Playing Catch Up

One of the most remarkable things that has happened over the years with this little blog of mine is that others have helped to contribute to it. In that way, it’s all of our blog and not just mine. I am humbled and honored when people send me links, podcasts, stories, and other blogs that they think are of value. Often they recommend that I post them so that you all get the benefit of seeing, hearing or reading them as well.

With all of the madness the past several weeks, I am WAY behind on getting much of this content to the world wide web. To each of you I apologize that as Tammy Cochran once sang “Life Happened“. With that, here are some of the links and resources from friends to the blog:

1. First off, Amanda from a new blog called “Are You Ready For This” recently sent me a link for an incredible site dedicated to reaching the youth of our generation called “The Rebelution“. The site is “a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture”. Incredible site and ministry. Check it out when you get some time and thanks again Amanda!

2. One of my most faithful and encouraging commenters and friends, Mary, recently sent out a link for a new state of the art facility in her hometown called “The Center for Courageous Kids“. You have GOT to watch the video at their site and see what it’s all about. It was founded by Betty Campbell who lost a son to cancer. Ms. Campbell is the daughter of the late Cal Turner, Sr. who founded the Dollar General Corporation. Thanks Mary!

3. Next up is a new Journey (literally) for my friend, my mentor and my brother in Christ, Denny. Most of you are familiar with Denny from his blog at “Joy in the Journey” (if you’re not, you don’t know what you’re missing!). Now you can follow Denny as he begins a new church plant called “Journey Church“. I love this guys heart for the Kingdom. Link it now so you can say “remember when”. Thanks for being obedient to the call brother!

4. Another guy that has been a big supporter of this site is one Mr. Chris Kelley. My man was a “lurker” for awhile, but we are now officially bloggin’ brothers. I have done my best to corrupt him into domain names, blog sites, re-directs and so on. But I think he has finally landed on some real estate here at We’re glad to have you. Check out “Salvo Noodle” for some insight into CK’s thoughts.

5. One final link comes from a guy that I know, but didn’t know he was a blogger until recently. His post today “Everything Waits to Get Noticed” will give you an idea of his creativity and humor. His entire blog can be found at “That Would Make a Great Song“. I love this guys heart for God and his family. Keep singing Ted!

Last but certainly not least, I had the absolute blessing of meeting a guy named Troy Plant (who we are still convincing to start a blog) through our mutual friend Stef. Troy was kind enough to send me the link to a podcast of a sermon from his church. The sermon below comes from a guy named David Pike who works with the High School Ministry at Chandler Christian Church in Arizona. The sermon is called “The best sex ever…… when you’re married”. For those with teens or pre-teens out there, this is a great message. Thanks to Troy and David for sharing it with the rest of us. (T.P… I’ll see you in February!)

The Best Sex Ever…When you’re Married” – David Pike

The 21st Time

I am really digging this CD by a group called “Monk and Neagle” called “The 21st Time“. The song in the video below is incredible on so many levels. The third verse is worth watching the entire video for. Especially at this time of year and with some recent challenges that God has laid on my heart. I’ll review the entire CD eventually, but couldn’t wait to get “The 21st Time” to the web.

The Lord of the Gift

gift_wrap_LRG One blessing I can never put into words is the blessing of some great friends in my life. I say this not to boast, rather that I am amazed at the way that God has intertwined our lives in his providence. As I was reading about spiritual gifts in “If You Want to Walk on Water” by John Ortberg, I couldn’t help but think of two friends in particular. Both have given me gifts recently that are irreplaceable, unforgettable and treasured.

Both gifts were not necessary, but were given because both of these individuals have, what I consider, the spiritual gift of “gift givers”. One recently visited The University of North Carolina and brought back a coffee thermos and pack of UNC Tar Heel gum from their gift shop. Knowing my heart bleeds Carolina Blue, it was the perfect gift! The other gave me a pair of official basketball practice shorts from THE Ohio State University where he works for the team. Knowing my love for college basketball, again, it was the perfect gift (I think he’s trying to convert me).

