Feeling Linky, Punk? Here's some links and vids you may have missed recently: Some well-meaning, green-seeking folks in Texas built a tiny, eco-friendly house, only to have it stolen from them! Thieves steal house - New York News. Ok, so 12 monkeys want to control the lighting inside your home while you watch TV...cool? Cool. Trippy: '12... Continue Reading →
Every New Day
A pivotal band in my life, Five Iron Frenzy, has an old song about growing up, getting older and recapturing the newness found in Jesus. Healing, help and true life are found in His grace. Some may have forgotten or neglected this freedom found in the gospel. I know I desperately need reminding of His... Continue Reading →
5 Lessons Learned By A New Huntsvillian
Now that we live here, I'm finding that I love me some Huntsville, Alabama. Although, I officially live in Hampton Cove. Which is kinda officially the OXR. Which is to say "Owens Cross Roads" in an ultra cool way that sounds like you're ahead of the zeitgeist. This city is such a unique place. A... Continue Reading →
Wind and Waves
When calm gives way to calamity And foaming wakes of fury Roaring with deafening defiance Agitating our souls His children may lose sight of Him When swelling seas surround And the torrent becomes torturous Mindful are they of their Master Despite fray and disarray Wind and waves obey When salty seaside breezes caress And tides... Continue Reading →
Cornering The Everywhere God
With a few sentences below, John Stott helps us see the futility of backing God into our own little corner. How can I corner, limit or box-in a God who is omnipresent? It seems ridiculous but I try. Chances are you try too. I must always let Him be who He is - no manipulation, no... Continue Reading →
The Last and Least
The first and most. These two words define our world. They defined me in my past and still cry out from my flesh. They blind us of the glory of the gospel. A gospel that wants to turn our value system upside down. Being "first and most" fits in with a modern view of success and importance.... Continue Reading →
Beauty Is A Beast
It's not a typo. I mean "beast" in the way the cool kids do. My wife and I had a conversation recently about beauty. It was awesome. After 12 years of marriage and nearly 15 ministering to young adult women and teenage girls, the following is what we discovered. Beauty is a beast to figure out.... Continue Reading →
A Brave Boy Named Bill
Check out this awesome story of Bill, a young man who has impacted my life in a huge way in the short time I’ve been at Willowbrook. So cool.
Last week, I mentioned a student who would miss our recital because he would be having surgery to remove a suspicious mass. The final diagnosis came today … that student, Bill, does have cancer but the doctors are sure they caught it early, say he only needs two rounds of chemo and are confident of a complete cure.
Hearing this news takes a little of the sting away … at least it will just be two treatments, at least he will recover completely. Thank you to all of you who reached out to me after the last post, expressing your support of our organization, our students, our volunteers and the families who have suffered tremendous losses this year.
I’ve been working on two other posts for this week – a recap of our gloriously amazing recital on Saturday afternoon and another on our “Next Step”…
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Jesus the Bassmaster…sort of
And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of... Continue Reading →
Shrugging At Brilliance
How can we shrug at the creative brilliance of God? Or say "meh" to magnificence? His handiwork in the things He has made demands a response: our pause, meditation and thankfulness for grace. Our worship. Those of us awestruck by creation see an artistry beyond comprehension. From the intricate detail of the tiny, fuzzy, creeping... Continue Reading →