Writer, Artist, Creative Arts & Communications Pastor, Alaskan, Bearded Male, who is convinced that you and your story matter.

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"when we become people who press into producing, rather than press into abiding, we take on the unnecessary burden of producing fruit in our life, instead of allowing God to do that, and we begin to live a rhythm that we were never created to sustain." I recently wrote this article for the Church Marketing Sucks website. You can read the entire post HERE. 

"when we become people who press into producing, rather than press into abiding, we take on the unnecessary burden of producing fruit in our life, instead of allowing God to do that, and we begin to live a rhythm that we were never created to sustain."

I recently wrote this article for the Church Marketing Sucks website. You can read the entire post HERE

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I was recently given an amazing opportunity to write for the D6 Family Blog about my experience at the D6 Conference last year. You can read my post HERE.

I was recently given an amazing opportunity to write for the D6 Family Blog about my experience at the D6 Conference last year. You can read my post HERE.

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DownFifty

I’m doing something new. And terrifying.

I’m putting my weight loss / health journey out there for the world to see, and I would love to have you follow along.

Check out my DownFifty journey.

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How Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Came Between Me And Jesus

Two days ago I received an amazing package in the mail. Jack Links Beef Jerky had teamed up with Klout to give a perk to all online social influencers to help drive awareness of their new “Small Batch” beef jerky line and my perk had arrived!

I opened the box and saw three delicious bags of jerky (peppered, original, teriyaki) and I couldn’t wait, so I ripped into all three bags and began sampling!

Absolutely delicious!

That evening when my wife came home and saw the open bags on the counter she said “You know that we gave up meat for lent, right?”

Oh. Crap.

I had completely forgotten!

Never once while I was shovel feeding dried meat into my face hole did I think about this!

Not only did Jack Links provide me with delicious beef jerky, they also gave me the opportunity to be reminded about the graciousness and forgiveness of God.

What other kind of beef jerky does that?!

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An Exciting New Venture…

I am excited to begin a new adventure today with the launch of A.L.creative! Creative coaching, leadership, and consulting to help your business, organization, or ministry achieve their creative best. Check us out at www.ALcreative.net 

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It amazes me how often this is the exact message that I need to hear.

It amazes me how often this is the exact message that I need to hear.

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Why Do I Give Up Meat For Lent?

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I love meat. Probably in an obsessive sort of way. Almost every meal we eat includes some form of meat. 

Breakfast? Eggs with bacon, sausage or ham. 

Lunch? Sandwich meat.

Dinner? Steak that is stuffed with chicken and wrapped in ham. 

Get the point? Even Ron Swanson thinks I eat a lot of meat.

So why do we keep giving up meat for Lent? Because it’s inconvenient. 

Every single day, at least 3 times, we have to intentionally do something that isn’t routine for us. it gives us the opportunity to remember and think about everything that Christ has done for us as we figure out what the heck we are supposed to eat.

Also, giving up meat has been amazing for our relationship! It gives us lots of time together, cooking, shopping, looking for new recipes, and eventually going to Qdoba for veggie burritos when a recipe turns out horrible. 

Still trying to decide what to give up? Choose something inconvenient, where multiple times a day you are reminded that you are sacrificing for reason.

And one day, when we get to that great big BBQ smoker in the sky, where there is no more Lent and no more sacrifice, I will eat brisket in the presence of my Lord forever.

But until then I will remember His sacrifice in my own, inconvenient way. 

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How Do You Know When It’s Time To Leave Ministry?

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That was the subject line of an email I recently received from a friend.

This email has led to a week-long interaction with him over this question and the more I have wrestled with it the more I realize that this is probably a question that many people wrestle with (I know that I have!) so why not take this debate public?

In my initial response to my friend I included this:

"It’s never time to leave ministry, if what you mean by ministry is the work that every follower of Jesus is called to. However, If what you mean by ministry is your staff position at church, then it could be time."

Since day 1 of accepting a position on staff at church I have had a rule:

If my work in the church ever causes me to fall out of love with the church, it’s time to walk away.

I would rather flip burgers and love the bride of Christ and her mission than receive a paycheck from a church and become a grumpy, cynical “minister.” 

