Belize-Bound and Embarrassment in Gettysburg

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018

Belize-Bound and Embarrassment in Gettysburg

There are times when I’m speaking in front of people and sharing the love of Jesus when everything just seems to click.  The right words seem to flow, and when I look out at the crowd, I feel like I can just SEE the people connecting with the message. This hadn’t been one of those times. My words had felt disjointed and scattered, and I was wondering whether anyone listening had been able to...

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Broken in Nebraska

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018

Broken in Nebraska

I was standing, sweat-soaked, in a field, just watching people pray. A good friend of mine had just given an invitation to say “yes” to Jesus from the LifeLight Festival stage in Hastings, Nebraska, and a number of young people had begun to move towards a side tent to pray with someone about the decision they had just made. I was just standing and watching it all happen, partially because it was...

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Doing it Wounded in South Carolina

Posted by on May 3, 2018

Doing it Wounded in South Carolina

“Great to meet you, we’re pumped to be here tonight with you guys!” “Good to meet you too, we’re excited to have you…” the youth leader paused, glanced down at my left arm, and then at the small pedal-board I was carrying in my right hand, “So…ahh, is that all you’ve got tonight – like for instruments?” “Oh, this?  Yeah, here’s the thing…” That’s how the conversation had started two hours...

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Taking a Stand in South Carolina

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018

Taking a Stand in South Carolina

“Hey man what’s up? How are you doing?” The young man lifted his eyes and gave me a once over, then nodded in my direction. “Sup. Doin’ pretty good.” He was slouching in a worn blue hoodie with his hands pressed into the pockets of his dark jeans, and I would’ve said that his expression was skeptical without being malicious. Not a bad start, actually, but now came the potentially awkward part....

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Standing Alone in Iowa

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018

Standing Alone in Iowa

“So here’s the deal, friends…” The crowded gym was oddly hushed, waiting for my next words. Unfortunately, I still wasn’t sure what exactly my next words would be. It was a surprisingly familiar struggle for me — we were in Rock Valley, Iowa performing at a Valentine’s Banquet for a Christian High School.  Despite the challenges of performing in  a cement walled echo-chamber, the stage, lights,...

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When Shepherds Saw the Christmas Star from Nashville

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017

When Shepherds Saw the Christmas Star from Nashville

For a split-second, it felt as if an entire parking lot full of people had stopped breathing. Like maybe the several hundred men, women, and children who had converged on this patch of frozen inner-city blacktop had spontaneously chosen this exact moment to perform a mannequin challenge. They hadn’t of course, but it was the one moment of every event that almost always felt this way to me....

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