Thursday, July 31, 2008

Beginning to Build Our Studio

We have been blessed with some space to create a small production studio on our 290 campus. Here is some video of the first project in this transformation - building a sound-proof wall.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Creepy Blog

Friday, July 18, 2008

When You Really Need the Power

In Mark, chapter 9 there is an account of Jesus healing a boy that has been tormented by a strong demon since he was very young. His father tells Jesus how hard it has been because the boy is mute and has had seizures that jeopardize his life.
The father asked the disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not. It seems this demon is really strong, and the father desperately turns to Jesus for help. After a short dialogue, Jesus sets the boy free. His release is so violent that the people around think the boy is dead, but Jesus grabs his hand and helps him stand up.
Later, the disciples ask Jesus why they could not drive the spirit out. Here is the moment - as I am reading I am thinking, "Man, this thing was so strong Jesus had to use some special force to deal with it. It was beyond anything that anyone else could do." I am getting excited to read what this great secret power is that only Jesus had the perspective to utilize.
And in verse 29 Jesus says, "That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer." PRAYER! No cosmic collisions, no secret angel brigade, no magic, no incantation - just the pure power of communication with God.
If it is the strongest tool Jesus had just maybe it can be that for us!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Writing Songs For My Community

I have been intentional to focus more on songwriting lately. I am not the best at it, but I have discovered the power in a song that is birthed from within a community. There is something special when people connect with a song that was written by someone they know, someone who is sharing the journey with them.
In his book, Matt Casper made this comment about the original songs he heard in one morning service while visiting: "Yeah, I knew they weren't from the same song factory that cranks out the tunes performed at some of the other places we've visited. Maybe that's why they feel totally nonmanipulative as they pull the heartstrings. The best way I can think to describe them is 'organic anthems.'"
I recognize that there are amazing songs written by amazing songwriters much better than me - and I will continue to use them as a part of the worship experiences I oversee. But, I am finding the freedom to step into the joy of writing "organic anthems" for Community of Faith. Songs that come from who we are as a community and how God is calling us to impact our world.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Song Posted on CCLI

My song "I Need You" just went live on CCLI's new website today. I am so excited to be sharing some of the music God is giving us with other churches around the world. CCLI's web-blast went out today to 160,000 email addresses and our song was featured in that blast.
I have already had three churches contact me about using the song in their services! Thanks, God!
Check it out here. It is in the OPEN MIC section.
Also, props to our awesome Tech Department for a great video!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Final Prep

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Just Right

Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up with something on your mind that kinda makes you a little anxious? I had one of those mornings. I woke up and went into my office to do some surfing and was reminded about Steven Curtis Chapman's loss of his daughter. So, I checked his site to get an update. Then, I read an email about a friend who's 15 year old daughter has been diagnosed with cancer.
Well, needless to say, I got a little bummed about losing loved ones - and I spent the rest of the morning playing "Hide and Go Seek" with my kids, thanking God the whole time for how wonderfully unique they are.
I was still kinda in a funk, and I sat down to read the Bible for a bit before I headed off to the church. Amazingly, the story that I read in the book of Mark and the follow up devotional point from Max Lucado was exactly what I needed to hear. It is so cool when God sees my heart and goes the extra mile to orchestrate a way to show His love for me.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Love it!

I Love It! They just opened a brand new one five miles from my house. If you are planning on having lunch with me in the next month, you better be thinking Arby's, Baby!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Human Rules vs. God's Commands

The worship team and I have been talking a lot lately about really being culturally relevant. We have been asking questions and pursuing dialogue about how Americans really respond to things in which they believe. It seems that the church culture is one of the few places where people sing out loud together for any length of time. I wonder how culturally relevant congregational singing is for unchurched people? Is it such a huge part of church culture because God intended it to be that dominant, or because we, as humans, made it that way. Just a thought...
Anyway, I am reading through the book of Mark and I found this story in Chapter 7 where Jesus was dealing with the same issue - Human expectations versus God's expectations. Even back then, the church leaders made up a bunch of rules and practices that they handed down from generation to generation until they became the unquestioned focal point of the religious culture. Jesus quoted Isaiah in verse six, "These people show honor to me with words, but their hearts are far from me."