Posts Tagged ‘Baton Rouge


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?


Acquire the Fire starts NOW


This weekend I’m taking our students to the Acquire the Fire youth retreat here in Baton Rouge, LA. Well…it’s in “Baton Rouge” but technically it’s up in Baker at Bethany World Prayer Center. So I’ll apologize right now if all you hear from me over the next 72 hours is youth related news…but hey…I’m a Youth Pastor!

I’m pretting pumped to see the difference in what I went to over 10 years ago and what they’re doing today. For starters the bands are waaaay better, so right off the bat that’s a huge plus. To make matters even more interesting, I’m doing this as a “local retreat.” Which means, we’re all crashing at a Host Home and staying the whole weekend together. So even though it’s local, nobody’s going home until Sunday!

Keep us in your prayers. Keep my wife and kiddos in your prayers. If you’re interested in Acquire the Fire then keep up here on the blog and with my twitter account with #atf (hopefully, I can fix it as soon as this posts!)



PostSecret this Thursday


There’s this ridiculously powerful movement that started called PostSecret by Frank Warren. The concept is simple:

  1. Get a post card
  2. Tell your secret
  3. Mail it in

It was birthed from a dream Frank Warren had in his hotel room in France and has had an impact  as far reaching as well. There are now 4 books that include the various post cards Fred has received and he visits college campuses all across the US holding art exhibitions and speaking engagements.

This week he is at LSU’s campus here in Baton Rouge, LA. I visited the art exhibit last week with a friend of mine and was leveled by the weight in the room. Maybe a hundred or so postcards around the room revealing secrets from a broken son, from a hurt wife, a celebrating daughter, a humble executive, a hateful student, on and on and on around the room. I’m not sure exactly what the appeal is but I was struck by the humanity of it all. The full range of emotions is almost overwhelming. Fair warning: there is no censorship. This is free speech at it’s core I suppose. I don’t know the condition of Fred’s heart or whether or not he’s even a believer. I do know that he offers Wellness Resources since many of the secrets he receives deal with abuse or suicidal thoughts and such.

I’m interested in going this Thursday night to hear him speak. Any other locals in the area want to come? The Facebook page is found here.

All you out of towners feel free to check out his blog

and PostSecret Community


Sunday Worship – Sept. 7th After Gustav

Well the church received power on Friday so we were extremely happy to hold worship in the AC…with coffee…visuals up and running…PA system…with coffee…cold water…with coffee…did I mention the coffee 🙂

Even with the power back on we decided to stick to the plan of what we had intended on doing for today. However, instead of playing unplugged, we were able to play more like usual. Here’s what I went with today:

  • Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster style
  • Holy is the Lord – Chris Tomlin
  • Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

It was a pretty special Sunday. We actually had a great turnout for worship today. We took some time between Holy is the Lord and Blessed Be Your Name to have a very interactive share time where people were able to share their eventful week with everyone and had a joint time of prayer which concluded with Blessed Be Your Name.

I did something a bit different with Blessed Be Your Name this time around. We typically play it very, VERY With or Without You! (Pssst…it’s the exact same chord progression!) This time around I played it in the key of G and each time around we started small in the verse, built up the pre-chorus and then dropped out for the chorus and had just the voices sing. The bridge was actually the “biggest” part of the song. It was a nice deviation from what we normally do and felt really appropriate after our joint share and prayer time. People really sang out, I think it joined everyone together no matter what their experience was like this past week!

I’ve found God working very thematically with me lately. Last week was the Glory theme and this week it was about the Strength God gives His people. We have all this beautiful imagery in Everlasting God:

  •  Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
  • You (GOD) are the defender of the weak
  • You (GOD) are the comforter of those in need
  • You (GOD) lift us up!
  • YOU do not faint nor grow weary

Holy is the Lord simply states that our strength comes from the joy of the Lord. I found that fascinating that we could be given strength through God’s delight! And in doing so it causes us to celebrate!

We’ve got a lot of tired and worn out people at our church with everything Gustav has brought. I thought it was a great reminder that this is a time that God hasn’t forgotten about us. God’s not on a holiday and unaware with what’s happening in the Gulf of Mexico and Baton Rouge. In the midst of even a hurricane, He’s still glorified! It was a great morning!

Join in with Fred’s carnival and share about your Sunday!


Hurricane Gustav Update – pics

Hey gang! We’ve ran up here to Lafayette for some hot food, cold AC, and great company with the in-laws. I thought I’d take advantage and post some pics of the destruction in our neighborhood. This sounds corny, but I am SO excited by all the prayers/encouragement and comments on my twitter and blog here. You are amazing and God is good!


We saw the above sights on the way to our house.


This is our backyard. The treetop fell straight down and backward to obliterate Chloe’s swing set! Thank you Jesus, that it didn’t fall to the side and take out my shed or to the front and take out my house! It even missed the power lines!  


Sights around Baton Rouge down Sherwood Forrest.


Can you believe that?!?!

Rae and I became nauseous driving to our house seeing all the destruction. We had to take about a dozen different streets to try and get to our house. It was unbelievable when we turned on our street and didn’t see a single downed tree! 

Thank you for all your prayers and support! I plan on grabbing some ice, food, and a chainsaw and heading back. This city is just about completely out of power. The CITY. That’s just unimaginable. It’s crazy. I’ll be in touch but most likely touch and go here on the blog.


State of Emergency

There is nothing I’d rather do than blog about how incredible it was leading worship again yesterday, however that may have to wait. We’ve hunkered down here in Baton Rouge, LA anxiously awaiting hurricane Gustav. At this point, we’re in a State of Emergency, which is a state of hurry up and wait! He’s coming. We’re staying. It’s just a matter of time supposedly until we loose power. It’s a very surreal moment. 

3 years ago we waited on hurricane Katrina but I don’t remember it being this of an ordeal waiting on her to get here. With 2 kiddos since then, we’ve decided to leave our house and find shelter with our great friend Ali at her apartment. 3 adults, 2 kiddos, 2 cats, and 1 dog. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, with 1 laundry room. It is a snug fit 🙂 But I thank God for the little things, like our outside cats remembering how to use the litter box!

I do ask and will covet your prayers. It looks like we’ll be on the North East quadrant of the hurricane, the worst spot ever! We’re under Tornado watch. We live in a neib….AH…SH&#@!…Chloe just knocked my Mag light flashlight onto my ankle bone! Sweet Jesus, that’s going to leave a mark. As I was saying, we live in a neighborhood called: Sherwood Forrest! So use your imagination on what that looks like! Yeah, we’re talking trees and lots of them. Another thank you God moment though is that we just put on a new roof!

I’ll try and keep you updated as much as I can. As always though the most up to date info will be found on my twitter page:

Thank you and God bless.

God will save the day and all will say: “My glorious!”

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