Towards Worship Formation

The Year

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Well, here we are, just past the anniversary of our senior pastor’s death. I don’t think that anyone could have even begun to predict what the past 18 months have been at Trinity, and there are some things I would certainly wish were different, but I also see what God has done in the midst of extreme adversity. (note: this post could get pretty ramblely…) The great thing about tragedy is that God shows up in ways that we weren’t looking for Him in times of joy. He meets us…read more

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Next Generation Leader

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I think what I appreciated most about this particular book is the fact that in many respects, Andy Stanley was speaking about me and my generation when he wrote it. Just a few simple points about what it means to be a leader, and how the culture of leaders is beginning to change. The challenges that will come, and the environment will probably change, but this next generation of leaders has much hope thanks to those who have gone before us like Andy Stanley. Much of what he has accomplished…read more

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The Song We Now Sing

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Well, it’s been nearly two weeks now since we all received the news that our senior pastor had taken his own life. I can honestly say that it is not really getting any easier yet. There will come a day when life will return to normal and grief and struggle will not be a daily concern, and for each of us it will probably come at a different time, but for now, we will sing this song together. I was really struck by the idea of singing the song of…read more

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God's Pleasures

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As most of you are probably tired of hearing by now, I’m a big fan of the writing of John Piper. There’s just something about the way he expresses the Word of God that’s so different from many other authors out there. I was given the chance to read his book The Pleasures of God recently and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The major premise of most of Piper’s writings is that we have a God of pleasure and joy, a point many people seem to miss. The “rules”…read more

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The decisions of a president

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So much of what we know about the workings of our country today is colored by the media. Really, from both sides, it seems we rarely know the truth, but only what a particular news source wants us to know. What I appreciated most about President Bush’s book is the candid way he approached each topic. He explained exactly what he did and why he did it. The book is organized by event or topic, rather than chronologically, and he takes the time to address most of the major issues…read more

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Overwhelmed by Prayer

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Have you ever been overwhelmed by prayer? I am today.There are just so many needs in the world.  So many needs in my small corner of the world.  So many friends and acquaintances who are hurting.  I met a lady on Sunday who loves her husband, but is getting a divorce because all he cares about are his drugs, not his wife and kids.  I’ve already forgotten their names, but all she wants is for him to be radically changed by Jesus! It just seems like I could pray and…read more

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Time to Get Lucky!

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Well, as you all know, I have a super popular blog.I think my random musings get about 10 hits a month.  However, if you’re here reading this, you’re probably reading my most read post to date, and I write that without actually knowing what’s going to happen.If you’re here, you probably saw my post on twitter or facebook, and you want to know about SEX.That’s right boys (and probably girls too).  You saw the post, and you couldn’t help but click.  That’s why I wrote this to begin with –…read more

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How may we help you?

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This post is written specifically for my Trinity friends, but anyone else is free to read it and add some useful comments (since people from all churches and walks of life may have similar needs or desires) So… It is my desire to help people encounter God as much as possible and in as many ways as possible.  I spend a large amount of energy helping people encounter Him on Sunday mornings, primarily through song, prayer and the reading of scripture, but I know that to have a vibrant, dynamic…read more

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Restorers of the Faith

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Having read Gabe Lyons’ first book, Unchristian, I was very excited to hear the culmination of his research contained in this book.  I myself have met many people who are disenfranchised by Christians they have met, or more likely, by Christians they have heard about in the media, but as Lyons points out, there is great hope in a new generation of Christians. This book is written in a very conversational style, making it easy to read and digest the great wealth of information he offers.  It is very encouraging…read more

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The Lord is Before Me

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So, I couldn’t help it.I was reading Psalm 16 this morning, and had an accompanying devotional reading on the same passage, and I couldn’t help it – I had to share it! Psalm 16     A miktam of David.  1 Keep me safe, O God,    for in you I take refuge.  2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;    apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 As for the saints who are in the land,    they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.[c]   nor will…read more

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