Saturday, March 29, 2008

Karl's new blog!

Hey... My buddy Karl's got a new blog. He's quite the talented guy. He did a guitar workshop for the guitarists at our Church and really stirred things up. It really got the guys (and girl) thinking about tone and the whole Analog vs. Digital debate.

He's one of the best guitarists that I've ever played with and he has the biggest heart of anyone that I know.

So go check it out!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Growing up!

Why do they have to grow up so fast?

I just dropped Micah off at school and it was the first time that he didn't cry. In a weird sort of way, I was a little bummed. It's nice to be wanted/needed. I guess that's a little bit what God feels when we go about our day forgetting to notice Him... need Him... want Him in our lives.


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Screw ups...

I'm always amazed at how I can forget the lyrics or the progression of my own song. This is my new favorite song by Jared Anderson. We've done it a few times at Church and we did it at the Southwest Church Planters Forum.

I love this clip because Jared Anderson (the original artist) totally screws up on the bridge... you know, the one that he wrote!

Look for it at about 2:30.

Give him a break, he's a piano player... ;)

The best day ever!

Last Sunday (Easter Sunday) was the best day ever!

I got a chance to dial in our sound & lighting because the school did a play the week before and asked us to run the sound. Therefore we were able to leave everything setup! We got a new mic so Dave can teach and/or sing without feedback. Our band rocked and best of all, we did 3 services and the house was packed!

Here was the band:

vox/agtr - me
vox - Skyler
vox/keys - Stephanie
vox/bass - Dan
egtr - Chris
drums - Ross

& the order:

Creed (Third Day Version)
I am free (Desperation)
Everlasting God (Tomlin Version)
-Let Easter Move You (video)-

-1st half of message-
Rock in my road/Stuck in a moment (Dave Reynolds/U2)
-2nd half of message-
Jesus paid it all (Kristian Stanfill's version)
Jesus paid it all (same)
Creed (same)

And we did it all in under an hour!!! Can you believe it?

The best day ever!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Southwest Church Planters Forum

Today was the first ever Southwest Church Planters Forum hosted by Chorus Church. Pat and Oscar's were great to us. They gave us a wonderful room, wonderful food and incredible service. We couldn't have asked for anything more in regards to a facility.

However, it was still a pretty crazy day. In typical Church Planter Fashion, we ran into a ton of media issues (you can't have Church without media issues). First, I forgot the power cable for the projector. When we arrived, the room was setup completely different than we had expected. This meant that we had no room for staging, projection or audio.

So as any good Church Planter would do, we improvised. We mounted the projector on top of a speaker, secured it with gaffing tape, and projected the image onto the wall. We mounted the camera on top of a water fountain in the back of the room and moved some tables to make room for some audio gear.

Despite all of the struggles, the gathering was a huge success. A big "Thank You" to my good friend Alex over at "Better than blank" for loaning me one of his Sony HD Cameras to video the gathering. Matt Hannon from New Heights in Washington shared a challenging, back to basics message, there were over 60 people there and the food was great.

Jesus paid it all (Kristian Stanfill)
I'm coming your way (Desperation Band)
And an original song by my good friend and incredible musician/worship leader Stephanie Boyd (it was awesome!)

What a day!

Friday, March 7, 2008

My wife went back to work!

Well, it's official. My beautiful wife Staci went back to work this week. She hasn't really worked (at least not full-time) since we had Joshua about 5 years ago. She did a brief stent as a Pre-School Choreographer right before Micah was born but she took Joshua with her.

This week was kind of an adjustment week. We worked it out so that the kids don't have to be in school all week but of course that took some stepping up on my part. Let's just say that we're both pretty tired this week.

And yet here I am at 10:00pm writing on this stupid blog! What am I thinking?

Please pray for us...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Pondo & Parachute Passing

Pondo was pretty insane. Saturday was definitely the best day. After Josh our High School Pastor broke his ankle snowboarding, we headed to dinner and then our night session. It was by far the best session of the trip.

Matt from The Flood delivered a powerful message and the band Parachute Passing lead us in an incredible time of worship. I haven't cried in a long time and I have to say that a tear or two was shed this night.

During worship I felt God speaking to me about not holding back. So I let go and opened my heart to Him during worship and to the kids during our breakout time afterwards. It was really cool (except for the ankle breaking incident).

Way to go Pondo!

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