Day One

This is it, the first day of my new position. I am officially a Church Planting Resident at Riverside Community Church. My new office doubles as a storage space for chairs, and I’m actually not even there now because the desk is shared with some other people. Still I can’t help but feel excited. My work environment may be a little utilitarian, but, hey, this is church planting, people.

The first day of anything is easy to romanticize. It’s hard for me not to think of grand possibilities, not just in this year, but after my residency is up and the actual planting process begins. It’s also hard for me not to dwell on all the events, good and bad, that God used to direct me here. So in between the future and the past, I’m here now thinking of my new desk, surrounded by other people’s paperwork and other people’s chairs. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

New city, new church, new friendships and new risks. New fears, new disappointments, new sufferings and new mistakes.

The first day of anything is easy to romanticize, but I don’t care, I’ll do it a little anyway.

Transition Time

a poster made by our friends

a poster made by our friends

The latest update from us has just been emailed out. If you aren’t on that email list and are interested, you can sign up at

We are less than a month out from making the move to Columbia, South Carolina. We’re also getting closer to our support goal, we’re right near 80%. If you’d be interested in helping with that gap, here’s more info.

You can read the email update online here.

Sacrifice Is Good For Us

In the previous post, we looked at the call to sacrifice, primarily using Romans 12:1 as our jumping off point:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

So we know we’re called to do it, but we often don’t think it’s a good idea to sacrifice. Sacrifice is often a burden and we do it out of some kind of inner guilt trip.

altarBut sacrifice is actually good for us. It’s something that’s in our best interests, as strange as that may sound. That sounds strange to us because freedom is one of our gods. Because sacrificing something means giving up doing something we want to do…surely that can’t be a good thing, right?

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The Call to Sacrifice

With raising support for my upcoming church planting residency, I’ve been thinking and talking more about sacrifice recently. I’m calling people to sacrifice and we’re sacrificing in new ways. What does that call to sacrifice really look like, what does it really mean?

Romans 12:1 says this:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

cathedral altar

Cathedral Altar

We are a sacrifice. And not just once, but continually, this is how we worship God. I heard a quote the other day that said the problem with a living sacrifice is that it keep crawling off the altar. A living sacrifice is one that requires constant attention.But do we even get what a sacrifice is? For us rich people living in the first world, we often think sacrifice is what we do with the overflow. After we’ve had our fill, if there’s something left over, we will give it away. We’ll call it a sacrifice then feel good about ourselves. But that’s not a sacrifice at all. Continue reading

Dots on the Horizon

Our new place in Columbia!

Our new place in Columbia!

The newest update is out. If you aren’t on that list yet, you can join up here: I send monthly-ish email updates out and would love for anyone to read them and pray through it with us. It takes a community to build a community.

For us, things are starting to materialize- even literally, with finding a house to rent (pictured at the right). Plans are being made, things are coming together. Financial support is coming through, though we still need to raise 30%. God is good and He provides, and that’s what we’re leaning on. You can read the newest email here.

Halfway there!

I just sent out our newest email update…wait, you’re not on our email list? Sign up here! The exciting news is that we are officially over the 50% mark in our fund raising. It has been incredibly exciting to see how God has been providing for us through His people. Practically every meeting or conversation we’ve had has been so encouraging, God keeps telling us that we’re on the right path. If you weren’t on the email list but wanted to read the update, you can check it out here.

We continue to be amazed and humbled at the generosity of all who are in this adventure with us. And even though the giving of time, prayers, money or anything else goes to me and Christina, it doesn’t end with me and Christina. It goes out to others, to those who are far off, to the homeless, the wandering and the thirsty. This is bigger than us. Indeed, even bigger than a church plant. This is God’s Spirit moving in the world for His glory. Praise God for allowing us to play a (small) part in it!

Jumping Off

I created the website. I drafted the first support letter. So…we’re really doing this?

Christina and I have been through some trials the past couple of years that severely eroded our safety and security in this world. So why in the world would we want to get into church planting? Why would we leap off the cliff of stability into the rocky world of planting a new church? Surely it’s not because we are extraordinarily heroic. In fact, we can probably say that it’s because of our recent trials that we feel led to go this way. God often uses times of intense suffering to draw us closer to Him. 2 Corinthians 1 teaches that as we share in suffering, we also share in His comfort. Continue reading