art

From Whence Beauty Came

A culture that values beauty, values life. One of our goals as leaders should be to teach the appreciation of beautiful things. When we see significance in the complexity of creation as well as in the self discipline of creating, we esteem art to a place of tremendous influence. Where Read more…

culture

Changing One

I remember walking the grassy fields of Auschwitz in the summer of 2002, trying to contemplate just how many millions of people had perished there. A million people is a hard concept to grasp. Millions of people even harder. And that these lives hadn’t lived and died in the naturally Read more…

culture

Beauty Has Motion

To watch someone make the difficult look effortless is the epitome of artistic affluence. To watch a performer act as if each participant is the only person in the room is transcendent. I love watching my wife do what she was born for. 1,000 little hearts were impacted today in Read more…

creatives

Leadership Tactics

One of yesterday’s highlights was having US Army Operations Officer Zack Wiley bring his wealth of knowledge to our table at New Life. Very humbling to have man that organizes operations and logistics for an entire battalion honor us with his insight. Translating it to the church world is exciting Read more…

culture

The Life Dichotomy

Plenty of things in this life should give us reason to pause. Why does the word “lisp” have an “s” in it? Since Americans throw rice at weddings, do Asians throw cheeseburgers? And then there’s this picture of an octopus eating a shag: Not that bird’s best day. Other more Read more…

BOOKS

Out In Front by Kirk Gilchrist

My dear friend and senior pastor just released his latest book this week, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for him and for those who read it. It’s chalk-full of hard hitting life lessons, glacial nuggets of wisdom, and often startling arguments to some of church culture’s more common assumptions—ones Read more…

culture

For the War History Buff

I’m intrigued by a meticulous art project from UK-based photographer Thom Atkinson, in which he obtained and laid out the battle kit of English soldiers over the past millennium. The fiction author in me, as well as the child in me, found the images fascinating. Similarly, my boys were eager Read more…