I’ve seen this question posed an unbelievable amount of times in recent months by good, kind, and well meaning believers, who are asking the question in most cases because something about a piece of music they heard has genuinely caused them to take issue. The things they take issue with, however, tend to be grouped […]Read More Can Music be Christian?
Hey Everyone! I just wanted to bring your attention to a couple of new pages on my website. As some of you may know, I’m a singer/songwriter, worship leader, and pastor. And I’m in the process of trying to establish an itinerant worship/speaking ministry based out of Charleston, SC (the area I’m from). Part of […]Read More A New Music and Ministry Page!
The TrueDisciples Podcast (aka the TDP) has just recently completed our first month of podcasting. We had set a goal for ourselves to hit 500 plays for the month. By 11:59PM on the 31st, we had hit 453 plays. SO CLOSE! As of today, however, on February 2, 2018 – we are officially at 500 […]Read More The TrueDisciples Podcast – January in Review
Have you ever been chugging along in life, thinking, “Man, nothing could stop me now!” and almost at that very moment you have the rug pulled out from under neath you and your world begins to crumble? Yeah, that happened to me back on October 31st, 2017. I had been with my company for over […]Read More Yours: The Story Behind the Song – Peace Out of Pain
The TrueDisciples Podcast was birthed out of a vision from my pastor, Dr. Kevin Baird, to use different forms of media outlets to provide a space for Spirit-empowered teaching, declaration, and reformation for the culture we live in. It began many years ago with Dr. Kevin on WTMA, a local Charleston radio station, and has […]Read More Introducing the TrueDisciples Podcast!
Guest Author: Cherie Bates I should probably begin by introducing myself. Hello, my name is Cherie, and I have a confession to make: I am not making a New Year’s resolution this year. Instead, I am writing out a manifesto. A manifesto is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, […]Read More 2018: A Manifesto in Defiance of Generational Norms
There’s an old Harry Chapin song called “Cats in the Cradle” that I recall my father saying frequently when I was a kid was one of his favorite songs. When he was a pastor, I even recall him using the lyrics of the song as an illustration a time or two. If you’re not familiar […]Read More Cats in the Cradle: A Cautionary Tale
You can’t simply state “Jesus fulfilled (“ended” – as is often interpreted) the law, therefore we are under grace.” without fully understanding what Jesus actually did, and what He said He actually did. Take a little journey with me through Hebrews 8 and 9 in order to better understand how GRACE and THE LAW work perfectly in harmony. Hebrews […]Read More We Need Grace AND the Law
I couldn’t help it. I just started thinking about the other 10 lessons I’ve been learning, and up came a few more. So…I’ve laid them all out for you here just as I have done in the previous article. So here we go! Learn to be humble, or God will humble you Himself. Humility isn’t […]Read More 10 More Lessons I’m Learning About Being in Ministry
I’ve been serving in the ministry in one shape or form for the last 15 years. Be it volunteer or paid, full or part time, or as a youth minister, music minister, or both at times. And while I certainly don’t have the track record of many who have gone before me that doesn’t mean […]Read More 10 Lessons I’m Learning About Being in Ministry