My thoughts were drawn to both of these because God gave both of these individuals a gift of giving. They recognize that gift and are using it. As the receiver, knowing the giver, it gives glory back to God. I began to wonder if I have grasp my spiritual gift? Have I unpacked it and used it to bring glory back to God? Do I understand the magnitude of what that gift might be and misusing it? To my friends, I again thank you. Not just for the gifts, but for allowing God to work through you.

Your friendship is a gift itself. Your service and willingness to be open to your giftedness is greater than any sermon. You are a blessing to me. If I ever get a handle on my spiritual gift (it’s in here somewhere), I pray I am to you as well!

A Complete 180

ac180logo.jpg“We’re all looking for love and meaning in our lives. We follow the roads that lead us to drugs or Jesus” –Tim McGraw

Have you ever been a part of what was clearly God’s plan? It is one of the most exciting and invigorating things I have ever experienced. Everything just clicks. You start putting the pieces together and realize that God has been up to something for a while. You get a glimpse of the road map and it is incredible how he works.

As of today, we are thrilled to announce that you all now get a glimpse of what God is putting together as well. “A Complete 180” is a blog written by Christian men and it’s officially up on the web. The address is easy to remember – For the complete story, you can read our mission statement here. We believe that a site that talks about the things men talk about (sports, movies, music, TV, current events) and shows that Christian men struggle with the same things the other men struggle with (even more sometimes) will be relevant, real and good for the web.

Lord willing, it might even encourage a husband, father, brother, son or friend to do “A 180” in the direction their headed. After all, didn’t each of us do the same thing at some point in our lives?

I have a few requests I’d like you to consider –

1. Pray for the site – Would you commit to praying for “” and each of the contributors to that blog? We are committed to holding one another accountable to content (though it will, at times, have an edge to it). We are also committed to creating a place on the web for God to do amazing things.

2. Pass along the address – We’re not looking for hits, we’re looking to hit the hearts of men (and women) on the web. This site is not for our glory, it’s for God’s purpose. Ladies, would you tell your husband, son, father and friends? Guys, would you bookmark it, feed it and pass it along as well? We are just getting started, but the content and posts will be changing pretty regularly, so you will want to visit often. With the authors we have on board and more to come, miss a day and you might miss a lot!

I’m looking forward to watching God continue to do what we have already seen him start. There’s not enough space for me to tell the whole story here, but believe me, his fingerprints are everywhere. As an aside, this blog, and each of the other contributors individual blogs are not going anywhere. We all have our own projects. The content on will be different, maybe more edgy then what you read here. So thanks for always supporting this blog and maybe we will see you on “A Complete 180“!

My Little Secret…

drevil-_orig.jpgThis might be subliminal marketing 101, but I have a little secret about an exciting announcement coming next week. If you look around the blog long enough, you will probably find the hidden clues and “easter eggs” as they call them. Bottom line….God is up to something that I think is going to be very cool and I’m honored to be a part of.

So, keep your eyes on the site next week (guys especially) as a few of us have a little secret we’re going to let the world in on. Shhh..don’t tell anyone though.

Much Too High a Price

3crosses.jpgMy final post from this week of reflection on Easter Sunday. I wasn’t going to post anything else as I wanted to remember that Sunday is coming. But this song came across iTunes today and was one final reminder…He paid much too high a price. Below are some of the lyrics that hit me hard. May I remember, not only at Easter, to remember the high price.

“You paid much too high a price for me
Your tears, your blood, the pain
To have my soul just stirred at times
Yet never truly changed.
You deserve a fiery love
That won’t ignore your sacrfice
Because you paid, much too high a price.”

“I want to tell this jaded world of love that truly saved my life
A love that paid, so high a price”

“Much Too High a Price” by Larnelle Harris

"Not My Will, but Yours"

storm.jpg“It’s my will and I’m not moving. ‘Cause if it’s your will, then nothing can shake me” -DC Talk

The regular readers have probably noted that this weeks posts have a somewhat of a theme to them. I guess it’s just a reflection of my thought process and time with God this week. I determined on Sunday to really spend some time in reflection on what this week means. What Friday means and why those that follow Christ celebrate on Easter Sunday. Almost audibly Sunday, the five words “Not my will but yours” came to mind. So I have zeroed in on that passage.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done”. (Luke 22:42)

I have blogged about challenges and trials this year and also noted that not only have we grown up, but our problems and the things we face have too. In all of this adversity, I am challenged by the question “have I grown up spiritually as well”? What has the refining process taught me? Have I learned to stand in the face of something I don’t want to do and say “Lord, if you are willing, I would rather not go through this; yet not my will but yours be done.”? I’m not sure I have.

