Perspective

Posted: November 1, 2008 in America, change, gas

“Can you believe gas is $1.95”
This phrase has a completely opposite meaning than it did twelve months ago.

Set Design

Posted: October 27, 2008 in church, ministry, planning, sunday morning, worship team

This week we took down our set to prepare for Christmas stage. I really liked the direction this set took. We were pretty limited on budget so we had to put our creative brains to work. This is definitely not the design we initially planned but I loved the result.




We have some big ideas for our upcoming series…

Its Tuesday which means its time for our Q of the week. This one needs no introduction.

Tuesday Question of the Week:

Did you know McCain was Obama’s new running mate?

I always get questions and e-mails about my favorite worship songs so I thought I would put a list of favs together. Obviously these change from time to time but for now here are the songs that speak to me the most.

1. We Shine- Steve Fee. I didn’t really like this song when I first heard it but it quickly became my favorite.

Your turn! What are your favorite worship songs?

Oklahoma City Thunder

Posted: October 14, 2008 in basketball, friends, NBA, OKC Thunder

AP and I went to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA’s newest franchise, at the BOK Center this evening. We hung out with some FCC friends. It was a great game and we had a great time. The Thunder even got the W with a “come from behind” victory over the Houston Rockets. Tracy McGrady was playing it safe and sat on the bench the whole game. Probably pretty smart given his history of back problems. We did get to see Yao and Ron Artest although neither played that well. The best player for the Rockets was Aaron Brooks. He was ON FIRE tonight, even getting a nice alley-oop in the 2nd quarter. Kevin Durant, however, was the player of the game. He was pretty quiet most of the night but down the stretch put on a show on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor. It was a rare treat to watch NBA basketball in Tulsa. I am really looking forward to catching a couple of games in OKC this season!

For those of you who dont like sports sorry… its almost NBA season. I Love This Game!

I am officially home from my Catalyst 08 road trip. I found this awesome shirt at the event

It was a perfect addition to an amazing event! From the worship time to the immense amount of information provided by some of the great church minds of our time, Catalyst 08 will be a week that I will look back on as a “catalyst” for growth in my own personal leadership.

I’m already making plans to attend next year. Thanks for everyone who prayed for us while we were gone. Here are a few more pics… Enjoy!


Great morning so far. There were tons of unexpected moments. Lonnie brought a live elephant and a donkey in to the arena, Jeff Foxworthy showed up to introduce an African Children’s choir and these chicks actually made clogging (yeah you read that right- clogging) cool again!

Tim Sanders a former executive from “Yahoo!” kicked off the morning and spoke about the importance of businesses doing the right thing to help its consumers. He put an emphaisis on giving and the importance of giving to those in need and not taking advantage of them.

Dave Ramsey was up next. I was expecting a financial discussion however he spent the majority of his time speaking about leadership and unity. He gave us “5 enemies of unity”
1. Poor communication
2. Gossip
3. Unresolved disagreements
4. Lack of shared purpose
5. Sanctioned incompetence
Very solid stuff. He took some time at the end to remind us that God’s financial ways are perfect. He is in control and this econmic crisis is only temporary and should not be approached with a spirit of fear.

Franklin Graham accepted the Catalyst Lifetime Acheivment Award on behalf of his father. Billy Graham was scheduled to be here but could not make it due to health issues. It was a pretty incredible moment.

Top that off with worship led by Aaron Keys and this morning has been amazing. Aaron has so much depth as a worship leader. I can only hope to have that kind of depth one day.

We’re in the home stretch…

Friday morning and I’m still trying to process all the information from yesterday. It was like drinking from a fire hose. Today promises to be another great day capped off by another message from Andy Stanley. Stay tuned!

Catalyst 08 has been awesome so far. We had a rough start this morning. Matt T. was in charge of making sure we were all up on time. Unfortunately there was some confusion about which time zone we were in and needless to say PC and Mike were knocking on our door before we were even out of bed.

Everything you have heard about he traffic in ATL is absolutely true; “GRIDLOCK”. It was a challenge getting to the convention center. We were about 3/4 of the way there when we realized AA left my ticket at the hotel on the desk in our room. Not a good morning for the young guys… Im sure PC was wondering what kind of responsible staff members he was working with.

Once we arrived at the convention the morning got way better. So far we have listened to Andy Stanley speak about earning the moral authority of those we lead. GREAT STUFF! We also listened to Jim Collins author of the book Good to Great. He had some excellent perspective on leadership. The highlight of my morning though was actually participating in a worship service that I was not leading. This is a rare treat for me, especially since it was lead by Steve Fee.

I have tons more to share but not a lot of time. Here are some pics from this morning.

We have arrived! Made it in to ATL about 2:30. We were able to pick up PC and Raburn at the airport so they didnt have to catch a train to North ATL. After checking in to our Hotel we all hung out at Jason’s Deli for about an hour. Looking forward to tomorrow! Registration for Catalyst 08 begins at 7:00 AM. Ugh… I thought this was a conference for young leaders!