The Eagles and an Edgy Church Service

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The Eagles opened their History Tour in Louisville, Ky. on July 6th. I must say it was awesome.

These guys may be getting a little older, but they have not lost a thing musically. Don Henley, who I think has been America’s greatest poet for last 40 years still has phenomenal vocals. Glenn Fry, Bernie Leadon, Joe Walsh, Timothy Schmit, they were all fabulous.

Their music was spot on perfect, no mistakes…it was a production from start to finish. The KFC/Yum Conference Center in Louisville was packed. They did a few hits off all their albums. It took me back to my high school days, especially “Best of My Love.” I couldn’t help but think about how talented they were and how their music had gotten better through the years. Joe Walsh sure gave them a new dimension when he joined the band.

The crowd was appreciative, calling them back on stage twice. Finally, Don Henley closed us out with Desperado. To say the least I was jived up after the concert and so excited that I had the priviledge to hear them again. Considering that Henley and Fry will be 69 when this tour ends, this may be the last time to see the Eagles in person.

The second experience came on Sunday morning after the concert. I had googled churches in Louisville. I was looking for something a little edgier and I found a church called Sanctuary that was meeting in a converted nightclub. That even sounds funny. A converted nightclub. A nightclub converted to a church. Anyway, I liked the sound of it and we went.

As you walk in the door the old bar still sits proudly in the middle of the room. It has been converted into a coffee bar and several people were sitting around the bar waiting on the services to begin. Do I need to mention the converted bar…no, I am sure you noticed that, because all my readers are astute and well above average.

The pastor Robert Pitman came up and introduced himself to us. We learned that he had started the church five years earlier. That he had been a Bama fan in his youth and even thought he might get a chance to play for coach Bryant. Instead, He played football for Kentucky in the early 80’s.

When services began, it was Robert, in jeans and a Chicago tee shirt, sitting on a stool, with his guitar, picking a couple of worship tunes. I couldn’t help but think to myself that I could play guitar as good as Robert did. And I thought that I could sing as well too. (Of course I have a tendency to inflate my own abilities)

Robert sang a few songs and we tried to sing along too. There were only about 20 there when we started, but that number doubled by the end of service. After a few songs, Robert put down the guitar and talked about a relationship with God.

He talked about listening with spiritual ears. Odd thing is that as we discussed his lesson after the service we both heard something very different, but very relevant to us.

Finally, I did hear him say what our mission is. To know God and to make Him known.

As I was walking out of the building the contrast of my two experiences came to my mind. I was thrilled and impressed with the Eagles, but I didn’t leave there knowing anything new or in depth about any of the members of the band. They were still quite unknown to me.

However, when I left the Sanctuary, I wasn’t impressed with Robert Pitman’s singing or playing or even speaking ability. But I did feel that I had met someone. That I had come to know someone. That Robert Pitman had a mission. He was attempting to know God and making him known to others, by allowing them to get glimpses of Him through Robert himself.

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I will remember the Eagles concert and how much I enjoyed it, and I will also remember Robert Pitman. The difference is that I could call Robert on the phone next week and he would join me for a cup of coffee and we would talk as friends.

Are you on a mission?  Tell me about it.

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