Who would have thought something as simple as a piece of cardboard could make such a profound and lasting impression on so many people? That quote came across my desk just following something we called “Cardboard Stories,” at our Easter service on April 4th 2010. It was inspired by the homeless. For nearly ten minutes, people walked across our stage holding up a piece of cardboard simply telling their story, “Then…and now.” The raw and honest retelling of the Resurrecti
It was early afternoon, before anyone else arrived at the retreat center on the coast of North Carolina when I decided to grab my headphones and go for a run on the beach. I had a conversation with God. It went like this: Me: Lord, I have a lot of things on my mind.
God: I know
Me: Lord, is it just me or does it seem like there’s alot of stuff happening right now?
God: No problem. I got this.
Me: Well, it would help if I could just know You’re there.
God: Trust me. I A
Some friends of mine got me hooked on a TV program called, “The Voice.” It’s basically a show to find and showcase extraordinary new vocalists. They’re now at the point in the season where contestants, 2 at a time, battle each other in singing competitions. One night the announcer said,” Tonight is the competition between the single dad and the pastor’s son.” I told my son Justin, “Wow they forgot to mention their actual names.” The next week’s commercials would
Apple recently announced the release of the new iPad. I didn’t realize I needed a new one until they reminded me of what I didn’t have in my old one. This happens often. I had no idea I needed a “crisper” screen, longer battery life, and a not exactly pocket-size camera. Somewhere, someone keeps telling us about things we can’t do without, and that list is always changing. My son Justin and I were shopping (We really have no idea what we’re doing) recently in Walmart an
Minutes before the service, five year old Mitchell climbed on the stage, walked over to me and said with a grin, “Guess what?… my parents aren’t at church today. They went to Costco to get new tires.” Before I had the chance to process the first, “Guess what,” he continued, “And I bet you can’t guess what I have in my hand.” With a five year old boy this could’ve gone anywhere. I started a list, which I think began with an elephant and ended with a bus…all of to which h