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The riverkidstuf promo video is here! Check it out!

Spread the word! riverkidstuf is this weekend and the 1st Sunday of every month following!

I know I’m still in the amateur stage creating images in Powerpoint and saving them as jpegs but I am wickedly pleased with how this turned out!

and yes that is me in the black shirt 🙂


What I Learned From Dying

Sunday night a week ago I sat down for lunch at about 9:30pm after an incredible weekend. I got a call from my Dad informing me that my Aunt Ida Mae (just so you know, she’s technically my Great Aunt b/c she’s my Maw Maw’s sister) had died over the weekend.
Monday afternoon getting ready for her funeral my wife got a call from her Mom that Rae’s Paw Paw had died.
Thursday after his funeral we got notified that my niece’s grandfather died.

So 3 deaths in one week was pretty substantial. But nonetheless, its had me thinking which is why this blog has been so quiet. That should change tomorrow…if I could ever get to sleep.


My Holy Hangover

First off: Mad props to Shawn for the term Holy Hangover.
So what is a Holy Hangover? It’s what we in the ministry affectionately call that feeling we get on Monday Morning. Especially after a day like yesterday:

  • 1:30 – going to bed b/c we are at the beach and get to sleep in tomorrow morning!
  • 7:30 – Up and packing
  • 8:30 – Breakfast
  • 9 – Lead worship for last weekend retreat session
  • 10:30 – Say goodbye and pack up
  • 11:30 – Grab a bite to eat
  • 12 – On the road!…with 2 kids..ugh….
  • 4:10 – Backing trailer into the driveway…Orange Beach -> Baton Rouge in 4 hrs! BOOYAH!
  • 4:15 – Pulling out of the driveway in Rae’s car
  • 4:38 – Youth group! (8 mins late)
  • 6:20 – Wrapping up Youth (20 mins late but was so worth it! Amazing youth tonight!)
  • 6:30 – Changed and off to downtown
  • 7 – Arrived at Whitney’s Celebration Service for 10 Years at First Pres.
  • 8:10 – Hugging and goodbyes
  • 9 – Eating lunch…dinner…um…whatever
  • 9:30 – Check emails put on Psych! It was a Bollywood theme!
  • 11 – Heading to bed. Probably one of the earliest in months…years?

And voila: Monday Morning’s Holy Hangover.

How are you feeling this morning?


Taking a Day Off

What’s weird about taking a day off when you work for a church is that Sunday’s always coming. There’s one in every week. It honestly doesn’t matter how many days of “work” there are in a week…after Saturday the same day comes up next every week. This isn’t a complaint, really. I mean, I had deadlines for Chase Bank but there’s something different, rhythmic about the Sunday flow. But here it is, 4 days down to get ready for Sunday instead of 5, however, I wouldn’t take this day back for anything.


Read the New Testament with Us

Hey so September means alot of things but this year it means we’re going to read through the New Testament. I accepted the call from everyone’s favorite Mudpuppy and shared it with my wife who got totally stoked about the idea! SO, starting today, Sept. 1st 2009 we’re going to read through the New Testament and somehow someway discuss.

I’d ask that you to join us for the month, for a week, for a day. The outline is simple. Russell and his wife are reading the Message, Rae and I are reading the Voice so none of us are legitimate Christians but we’re trying 🙂

Here’s our schedule:

1. Matthew 1-9
2. Matthew 10-15
3. Matthew 16-22
4. Matthew 23-28
5. Mark 1-8
6. Mark 9-16
7. Luke 1-6
8. Luke 7-11
9. Luke 12-18
10. Luke 19-24
11. John 1-7
12. John 8-13
13. John 14-21
14. Acts 1-7
15. Acts 8-14
16. Acts 15-21
17. Acts 22-28
18. Romans 1-8
19. Romans 9-16
20. 1 Corinthians 1-9
21. 1 Corinthians 10-16
22. 2 Corinthians 1-13
23. Galatians – Ephesians
24. Philippians – 2 Thessalonians
25. 1 Timothy – Philemon
26. Hebrews
27. James – 2 Peter
28. 1 John – 3 John
29. Revelation 1-11
30. Revelation 12-22

Would you join us?

Thanks again Mud. I think Rae might even be more excited about this than she was before the last Twilight book came out 🙂


It’s all about rhythm!

Call it what you like, I’m  musician so I’ll call it rhythm possibly even “groove!” I’ve noticed my life taking a different rhythm lately. Tonight was a huge example of that! For years the rhythm of my Thursdays were something like 10-12 hour days sticking around church all day because it was too much of a hassle to leave and go home and come back again for worship practice. Feeling spunky I might get a Smoothie around 5:15. Getting home around 9:30 or so I’d grab some left over dinner and eat on the sofa catching up with Project Runway and The Ultimate Fighter with Rae. It’s not something I thought about…it’s just what I did.

Well, tonight was the first time I did that in quite some time. I felt like I was dying on the way home! I was tired, cranky, hungry (I even had my Smoothie!), even disoriented (see crazy tweets!)

SO WHAT IS RHYTHM?!? You know it, even if you can’t describe it. It’s when you find yourself tapping your foot, bobbing your head, or jumping up and down. It’s a particular pattern of a beat or accent that recurs over time.

