Spare Me the Details

T.M.I. = Too Much Information. You’ve been exposed to this before, I’m sure. A newlywed couple giving you too many details about their honeymoon, your nurse friend being too detailed about a wound, or that co-worker who insists on telling you every detail about their...

Family Matters

November is National Adoption Month…but every day is adoption day for God. He’s in the adoption business. In fact, spiritual adoption is not just something God does; it is part of who He is. Romans 8:15 refers to this gentle, loving aspect of the Holy Spirit by...

F O C U S

As I type this, the smooth jams of a “lo-fi study beats” playlist from Spotify are pulsating through my noise-canceling headphones. I have no idea what’s going on in the rest of my house. Plates could be crashing, children fighting, Netflix blaring, and I would have...

SOUL RHYTHMS

Spring, summer, fall, winter. Morning, noon, evening. Years, decades, centuries. Life is full of seasons and cycles. Some, like those listed above, are unavoidable and just part of life. However, life is also filled with other seasons and cycles that we create, some...

‘Ye Must Be Born Again!

Kanye West is a polarizing figure. Popular opinion is often shifting about him, often due to his own antics and outspoken opinions. This just in: the self-proclaimed “Yeezus” is now saying he’s a worshiper of Jesus. In fact, he recently released a gospel album called...

THIS IS A TEST

TEST. In grade school, that four-letter word could send chills down my spine, especially if I wasn’t expecting it. Spelling tests, history tests, biology tests. We grew up being tested on things in order to build our knowledge and prepare us for the future....

NEW LYRICS

Sometimes I check in on the top 100 songs on Spotify just to see what our culture is listening to these days. Then I remember why I don’t do that very often. When the lyrics aren’t outright ridiculous or meaningless, they’re often sickening. But the reality is that...

Come Hell or High Water Pt 3

Hellfire and high water are just part of following Jesus and walking by faith. That’s what my second book, Come Hell or High Water is all about. I pray your faith is fueled by the promises in Isaiah 43:2… ‘When you go through deep waters, I will be with you....

Come Hell or High Water Pt 2

I recently released my second book, Come Hell or High Water, which is our church’s story of walking by faith through hellfire and high water, fueled by the promises in Isaiah 43:2… ‘When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers...

Come Hell or High Water Pt 1

About a year and a half ago, I began dreaming of writing a book about some of the things I’ve learned in our first decade of planting and pastoring Awaken Church. It’s been quite the journey to say the least – not only leading the church, but writing the book! I...