I have struggled for a long time about the best way to end a worship service. There is something that just seems forced and fake with the traditional alter call. Begging and pleading for someone to come forward while everyone else sings 10 verses of Just As I Am just doesn’t seem like the best way to reach people. You
Last night, Jennifer and I had the chance to escape down to Winston-Salem for the evening. The kids went to church with Jennifer’s mom & dad, and I didn’t have any meetings for once. We went to Hanes Mall and did some shopping and then went out to eat. You know you’re in a small town when you drive over
We started a new series last week in youth about making wise choices from the book of Proverbs. Life is full of small decisions that lead to big consequences. Nobody decides to wake up one day and become an alcoholic. Nobody decides to wake up one day and commit a crime. The big bad choices in life don’t happen overnight.
This is a test post from a program called Ecto. It’s a neat blogging editor that lets you have a little more control over your posts. The web-interface for blogger is quick and easy, but it’s not the greatest when you went to start several draft posts and go back later to edit them. I’ll try this out for a
We dodged the snowstorm today, which is weird because so many places south of us got snow and ice. It is cold, but it’s January, so no complaining. I just got back from a good church Saturday night meeting. We use these meetings to keep our core group informed about what is going on behind the scenes. But the main
The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for me. Sermon preparation has taken much of my time since I am starting a new series this week. Then all the meetings, planning sessions, and phone calls. It has been slightly overwhelming. But tonight, I am just turning it all over to Jesus. I know I can’t do anything on my
Another youth pastor has shared how he has gotten a free Xbox 360 and a free iPod Touch. I’m typically the super skeptical, check everything out on snopes type of guy, but this is actually legit. I’ve debated putting this on my blog, but I’m giving it a quick shot. You won’t hear any more about this, so just skip
It was very encouraging to read this blog post this morning. Newspring Church has stepped out on faith numerous times when the money wasn’t there, because they felt God leading them to do something. And God has blessed their ministry because of it. It’s really where we are right now. We feel God leading us to make some location changes.
Yesterday, I was anxiously glued to my computer screen finding out the news from MacWorld in San Francisco. Apple announces all of their big new products for the year at the conference, and numerous sites liveblog pictures of the event. As a communicator, I love watching Steve Jobs announce and demonstrate the new products. He is effective and funny, and
It never fails … Almost every week I look back after I finish my sermon and realize that I left something out that I wanted to share. I always hope that I shared enough to get the truth across. I know that God sometimes takes control of the sermon and redirects what I am saying, but there is always that