I was recently given a copy of a book by author, artist, musician, and fellow rebel John Voelz. The book was Quirky Leadership from Abingdon Press. I was intrigued by the title and, knowing JVo, I was looking forward to his particular slant on the broad subject of leadership.

The first thing you’ll notice is the chapter titles.

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In my previous life, I was a worship leader for about 24 years. And even though I was the guy that was brought in to “make us more contemporary” (read, “whipping big”), I’ve always held some of the classic hymns and songs of the faith close to my heart. Not only that, but there have been a couple of “old school” worship leaders that I have always looked up to and admired for their love for Jesus and music: Bill Gaither, Cliff Barrows, and George Beverly Shea.

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I was excited to read this book. I have always enjoyed Mark Driscoll’s teaching and the posts (both written and video) that he does as a part of the The Resurgence website.

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Exploring Mark

April 2, 2013 — 4 Comments

I am getting ready to launch a series on the Gospel of Mark this Sunday. The series will last “a while.” What does “a while” mean? Well, we’re going to take it a chapter at time, then break off into something else, then come back to the book. I wanted to do it that way so that I could respond to other teaching needs in our church, while still working through a book in an expository manner.

In preparation for the study, I added to the graphic above (which you can download HERE) that I originally found on CreationSwap (you can download the original artwork for free HERE). We will also use the title package they used for the series which you can play below (or download from CreationSwap).

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On a raised dais stood two men, both prisoners; both waiting for the final result of their trial.

But their final verdict on this day will not be decided by a court of law. It will be decided by the mob. For this day is the Day of the Passover Feast. And by tradition, the governor, also on the dais with these two prisoners, had a custom of releasing a prisoner to the people that day.

And while these two men had futures that were destined for the same destination, their pasts could not be more different. Although, in a way, you could say that their goal was the same: freedom for their people.
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March 22, 2013 — 12 Comments

On January 1, 2013, I took on a new role: Lead Pastor.

I’ve been a pastor for the past 24 years – a youth pastor, a worship pastor, a combination of the two, even an interim pastor. But I’ve never been “that guy.”

There are some distinct differences that I’ve noticed in the past 3 months (I’m sure I’ll find a lot more as time goes on). For the sake of my friends who aren’t in a lead/senior pastor role, I thought I’d share my thought on the differences:
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December 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

It is a beautiful thing to see when kids “get it” and show us the way. This video speaks for itself. I love what Justine says at the end of his interview:

“Sometimes winning always isn’t the right thing and isn’t the most important thing.”

HT: Ken Davis

My Last Worship Set

December 8, 2012 — 1 Comment

This was my last worship set at NewCov on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Thanks, NewCov, for the honor of being your Worship Pastor for the last 13 years.

What a ride it has been!


November 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

dream landscape moon wallpapers
Here’s a great poem called “dreaming” written by my friend and fellow artist, poet, and dreamer, John Voelz:
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For the past 13 years, I have had the privilege of serving as the Worship Pastor at New Covenant Community Church in Fresno, CA. This morning was the last time I will likely ever be “in the pulpit” (although, as you will see, we don’t use a pulpit) at NewCov (see my previous blog posts about our journey HERE, HERE, and HERE). On January 1, 2013, I will begin my new journey as the Senior Pastor of Community Christian Fellowship in Siloam Springs, AR.

In case you missed it this morning, here is my final message at NewCov: