Creation Festival East 2010

Most times in ministry, if you’re trained right, you go out of your way to honor people. No matter what. It’s what Jesus did. No reward other than His smile. No kickback other than a hand on your shoulder saying, “Good job, son.” When you’re in my line of work, especially if you “have a name” that people recognize (which is mainly my kids because I change their diapers, my church because they change mine, and the very few conferences I frequent because they help me buy diapers), people think it’s all glory. 10% maybe. The other 90% is doing things no one will ever see. The “grunge,” as my daddy calls it. I think it’s that way with every profession, passion, or hobby. Even raising kids. Even being a friend. 90% grunge, 10% glory. (Thanks Daddy Hopper).

But every now and then God finds a way to just mess with you. He goes out of His way to go over the top. To make you speechless.

The next four days will be that for me.

First, I got asked to play with Paul Rohling and my beautiful bride, Jennifer, at Creation, on the bill for tomorrow night. Pretty much freaked me out right. (Meet us at the Late Night Stage in the tent at 12-midnight!). My dad was a part of the very first festival back when it was called “Jesus” in the early 70’s. I never thought I’d be performing at it almost 40 years later.

Honored.

Understatement.

But then, president and now friend, Harry Thomas asked me to speak at 3pm on Saturday. Speak. At Creation. Uh, OK Harry. No problem. How do you say no to someone who is Jesus on the inside and Santa Clause on the outside?

Double honored.

“Oh, and would you be willing to lead worship for the final service on Sunday morning?”

Let me check my Eight Ball. Never mind, it just blew up. Sure.

The funniest part it, I haven’t really been thinking about it. Not up until right now as I’m writing this post. No, I’m not trying to be a prima donna. I’m serious. Maybe because I’m in denial? Maybe because I’m so busy I only take one 12-hour chunk at a time? Or, in the words of my good friend, Kelly Stone, who always manages to keep me humble and yet still remind me of my assignment, “You were born for this; it’s just another day…” Because in the end, it’s not about the music.

It never was.

It’s about the Listener.

If you’re coming out, please make sure to come say hi! And if you’re not, say hi right here in the comments! Oh, and @loswhit, I’m going to finally meet you so my wife can stop hearing me talk about one of my few unmet bromances.

Speaking of diapers, I think I need to change mine now. ch:

  • Chris

    I wish I could come! but my sister volunteered, so she’s there right now… I hope you have a great time!

  • So excited for you and Jenny! Wish I could be there. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Looking forward to hearing the awesome things God is going to do. Love you both!!

  • Sian

    Wow..Wow…want to be there if i knew earlier..:( This is multiplying the gifts God has given..God bless!!

  • Rebekah Berthet

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!! Awesome! Please give big love to Erin and Paul for me! And Jenny..it feels like decades since I’ve seen her :/ HAVE AN AWESOME Jesus-filled TIME!

  • reenie

    christopher – I may have heard you day at the Jesus Fest in the 70’s that was our family vacation growing up, I went for 74-84 no kidding – I think it is really cool that you have the opportunity to continue your family’s call in this way…… We will be praying for you and wishing we were there – I really do miss the campfires and late night fellowship – Awesome !!!! Have a wonderful time in his presence and you were blessed to be a blessing ! Love ya !!!!!!!!

    • That is TOO cool! He was there at that time! Playing with a bunch of artists, including Phil Keaggy. I’ll think of you around one of those camp fires!

  • I speak over you that as you ate honored in this that He is too. You are built for this. You are a Oracle that Yahweh Gid has chosen to release a sound. So release it knowing you are called and chosen for this moment (and many others). And may Yahweh elongate your 12 hour chunks. Btw- changing a diaper and being a father is THE greatest ministry IMHO.

  • Yeah, I needed to change my diapers when I heard about this too 😉 ‘course…then I realized I couldn’t come. 🙁 Then the diapers got really heavy…did I just say that? o.O

    Anywho, have a blast! Sing your heart out!

  • Hello, CH, my friend… Go get ’em!

  • EaglesWings

    Congrats, Lord Hopper! Sounds epic!

  • Seth

    Wow! Sounds awesome :D. I remember doing some research on this a few months back and Creation Festival sounds pretty awesome.
    I hope you have a lot of fun and that the Lord is glorified in that week.
    In Victory,
    Seth,

  • John

    O man! how crazy is that!!! I wish I could go Bro. That all just sounds spectacular! = )

    -John!

  • Have fun C. I know you’ll do well.

    Carpe annus (seize the year, not the rectum),

    Christian

  • I am so STOKED for you, brohamzilla! HUGE, EPIC, and downright RIGHTEOUS!! I offer this prayer: Lord, please broadcast your voice loud and clear through CH; turn the hearts of thousands–convict, challenge, entice them all with your goodness; let your offer of unconditional love be heard in the aching hearts of everyone there; may the enemy be thwarted at every turn and find nothing but failure for his evil efforts; and may every heart be thankful to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • btw, I recognize that pic of you in the promo! lol Banshee! WOOT

  • awesome. awesome. awesome.

    I wonder how Joseph felt when Potipher asked him to be in charge of his estate. “Wow, God. You have blessed me more than any man I know.”

    And there is God’s side. “Joseph, here is a small reward for you. be faithful, and wait ’til you see what is next.”

    Love you man!

  • Emma

    You were awesome during the afternoon break out session! really impacted me! thank you for being there to help share the word of God! this was my 14th creation and maybe one of the best I have attended 🙂

  • Caroline

    I went to Creation to retreat from life – sleep alot – and heal slightly from a painful couple of months. As I travel I listen to words presented by hearts that live close to the Spirit of God. In them I hear a common language of power and hope. Your voice rang true with words like that. Like medicine. Thanks you!

    I look forward to learning more about your projects. You handed me your business card and I did not see until I returned home that you live on Arsenal Street. I should send you over to say “Hi” to my uncle over on Coffeen St. Its a small World.