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A Change is Gonna Come

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We’re moving into a new house this next week and it’s had me thinking a lot about the cultural perceptions of change. Here’s the deal- I’m GREAT at change. I’m not an Army kid or anything, but I  moved upwards of 25 times before I got married. My parents are divorced and that caused a lack of micro routines for me between their two houses while I was growing up. Between my two families, I am both the baby and the middle child. What I’m saying is that I, like Nolan’s Catwoman, am adaptable. Since Sarah and I were married four years ago, we’ve lived in three states and five houses and, as I mentioned, we’re about to move into our sixth. None of this has even phased me. On the other hand, Sarah’s father literally built the house that she grew up in and she lived there, with the exception of an apartment in and just after college, for the better part of 25 years. She’s type A, first-born, routine-driven and I love every minute of it, but she is not naturally wired to be good at change. That said, she has become so much more comfortable with it in the last few years and I have been so proud to watch her grow in that way. Here’s what we’ve learned from her growth.

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Day One – Part Two

To those who have read the previous post in this series- this will follow that by rounding out a brief introduction to who I am and what I believe. To those that haven’t, you can check it out here.

To refresh- these are not meant to be ground-breaking, life-altering teaching points. This is who I am and how I work to live out my faith in Christ. Once you know me, we can begin a safer and better informed dialogue on what it means to be a human/christian/spouse/parent/worship leader/musician/fan of The West Wing/etc. Let’s do this.

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Day One – Part One

***NOTE- if you’re not a Christian or you’re a newer believer, skip everything until you see the number “2” below. Read that and then walk through the rest of the post (‘cause apparently profundity requires instructions).

I’ve spent the last few weeks contemplating what my first blog post should be. My intention behind this site was to share exactly what the title implies- the thoughts of a worship leader. As I have some pretty strong (albeit not shocking) thoughts on the rolls of ministry, pastors and worship both in the context of life and in the context of a church service, I don’t want to do a disservice to my views, but I am always held to a standard of expressing and abiding by the profound and perfect truth found without God’s word. With all of that to say, I thought I could, as we often do, start with the basics.

I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus was the son of God. That he lived on the earth, equally 100% man and 100% God, taught, performed miracles (though I wish we had a better verb than “performed”) and walked with his disciples and followers. He died on a cross, was laid to rest in a tomb, rose again three days later and that will one day return. Those are the cornerstones of my faith, but Christianity goes far beyond that. I believe that’s step one. I think steps two through eternity look different to different believers so I’m going to lay out some of my viewpoints here to let you know where I’m coming from. They may not be groundbreaking or even different from where you’re coming from, but I believe dialogue requires background. Here I go.

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