The Beatles; Practice & Being A “Successful” Christian

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According to Malcolm Gladwell, in 1060, while still just a struggling high school rock band, 4 British teenagers were invited to play in Hamburg, Germany. While in Hamburg these 4 upstart English teens came in contact with a man Bruno – who owned a rock-in-roll music club. Bruno had the idea of creating a huge, non-stop show, hour after hour. The goal was to attract as many passersby as possible into the club. What made this gig so attractive for the 4 British teens was not the compensation or the acoustics. It was the sheer amount of time the band was forced to play.

One of the band members, a guy named John Lennon, wrote of this time: “We got better and more confidence…In Liverpool, we’d only ever done one-hour sessions…In Hamburg, we had to play for eight hours.” Gladwell points out that all told, the Beatles performed for 270 nights in just over a year and a half. The Hamburg crucible is on of the things that made the Beatles great because while in Hamburg they practice up to eight hours a day for 270 days!

The point Gladwell makes is that practice is what breads success. That maxim is true in every endeavor…especially being a Christian. Every Christian wants to have a vibrant, dynamic faith. The problem is that, too often, life gets in the way. Like great rock music, vibrant, dynamic faith doesn’t just happen. It takes practice.

Beginning this Wednesday Feb 19th The Bridge will be launching a couple of group studies designed to help us practice and grow our faith. February 19th from 9 – 10 am and, again, from 6:30 – 7:30pm I will be facilitating a study from the book The Tangible Kingdom Primer. Then, on Thursday I will be facilitating a discussion of the gospel of Matthew from 9 – 10am. Everyone is welcome. The study will be at the Bridge Presbyterian Church office: 503 Waterford Way, second floor. Look for the signs. These studies will focus on helping us connect to God; God’s people in our life and God’s purpose for our life. If you have any questions email me at I’m praying I see you this week.

Adeste Fideles,


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