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 – 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…

Weekly REAP – Discipleship Out Of Genuine Care

R I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s…

Weekly REAP – Diversifying Gods

R To this day they do according to the former manner. They do not fear the LORD, and they do not follow the statutes or the rules or the law or the commandment that the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel. The LORD made a covenant with them and commanded them,…

Weekly REAP – Luxury and Self-Indulgence

R Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages…

Weekly REAP – God’s Gift To Mankind

R What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from…

Weekly REAP – Free To Go

R But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go…

Weekly REAP – What is a Scoffer?

R A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.  – Proverbs 15:12 ESV E The word “scoffer” stuck out to me today. It’s a negative identifier, but not immediately connected in my mind with fools, which is the main antagonist in Proverbs. I’d say a scoffer is someone…