Podcast: Harder Better Faster Stronger

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Oct 302011

As we go through life, we all learn and grow. God intends for us also to become stronger so we can better handle the adversity that comes our way. That probably doesn’t sound fun, but it is important. It also does not work the way most of us think. How God makes us stronger- and why- is our topic for today.

The video that gave this sermon it’s title is fun, though. Here it is- have your volume up.


Podcast: They Can Eat Your Body

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Oct 162011

Daniel was accused of a crime not because of what he’d done- he was blameless-  but because of who he was. That happens sometimes. Today we explore how to be the best we can be when we’re not treated fairly.

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A Tale of Two Weekends

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Oct 162011

On the surface, the last two weekends were very similar. Both involved a two hour drive, hotel stay, and time with friends.  Both had worship, lots of food and lots of memories

But they could not have been more different.

I know, dude. It's confusing.

Two weekends ago we went to a wonderful wedding for an amazing young couple. We celebrated their marriage with them, remembered their childhoods and looked forward to their new life together. Last weekend was the opposite. We went to a funeral for a friend’s mom. Stories were shared, tears were cried, and we looked forward to the new life to come.  The first was happy with the usual bit of nostalgia. The second was sadness interspersed with joyful remembering. They were the exact opposite.

Yet they looked so similar.

I must admit that it’s been hard to get my brain around. To be at two events so close together that looked so much alike but were so completely different…well, it’s discombobulating. The song Another Rainy Night by eighties metal band Queensryche has a great line: “Strange how laughter looks like crying with no sound. Raindrops taste like tears without pain.” I’ve always suspected that they lifted that line from somewhere, but it really sums it up. Laughter, sadness, funerals, weddings, they really do look a lot alike. Yet they are so completely, wildly different. God was also present in both of them, but it was also in spectacularly different ways.  It’s stunning.

I guess life is like that, though. How things look on the surface is not usually how they really are. The important stuff isn’t in the scenery. It’s not in the decorations or the clothes. The important stuff is in the details. It’s not what we’re doing, how we’re dressed or where we’re doing it that matters so much. What matters more is why. It’s not the worships or the hotels or the presence of friends that made those weekends so different. It was the “why”- the reason we were there. In one case a wedding, the other a funeral. That’s what mattered.

“Why,” it turns out, means everything.

Speaking Gig at Digital Atlanta

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Oct 132011

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Digital Atlanta conference on Wednesday, November 9th at 10:30 a.m. Digital Atlanta is a great conference that celebrates technology and new media achievements in our fair city.

I’m part of the Faith and Culture track, and my workshop is called “Talking the Language: Enhancing Your Ministry Through Pop Culture.” I’ll be exploring the role art plays in faith communities and how we can use the  widely accessible modern art forms of popular music, television and film to enhance ministry. As you can expect, there will be the usual bit of Star Wars, but also a few surprises. The Digital Atlanta website is here, register today for Digital Atlanta and enhance your technology and new media skills!

Podcast: What About Me?

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Oct 092011

One of God’s greatest servants in the bible is David. He was the youngest son of a lowly shepherd who   became the greatest king in the history of Israel. Why him? And why not his older, more qualified brothers? Today we explore David’s story and from it we discover why God loves us and what God calls us to do. Based on 1st Samuel 16:1-13.

Podcast: What the Blazes?

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Oct 022011

One of the best known people in the bible, Moses had the best of training and still had an inferiority complex. He doubted himself, and he doubted what God could do. Don’t we all! This message will bring hope to anyone who ever doubted themselves or God. Based on Exodus 3:1-15.