March 12-14 was our Youth Ministers Retreat at Graymere. This was our 6th year to host the event. We had about 50 people attend. There is something about being with other youth ministers that revives you. This year our speakers were Aubrey Johnson, Lonnie Jones, Jarrod Bailey, Gary Dodd, Barry Throneberry, Bill McDonald, and Nick Jones.
Saturday after we got home from the retreat I got a phone call from a friend who snagged 2 extra tickets to the Braid Paisley concert. It was amazing. Darius Rucker opened and did a great job. He has a great tone and songs. Dierks Bently did a 45 minute set next. He was amazing. His energy reminds me of a young Garth Brooks. When he begins to headline a show it will be a must see and I wouldn’t doubt it he will be entertainer of the year one day.
Brad Paisley is the best. He has great songs, amazing graphics, and can play the guitar like no one else. I loved his show. The best part was that we were in private suite and so no one stood up in front of us, we had a private bathroom, free drinks, and just a great time.
The weekend ended with Firesides. We had a great crowd and that always leads to a great time. I love being around everyone. We built a small fire in a fire pit and talked about how sex is a great thing when kept in the right context but is dangerous when it is not. Much like a fire, when it is kept in the pit it is wonderful but when taken out it can destroy things.