“We need more community at our Church.” “We need more youth events at our church.” “We need more contemporary music at our church.” “We need more children’s stuff at our church.” “We need more outreach at our church.” “We need more…..” “We need…” “We need…” We need….” These are common phrases I have heard from […]Read More We Need More “Community” At Our Church – So I’m Leaving
Brand = the sum of every interaction with your organization This is what my boss told us today in our weekly team meeting. He was speaking, of course, about how we brand ourselves as a business, and how branding goes deeper than simply a logo and some colors. That our brand (as a company) is […]Read More Re-Branding the American Church
I like documentaries. I think it is an interesting way to learn about things in an auditory/visual way that maybe you don’t get from reading. Especially if the documentary is chronicling events as they are unfolding on the spot rather than retracing long gone history. Some documentaries try to insert their own agenda into the […]Read More When Two Worlds Collide
I admit, it’s a weird and unsettling title for an article. But I cannot sugar coat the meat of the message. So why sugar coat the title as well? I say happy Father’s Day to you fathers who have and who are adulterous, not for what you have done or are doing, but because of […]Read More Happy Fathers Day to the Adulterous Fathers – We Still Love You
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!
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
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