Life In Christ…

‪Identity? Called, loved and kept by God ‬

‪Motivation? Doing all for the glory of the God‬

‪Attitude? Humbled and thankful ‬

‪#LifeInChrist #LookUp




February of this year marked 10 yrs of FT ministry at Grace Bible Fellowship. And June marked 20 yrs of marriage for Casey and I. We are thankful to have shared over half our married life together, with y’all.

For 10 yrs y’all have been gracious and patient and God has been more than faithful. I look forward to many more years here with y’all, making disciples of Jesus Christ in a way that is gospel centered, relational, and fun.

But after 10 yrs of putting up with me as your pastor, the elders felt like y’all needed a break 🙂 So, starting today I’m going to take a monthlong sabbatical. It’s important to me for y’all to know that this extended time away is not something I asked for, but rather something that was offered. I love my church family, love what I do, and consider it a great privilege to serve as your pastor.

I also don’t want to throw our elders under the bus for the break. I accepted the time, when it was offered. I’ve heard from several wise people including some pastors who have pastored longer than me, that they highly recommend me doing something like this. One pastor said that after 10 yrs of service he was offered a sabbatical, he was hesitant to take it, but it ended up being a great thing for him and his entire church family. So, I’m not taking this sabbatical because I want to leave our church or because I’m tired of it. I’m taking it because I love our church and I want to stay. I think this will be good for me and my family, and good for us as a church, or I wouldn’t be doing it.

Our church is gonna be well taken care of while I’m out. Rhome Van Dyck is going to bless you with a series in Esther for the next few Sundays. Price will be here for day to day stuffm and Lara, Alicia, and Sydney will be available during the week too.

I’m gonna unplug and spend some time investing in my marriage, my family, and my personal relationship with God. When I say unplug, I mean it. I even invested in a flip phone to limit my access to email, internet, and social media. I hope to get some time to step back and take a look at the big picture of ministry. I look at this Sabbatical as a time to work on ministry, rather than working in ministry. I’ll see y’all back in August with a better perspective, and a better tan.

Love y’all,


🎶I’ll gladly stand up!

My Grandma and Papa are both with the Lord Jesus now. But when I was a kid, if you walked into their house you could bet the farm that they’d be watching TNN (The Nashville Network). I mean ALL THE TIME. Well, in 1980 somethin’, I think it was the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade, my mom and the fam took Grandma and Papa to Nashville to witness firsthand all they’d watched 24/7 on TV for so long. The trip was an epic adventure to say the least. I remember visiting Graceland on the way there (I still love Elvis btw), eating breakfast at a bunch of Shoney’s restaurants, Grandma mispronouncing LaQuinta (LaKwinta), attending the Grand Ole Opry, going to Opryland amusement park and riding a roller coaster called “The Screaming Demon” with both Grandma and Papa…AND, I remember sitting outside at this big open area at Opryland with maybe a few hundred ppl. There was a cover band playing country music. They were good! I only remember one song that they performed though, “Proud To Be An American” and when they got to the part that says “I’ll gladly stand up…” EVERYONE stood up—all the adults, all the kids, and Grandma and Papa. We all stood up and sang together. I can’t tell you how big of an impression that made on me! Out of the hundreds of ppl there, I only knew my family, but we all sang loudly that we were “proud to be an American,” Y’all can think I’m a dork if you want, but I still remember that feeling, and the chills I got that day. It was one of my earliest understandings of what I now know to be patriotism. I still love my country, and Grandma and Papa. And still proud to be an American. Happy 4th of July, friends 🙂

Thought on thoughts

‪Seems we spend a lot of time villainizing the actions of others in our minds, rather than dealing with the issues in our own dark hearts. Truth is, ppl probably aren’t nearly as bad as we make them out to be, and we aren’t nearly as pleasant as we think we are and present ourselves to be. #realtalk ‬

Mega Sports Camp!!!

We wrapped up Mega Sports Camp at Grace Bible!!! We had an unbelievable squad of leaders, a ton of great kids, and an AMAZING Lord and Savior who is worth everything we can give and so much more! #JesusIsWorthIt #Gospel #relationships #fun #LivingWater

Navajo Reservation Student Mission Trip 2018

Below is a link to a video from our recent mission trip to the Navajo Reservation. This was truly an unbelievable trip, only explainable by the work of God. We had several from our group make professions of faith in Christ, as well as several kids that we ministered on the Reservation during VBS. Our goal was to share the Gospel — that God is holy, man is sinful, Christ made the necessary Sacrifice for us to have a relationship with God, and we are to respond in faith. We sought to reach kids and students in a way that is Gospel-centered, relational, fun, and to have as many “gospel conversations” as we could. As became fond of saying on the trip, it was FABULOUS.

Check it out: