I love returning to work with my friends at The Packinghouse!
Please note that I’ll be participating in multiple gatherings (Sat/Sun):
- A Saturday PM version of the Sunday AM Service at 6:30 p.m.
- Three Sunday AM Services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
- Sunday PM Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
DETAILS DEVELOPING, SO PLEASE CHECK BACK: Okay, I’ll admit that characterizing any evening as one-of-a-kind might sometimes be a bit of over-enthusiasm on my part. But, in this case, I have to stick with that description for this night. My dear friend Ron Strand has worked it out for me to be sharing an evening with my longtime friends Michele Pillar and Kelly Willard. Folks, there’s a reason why dozens of the best CCM albums ever made have featured their background vocals/duets. Both of these incredible women have distinguished themselves as not only talented but also truly anointed. (It takes a lot for me to part with the adjective “anointed”, but come on, that description needed to happen too.) We’re still ironing out the details about the format of the evening and whether we’ll do ticketing of some sort. It’s very likely we’ll all do some solo songs and then come together for an in-the-round segment. Watch this space for updates as they become available, but mark your calendar.
Michele Pillar / Kelly Willard
I couldn’t be more excited. No sooner do I get home from my UK Trip on June 12th, 2017 … and I receive an unexpected generous invitation to return to Israel (for the fourth time)! The ball started rolling with my close pal Pastor Steve Hopkins. Steve recently was called to a new pastoral position at Table Rock Fellowship (Medford, OR) after many years at Calvary Chapel Salem. While on a recent tour to Israel, he got to know and become friends with Dr. Paul Shockley, a pastor at Bethel Church and Professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. While they were in the Galilee, they visited the Gadara area that inspired my song “Man of the Tombs“. In fact, Steve read the lyrics to the assembled tour group. That led to a discussion of the possibility of me singing the song in-person at that same spot on the next tour. Now plans are unfolding for me to do just that. While there, I’ll be musically partnering with Steve to lead worship and sing many of my own songs whenever it’s appropriate to the setting. (Twice before I’ve sung an a capella version of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” at the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem. The acoustics there are incredible and I’m hoping to do that again.) In addition to Your Humble Acoustic Servant, Steve, and Dr. Shockley, the Tour will be led by Pastor Wayne Cone of Cypress Bible Church (Houston, TX) and Dr. Dwain Camp, who recently served as Interim Pastor at Bethel and now works with Equipping the Saints in Houston. (Whew, I know, lots of info!)
But now the thing to look at is the dedicated TOUR WEBPAGE with lots of items you’ll want to check out. Six Tabs and One Big Button will get you informed in a hurry: 1. Home (Trip Overview), 2. Itinerary (Subject to Slight Changes but Pretty Close I Expect), 3. Flights & Hotels (Most will depart Seattle. Hotels in Tel Aviv, Ein Gev – Gallilee, and Jerusalem), 4. Extensions (Extra-Cost Days in Eilat – Petra), 5. Payment Policy (Deposit by 09/21/17, Balance by 12/21/17), 6. Travel Insurance (Optional Add-On to Deposit), and finally … 7. The Handy, Hard-to-Miss Register Now Button (Uh, that’s so you can, say it with me, Register Now!). And finally now, THE question: How much is it? Assuming a Seattle Departure and Double Occupancy, the Basic Tour cost is $3,835.00. That’s not cheap but seems very well-priced from what I know on the subject. I very much hope you can join us. If there are other items/concerns not addressed in all you’re reviewing, please click HERE to email Steve. Tell him Bob Bennett sent you. It won’t do a thing but it’ll make me look really, really good!
JULY 2017 UPDATE: It appears the Tour is fully booked.
But between now and February 2018, some slots may open up.
If you’re interested in being put on a Waiting List in case something
opens up, email Steve at the link directly above.