Starting this Friday I'm going to be on tour with Winter Jam and I can't wait! This year's lineup is shockingly good: Crowder, Hillsong Young & Free, Passion Band, Red, Andy Mineo, Building 429, New Song and so many others. I think this is the strongest top to bottom lineup Winter Jam has had in years!
Captain Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz in the year 1519 to begin his conquest of the Aztec empire. Upon arriving, he gave the order to his men to burn the entire fleet of ships that they arrived in. The men watched in fearful awe as the flames from these ships burned into the night sky. There was no chance of retreat. They would either win or fail but they could not retreat.
"I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconof the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me. Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me.They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the Lord’s people who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss." Romans 16:1-16
Since 1979 Pastor Harry Thomas has been leading and shepherding Creation Festival. Hundreds of thousands of young and old alike have been ministered to over the years by these highly produced, highly prayed-over, high quality events.
1. The response to the Friday night's drama.
This year's drama was based on a school shooting that kept rebooting over and over until the two key characters (hiding from the shooter in the school bathroom) got it right. It was just the right mixture of urgency and authenticity when it comes to evangelism.
We filmed this like 10 years ago for a Dare 2 Share conference. We must have been trying to make some spiritual point or something but it's still pretty funny. Sadly, I make a good perpetrator and I may just have to grow back the mullet. HT Danny Oertli, Karl Wheeler and Megan Isaacson.
1. The Chaifetz Arena is my favorite place to do a conference. It's huge, but intimate...a beautiful place to train teenagers to #GOSPELIZE!
2. This particular conference saw a proportionately large amount of teenagers indicate faith in Jesus for salvation!
3. We got to train youth leaders in a tent. Okay, so
1. My daughter got to go with me and we had the time of our lives. #MemoryMakers
2. Connecting with the great youth leaders from the Northeast who are no nonsense leaders of THE Cause in their own communities!
3. Meeting Gustavo Gonzales and some of his adults and teenagers who
1. Had a great conversation with Brandon Park (Sr Pastor at the host church, First Baptist Raytown) about what it takes to "Gospelize" a community!
2. Barbecue at Joe's. Wow!
3. Another great youth leader session with a ton of familiar faces from my friends in Nebraska!