Monthly Archives: November 2009

Screw It… I am done!

Screw it!  Seriously!  I am done!

I am tired… worn out… and sick of being beaten up and convicted again and again by other people.

It is not worth it.


I am done living my life for anyone but an Audience of ONE.

I am done caring what other people think.

I am done letting other people define me by my greatest failure when Jesus insists I am one of His — holy, redeemed, chosen, beloved.

I am done living in guilt and shame over that which Jesus has covered.

I am done living as a convict on the run when God has declared me “not guilty”.

I am done trying to earn the forgiveness and grace God has already given me.

I am done being embarrassed or ashamed, for Christ has set me free.

I am done worrying what the Pharisees think.

I am done stewing over what could of… should of… would of…

I am done pretending and hiding and mask-wearing.

I am done… because IT IS FINISHED.

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Posted by on November 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


Rick Warren on MTP (Video)


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I am an unapologetic fan and defender of Rick Warren.  He is one of my personal heroes and mentors (from a distance).  There are few pastors and disciples I have more respect for than Rick.  There are many issues — both theological and political — that I disagree with him on (for example, women in ministry, etc).  But the fact that I disagree with Rick on some things doesn’t mean I can’t respect him, learn from him, etc.

This is a great interview… check it out.


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Posted by on November 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


Sunday Bonus: Amazing Grace

I have experienced some serious grace moments over the past 6 months… and even more, I live in and experience the reality of God’s amazing grace in Jesus Christ on a daily basis…

I never tire of this hymn…

Amazing Grace from David Tate on Vimeo.


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Posted by on November 29, 2009 in Uncategorized


Sunday Bonus: This is the kind of church…

“This is the kind of church and kingdom I want to be a part of – a band of people who are messy, have addictions and shortcomings, make mistakes, get rejected, and are screwed up, but are so fully aware of the Master’s grace and love for them in spite of who they are or will be someday; people who embrace discomfort knowing there is so much to be gained for all of us and for all of our churches.”

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Posted by on November 29, 2009 in Uncategorized


1st Sunday of Advent


Prayer for the 1st Sunday of Advent:

 Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


“How Christmas Changed the World: Light into Darkness”

John Ortberg (Menlo Park Presbyterian Church)

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Posted by on November 29, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on November 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


Advent 2009

Tomorrow starts the Season of Advent in the church calendar.  I have already posted about some of what Advent means for me and this blog here.  Advent marks the beginning of the church year and is the period that leads up to Christmas and the celebration of the incarnation.  Advent is also a season of reflection, confession, reconciliation and healing.  Some of the themes we reflect upon during the season are sin and brokenness, what the world would be like without the incarnation, John the Baptist (who heralds the coming baby-King!) and also the second coming of Jesus–our eschatalogical hope!

I love the season of Advent and over the next four Sundays will be posting some prayers and reflections, as well as links to some of my favorite Advent sermons.  I hope you will join me on this Advent journey.

To begin, here is my favorite Advent hymn, written by one of my professors at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

My favorite Advent Hymn is “Come Lord Jesus, to Redeem Us” (Nettleton). The words are written by Gary Parrett (2001) and it is sung to the tune of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. The words are based on texts from Isaiah 40:3-5 and Revelation 22:17.

Words by Gary A. Parrett (2001) 
Music: Nettleton (“Come Thou Fount?)
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Come, Lord Jesus, to redeem us
from our foes and from our fears.
We await the hand of mercy
that will wipe away our tears.
We have labored long in darkness,
even now our hearts grow weak.
How we long for your appearing
and your full salvation seek.

Come, Lord Jesus, true and righteous,
bring your pure and perfect light.
For we know when you appear, Lord,
ev’ry wrong shall be made right.
You will vanquish all the proud ones.
You will fill all those who thirst.
O, the first shall be last, then,
and the last shall be first.

Now prepare a path before him.
In the desert, make a way.
Take the gospel to all nations
and proclaim the coming Day.
Ev’ry mountain must be leveled;
ev’ry valley must be raised.
Then all flesh shall see his glory!
God shall be forever praised.

Raise the cry of “Maranatha!?
We shall soon behold our King.
To the Alpha and Omega,
this one prayer and plea we sing:
Joining voices with the Spirit
we, the Bride of Christ, say “Come!?
Come Lord Jesus, to redeem us
from this death and bring us home


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Posted by on November 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

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