Archive for January 2008

A Remote Possibility

Our worship leader this week comes to us all the way from… Jacksonville! Scott Coleman has been with us once before, at our baptism service at the beach, and this Sunday he’ll be leading our time together as we sing: Tell The World (Hillsong | iTunes)Salvation Is Here (North Point Live | iTunes)From the Inside…

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Who Does God Want to Win?

Today was Florida’s day to contribute to the current political discussion. Stephanie and I were eager to exercise our privilege to vote, and took the kids with us this morning so that they could observe this wonderful process. (Flawed, but wonderful.) After lots of discussion about who we chose to vote for, and why, Chase…

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Pop Goes the Church

I had the opportunity this week to review Tim Stevens‘ soon-to-be-released, “Pop Goes The Church.” Tim is the executive pastor at Granger Community Church, a church that is consistently viewed as one of the most innovative churches in America. Granger earned that reputation by working hard to connect with culture, and they’ve taken their fair…

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Free RSS Readers

Some of you visit this blog via a browser, like Internet Explorer or Safari. You might visit other blogs, too, and you’ve started reading them all from one page, like Google Reader or Bloglines. Others of you are hard-core blog readers, and you use a stand-alone RSS reader. NetNewsWire has been around for a little…

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Worship with Abner & Amanda

Maybe it’s the fact that Andy Stanley’s message on what it really means to “go deep” is one of my all-time favorites. Maybe it’s that some friends we’ve been inviting for a year finally decided to give Access a shot. Maybe it’s the killer stage design that our service programming team put together to illustrate…

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Loving Well

This Sunday Andy Stanley’s going to tackle a question we hear often at Access, “How do I go deeper?” The reality is that spiritual depth has far less to do with how much you know and an awful lot to do with how well you love people. Unfortunately, while that message is all through the…

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Disruptions Welcome

We tend to believe that being disruptive is a bad thing. (Take it from a “disruptive” student who spent a lot of time getting to know the principal and his staff.) In business, certain ways of conducting commerce are so unique that they literally transform their category, and sometimes, the industry. In recent years, certain…

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RoadMap Update

30 families partnered with us during the three-month RoadMap campaign to raise $200,000 over and above regular giving. We are so grateful! This is so important to our 2008 ministries. While still $100,000 short of our goal, we are pumped that this young church gave a grand total of $330,000 in our first ten months.…

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Small Success

Some people recently have complimented me on the number of people coming to our Sunday services. We had especially big crowds at Christmas Eve and the first Sunday in January. They mean to be nice, but I want to make a couple of things really clear: 1. I have nothing to do with it. Oh…

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Fantastic Day!

This past Sunday was one of my favorite at Access. I get excited each Sunday we have church, but today was above and beyond. Here are some of my personal thoughts from the first Sunday of 2008: Our production team blows me away every Sunday. They are some of the most talented people that I…

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