So, here’s the proof. I know I’ve been SAYING that Saint Lewis is recording a c.d. for ages now, but TODAY I HAVE PROOF. Please visit SAINT LEWIS’s myspace page and listen to song #2, a VERY ROUGH, and quite unfinished demo of my original song “You Came Running”. The only thing that we’ll be keeping from this version are some of the acoustic guitars and the drums, but it’s enough to get a sense of the song’s vibe. The vocals, electric, bass, and etc are all ‘scratch’ tracks, but the band will be coming over this next week and putting the finishing touches on this song, and others. So, here I stand – baring it all it it’s rawest form. I pray this song, even as it now is, blesses you. Thanks for listening.

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Having always been fascinated by personality types, and seeing that many bloggers I read regularly have taken a few online tests and posted their results, I thought I’d join the game. Surprisingly, this is pretty accurate.

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The Soundtrack of my Year

December 20, 2007


Copeland – Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Yes, it was released in 2006, but I received it as a Christmas gift last year from my brother-n-law, McKendree, so I spent most of 2007 discovering the beauty of this release. At first, it slipped right by me almost unnoticed, yet with every ‘audible glance’ another hook would step forth, beckoning me to come – enjoy – refresh myself. Then my eyes were opened. This is by far the best music I’ve heard in YEARS. Read the rest of this entry »

Towards the end of my freshman year in college I went on a retreat with our local Campus Crusade for Christ at Ohio University. That weekend I became friends with Steve Rieske. Read the rest of this entry »

ATTENTION!  All you INSIDE OUT and RUSH HOUR folks, particularly our leaders (especially the band) – check out the following webpage & blog for some awesome, challenging, radical Bible teaching for Teens!  Start a REBELution!


REBELution BLOG

I don’t know HOW I missed this, but Kingdom Rain, a loosely affiliated extension of the Vineyard Church’s ministry, has an excellent online resource for worship leaders called WORSHIP FIT FOR A KING. There are a good number of helpful articles there written by various worship leaders and songwriters. Bookmark this one, and return to it often!

Me B.C.

December 15, 2007

Today I stumbled across old live footage from the band God most directly used to lead me to trust Christ. Though I don’t ‘head-bang’ like I once did, something about this clip still puts a smile on my face. Good times.

p.s. – they’ve recently reunited to record a new c.d. In spite in my changed musical tastes, I may still buy it, even if just as a ‘thank you.’

Our pastor, David Yarborough, hit a home-run today with his blog PLEASE JESUS. A little hint: it’s all about a bumper sticker that I almost purchased myself once when I was in college.

Our Worship Director here at St. Simons Community Church, Fred McKinnon, posted a humorous poke at our Youth Pastor, Jon Blankenship. Jon apparently worked with Fred on re-recording “I will Survive” for our KidJam ministry…as a sheep. You will most likely die laughing at this, so prepare yourself: go ahead and call 911 BEFORE listening.

Heather, wife of the fore-mentioned Youth Pastor, and our ‘Vocal Coordinator’ at INSIDE OUT, posted this excellent blog about Biblical humility she titled Broken Things, which is closely related to my last Worship Textfessional. Very challenging, and worth a read.

If I don’t post again soon, I pray you have a great weekend!

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5

What a wonderful night! First, God had been convicting a number of us leaders on the importance of humility and unity among our team, and we – in our prayer meeting before INSIDE OUT – leaders began to set forth a vision for the evening: humble dependence, desperate thirst and hunger for God’s Spirit, and repentance. Then we prayed, with the call to not leave the prayer room until we’re really ready. God showed up. Heather, our ‘Vocal Coordinator’, went into much greater detail in her latest blog: Broken Things. I think the key for this night was that ‘worship’ began long before the music or singing – an important lesson for all of us. Read the rest of this entry »

Sovereign Grace Fellowship pastor Rick Gamache recently preached a powerful, Piper-esque sermon entitled WORSHIP GOD!: WHOM DOES GOD WORSHIP? It’s a good foundation for a ‘theology of worship’. Recommended.