I understand that everyone has bad days, and even bad seasons, but when bad seasons turn into bad years you have some decisions to make. 

So, what are some things you can do when this question creeps up?

1) Be Honest. This can be a scary question to address so we often push it down the road or sweep it under the rug in the hope that it goes away and we don’t have to deal with it. I have something to tell you, it doesn’t go away. Be honest about this question, it’s OK to wrestle with stuff like this. 

2) Pray. The Bible tells us that God’s sheep hear His voice and know it. Ask God for clarity in the difficulty and confusion of your situation. Once you hear what God is saying to you be prepared to act on it. 

3) Repent. Even though we hate to admit it, oftentimes our callousness in ministry comes from our own bad decisions, mindset, attitude, etc. Repent for the part you play in the situation.

4) Remember Why You Started. Very few people stumble into ministry. For most, it is an intentional decision based on vision, mission, and passion. If you are in ministry it’s most likely that at one point you were in love with the church. Remember why you started in the first place. Try and recapture what first captured you. 

5) Leave Gracefully. In the event that you do believe that it is time for you to move on from your current situation, do so with grace. Some of the people I respect the most are those who have transitioned out well. People are watching you, so represent Jesus well, even in leaving. 

But remember, if you leave paid staff at a church you are not leaving ministry. Ministry is something that every follower of Jesus is called into. 

Is this a question that you have wrestled with? How have you dealt with it?

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Luther had the printing press. Billy Graham had television. We have social media. #SocialChurchBook releases today! http://thndr.it/LpNlE1

Luther had the printing press. Billy Graham had television. We have social media. #SocialChurchBook releases today! http://thndr.it/LpNlE1

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Create Art > Produce Products

Create Art > Produce Products

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Who you are IN Christ has nothing to do with what you produce FOR Christ. Don’t let your identity be determined by what you do, let it be determined by what He did!
- Adam Legg
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Discipleship & Mission Workshop | Day 3


We are living in a time of epic seismic change

Only 4% of the millennial generation are returning to church

The difference between getting your car keys and getting married used to be 5 years and now it is 15 years

How do you live in a moment of seismic shift? Hebrews 12:26 - 13:8

The current reality doesn’t have to be the defining reality.

We have a choice to be part of the victims or part of the rescue team

How do you survive seismic change?
- Compassion
- Community
- Connecting Story
- Compass

As Christians we do not run from the rubble of a fallen culture, we run to it!

The prevailing theology of Jesus’s day was that when clean things touch unclean things the clean things become unclean. Jesus changed all of that. The clean thing touched unclean so that the unclean could be dean.

We were never meant to do family in isolation as a mom, and dad, and kids. We were meant to do family as an extended family. The extended family was normal in Jesus’s day, it is abnormal in our day.

We need connection in:
- Intimate Space (1 - 3 people)
- Personal Space (10 - 12 People)
- Social Space (20 - 70 People)
- Public Space (100+ People)

Covenant & Kingdom
Invitation & Challenge
Relationship & Responsibility

What we need today is not more mega-churches, but more meta-churches

We have believed that mission & discipleship are two different things.

High Discipleship & Low Mission: Clue, but no cause
High Mission & Low Discipleship: Cause, but no clue.
Low Discipleship & Low Mission: No Cause, No Clue
High Discipleship & High Mission: Cause & Clue

Shakeable times remind us of that which can not be shaken. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”

The church is standing on the greatest opportunity that we have had in hundreds of years.

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Discipleship & Mission Workshop | Day 2


Because of the relationship that exists between Jesus and his disciples He gives them access to everything he has dominion and power over.

Jesus balanced Invitation & Challenge throughout his entire ministry: Nicodemus (challenge and then invitation), Woman at the well (invitation and then challenge)

Both corporate invitation and challenge and personal invitation and challenge

Monty Roberts video, example of invitation & challenge

All of us are either naturally good at invitation OR challenge

High Invitation & Low Challenge = Cozy Culture
High Challenge & Low Invitation = Stressed Culture
Low Challenge & Low Invitation = Bored Culture
High Challenge & High Invitation = Empowered Culture

To the level that you extend invitation is the same level that you can bring about challenge

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