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A few weeks ago, as I was cleaning the kitchen, I accidentally broke my roommate's mug. It wasn't his favorite mug, but it will be missed. Obviously, I promised to replace it. To remind myself of what it looked like,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
I am beginning to feel the changes that have already begun as far as my job and my calling. The pull to be on campuses and reach young adults that are not connected to the local church has never been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
I am spending a great deal of time telling people about the 218 Campaign. This is our first effort at raising funds for the new ministry to college-aged young adults that is starting this fall. Every donation we've received so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
This year, I wore a jacket on Easter Sunday. I wore it because I like jackets...I am most comfortable and confident wearing them. Even though it is getting warmer in Jacksonville, I like to continue wearing jackets as a way... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
So on Saturday, I watched a strong TED conference talk by Dave Meslin. He talks about 7 barriers that keep people from being involved in their communities, specifically local politics. It was such an inspiring talk that intended to tweet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Today was CrossRoad Church's 15th Anniversary. Hard to believe that almost 15 years ago, I was a part of the worship team for the very first service of a United Methodist Church plant in the Baymeadows area. I had no... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
By the time we get to 2 Samuel 12, King David has broken 3 commandments (adultery, covet, and murder). The prophet Nathan is sent by the Lord to confront David. He then tells David a story that he knows will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Temptation convinces us that this moment doesn't matter. It suggests that what we do after hours is no one else's concern. It makes our lives and perspectives small. When we give in to temptation, we prove that we are not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
This weekend, we have the chance to invest in the dreams of some really special guys in Angola. Here's an excerpt from a recent Reclaim Gathering blog post: Salvador, George, Tony, Gomez and Carlos have risen up as leaders among... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
At our UNF and JU Community Nights, I have put forth the idea that every single one of us is a hero. I really believe this, especially when I read the story of David and Goliath. What inspires a young... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
I have a secret (at least I like to think it is a secret) hunger for praise. In fact, some days I day-dream of being told how great I am. I crave being affirmed and rewarded for my creativity, leadership... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Reclaim Gathering is this weekend. There is still time to jump on board and be a part of what will be a powerful 3 days. If you wanna come, but need help getting there, email us at [email protected]. With just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
On Monday nights at 7pm, I get the honor of communicating messages each week to a great community of post-college young professionals called Forward, the young adult ministry of CrossRoad Church. We are currently looking at the life of David... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Hey Tom, I appreciate your comment. (And sorry for the delay in publishing it...somehow typepad did not notify me this time that it was here.) you are correct...the need to follow Jesus and all the disciplines that come with that is not an exclusively 40-day thing. I would argue though, that universally, we human beings do a lot better with established seasons of discipline. I do not observe Lent because it is biblical, I observe it because it is helpful to spiritual formation. (Even though there are several examples in the scriptures of 40 day observances...Moses, Elijah, and Jesus to be sure). I do take issue with observance for the sake of observance. (You know I love OZ100). And on this point, I think you and I are in agreement. Finally, a little strong? Maybe. So let me pose this question for you. How do you engage the discipline of sacrifice and abstinence, given the biblical examples and possibly the tradition? How does this work in your life and spiritual growth as a Christ-follower? Thanks Tom...really appreciate your point of view.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2011 on Don't be lazy at DS3 Blogging
Hey Cody, Personally, it is the busy seasons that keep me on my knees and connected to my Creator the most. I think it is part of my wiring and personality. And yes, I do need (and take) times of solitude, rest and sabbath as it is essential. But meeting God in the middle of the storm is just as important as meeting Him in the middle of desert. Lent is so helpful for people like me as it helps me identify both my lazy spirituality as well as my the places I work in my own strength. Thanks for commenting. D
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2011 on Don't be lazy at DS3 Blogging
Lent is a great season for testing the will. It is a great time to introduce disciplines into your daily practice, as well as abstain from actions and indulgences that (without our permission) take over our will. Connect the discipline... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
When I started in college/campus/young adult ministry back in 2002, I thought the best thing I could do for everyone was be the self-sufficient and all-knowing leader. Quickly I realized that I could not live up to this image. Pretty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
I read Tony Morgan's notes from Andy Stanley's talk at Catalyst West 2011 a few weeks ago. His talk was focused on having courage in ministry (I wasn't there, but I think it is a good assumption based on Tony's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Yesterday (Thursday), I had the honor of hanging out at Scott Coleman's Fellowship of Christian Artists group at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. I cannot tell you how great it felt to go back to my alma mater and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
We just finished up the last Reclaim Regional in Venice, FL. Now we are gearing up for a massive Reclaim Main Gathering in just under 4 weeks. This has been an exciting journey for me personally and I am so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Another Why Reclaim Blog. We've been hosting a few Reclaim Regional Gathering over the last several months. Part of the reason for the regionals is to get the word out about the Reclaim Main Gathering. But the primary reason for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
We are now 4 weeks away from the Reclaim Main Gathering in Coral Gables, FL. So much of my mind, heart and prayers are currently directed towards the April 8-10 weekend. We are believing for a gathering of young adults... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Margaret Feinberg is giving up prayer for Lent. Now you really need to read her blog to get a sense of what she means. At first glance, I was a little concerned. Then after reading, I realized that she had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
I LOVE MY LIFE! Leading ACCESS218 has been the most life-changing experience ever. For 8 and half years now I have had the privilege of watching God transform the lives of 18-twentysomethings...not to mention driven/flown thousands of miles in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at DS3 Blogging
Last April, over 1o0 young adults from across Florida gathering for the Reclaim Gathering. The video below is a small snapshot of what happen that weekend. We prayed that Reclaim would be more than an event...and by God's grace it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at DS3 Blogging