Like Hymns?

December 11, 2007

For those of you who love remade hymns, few do it like the folks at Indelible Grace.  Well, they have a new cd coming out that you may want to check out:

INDELIBLE GRACE V: Wake thy Slumbering Children

Since the year is coming to a close, here are some of my favorites for 2007:

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            After moving from one Athens to another – Ohio to Georgia – in ’96 it took me some time to find my spiritual bearings.  I backslid right out of college, discovering that I was nowhere near as spiritually mature as I should’ve been after nearly 5 years of being mentored (and at least a year of being a small group leader myself).  What was missing?  Read the rest of this entry »

“But not all small groups experience that life-giving power. Many groups lack the life-changing spiritual and relational growth members hunger for. As a result, members lose interest, and the small group ministry does not grow and does not achieve the vision with which it began. This does not have to happen. Leaders can learn skills and biblical processes that make small groups more effective.”

– Cloud & Townsend, from Making Small Groups Work

Back in the early 70’s Carl Wilson, the founder of a discipleship ministry called WDA, did a detailed study of the life and discipleship style of Jesus using a Harmony of the Gospels, which was later published under the name With Christ in the School of Disciple Building. It’s dense, academic, and hard-to-read, but a worthwhile study, if you’ve the patience. While studying a harmony of the Gospels Carl Wilson recognized a number of patterns in Jesus’ training of the 12, the 70, and the 120. Similar subjects were touched upon, and similar challenges made, in a recognizable order.

The first visible pattern is what WDA calls the five phases. Read the rest of this entry »

I chose to follow Jesus as an upcoming freshman at Ohio University in ’91.  Within my first year I grew steadily more involved with a large campus ministry, and plugged into one of their Bible studies, eventually becoming a student leader myself.  I was involved with those men – some cycled in and some out – for more than four years: some of them are my friends to this day – two of them were in my wedding, and I was in theirs.  Of that college small group only four of the ten men that passed through our group are still walking strong with the Lord today.  Read the rest of this entry »

Discipleship (part 1)

December 10, 2007

Having read Chris Moncus‘ excellent blog on Volunteers Reproducing Themselves, I was inspired to post an edited version of an essay I wrote in 2005 on Small Group Ministry and Discipleship, as I think it captures the heart of what Chris was talking about. May this continue to happen at our church!

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“Three men digging a ditch on a scorching summer afternoon were approached by a friend who asked, ‘What are you guys doing?’ The first, already weary from exertion, responded impatiently, ‘What does it look like? We’re digging a hole!’

The second, sensing that the question was not meant to be rhetorical, added, ‘We’re laying a foundation pad. It’s going to be filled with concrete.’

The third man, who had been whistling happily while he labored, laid his shovel aside, wiped his forehead, and began to describe in great detail how this particular hole was strategic for the placement of one of the massive ‘flying buttresses’ that would support an entire wall of stained glass windows for a new cathedral. After describing in great detail the plans and procedures for completion Christmas Eve five years from now, my family and I will worship together at the altar where that rubbish pile is now located.’”

– from Bob DukesA Model for Strategic Disciple Building

Discipleship is the most important ministry in the church – in fact, it IS the ministry of the Church It’s a radical thing to say, but I stand behind it. I’m convinced of it from both Scripture and experience. In the Old Testament, according to God himself in Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Discipleship was teaching the faith, practicing the faith, relationships of faith, and day-to-day walking it out in faith – all were to take place. Who would know better than God the best environments and models for discipleship? Then Jesus, in Mark 13:13-15, called the disciples out, challenged them, raised them up, and even appointed them to positions of authority, ultimately sending them out to do likewise. Discipleship is the primary purpose of the Church, and the problem is not that we don’t try to do it – the problem is that we try, but do not have a vision as to what end we do it, and how to get there. This is where our ditch-digger comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Blog-love

December 7, 2007

A few important blogs (et etc.) you should check out over the weekend…

Fred McKinnon, the Worship Director at our church, is having a SUPER-SALE on the Worship Under the Stars CDs & DVDs (which I sang tenor on) – most definitely worth the price of $5 (!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING, FRED?!!!!). How’s that for a stocking-stuffer?!

