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You Don’t Get to 10 Staying at a 10

I spent this morning in a planning meeting for the 10th anniversary celebration of Ashley Ridge Church – say what?! That’s right, we’re coming up on 10 years in January of 2020 and we are going to celebrate BIG! (If you’re reading this, make plans now to be in Summerville on January 12, 2020 for […]

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A Tale of Greek Yogurt and Growth

I used to dislike greek yogurt. I even went so far as to publicly dismiss its chalky texture by way of a Sunday morning message. Boldness characterized my distaste for the actively-cultured, protein-laden dairy delicacy. Now I eat the stuff almost every day. “What changed?” you may ask. I tried it again. I allowed others […]

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Ambition, Wanting More, and…Generosity

I want more. I want to write a book people buy and read. I want to speak in front of thousands. I want our church to thrive and have greater and greater influence for the Kingdom. I want a marriage that will make Coach and Tammy Taylor look like they barely noticed each other. I […]

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An Invitation

God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. (Romans 2:4, The Message) And so here we are in the weeks leading up to Easter. If you grew up in a traditional church, you know this as the season of Lent […]

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Being Right and Doing Right

My recently minted 10-yr old believes himself to be a preteen. In his words, “10-year olds are preteens because 11 and 12-year olds are post-preteens.” Bless. Just bless all the children. Anyway, as a “preteen,” my son’s expectation is that he can now play some of the video games (exhibit a – Fortnite) we have […]

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Three Questions to Get You Started and Keep You Going –

What are you reading? What are you thinking about? What are you doing? Yesterday we ate the traditional New Year’s Day fare for luck and good fortune. (That meant pork and sauerkraut for my crew – and, yes, the house still stinks!) For many, we packed up the last of the Christmas decorations and cleaned […]

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“It’s Just a Phase…So Don’t Miss It”

Newborn days…the words “exhausting” and “black hole” come to mind. Toddler years…can you say,  “TANTRUM CITY, BABY?!?!” Elementary years…I’d like to talk about who’s actually in school during these years because hello paperwork, projects, reading logs, oh my! Teenage years…”you got to pray just to make it today” (so says MC Hammer, not sure if […]

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Start Over. Start Here.

This week I had one of those days that makes you want to quit – quit trying, quit hoping, quit working, quit showing up, quit putting yourself out there, just quit. I’m probably not supposed to tell you I have those days. I’m a pastor. I’m a leader. I’m supposed to see truth, rise above, […]

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Something’s Gotta Happen

I think I know how Moses felt when he walked into the river bed before the waters parted. The seconds felt like hours. Actual heat from thousands of pairs of skeptical, fearful, expectant eyes behind him burned through his neck. The reality that he could drown seemed likely, if not certain, and he contemplated whether […]

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You Need to Go to Church

Are you ready? I’m about to rant. Here we go… We do not go to church to check a box. We do not go to church to prove that we are holy, or to get our gold star for the week. We do not go to church, well, really at all, because we are the […]

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