I took in my first service at Victory Baptist this morning, taking in a nice Sunday School class and a solid service. The music was a solid mix of non-fluffy modern praise, including the first time that I can recall doing Aaron Shust's My Savior, My God in a church setting.
"Lead" pastor David Head gave a good sermon on Genesis 29-31 and all the problems Jacob ran into, including "getting pimped by his own wife" in Genesis 30-14:18. In his prologue to the sermon he, without mentioning him by name, ripped Joel Osteen a new one for his overemphasis on victorious pain-free living; sometimes, even the faithful have rough stretches.
He also criticized our avoidance of pain; we try to insure our health (duck graphic), our cars (caveman and gecko graphic) and buy insurance against heartburn with various purple pills. For someone who just got through three years of unemployment, having a pastor who recognizes that life isn't always rosy is helpful.
He's also a new blogger, having kicked off a Ponder Anew blog this week. It looks like it may well be more than a lame pastoral-blog-as-announcement-board; Head was a contributer to the Board's Head Tavern site and seems to have the blog art-form down, especially with a critique of Evan Almighty and the marketing thereof.
Interesting. A blogging pastor.