Friday night, the Texas Rangers defeated the Babylon of the Major Leagues. Poetically, ARod strikes out looking (and sweet justice rolled down like rolling rivers). And nothing was left but the celebration. Everyone was celebrating (except the Yankees). But not everyone was celebrating the same way. Most players were drinking Champagne, but not Josh Hamilton. He was drinking Ginger Ale, and that was okay. Continue reading Professional Prodigals
This is one of my all time favorite Graduation speeches. And it’s not because Steve Jobs is so eloquent here, to be honest, it’s the least charismatic I’ve ever seen him. He’s reading from his notes the entire time. He seems rattled at times, and he makes as much eye contact as a nervous accountant. Continue reading What Could Be
So for the last few days, I’ve been reading “Not Buying It” by Judith Levine. It’s a well written memoir from the life of one lady who decided to step outside of consumerism for an entire year. Her husband and she made the decision to not make one purchase for 12 months, and then they journaled what that experience was like…Their journal turned into a book, which, ironically, sold quite well. Continue reading Touring Church
So you’ve probably seen by now, the Simpsons opening from this previous Sunday night. Maybe you’ve heard that it was brilliant. Maybe you’ve heard that it’s dark. But the point is that you’ve heard about it. Which is unusual isn’t it? When was the last time that people were talking about the opening credits of the Simpsons? Continue reading The Prophet Banksy
So I’ve spent the better part of this week in Atlanta, with most of the Highland Staff. We’re at the Catalyst conference, and it is seriously rocking my world. It’s been great hearing speakers like John Ortberg, Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Seth Godin among many, many others. The Worship has been amazing too…imagine singing with 13,000 other Christian leaders who are worshipping out of a life of wounds and triumphs.
But the best part is this: Innovation. Continue reading Innovation
Last year I read the Lord of the Rings for the first time. I had a feeling that I would like the books, but I never wanted to be “that guy.” It kind of seemed like a slippery slope. One minute I’m reading about Frodo, and the next I’m wearing a Star Trek uniform and talking to guy who owns the local Comic book store about the Borg.
I was wrong. Continue reading Eucatastrophe
About a year ago, I was back in Arkansas preaching at something. And on my way back to Fort Worth I stopped off at Bro. Foy Mitchell’s house. Foy was the Patriarch of that little 10 person church that I grew up in. He was one of the craziest people I have ever known, but he was crazy for Jesus.I was worred that Bro. Foy would get on to me for not working at a church that was just like the one he helped raise me in. I was working at Richland Hills, and I had heard through the grapevine that Foy now knew that RHCC had made some changes. Continue reading Turbulence