musings on worship and christian living

Do You Ever Stop In Wonder?
June 21, 2008, 12:22 am
Filed under: Life

I’m sorry I’ve been off my game lately. I usually have some great thoughts fueled my comical commentary, but I’ve been very tired lately and frankly out of the substantial energy it takes me to beI was driving back from Portland today and was caught up in the the beauty of the day. As I looked around at how stunning the Pacific Northwest really is I noticed, not for the first time, an enormous white shape dominating the skyline. Now, we in the NW have the pleasure of having our horizons dotted with not just one tremendous mountain, but several tremendous mountains. But the one in particular that I was taken with today was the world famous Mount Saint Helens.

For those of you who are younger and may not know it’s history, Mount Saint Helens is a few hours north of Portland, OR and is an active volcano, most noted for it’s quite large and very deadly eruption on May 18, 1980. Actually, now that I think about it, it’s kinda weird living right by a volcano…

Anyway… I looked up and saw St Helens and thought it would be a great idea to drive up there and see it close up again. I hadn’t been since 1994 when my sister graduated from high school and my great aunt Bernice came up to visit. We borrowed my uncles old suburban and trucked up the hill, laughing as my aunt and grandma (who were sitting in different rows of the suburban) carried on conversations with each other at the same time all the while thinking the other was just listening.

So I topped off with diesel and headed up the hill to take a look at this volcano again. After an almost completely uneventful trip (the biggest surprise was picking up a hitchhiker… a huge flying ant that I lost track of and didn’t find again until the summit) I stood at the top of the overlook and looked out on majesty.

The incredible thing is, even in the time from 94 until 08 there has been tremendous change. What natural disaster once made desolate was now lush and green. Although the path of destruction was still clearly seen, and will likely remain forever, nature around the mountain has rebounded.

As I looked first at the majesty of the mountain, and the immensity of it all, and then the amazing balance of creation that can heal itself I was blown away by the greatness of God. And as I stood inhaling creation I realized that despite the greatness I was beholding, the pinnacle of creation was not in mountains or trees, but in man itself. That to me, is a wonder greater than most.

I hope you can take time to reflect on that truth. That the God who created the wonder in the pictures below is even more interested in you and me.


Thank You President Bush
June 17, 2008, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Updates

Just thought y’all would enjoy seeing this video announcement for the winners of the Battle of the Bands. Thanks again for your votes. The band and I are really excited about this opportunity!

I tried to get it to post on here but it didn’t work… so you’ll have to click the link. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

Also! If you are free this weekend from 1-3 pm there will be an acoustic showcase at Christian Supply. Come down and hear myself and my good friend Laura McGreevey. ( Also, mark your calendars for August 2nd for the Rock Rwanda concert benefiting Africa New Life Ministries. ANLM is an organization that provides education, medical care, food and other needs to the poor and orphaned in Rwanda. So please come!!!

Yeah Colorado!
June 10, 2008, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Life, Updates

To everyone that voted during this Battle of the Bands, Thank you!!! I just got the call today notifying me I am the first runner up! Basically, it’s the same prize as first place minus the airfare to Colorado. So I’ll be going to Colorado to attend Music in the Rockies which is put on by the Gospel Music Association, and as part of the trip will be opening for Israel Houghton who is apparently a big deal. It’s going to be a great opportunity to learn and connect and I’m really looking forward to it.

So thank you again for your votes that got me in the top 10! I couldn’t have done it without you all!

What’s your excuse?
June 5, 2008, 12:47 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I saw this on ESPN and I thought everyone else needed to see it. This is a real cool video about an amazing boy. His name is Adam Bender and he is an 8 year old baseball player. What makes him extraordinary is that he only has 1 leg. He lost his leg to cancer at 1 year of age. This kid has since played soccer, baseball and football, even catching a touchdown pass at wide receiver! Here’s the video.

It is so common for us as humans to always throw excuses out for why we can’t do something or to hid our weakness altogether and pretend to be perfect. Especially in America, we’ve fallen in to this rut where everything is someone else’s fault and no one will take ownership. In the church we fail to be open about our weakness, proudly showing our whitewashed walls while our foundations crumble. This is really nothing we should be surprised about as we can look back at early Biblical history and see the same pattern emerging. The amazing and mighty Moses was the king of excuses and whined about everything and David hid his faults pretending God couldn’t see.

The question isn’t does this effect us today, but rather what will we do with it? Do you let the hardships of life stop you or strengthen you? Are they your battle cry or your excuse? Do you hide your weaknesses or stand up despite them?

You may be surprised what option is desired in the Christian life. We have this idea emblazoned in our heads about what it means to be a mighty man (or woman) in Christ, what it takes to be a world changer. Strong, flawless, titans of the faith. The reality? 1 Corinthians 1:27 tells us the people that will shape the world. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 continues the thread, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

What I find to be true more and more is that “weakness” is often the greatest tool of change when placed in the hands of God. When the supernatural intercedes on behalf of our natural weakness that’s when world change happens. Weakness is a theme everyone can connect with. Weakness is the tie the binds humanity together, as it is common to all of us.

When I watched that little boy hopping down the base line I was forced to look at how I view weakness, to see if I hide it or allow it to be used for something greater. I encourage us all to quit hiding our weakness and making excuses, to quit pretending we’ve achieved the “perfect” Christian existence, and to become real about who we are and allow God to use our weakness to change the world.

If you want to read a story about Adam you can find it here.