind of language. But what is really spectacular is that in that one day over 3000 people were brought from darkness into light, and received Jesus and the eternal life he procured on the cross. The community of believers, the church of Christ went from 500 eyewitnesses to their risen Lord to a movement that would shake every empire in history.


A quick Lenten commentary on the four Gospels, chapter by chapter.

New 2-3 chapters will be published each day through Lent 2020.