As of last night we weren't planning to go to church today because we couldn't find one we were comfortable with. But then we got an email from Bill & Kathy from the Plantation telling us that Max Lucado's church, Oak Hills Church, is in San Antonio and we should go there. Randy & I are pretty familiar with Max Lucaco and his books, so we thought it would be cool to go there. As a bonus, I found out that Lucado would be speaking today.
That church is HUGE!! Good googly moogly - it makes our former church, Grace, look like a small church. There were literally acres of parking. Thankfully, they have newcomer parking so we were able to park close. This is the best picture I could get of it.
Inside was like a small city; there were two libraries, a cafe, and several wings in which various age groups meet. The worship center, aka sanctuary, was the size of a large high school gymnasium, with seating on the floor as well as "bleacher" seating.
But, the important thing was the praise/worship music and the message. Both were excellent. Max Lucado is a great speaker - personable, humorous and dead on scripturally. We were seated in the first row of the bleachers so, unfortunately, there was quite a bit of distraction with people walking back and forth during the entire service. However, it was amazingly organized with hosts (we know them as ushers) escorting folks to their seats.
While I am really glad we went and experienced such a large church and, especially hearing Lucado speak, I wouldn't like to attend such a large church. God would really have smack me in the head if He wanted me to serve in that type of church.
This afternoon I got to catch up with a former student of mine. Kendra was in my small group when I served in the Youth Ministry at Grace. She has grown into a lovely young woman, working as a waitress while she goes to school to get her degree in film. She moved to San Antonio with her mom awhile ago and is doing well. We had lunch at TGIFriday's and caught each other up on our lives. She's going to do some traveling this summer back to the east coast so we may be able to get together again.
It was a good day. Tomorrow we're going into San Antonio to visit the Texas Ranger Museum. Hopefully the weather won't be too bad - overcast, showers and 50s is forecasted. Oh, well. It is what it is. We'll have fun no matter what!
Until the next time . . .