Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday Thoughts

  • Not that I ever considered it, but...really glad that we did not cancel church today. We filled up 2 services with people that didn't seem to mind the cold!
  • I don't think I saw single piece of ice on the road this morning.
  • We kicked off our winter small groups this morning. 19 groups! Every group made cookies to entice/bribe people into their group. Hey, whatever it takes!
  • The band was laying down some serious rock today! I had someone ask me after church if the guys in the band came out of our church. Yes, they did. I love that the people on the stage believe in the mission of the church. And they seriously rock my face off every Sunday!
  • I'm rooting hard for the Packs to make the Superbowl. That would at least make it an interesting game.
  • Jenny's birthday is Tuesday, and she has asked me and the girls to make her cake. I told her that it will not probably be edible, but we'll give it a shot!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Church Tomorrow

In case anyone is wondering, we are having church tomorrow. The snow is over and everything should be clear by tomorrow morning. We will have our normal services at 9:30 & 11:15. We are also kicking off our new series "Behind The Man - The Early Years", as well as our winter small groups tomorrow!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

My First Series

I get a pretty good amount of phone calls and emails from pastor's who would like to know what our experience has been like as a multi-site church plant. What has worked? What would you never do again? What are the differences from a normal church plant? I thought that it might be fun (and potentially time saving) to do a series of posts on this subject. I love blog series now because I have the attention span of a gnat.

So gather up the kids and neighbors for some serious blog fun!

Snow Day!

We woke up this morning to find this white stuff all over our yard. I am not sure what it is, but apparently it is quite dangerous. All of the schools are closed and no one is going anywhere!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Growing Up In The Digital Age

My 4 year old daughter interrupted the bedtime story reading tonight with, "Daddy, can you put it on pause please?"

Saturday, January 12, 2008


I posted awhile back about how my daily Bible reading has transitioned to the computer. I hardly ever, except for Sundays, pick up an actual Bible. I wasn't sure if that was a good or bad thing until the guys at came out with This is a great, great tool for online Bible study.

I have never actually read through the Bible in a year. I have started a couple of times and lost it somewhere on the path. This year I am doing it through YouVersion's yearly plan. It also allows you to journal your thoughts as you are reading. That was the one thing that I felt like I was missing with electronic reading. You can also upload videos, pictures, mp3's...all to enhance the passage you just read. That's pretty sweet.

You can start your yearly plan by clicking here.

David Crowder Band

I just got back from my first David Crowder Band concert. A few observations of the show:
  • I haven't sat on a pew in church in a LONG time. Luckily, we stood most of the time. :)
  • The opening band was not very good. I guess that can be a good thing?
  • We are getting old. Jenny and I used to be cool (at least we thought so).
  • David Crowder was great! Anyone that can play a lime green keytar and a Guitar Hero guitar in one set, is my hero.
  • The lighting was fantastic. They used the moving lights to enhance the worship, not distract from it.
  • Video consisted of one screen with white letters over a black background. Surprisingly minimalist compared to the lighting. The projector didn't even fill the whole screen.
  • The guy is a great performer, as well as a worshiper. He proves that you can do both in the right setting.
  • We snuck out during the youth pastor's talk for some "Shrimp On The Barbie" at Outback. Totally worth it. :)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Christian Radio

One thing that I will never get is: churches that advertise on Christian radio. Who are you going after?!? I have yet to meet a seeker who's first step was to turn on some Christian rock. Just a thought...

On a positive note, Greenville has a great new Christian radio station at 96.7. I think it was formerly The Buzzard? I am not a huge Christian radio fan, but these guys are playing some good music (Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Reliant K...). Check 'em out if you're in your car today.

Sunday, January 06, 2008


  • The energy in the room today was amazing at both services. It feels great to back to the normal schedule!
  • Our special guest this weekend was Jim Caviezel, the guy who was Jesus in The Passion Of The Christ. This guy is the real deal. He doesn't hide from his convictions and faith.
  • It takes a big man to take a part that will absolutely kill your career in Hollywood, and count it as gain for the cause of Christ. Wow.
  • Great, great crowd today, and most of the college students come back next Sunday!
  • We are going to spend the next year in the book of Luke. I love that we are going to dig in like that.
  • We got a Wii for Christmas. My 4 year old slaughters me in bowling. She now wants to be a professional bowler when she grows up. I think that she has a real chance.
  • I can't stop playing the Wii.
  • No seriously, I am playing tennis with one hand while typing with the other.
  • We're going to lay out the vision for Seacoast this Sunday. My favorite Sunday of the year.
  • Jim Caviezel is tall. Or maybe my brother Greg is really short...
  • Love the holidays, but I am glad they are over. Christmas tree is still up though. My daughter thinks that we should leave it up and just change the decorations for the different holidays...hearts for Valentine's day, flags on July 4th, overdue books for National Library Week...I like it.
  • I have a need, a need for more Wii.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Proud Daddy

My 9 year old daughter, Brianna, decided (on her own) to ask for money instead of gifts for her birthday this year, so she could buy essential baby items for single moms at the Piedmont Women's Center.

Last week, we took her to Target so she could could spend her $85 on items for a boy and girl baby. The lady who was checking us out, asked us if we were buying all of that for a baby shower. When Jenny told her what Brianna was doing, she started to tear up and told Brianna that people like her make a big difference. She then revealed that she is a single mom with another one on the way. She had no idea that the Piedmont Women's Center helped out single moms.

Yeah...I'm a proud daddy. :)