When it comes to will power, I am the equivalent of a “strong willed child”. Maybe I never outgrew it. If I set my mind to something, I can be as determined and focused as anyone. That is a blessing and a curse. It really all depends on how and where it’s applied. When I look in the mirror, am I willing to say “no matter what the cost, the struggle, the valley, not my will but yours”? Can I apply my strong will to anything I may face that is the Lords will and not my own? Can I say, with confidence, “I don’t have a clue why this is happening, I don’t see the end game, but not my will, but yours”?

If I need an example and inspiration, I need look no further then the cross and the empty tomb.

“My Will” by DC Talk


Below is another opportunity to pause this week and reflect on what Friday and Sunday are all about. The song is by Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boy fame. This one has not gotten much airplay, if any. When put to video from the movie “The Passion”, it creates a stirring, gut wrenching reminder of what Christ endured for our sin. As the song says “I know I should have been there”. A word of caution, this might not be suitable for the younger viewers as the images come directly from “The Passion”. While the images are at times graphic, I think it’s an important reminder of the price that was paid. The creator of this clip did a wonderful job mixing in the visions of a Jesus that we all “wish to see, face to face”. Here’s “Wish” by Brian Littrell.

That's MY King!

As I had noted in the sidebar last week, I am thrilled to put this one on the web. I debated this weekend on when exactly to post it. I thought I might wait until the end of the week to celebrate Easter. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that the sooner the better. By posting it tonight, it’s my hope that it can be seen by most viewers prior to Easter Sunday. That’s not a plug for more hits, that’s not what this blog is about. It is my hope that those who read will find it a blessing, inspiring and a reminder about My King. As SM Lockridge says in this clip….”I wonder, do you know him”?

As far as this clip, it is described as follows: “The late S.M. Lockridge once presented an incredible message, describing our God and who He is. Though God can’t be described with just words, this is as close as you can get this side of Heaven.” My personal thought is that it might be the best 6 minutes you will spend all week. Take the time to view it a few times throughout the week. Let the words sink in and reflect on it’s meaning. The first 4 minutes build like a crescendo to the final 2 minutes. It closes with a flurry that is sure to leave you inspired.

Without further delay…I present to you, “That’s MY King” by SM Lockridge.

Get This Party Started!

Alright so we’re still a week away from the Easter weekend celebration, but we had cause to start the party a bit early this week. My 4 year old daughter said a prayer with mommy and asked Jesus into her heart!

Luke 15:7 says that “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.”

We figure they shouldn’t be the only ones to have all the fun! Below is a little video of my little girl singing before we cut the cake. Listen for some added lyrics by “the boy” and some “extra curricular activities” from the baby at the end.

Candle – .50 cents

Cake – $4.99

Knowing your child will spend eternity in heaven….priceless.

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day…

Poor Lazarus. Imagine if you were not feeling well, I mean REALLY not feeling well and when you prayed your little heart out, someone informed you that Jesus would get back to you in a few days. It would be like the prayer equivalent of leaving a voice mail. In the days of fast food, cell phones, “instant” messages and TIVO, we really have grown accustomed to a response a bit quicker then that haven’t we?

I know this blogger sure expects it. When something’s not right in my world, I want instant peace. I want someone somewhere to inform me of the outcome, the details, or whatever this thing is going to mean to me personally. So when I read the words “Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days” (John 11:6), it hits me…well….instantly. In verse 3, we are told that Lazarus was a guy that Jesus loved. Just like you and I.

As we read further along, Jesus does arrive two days later and actually raises ol’ Lazarus from the dead. Here’s the key…he did it on his time, in his way, for his purpose. We are no different. I might want know the who, what, when and why, but I don’t have the wisdom to see the larger picture. There is one that does and he knows exactly what he is doing. He didn’t rush to Lazarus, but I would say he came through in the end for the guy.

He will for us too. We just need to trust his timing and not ours.

