Every year, I get a study break.Every year, I try to take a bit of it.This year, I'm doing it right.(Here is a little glimpse of last year's break...)I'm taking the entire break in one big clump, as encouraged by my boss (who had a terrific, extended study break during his sabbatical last summer). After … Continue reading Study Break 2013
Time just keeps moving us forward. There's no greater reminder of this for me, lately, than holidays. What once was a foregone conclusion; holiday, big dinner, everybody home - has morphed into something that requires a lot of mobility and flexibility.Such was Easter this year. The boys are gone, off on a mission trip with … Continue reading There Were No Easter Baskets
"Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes..."To quote David Bowie.I've been on staff at PCC as the primary worship leader ever since I've started here, seven years ago. The church has grown, our team of musicians has grown.And I've grown. Sideways, sometimes. But that counts, too. I've probably learned as much from my failures and mistakes as I have from things … Continue reading Changes
Mason The folks who plan the World Changers trips encourage the need for a day or two of acclimation prior to work.This sort of acclimation is a tremendous blessing.I could get used to this. But today, we move to the camp at Juana Diaz and get ready to work. We were in Paraguera, Puerto Rico. I'd … Continue reading Snorkeling Day In Puerto Rico
I was driving home this afternoon, and I had this thought:I'm really humble.No, really.Isn't that crazy? I mean, what kind of person calls themselves humble and is, in fact, humble? Isn't that a big, fat oxymoron?I remember being in a conversation once - for the life of me, I can't remember who, but that's par for … Continue reading Advice To Worship Leaders
Wow.Some days just work.Sometimes it's my attitude.Sometimes it's a great combination of people.Sometimes it's the fresh wind of grace.Today, our gathering of worship was just that. We were whipped and caressed with grace.And it was good. In spite of all the things that we control that failed to occur, the mistakes made, balls dropped...in spite … Continue reading Church Today
It was such a hit this morning that I thought I'd post it here. Enjoy!http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/flash/player.swfThanks to Central Christian Church for their creative skills!
My heart is swelling.I'm sure pride is sinful in some way; "pride goeth before a fall" and all that...But I am PROUD. No other way to say it.Three of the young men pictured have been part of my life in some way since 2000, when we first moved from Texas to Chagrin Falls, Ohio. We … Continue reading Like Jonathan
In the process of speaking with someone about their spiritual journey last week, I found our conversation to be quite - well, convicting is the buzz word we use in spiritual circles. We say we are "convicted" when our internal alarms go off, when we realize our hand is stuck in the cookie jar and … Continue reading A Blog Post In Which I Compare The Bible To Lettuce Wraps
We had our annual Randy Lawson Memorial Concert last night at PCC. There was fun along the way, (including some bearded bluegrass dudes singing "Man of Constant Sorrow") some great original music (Seth Brooks and Mariah's Bedroom), songs that celebrated the joys and challenges of simply being human ("Show Me What I'm Looking For" and … Continue reading Did Our Concert Dishonor God?