Dangerous Random Thoughts …

Here are a few random things roaming around in my mind this morning…

  • 11 months out of the year, I don’t lock the doors on my pickup when I’m at church. Reason? After church this Sunday morning someone had left a loaf of fresh bread sitting in my seat. YES!  FYI: I do lock my doors in the month of September … or else someone will secretly leave squash or zucchini in my pickup.
  • Lea and I have recently started delivering Meals on Wheels on Tuesdays. When they asked what route I wanted I said, “Just give us anything.” My new route?  Yip, 50% of it is on dirt roads. If you know me at all, you know I’m very anal about my vehicles, and I hate dirt roads. I think God is simply reminding me of what’s really important.
  • I once heard a comedian named Galligher say, “When I was growing up, church was a weekly reminder that there was something worse than school.” It just kills me when people tell me they don’t go to church because it’s boring. I personally think the ONLY place there should be boring churches is in Boring, Oregon, where I’ve found with Google’s help that there are actually 25 boring churches. God’s word should NEVER be boring but always served in an amazing way.
  • When I was a kid if we ever complained, we got the old stories I use to hate hearing about.  You know…”When I was a kid, we used to walk 5 miles to school … uphill both directions.” Now I actually love saying those things to my kids. Things I swore I’d never say have become a regular part of my vocabulary. Like … “And if your friends all decided to jump off a bridge, would you have to do it too?”  And “When I was your age, we had to ride our bikes to school … 5 miles … uphill both ways.” My kids just roll their eyes, but I bet they’ll use these phrases someday on their own kids.  It’s a tradition!
  • I mentioned on my blog my great dislike for beets, and then someone gave me a jar. I’ve mentioned that I don’t like fruitcake, and I received one anonymously in the mail. I’d like to go on record today and say, I sure hate the looks of the new $10 bill. :)

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Greg England says:

    I’ll send you pictures of the new $10. Did you ever bring up some memories here. I, too, swore I’d never be my parents to my kids and ended up with the same platitudes and words of wisdom. They do listen because at this point in my life, they delight in repeating word for word, complete with hand gestures and facial expressions, the “lectures” I used to give them. At least we can have a good laugh about it all.

  2. Barry Wiseman says:

    Concerning “boring” churches… Remember the preacher, Maxie Boren? While in Sunset, I was working with the church in Brownfield and we had Maxie for a meeting. The bulletin board in the foyer encouraged everyone to invite a friend to our gospel meeting, “Maxie Boren, preaching.” Hmmmm….

  3. Terry says:

    After thieves broke out windows on most of the cars in our church parking lot one Sunday morning, our son thinks we’ve had a great day at church when we get to the parking lot and see no shattered glass. It’s all a matter of perspective.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Wow, never heard that before. Probably would have been less expensive to leave the doors unlocked and they wouldn’t have broke a window. That’s a sad story.

  4. James says:

    Careful, you might get $10 worth of beets! lol

  5. Mark says:

    about the boring churches…. didn’t you recently tell us that your church was everywhere and all the time> i.e. the people, not the place? yet here you seem to insinuate that it is a place by referring to it with the same definition gallgher was giving it. just a pet peeve of mine, but this is the inconsistency that lends itself to criticism by so many. in one post you make it clear that your “church” is not a place you go to on sunday mornings, but that it all over in your community (YEA!) and in this one it is a place where God’s word should “NEVER be boring but always served in an amazing way.” So, is it all over or a place that could be considered boring?

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Marcos … the church IS everywhere (yea), and it gets to comes together occasionally too (yea). We just have to make sure that church (what I live), never comes across as boring … whether it’s everywhere or happens to be together at the time.

      • Mark says:

        maybe. my thought is that if we are ever going to truly “do” and “be” church in a more everyday discipling fashion and show others that it is more about everyday than just a place to go be together, then we can’t keep doing it the same as what everyone has come to expect. my guess (I know I should not guess, but I’m risking it knowing I could be absolutely wrong) is that you guys don’t come together occasionally, but regularly. and at a regular place with a regular time, with a pretty regular format that looks a lot like how most “churches” in America and most of the world do (and have been for a long time now) it. To you, as it is where you are invested and connected, it is probably not boring and that is all good… Unfortunately it is probably a lot like what Gallagher was poking fun at…. at least to him. And it is how it appears to him, the outsider, that (for me) matters the most.

        • Trey Morgan says:

          Your first guess was right … yes, we do come together regularly, which to me is better than irregularly. I love hanging out with my brothers and sisters in Christ. And honestly, I’m not sure what most churches in America look like, I just know what the church in our community looks like. And we hang out more on the outside of the building than we do on the inside of the building. We work side by side building houses in our community for those who can’t afford one. We feed the homeless. We gather coats, clothes and food for those who need it. This Sunday we’ll take over 100 bags of groceries to people in our community who run short at the end of the month. We get together and study several days a week because we find encouragement in it. We meet in small groups in homes so we can challenge one another. Are there those that find this life and kind of church boring? Sure, there always will be.

          You may know what other churches (American, Honduran, Mexican, etc) do and look like, but I really don’t. I don’t have time to be concerned with them because I’m simply trying to live church and Jesus in Childress. BUT when we get all of Childress saved, fed, cared for and loved … THEN you better look out because we’re going to straighten everyone else out. :)

  6. Donna says:

    Beets are not real food….
    Nor is fruitcake.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on those $10 bills….

  7. jel says:

    Trey, ya just don’t know the finer thngs in life,
    homemade squash pies and homemade zucchini bread, and beets 😉
    and living on a dirt road!

    I didn’t send ya the fruitcake! thought about it, but dind’t 😕

  8. Marc Tindall says:

    The above Mark was not me. I only wanted to comment on the beet issue. My dear mom loves ’em and always tried to get others in the family to like them too. Those pickled things are just gross. I tried them every year till I was about 30 and gave up. Well, last week we went over to some friends house for dinner and my plate was pre-prepared for me. I was a guest so I got extra everything – including beets. These were cooked – not pickled and they were really good. I was pleasently amazed! See you here in less than 2 weeks. We will have some beets!

  9. Debbie Thomas says:

    Ha ha ha….I needed a good laugh today. Thanks!

  10. Laci says:

    Wait you live in Texas and you don’t like dirt roads, is there any other kind in Texas?

    (Sorry, had to say it…..)

  11. Stacy says:

    Your boring story reminded me of this, which I like to tease my now 17 year old son about: When my son was around 4, he got a part in a Christmas play and his phrase was: Jesus is born. You guessed it! even after lots of practice he got up on stage and announce loudly: ” Jesus is boring! I was ready to crawl under the pew. LOL!

  12. Ray Reavis says:

    When Jesus said “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple” he probably would have put pickup trucks in the list if they had ’em in those days. God sure does have a way of testing us with those things we hold dear!

  13. yuvonna says:

    — don’t go to the trouble of locking your truck in September — if any squash or zucchini even beets are left inside just call me and I will promptly go and clean the “mess” out for you.

  14. Alda says:

    Silly me, I actually thought Galligher meant that as a child he learned in church about a place worse than school called hell. :-)

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