I'm Not Ready To Make Nice!

“I’m not ready to make nice, I’m not ready to back down” – Dixie Chicks

I was in a store somewhere this weekend and heard the latest offering from the Dixie Chicks on the in-store Musak. I’m not sure why, but I can’t get it out of my head. I even downloaded it from iTunes today.

I think I am intrigued by the lyric above because I have been placing in the context of “what would Jesus do”? When conflict arose, what did our Rabbi and teacher do? What are we called to do when conflict meets us at home, at work, with friends and people we don’t even know? Should we “make nice” or be honest and say “you know what…I’m gonna be honest and say I’m not ready to make nice”. It reminded me of a question John Eldredge asked in the “Wild at Heart” series:

“Was Jesus more like Mother Theresa or William Wallace”?

If you’re wondering, Eldredge said that it depended who you were. If you were “the least of these”, he had the compassion of Mother Theresa. But if you were his enemy…”look out”. Interesting when you place it in the context of the Corporate Ladder. As Christians in business, are we called to “make nice” even though our position, or the situation calls us to be bold, strong and honest? Particularly in positions of leadership and influence.

What about with friendships? Are we called to say “you know what, this isn’t right and I’m not ready to make nice about it. I need some time”. I wonder if the honesty is more important then “smoothing things over” just to revisit again at a later date. Don’t get me wrong, This isn’t directed at anyone or anything in particular. It’s just the way I’m wired I guess. Questions like this intrigue me.

I don’t have the answers. I guess I’m posing the question to the blogging community. Are Christians called to always “make nice”? In my mind, this is a LOADED question.

Your thoughts?

Getting Your Heart Broken

enm018a.gifFor all those thinking I am going to write about my beloved Tar Heels losing a chance to get to the final four, I’m not. Or those that think I am going to tell you about how I missed 3/4 of the game because we were at the Chris Tomlin concert, sorry, no can do. I won’t talk about having my 6 year old give me play-by-play of the final dreadful 30 seconds. I won’t tell of my obsessive clicking of “refresh” on my Treo phone so, not only I could know the score, but all of the Buckeye fans in line could as well. Nope, I’m not going to do it.

What I will talk about is one of the most amazing worship experiences I have ever been a part of. In order to do this, I have to rewind to February when we got the storm of the season and the Chris Tomlin concert was rescheduled until tonight. We were frustrated because we just knew we wouldn’t be able to make it. Then, true to form, we could not find a sitter since it fell on a Sunday night, when our church has AWANA and small groups. As late as Friday morning, my wife and I were standing in the babies room discussing getting our money back. I kid you not, while we were talking, the phone rang and the answering machine picked up. The voice leaving a message said “I just wanted to let you know that I can babysit for you on Sunday night”. Prayer answered.

So we were able to attend the concert tonight and God’s providence is wonderful. I won’t go so far as to say the entire concert was rescheduled because God knew I would need something to get over a tough loss in the NCAA tournament, but God DID know I needed my heart broken in another way. Chris Tomlin was as incredible as advertised. I also didn’t know that Matt Redman was going to be there. Yet it was the speaking of Louie Giglio that brought the house down and broke my will and heart. Anyone that has seen the tour knows what I am talking about. Amazing. He basically gave the evidence that there is a God who knows me, cares about me, cares about my struggles and literally carries me through each one. Sounds simple, but folks it was amazing.

Those who saw the Carolina gear I was wearing probably thought I was weeping about the game. Yet the very creator of this universe knows why I was weeping. He knows what I was there. He knows why there was a sitter that called at the 11th hour. He knows Laminin (you had to be there, but basically it’s what holds us together). I would argue that there are times when we need our heart broken. They come at times when we are so focused on our pain, our frustration, our struggles, our joys, dare I say even our team losing that we need to be reminded who holds it all? We need to be reminded that all of those things matter and are known to the very one that puts air in our lungs.

Due to the rescheduling of the concert, it turns out that we got to experience the final show for this tour for Chris Tomlin. Otherwise I would highly recommend that you not miss it when it pulls into your city. Most importantly though is that we all not miss the fact that God loves us and knows what he is doing in all situations. Even if it means breaking your heart. And I am not referring to being a Tar Heel fan.