Weekly REAP – Job 16

R “… My eye pours out tears to God, that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor. – Job 16:21 E One of the themes I’m picking up from Job is that he keeps searching for a mediator or an arbiter between himself…

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…

4 Ways You Might Be Distracting People During Worship

Even during worship services, we are constantly tempted to worship ourselves instead of Christ. One of the hardest times of this temptation for me is while I’m padding under a prayer, or playing music during an offering, Scripture reading, etc. Here are some of the actions I’ve seen this temptation turn itself into. Whether you…

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…

Weekly REAP – Matthew 4

R Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. – Matthew 4:1 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 E The first thing that hit me today was…

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…