You Shall Call Him… Ismael?

Recently I was given the opportunity to speak at our church, The Grove, an opportunity that I certainly take advantage of. While I definitely love to lead worship, there is something about teaching that feeds my soul in a different way.

We’ve been going through the book of Genesis this summer, and the story of Hagar in Genesis 16 really resonated with me. I believe that it offers profound implications for how we relate to God, how we relate to others, and how God relates to us.

I’d love for you to watch and see if you feel the same.

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Is it Possible to NOT Sin?

A buddy of mine recently posed this question on my Facebook, which I think is a very good question. I wanted to post it, and my response, here. Would love to hear YOUR thoughts on the issue as well.

QUESTION: Mr. Seminary Student, I have a question. Is it possible not to sin? Not to have NEVER sinned. But to not sin moving forward. Isn’t it possible? If so, for how long? 5 minutes? 10 days? A year? Continue reading

Reflections of a Worship Pastor: Part II

The Tower of Babel being built, while Scott Swanson preaches

REFLECTIONS OF A WORSHIP PASTOR

Part II: The Weekly Battle

Yesterday at The Grove, Scott Swanson (Pastor of Spiritual Formation) taught from Genesis 11, the story of the Tower of Babel. Pride was at the core of his message, and so for Part II of my Reflections From a Worship Pastor Series (click here for Part I) I thought I’d open up a can that most (if not all) worship pastors wrestle with every Sunday. The battle against Pride, and all it’s deadly siblings. Continue reading

Reflections of a Worship Pastor: Part I

Worship Gathering at The Grove

REFLECTIONS OF A WORSHIP PASTOR

Part 1: The Burden and The Role

I periodically find myself trying to describe to people what it is exactly that I do. Generally the role of a Worship Pastor, I’ve found, is highly appreciated but greatly misunderstood. I have run in to several ideas over the years that people have of what a Worship Pastor is and does.

Here are two “pictures” of the life of a Worship Pastor I have encountered.
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