Waiting in silence – Teddy Hart – Renovatus


After listening, you’ll see that I shouldn’t have posted it!

So necessary for me…

So necessary right now…

In addition to the main message, you’ll see Zechariah and Elisabeth in a whole new light. 

Listen in peace…

All that Jazz

Yesterday seemed to have very dissonant chords and unusual rhythm changes.  I like jamming but I’m not so good at improvising.  Dr. Chris Jones helped a lot this morning: https://mediastorage.cloversites.com/renovatuschurch/media_player/Act%203.mp3

I’m involved in a small committee and yesterday two members decided that it was best that they no longer be involved.  (excuse me, but I’m going to be deliberately vague in respect to the people involved) We had not done well in all working together.  This announcement was bittersweet for me.  There is a certain amount of pressure being lifted off in that we were struggling to work together, but definitely an amount of sadness in that we all failed to work it out. 

Yesterday would not have been the day to “work it out” and due to the maturity of everyone involved it was not ugly.  No, working it out is something that we all managed to not do on the way.  I’m convinced that God is as interested in the success of the committee becoming a loving family and effective leadership team as He is in the success of what we’re directing. So in that respect, yesterday felt like the stamp of “failure” at least in the part of team-building.  The fact that it happened with maturity and grace, though, allows me to think that it might have been simply an interesting plot twist in the improvised story that God and we are all acting out.

I’m a musician but I’m also a very ordered computer-geek as well.  Put those two together and I’m more likely to listen to Pachelbel’s Canon than Miles Davis.  Yesterday’s events feel dissonant to me like much of certain jazz styles.  The more predictable stuff, I can hang with, but when it gets out there, I’m lost.  But I know enough music to understand that Jazz DOES work and that it DOES have coherence but that the way it works and the coherence it demostrates looks nothing like Pachelbel’s Canon

The message from Dr. Chris Green this morning really helped me in that I’m understanding that Miles Davis and Charlie Parker may be more theologically sound than Pachelbel, Vivaldi and Bach.  Hard to stomach in the ordered world that I want and in my own struggles with the idiom of improvisation – both in music and in life – but I believe it’s a truth that’s hard to deny. 

Renovatus Church – Teddy Hart – The Economy of Mercy

Hey look!  It’s the "once-a-year-blogger" at it again!

Seriously, I wanted to pop this post out before it got stale…which is the problem I have with most of my posts.  Good ideas, but no time/energy/mojo to fully develop them and get them posted.  Then they get stale and I’m like, "meh…"

So, this morning I listened to this teaching while doing the dishes (duh…)  Empty house and no pressure to be somewhere or rush through anything.  Voila a post!

For two days now, I’ve been sitting on what I’ll call a "minor but strategic conflict" with someone.  God has been slowly revealing things about this conflict (and me, of course), but things still feel so confusing.  So this teaching comes along this morning and speaks even more into the situation.  Consequently, I really felt God on it and got a lot of revelation from it.

Will you?  Hard to say.  It might just be me and/or this situation.  But I will say that I felt that Teddy Hart, the young-adult pastor at Renovatus Church, really does have some revelation on:

  • The Mercy of God
  • The Kingdom
  • Forgiveness
  • The parable of the King forgiving the debt of His servant

There are some conceptual connections here that I’ve not heard before and which add depth to this parable, bringing it alive for me.  I imagine that if you’re in a conflict and that you really are wrestling with God about it (and not just stewing) then I think there’s likely sustenance in here for you as well.

I don’t even remember if this is the first time I’ve blogged about Renovatus Church or not as a source for teachings. I think it might be.  At any rate, I can’t recommend it highly enough.  99% of the messages are from Jonathan Martin, the founding and current pastor, and he’s largely the public personality of what Renovatus Church is.  So I’m really recommending him and his messages to you.  The occasional guest speakers that he has are almost always good too.  This is, for example, the 2nd Teddy Hart message I’ve heard and while his speaking style has some rough spots for me, I feel like he has some real deep insights that resonate (at least in the 2 times I’ve heard him).

So, without further ado:


Renovatus podcasts

Jonathan Martin blog

Renovatus Church site