Showing posts from April, 2015

Flash Weather: Remembering the 4.27.11 Tuscaloosa Tornado

Four years ago today, the worst recorded tornado outbreak in U.S. history struck parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia & east Tennessee. For Nashville area residents, it's easy to forget how powerful the storm was having been spared the worst of the system's intensity (sound familiar?).

Unfortunately, communities just 50-125 miles south of us would experience catastrophic loss on what is now heralded as a 1 in 100 year storm. Years later, the day still fascinates/haunts me...mainly because of what could have been.

People occasionally ask me if I stormchased that day. The answer is no, but I gotta tell ya...I was pretty darn close. For days, I waffled back and forth on the idea; however, something in me told me to stay home and upon further review, I'm very glad I did.

On one end, I would have likely seen my first tornado had I made the trip down to my intended destination outside Huntsville. On the flip side, I may not have lived to tell the tale about it. That's just…

Why Part-Time & Bivocational Aren’t the Same Thing

Have you ever wondered why some people associate bivocational with “part-time” or why others relate time to effort to begin with?

I know for me, it’s easy to perceive the answers through a marketplace lens; however, when we talk about bivocational ministers, we ultimately discover a new lens altogether.

First off, when I say “part-time” in a ministerial context, I’m referring to pastors who balance multiple “full-time” loads inside and outside the church. The specifics may differ, but in general, a part-time pastor is a bivocational pastor who has accepted two or more vocations.

With that said, I strongly believe pastors should never be labeled “part-time” since it’s not possible to limit pastoral responsibilities to 20 hours a week…not to mention the term is widely misunderstood.

Cause truth is: Regardless if a pastor is bivocational or not, every pastor is (or should be) on call 24/7.

True, it may be hard for some to be “on call” depending on their job’s requirements; however, just beca…

LEGACYouth: "It is Done" // Spoken Word

I am one voice, crying out in the dark
Make straight my ways; let light leave its mark
For I am the maker of all things new
What I speak is faithful; my words always true.
I am the good shepherd; I came to give life So all men could have it…and have it in rife
I am the grave conquered; a tomb left abandoned A deep love ascended for hope one can stand in
I am the way; I came to set free The broken and blind who lacked eyes to see
I am the good news, truth spoken in awe A grace to replace the chains of the law
I am the keymaster; I came in meek splendor So I could teach men the way to surrender
I am the gatekeeper who authored redemption The Passover lamb who made no exception
And all so your stripes could be healed, not afflicted For mercy to mend the divide once inflicted
So as you reflect on true freedom’s cause A bridge to the kingdom, forgiveness of f…

"The New Cup"

Imagine if you could teleport back to Gethesame and engage a deeply distressed Jesus hours before his arrest.

What would you do? What would you say?

Pretty hard to fathom, right... be a part of the most epic Thursday night in history…to be with Jesus at the Last Supper and the garden knowing what we know today.

Indeed, there are many ways to reflect on the Easter story this time of year. But perhaps one of the best entry points we can tap into is “the new cup”.

Let’s dive into Mark 14 starting in v. 32:

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, 'Sit here while I pray.' He took Peter, James, and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.” ~ Mark 14:32-33

So right away, we see a glimpse of Jesus' humanity. Clearly, Jesus is aware of what's about to happen and is starting to feel more weight on his shoulders. 

Let’s read on.

“And he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.’ A…