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:

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In a scene reminiscent of Paul and Barnabas and the church at Antioch, the pastors and then the Board of Deacons of New Covenant Community Church gathered around me to lay hands on me to pray for and commission me to a new work.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3

While I look with anticipation to the start of my new ministry and becoming a part of a new church family, I am saddened by the fact that I am leaving my existing church family. It is a truly bittersweet time.

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Begin the journey…

Throughout the process with both the Search Committee and the Elder Board of Community Christian Fellowship of Siloam Springs, AR, I kept reminding them that, while I was honored and humbled to be a part of the process, I realized that I probably didn’t possess the pedigree or the experience of some of the other candidates. I shared with them that I would completely understand if they wanted to pass on me.

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For years, people have shared with me that I should be a Senior Pastor. I have always been appreciative of their sentiments, but looked at them as an expression of their appreciation of my teaching ministry rather than the voice of God. I would thank these dear, kind people, and typically say something like, “When God tells me that’s what I’m supposed to do, then that’s what I’ll do.”

Then, men who have known me in ministry – godly men who know me and whom I respect – began to say the same thing. They encouraged me to consider being a Lead/Senior Pastor or a church planter. Continue Reading…

Word Series: Calling

June 5, 2012 — 1 Comment

Calling… It’s a words that gets tossed around in Christian circles. Sometimes a lot. “Calling” can mean different things to different people and applies in different ways depending on the context. Yikes! So how do we make sense of it all?

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I don’t remember my birth. I was pretty young, after all. If my birth was anything like the birth of my children, it was a noisy, messy, joyous, and awe-inspriing event.

I do remember my second birth, however. It was July 10, 1979. Continue Reading…

Empty Promises
I just finished reading Pete Wilson’s new book, Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing.

Pete’s book is much like the messages he gives in his church: easy to understand, full of illustrations, and very practical. The publisher describes the book this way:

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