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Jonah and the 4th of July

Taylor Robinson, a great friend of mine, helped out with a song during worship on the 4th of July. (Check out the 10 minute mark.)

My Radical Confession

WARNING: Radical living can easily get off track and run away from you if you’re not careful! (I’ll explain in a minute.)

SISU = “Stubborn Guts” in Finnish

That’s your foreign language lesson for the day. How many Finnish words do you know? Probably one. Now. I can’t remember the last time I was so floored artistically and uplifted spiritually as when I was introduced to the music of Josh Garrels. Truly unique, but the best I could put it is think: the […]

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Beautiful Eulogy (LIVE)

I’ve posted about the resurgence of artistry and theology in “Christian” music before but I’m increasingly in awe of the fact that there is a movement, most notably in hip hop. Yes, hip hop. That surprised me at first, but it actually makes perfect sense. In the opposite corners of the pacific northwest and the […]

We (Alone) Got It Right

A small dose of humility to couple with our bold faith. Be confident in God. Be humble in understanding. *This cartoon was shared by a local professor on his Facebook page.

The Power of Music

This speaks for itself…. There is something powerful about music. It connects on a deep level and brings us to life in ways nothing else can. How are we using the power of music to connect and stir people to life?

Masters FTW – Use Your Platform

“The Shot” “The Jacket” And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, tgiving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (ESV) Gotta love Bubba Watson. Fellow Bulldog. More significantly, fellow brother in Christ. This guy can’t stop talking about His Savior (insert Masters cliché […]

Murdered Son

Here’s a new song off of John Mark McMillan’s latest album Economy. We first heard this song at Vinyl, a small bar in Atlanta… although some guy in the audience turned the chorus into the song that never ends at the set’s close… That over-zealous fan almost ruined this song for me, to be honest. […]

The Foolishness of God

When you really think about it – the gospel story of Jesus is the most unthinkable reality. It flies in the face of both philosophy and religion. It is beyond reason and silences all efforts of man to reach an unreachable God. The gospel reveals the all-powerful Creator, becoming human, living among and dying at […]

How to talk about your faith… and make people WANT to know more

This guy continues to floor me with his passion, depth, and humility. Being deeply entrenched in the Bible Belt and Mega-churches for most of my life (with a brief stint as a sort of hippie) the way most people talk about faith, gets hung up on using the “right” words or checking off a list […]

God as He really is… Eric Metaxas at the National Prayer Breakfast

Eric Metaxas wrote some of my girls’ favorite books and thick biographies on Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer. (You can easily find his best-selling works here on Amazon) Here he gets bold, funny, and honest about the difference true prayer, true faith, and true relationship with Jesus makes… it changes everything about your life, the way you […]

Listener – A True Original

I was excited to finally receive a late Christmas gift in the mail… Listener’s Wooden Heart album on vinyl + digital download… (if you like these videos, pick up a copy of this album). I admit, I wasn’t on board when I first heard this guy years ago on a rickety wooden stage on a […]

Small Things With Great Love

[post from my wife, Amanda, reflecting upon her recent trip to India] Christmas feels a little different for me this year. Before now, I don’t think I fully appreciated Jesus humbling Himself and becoming poor. Last Christmas, I hadn’t really witnessed poverty. God graciously allowed me to see something that changed me forever. I’m a […]

Memorable, Creative, Low-Budget Sermon Ideas

PROOF that effective communication and creativity don’t require huge budgets – just great ideas. Don’t think these are great? Ask yourself this: How many sermon illustrations do you remember? How many do you remember from 5 or 10 years ago? How many do you know from a church you’ve probably never visited or maybe even […]

An Impossible Challenge: $1 for 1 Day

Today is World Poverty Day. Surely you’ve heard by now statistics like “Over 1.25 BILLION people in the world live on less than $1 a day.” Yes… that’s Billion, with a “B.” I wanted to challenge myself and friends to get through the day on only $1 per day… to try and identify with brothers […]

Sevenly + Compassion CSP = Great Fit

Sorry for the t-shirt pun. In all seriousness, this is a great opportunity to grab a shirt that will spark conversations and spread awareness for a vital ministry. check out the post on my new tumblr

Being Right. (an iota of difference?)

I haven’t blogged in quite a while… I’ll be turning this site into a portfolio and future blog posts will be on my new tumblr (you can comment on this post here, since I can’t get my wordpress comments working… 2 Tweets this morning finally pushed me over the edge in something I’ve been rolling […]

“White Owl” video

Get this album for FREE (read about it here) and watch an incredible performance here.

Love & War & The Sea In Between (FREE ALBUM)

Love & War & The Sea In Between by Josh Garrels You. Want. This. Album. Josh Garrels has blessed the world with another free gift (click here for a previous post linking to his other freebies) – He felt lead by God to give the new album away for FREE for a full year! It […]

The silliness of being an expert on The Potter (Chan)

10 minutes… another Chan video… but I was floored by the humility and urgency in reflecting on hell and God’s Word. (Check out Are We The Eternal Exception? for thoughts on “objections” to hell or Jesus, Twitter, and The Way and Do We Appeal to the Flesh in Faith? for more videos from Chan.) “I’m […]

Expose’ on Teen Sex & Dating (Free Kindle & Nook)

A couple of weeks ago I was able to meet a few people deep in the trenches of ministry with teenagers while attending a meeting for TH1NK, the student line of books from NavPress. Andy Braner was one of those passionate servant leaders. In addition to being a writer, Andy runs Camp Kivu, an intensely […]

Seryn… WOW.

Seryn. Think Anathallo from Texas. …Sufjan, Sigur Ros, The Low Anthem, Mumford & Sons, even Guster… BUT, here’s the kicker, all in worship. Seryn is hands down the best thing to come out of the Texas Indie scene since Explosions In The Sky. The closest comparisons would be hints of Josh Garrels or Gungor’s eclectic […]

Free e-Publishing (issuu & Tony Morgan)

Open publication – Free publishing – More ben stroup At the turn of the year, I was able to help develop a website for LAUNCH, a new church-planting and leadership development network. Check out my earlier post here. Tony Morgan is part of the leadership team for LAUNCH and Pastor of Ministries at West Ridge […]