Bethlehem Baptist, John Piper‘s Church, has opened a “Worship Pastor” track apprenticeship program at their training institute.

And lastly, why not pop over and watch the Narnia: Prince Caspian trailer?

Have a wonderful weekend!

4 A.D.

December 7, 2007

During one of my recent times randomly surfing around iTunes looking for new music (as I am prone to do), I stumbled across an incredible set of compilations from one of my favorite bands in college: Cocteau Twins.

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Chris Moncus, our Associate Tech Director, has been documenting the progress of the construction of our new facilities over at his blog. This picture is the latest…

We’re due to have our first service there March 2nd, 2008.

*DEEP BREATH

Personally, every time I visit the facility – or, in this case, look at a picture of it – I feel the weight of responsibility hanging over us – as stewards of what God has given us, and He has been VERY gracious, much will be expected. I pray we are able to use what He has given to be Christ to this community in a way that brings the Gospel to bear on the hearts of all who live in Glynn County, and even beyond.

O Lord – we do need Your help! Please.

Amen.

I recently was chosen to review a Christmas c.d., but I’ll have to be honest with you: I’m not a really big fan of Christmas music. There are a few artists/albums which I enjoy, such as Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels, Jars of Clay’s Christmas Songs, and Bruce Cockburn’s Christmas, but generally I find Christmas music either stale and overused, or just ridiculous and annoying. In light of those critiques, Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God become Man – though not a spotless gem – is indeed a breath of fresh air, and has been spinning almost continually since I received it over a week ago. Read the rest of this entry »

And now introducing…

December 4, 2007

Samuel Tucker Haddon Lewis, born 4:59 A.M. on Sunday morning, December 2nd, 2007. Stretching out a full 21 inches long, and weighing in at 8 lbs 5 oz, he’s very healthy, peaceful, a great eater, and let’s just say that his plumbing works, and often.

In the Bible, names are important – they means something, often acting almost like a prophecy over the individual named. Like his older brother, Daniel Kenimer Augustus, Tucker has a big name, and God-willing, that name represents his calling.

“Samuel”, at first was chosen to honor a pastor/author/Bible teacher who’s balance between the ‘Word of God’ and the ‘Spirit of God’ I find ideal: C. Samuel Storms. Sam has authored many of my favorite books, and his teaching has sent me back to the Scriptures again and again. However, after I’d already decided on that name, God led me to begin re-reading the Biblical book of 1st Samuel, and I was given a 2nd reason to give him the name: “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” (1st Samuel 3:19) When Tucker speaks, I want his words to have purpose and impact people, and not be like so many of mine have been – fruitless, and without impact. In both of these ways I hope that Tucker is indeed a “Samuel”.

“Tucker”, my wife’s maiden name, and the last name of her Father as well – a man respected by many, who seeks to worship and serve God to the best of his ability, whom we respect and love deeply. I believe that re-using maiden names as a first name gives a person a sense of history – a constant reminder of those who have gone before him.

“Haddon”, the middle name of the incredible pastor-teacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, more commonly known as “C. H. Spurgeon” – “the prince of preachers”. In the mid-1800s, long before sounds systems or, for that matter, ‘mega-churches’, at the age of just 22, Spurgeon pastored a church which sometimes numbered over 10,000 a Sunday! To this day his influence is second to possibly only Jonathan Edwards, another of my long-dead heros.

And “Lewis” is his direct connection to me and my mess of a history – the good and bad which I hope God will use to both glorify Himself, and to teach others, like my young Tucker, of his goodness and faithfulness, in spite of our short-comings.

I thank God for this glorious weekend…welcome to the world, and my family, young Tucker!

Amen!