As with a song, our lives find a certain rhythm. Tonight’s irregular pulse in the rhythm I’ve found my evenings has had me notice a few things that have become rhythmic in my life that I am certainly grateful for:

  • My new mornings: I’m trying to save some $$$ and am really using my own coffee maker instead of trucking to St. Arbucks so much! It’s given me some pep in the morning b/c I am certainly NOT a morning person!
  • My new soundtrack: there is a sudden influx of some great music in my life but none more entertaining than my good friend David Loti’s new solo project Amalgam. Chloe asks for it every morning on the way to day care and has become special to the both of us singing along to his crazy songs!
  • My Wednesday Men’s Small Group: It feels new only because I missed so much in the Summer because of camps. This group is the source of my sanity and an audible voice of God’s wisdom speaking into my life each week by some great men!
  • My new attitude: Rae says I must be man-strating because I’m in this crazy cleaning craze! Cleaning the house, my desk, and my office at church! It’s nuts! Sounds silly but I’ve even been cleaning up around here! (Notice the “Under Construction” sign above?) My Google Reader is streamlined and working insanely well!

I’m sure there are others. This has been a great exercise to take note of what’s going on around me. I’m looking forward to a new one that Rae and I will be tackling with Mud next month in reading through the New Testament in September!

What about you?


Summer Splash and a Story

So, we’ve said that our church was a place for families and where families come together; however saying that and doing that is two completely different things. We still operated like a traditional, normal church did. You know: church wide event and the kids go over there on the space walk, the women go in the shade and talk over Iced Tea, the men go sweat in the sun with the grills or pots or what have you, and the youth go cause trouble.

It’s amazing what a stripped budget and networking can do for you. After trying to get creative with our Thanksgiving Feast last year, I happened upon a blog post by Dan over at life as best as I remember it… and a light bulb truly went off! We’ve done our family events different ever since and today was our first ever Summer Splash!

Our new bent is to create an environment where families play together! This is our 3rd event stylized this way. This time around we had stations set up for water games, we had 2 slip-n-slides, we had a water mellon carving contest, all trying to keep families engaged together, playing together and playing with other families together! And it’s been tremendous!

In addition, this time around we had a Youth fundraiser for camp and we sold Jambalaya dinners for $5. A story I just MUST TELL YOU!

We got to the end of the afternoon and had a few plate dinners left so we made signs and waved down passers by and tried to lure them to our tasty jambalaya 🙂

I met Reed. He paid for his 2 dinners and I handed him his change back. Walking to pick up the dinner plates I introduced myself since I didn’t recognize him. He was lured off the street and on his way home and thought he’d pick up dinner. I couldn’t believe it actually worked and told him about what was going on and why we were raising $$$ to send our kids to camp and basically gave diarrhea of the mouth 🙂
The cool thing was that I thanked Reed for stopping in and helping out and he returned me his change and was grateful to be able to help, wanting it all to go towards the students camps this Summer!

Thank you God. Thank you Reed. Stories like that are what make the day all worth it.

Pictures and update soon!

How was your Sunday?


This isn’t happening. Pinch me.

A week ago I woke up in sunny beautiful Las Vegas, NV with my wife and 4 of my best friends. It was the greatest surprise, best vacation, most amazing birthday EVER!

Today I wake up in sunny muggy Baton Rouge, LA with 3 tickets to see Coldplay tonight in New Orleans with my wife adn 1 of our best friends! It’s going to be the greatest concert EVER!

I can’t recall how many times I’ve muttered,

This isn’t happening. Pinch me. What’s going on? This is amazing

over the past 10 days! So while my blogging has been light, watch out because it’s about to pick up!

Follow my twitterfeed tonight @ for Coldplay goodies. Turning 30 has never felt so good 🙂


I’m baaaack!

If there’s anyone left reading this poor example of a blog please know that I AM BACK!

AND I’m back with a vengenance. I’d already been feeling uber stale about what’s been going on over here and then my wife threw down a surprise birthday party on Saturday and notified me that we and 4 of our best friends would be going to Las Vegas on MONDAY to celebrate my 30th birthday! It was exactly what I needed!

SO hold on to your butts because we have:

  • Youth Ministry 3.0 by MarkO
  • Time’s article on Twitter – #timetwitter
  • 400 Las Vegas pictures to torture you with 🙂
  • Apple/iPhone/Mac fun stuff

And most importantly, I think a renewed vision for what I want Worship City to be. Honestly, I’ve begun struggling with it as a blog and where it should fall between Forums – Facebook – Twitter and a communicative community builder. It’s tough and haven’t figured it all out and if you have then please let me know.

Otherwise, consider this that hug you get from an old friend who you haven’t seen in a while 🙂

Byrd and Bears


Sunday Setlist May 10th – Mothers and Graduates


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How do you celebrate Mother’s Day and Graduates?
We recognize them all on the same day and create mass teary eyed-ness 🙂

I made a Senior Graduation Video Montage and am pretty stoked about it! I think it’s the best one I’ve ever done, which really isn’t saying much because I haven’t done too many but I’m really proud of the whole feel of this video. I spent a TON of time on it and I’m glad I found the perfect soundtrack (I think) from Addison Road! Love them and got to meet them a while back. Check it out:

I learned some tricks of the trade during the picture/video editing that I’m working up to share with you later today.

We sang:

  • Famous One – Chris Tomlin
  • Salvation – Charlie Hall
  • My Hope is You – Third Day
  • Offering
  • Sermon
  • Indescribable – Tomlin
  • Holy, Holy, Holy – Public Domain? Is that how you say that?

How was your Mother’s Day? Senior Graduation recognition day?

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