Friends Category

The Search for Happiness

In: Family, Friends, Me, Soma, Worship

Life is toil. Ecclesiastes tells us this clearly. Life under the sun is filled with work and trial; however, those of us who call upon the name of Jesus are promised hope and joy in the midst of this toil. Why then does it seem most days that we allow the toil to take its […]

Twitter in Community

In: Culture, Friends, Soma, Worship

I’ve been using Twitter for a year or so now. When I first joined up, it was in the middle of the throes of people who “got it” by using it primarily as a push mechanism and those who were n00bs because they were still using it to tell people where they were instead of […]

We all have hopes and dreams… even if we think we don’t. The church plant I was a part of for these past three years (Veritas Fellowship) has closed down and we’ve all collectively joined another church plant (Soma – mentioned in yesterday’s post). In this particular church I am one of the oldest members […]

Over the Rhine

In: Culture, Friends, Media

Tonight I had what I consider one of the best musical experiences in my life. I saw Over the Rhine at the Texas Union Theatre with my wife and two great friends. If you haven’t heard of Over the Rhine, I commend them to you for a variety of reasons – whether you be a […]

Church planting collaboration

In: Friends, Me, Worship

Last night we were fortunate to have the Avila’s over for dinner and it was a wonderful time of fellowship, laughter, and prayer. What’s been so incredible in seeing this relationship bloom has been the shared vision that Veritas Fellowship and Soli Deo Gloria have for the city of Austin. We want the same things […]

A fictional tale…

In: Family, Friends, Me

The scene: Me and Zoë seated right in front of Derek Webb at Common Grounds in Waco. There was standing room only and Téya was having difficulty with all the clapping, so Jana took her to the back of the coffee shop while we stayed in our choice seats to watch Derek. This scene is […]

Birthdays and Friends

In: Friends

On Saturday night (the 21st), my wife honored me with a birthday party at Buca de Beppo’s. As I sat there with my friends, the mid-life questions I am still pondering were just noise when compared to the gracious beauty of friendship. Friends – a truly valuable and irreplaceable part of life. Somehow, true friends […]

Hopefully, you see in these writings a man who is staying The Course and pursuing The Path amidst the pitfalls and selfish ways of being a son of Adam. I pray earnestly that my writing would encourage some of you by showing you that this journey - though arduous and sometimes tragic - is a journey of great satisfaction. A satisfaction greater than our greatest imaginings. The trials and refining fire of tribulation are to be recognized as a small shadow of the suffering of our Savior so that we can rejoice, as Peter and the disciples did, to be counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Name.