OakTree Mockups

Over lunch the past week or so I’ve been working on some new concepts for the OakTree website. They are still very rough but I’m liking them lots. I’m really wanting to push a scalable changing background image.

What do you think?

more of a response on church

I gotta keep this simple as I’m on melunch break:

Bible:  I certainly haven’t even gotten close to reading the entire book(s) yet. I find it really hard though. I was brought up a catholic and i find it hard not to slip into the gea i was brought up on – i.e. fall asleep. It’s notall the time but I have to make sure i pay attention when I read. I have tried a Bible-in-a-year-plan and it doesn’t work form me. I appreciate tht in doing so, you’re gonna miss alot of good stuff but some people do these plans over and over and it starts to sink in. I wish I had a better knowledge of the bible and i also wish i had the patience to let The Big Man reveal himself ah HIS pace and not my own.

Sermons: I think any church can get stle after a while. In fact it’s almost human to d so. Because of the brokeness of the world its almost inevitable. Sermons can be hit and miss but i would say every sermon is wrth its weight in Gold if it touches or challenges just one person in any way.
I am lucky tobelong to a church where many ppeople preach, not just the Vicar. My wife is a preacher at our church and I couldn’t imagine what it would be like it it was all left down to one person.
When it comes to “practicing what is preached” i’d say this: I’m sure there are many people in many congregations who hear the sermon for the duration then say”oh how nice” and then forget it. This is truly tragic. However when i find myself doing this i realise I’m looking at what othrers aren’t doing rather than what I could be doing for God.
Also I think if you are in a church with a really tight community it works better. I’ve had people come to me with prphetoic words and versus after sermons which felt dead to me and it was those prophesies that made it come alive.

Music: This i think is an easy issue. Each to their own! We are all lucky to be able to have so many diffrent styles of worship in our churches. If your church is stuck in its ways then get creative. Doing a study on worship is amazing as it really helps to think through these things.
Not everyone is gonna enjoy a  loud band with drums nd electric guitars, others wont enjoy or connect through latin organ hyms. Keeping an open mind and expressin worship in a way that helps you connect is essential. Dont forget though that God has the biggest sence of humour of all and he may just be challenging you on something as small as that lil kid who hits the tambourine out of time.

Community: I already wrote on this which you saw but I’d like to add that you are so right on this. A church where relationship with eachother is themain focus is not right. Focus shoould be on Jesus but sharing that experience through community is where it works.
Dont forget the support that community provides – from helping out during hrd times to challenging you in ways you need to be challenged.

Ariah wrote this

Why go to Church?

This morning in my news feeds I read a post on Trying to Follow about church and why go to church and it made me think briefly what church is to me.

It should be obvious that it’s not the buildings or theseats or the furniture and only a small part of it is the music/worship, preaching/sermons, and all that stuff. What it really is, is People.

People are the church but to have good church you need relationship. In our church i have some really good ffriends. These are the people i have come to know really well and have come to rely on. You hear people talking about church being like a family and that is true.

Family is about being comfortable with people. It’s about forgiving people, trusting people, relying on people, loving people, caring for people, working through things with people, getting used to people, growing through annoying habits with people…. you get the idea. It’s intimate. And while some are not so lucky to have families that are so co-operative and loving the churhc is the one place where they can get this.

For those who have ha good family lives – then it becomes an extension of this and your family gets bigger.

If you find yourself in a church where you don’t have many really good friends you would aspire to call family then I would urge you to make those friendships stronger.