My Boys Got Me An Amazon Kindle For Father’s Day!

This Father’s Day they gave me an incredible gift from the money they earned this summer. They chipped in together and gave me an Amazon gift certificate to buy a Kindle. If you are not familiar with my new toy, a Kindle is a book reader that can store hundreds of books on it. The books are usually less expensive. Since I read multiple books at a time, this allows me to always have the books I am reading with me. […] Continue Reading…

Capturing The Best Ideas For Your Organization

A couple times a year we do an extended weekend retreat. This weekend we are headed to Nashville for an all staff planning retreat. An added twist is that our spouses will join us on Friday night for fellowship and then on Saturday morning for a special brainstorming session. (We think they may have better ideas than we do!) […] Continue Reading…

Giving God A Blank Page To Plan Out Your Life

It started like this. Years ago I was explaining to a friend that I was at one of those “trying to discover God’s will” points in my life. I have been there many times before and will be again. His advice was something like, “Maybe you need to start with a blank piece of paper and give God ample space to plan out the rest of your life. Make yourself completely available to Him.” That made a lot of sense. I left our meeting, however, with a very probing question for myself. Did I really have blank piece of paper? […] Continue Reading…

Sesame Street 40th Anniversary (Who is Your Favorite Character Survey)

On November 10, 2009, the longest running children’s television show will be 40 years old. You can read more about it HERE. The fictional neighborhood characters have been engaging and teaching children most of my life. I was 5 years old when Sesame Street hit our black and white, rabbit-eared television for the first time. […] Continue Reading…

My Personal History of Leadership Development

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I was honored this week when Jesse Phillips with CatalystSpace blog called me a “seasoned leader”. I feel I still have more to learn than I have learned, but it did cause me to reflect on some of the experiences I have had and people that have influenced me in my leadership ability. […] Continue Reading…

Considering The Afterlife…Questions of the Unknown

In our series “Hot Topics”, where our people were able to text in their greatest questions about God, the Bible, life, etc., one of the biggest areas of questions centered around the issue of the afterlife. Apparently people want to know what’s next….imagine that. In this message I tried to address some of the most repeated questions we received. […] Continue Reading…

Tribute To A Great Man, Dr. J F Burney (Father-in-Law)

My father-in-law was one of the strongest men I know. Into his late 70’s he could outwork most men in their 20’s. He learned to work hard the old fashioned way. He had to in order to survive. He is truly a rags-to-riches story, rising from the poverty of a single mother’s home to the prominence of International President of Civitan International and the Dean of Business at Austin Peay State University. […] Continue Reading…

False Assumptions About Our Church

In the four years Grace Community Church has been a church we have received much praise from people that love what we do. Hundreds of lost, hurting people have chosen to unite with us. We have had some previously churched people join us who felt we were a better fit for them or their family, but mostly we have reached people who previously did not attend church. Most exciting to us is that we have baptized more adults than children in our four years, indicating to us that we are truly evangelizing and not just helping people swap churches. It has been a wild, exciting, thrilling time watching God shape us over these first few years. […] Continue Reading…

New Property For Grace Community Church

As we announced Sunday, Grace Community Church has purchased 58 acres of land just a couple miles from our current meeting location. We are excited about the future. To answer some of the questions we did not have time to share Sunday, I wanted to share some details about this process. […] Continue Reading…