New Music (with very old lyrics) From Justin Cofield!

I got the privilege of working with Justin Cofield on a song for The Verses Project a few months back, and it is now available on their website to stream to for free! The Verses Project is an awesome endeavor to create musical and visual art that helps people memorize and meditate on Scripture. They commission artists from…

Shepherding Idle And Fainthearted Church Musicians

Last Christmas Eve, I remember setting up my guitar gear on the stage of my church right next to a row of three Christmas trees, each one shorter than the last, mirrored on the other side of the stage. I thought to myself, “Am I just the fourth and shortest Christmas tree in this row?” The church had set up these trees because they wanted the room to have a certain vibe, and they neither distracted nor particularly attracted anyone to the glory of Jesus. That sounded awfully familiar to me.

The Iron Jesus

I just had the most tear-jerking moment in fatherhood, and in my life, thus far. I talked Sarah (and Emerald after much rhetoric) into watching The Iron Giant together. It has been 18 years since I’d seen it and I didn’t remember much but figured it would be fun for the whole family. — SPOILER ALERT…

I’m In Recovery

Today was my first day to lead worship at Austin Stone Recovery. It is the highest honor to get to worship in an environment like this where Jesus is truly a felt need and the gospel is cherished in such a serious way. Many churches have a similar ministry by a similar name, but it’s…

Love What You Did With The Place, Lord

For my Birthday, Sarah surprised me with a trip to the Grand Canyon. I love traveling, especially with her, so she really knocked it out of the park here. I’m not gonna waste your time with words about the trip. I’ll just get to the pictures! P.S. If you knew, thanks for not telling me.

EVERFLOW – All the Details

As the Studio Resident for Austin Stone Worship, the focus of my attention for the last 3 months has been the new ASW album, “Everflow”, to be released next Friday, Nov 17th. I wanted to post a blog linking you to all the ways to get your hands on it, and sharing all the info…

Worship Leader Assessments

I have a lot of room to improve in a lot of areas. One specific area where I’m finding it particularly fruitful to lean into during this residency is leading worship. I’ve led worship some in the past, but the heaviest pressure of this type I’ve ever experienced has been the worship leader assessments. As…

Theology is for War

I’m going through my church’s Men and Women’s Development Program (MWDP) for the third time right now. It’s a year-long training program so in-depth you can literally count it towards a seminary degree. In other words, this is the closest to college I’ve ever been. Every year is a different and healthy challenge for me. The…

Emerald’s First Day In Preschool

I wanted to write a blog about this, but Sarah’s Facebook post yesterday expressed how we both felt about the experience as well as anything I could say… I am SO proud of my big girl on her first day of school. She was all smiles and excitement at home this morning but started to…

The Grace to Lead Worship

  Back in 2008, I used to sing some worship songs with an unplugged acoustic guitar and a rickety music stand for my church’s youth group. Today was the first time since then. I co-led worship this morning with Paul Morris at the Stone’s West Campus Students. Now, I know. Everyone on the stage is a…

2017 ERLC Conference

Today through Saturday, I’m with Jimmy McNeal and the band, leading worship at the ERLC conference in Nashville. The topic this year is “Christ-Centered Parenting in a Complex World”. Stream it live at live.erlc.com! I’m happy to have Sarah here with me too, though she’s technically with the South Campus Kids team. We’re treating the…

Whatabeauty

As a book end to my last post, I wanted to acknowledge the two biggest supporters of my ministry. On paper, it looks like it would’ve been a lot easier as a single guy raising support for this residency. It’s a lot less money to raise after all. But I’d rather raise twice as much as I did…

16 Unexpected Ways Support Raising Affected Me

It’s a bold statement, but I’d rank support raising up near marriage as one of the most formative experiences of my life thus far, and one of the primary ways I’ve witnessed the faithfulness of God. Over the last several months of emailing, calling, texting and talking to people face-to-face, and asking them to partner…

Weekly REAP – Generosity As A Thankfulness-Grower

R You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify…

Weekly REAP – Sabbathing Under Pressure

R After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face…

Weekly REAP – Asking For Wisdom From A Generous And Unlimited God

R And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman,…

Weekly REAP – Ministering In Triumph

R But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ’s triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma…

Weekly REAP – Higher Gifts

R If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it…

Weekly REAP – Building God’s Temple

R According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if…

Weekly REAP – No Wisdom Of This World

R And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and…

Weekly REAP – Paul’s Mission

R For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care…