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A praise for my mentors . . .

Today my wife and I attended the memorial service of my ministry mentor, Rev. E. Frank Leach.  The service at Polytechnic United Methodist Church in Fort Worth were a good tribute to Frank, and allowed us to worship God.  There were equal opportunities to laugh and cry.  My youngest daughter, who Frank baptized, attended with us.  We saw many, many old Poly UMC friends that we hadn't connected with in some time.

I can say this honestly today . . .  that a celebration was had by all.   Polytechnic UMC was to Frank Leach as FUMC-Grapevine is to me.  Everyone in ministry prays and hopes for the opportunity to connect in a real and meaningful way with a church in their career.  Poly was it for Frank . . . and Grapevine is it for me.  

This past week . . . I've been thinking about mentors in my life . . . people who have been there for me in many ways over the years . . . some to kick me in the butt . . . others to guide my training . . .

So, I thought I would blog a few articles …

Round 1 goes to the Taylor . . .

In between VBS sessions today . . . I take out my Taylor Custom GS (sinker redwood), plug it in to my Fishman Loudbox 100, and then proceed to beat the hell out of it for an hour. 

I'm mean . . . I am pounding it!   Let's see what this baby can do.

About an hour later, I stop to catch my breath . . . my shoulder aches, I am tired, sweaty . . .

And it's as if I hear this guitar say out loud . . .

"Is that the best you can do?"

Then it calls me a pussy and laughs!  You know, that kind of laugh that translates, "Can you believe this guy?"

Round 1 goes to the Taylor.  It beat me.  

What a great guitar!  What a freakin' great guitar!

Out of breath . . . and beat . . . but still in awe that God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

iPad and music

One thing music related . . . and that is my surprise as the number of guitar related apps, and music recording related apps available for the iPad.

More to come.

God's graces still amazes me . . . ><>

I'm old enough now to experience the death of loved ones and mentors

There is a song about this someplace in my heart . . .

In the early minutes after this day began . . . my longtime friend, mentor and adopted dad, Rev. E. Frank Leach, died from complications following a sudden massive stroke.

I worked for Frank at two churches over the course of years.  The first experience, well, let's just say it wasn't that positive.  I was too immature to be in church work . . . newly married, still in school, clumsy in relationships, too hot-headed when I spoke.  My way or the highway. I thought I was hot stuff and deserved more than I had worked for.   I didn't understand anything about being an adult . . . and it showed . . . a lot.  Frank was patient with me to a fault . . . guiding, suggesting, and more than once just plain ordering me to get stuff done.

Truth be told . . . I was scared to death . . . and no idea what to do, expect to make friends with as many youth as I could.  But the business end of being in the ministry . . . I was lost.


Techno-World ... Here I come

On Father's Day, my daughters and their husbands gifted me with the funds to get an iPad. Such a sweet family!!!! bless their hearts! How did they know I wanted one? maybe because every day since coming home from Annual Conference (2 weeks ago)I have mentioned that I wanted one??? So, I am going down the path of using an iPad as my "mobile" computer. Some of it my choice, some of it I'm being dragged kicking and screaming. Actually the learning curve has not been that hard, except for a moment yesterday when I almost threw it out the window. I've been able to figure it out .... And find out about some of the ways using it can help me be more productive. Man, there are a ton of music apps!!! I'm going to check out the Guitar Rig stuff for some possible vocal and guitar recording. There are a lot of apps for electric guitar, but not many, if any at all, for acoustic. It will be fun to look. More to come. God's grace still amazes me . . . ><…