Grace and Truth

One of the more powerful truths, in my mind,  in the gospel according to John is that not only did grace and truth come from Jesus Christ (1:17) but He was full of grace and truth (1:14). I’ve often found myself trying to gauge my relationships by that phrase. Would anyone say that I am full of grace AND truth?

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Five Things I Love About Being A Dad

It’s almost Father’s Day! Celebrate! So here’s five things I love about being a dad in the order I thought of them.
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Weddings

This weekend I had the privilege of officiating the Collins-Ternes wedding, it was my second wedding in six days starting with the Rosser-Orr celebration! A couple of thoughts.

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Dat Summer List Doe

I finally got around to putting together my summer reading list. The last few years I’ve posted my summer list partially to inspire others, but mostly to have some built in accountability for myself. A big part of being spiritually disciplined for me is turning off the TV, putting away the internets and just reading. Contemplating and reading.
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Northeast Support Raising Training

Hello friends! Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Northeast Support Raising Training Seminar hosted here in Charlottesville. We have over 20 students, alum, and staff workers from our Northeast and Atlantic Seaboard Chi Alphas coming into town to learn how to raise up a team of supporters to go to the field that God has called them. 

I’m sitting here, looking over my notes, and can’t help but be excited for what’s happening in our movement and specifically at UVA. My life was changed through Chi Alpha at UVA and now I get the chance to equip others to take the gospel to places that desperately need the gospel. It’s such a joy to have these times of reflection of what God has done in me and what God is currently doing through our ministry here at UVA. I’m blown away by His faithfulness all these years. Katie and I have lived the life of faith for seven years now and God has always provided. 

Would you take a moment and pray for all of the students, alum, and staff workers that are coming to the training this weekend? It can be a scary place to begin the fundraising process. Some of them don’t have any church contacts, some came to faith in Chi Alpha, some have parents who don’t support fundraising, and some have just run out of contacts. Would you pray that they would be encouraged? That God would speak to them. And that they would come to 110% of their budget raised by the first week of August.

Thanks so much for your prayers. I believe they make a difference!

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Being a They

This past Monday we had the distinct privilege of having Pastor Brett Fuller come and share with Chi Alpha at UVA. As always, Pastor Brett had many great things to say, but one continues to stand out to me.

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“You just don’t know the benefit that will come from being a they.”
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#XAWR14 halfwaythere

We are officially halfway through the XAWR14! We’ve had two main sessions, a breakout session, lunch and some of the free time. Students are milling about the lobby playing corn hole, swimming in the pool, or out checking out the DC/NOVA scene for some dinner. Tonight they’ll come back for Session III and we’ll close the retreat tomorrow morning with a session and probably a huge picture.

I say probably because I don’t know that we’ll fit.

Thisthingishuge. Students and staff have come from up and down the Eastern seaboard, from North Carolina to New Jersey. It’s amazing to see what God is doing in Chi Alpha everywhere in just a snapshot of a weekend.

Oh, and Jim Bradford is amazing.

I already knew that, but I didn’t know that. Dude is killing it, preaching on Ecclesiastes. I know, for a fact, that I  have a better handle on the book of Ecclesiastes right now than I ever have in my entire life. His knowledge of the text and the fact that he has studied the text continues to shine through.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s because he has his PhD in Rocket Science. It’s probably all over everyone’s head.

You would be dead wrong. 

Jim is crushing it. Speaking to our hearts and giving us applicable messages for college students and the future leaders of the world that these students will be. I would highly recommend searching for the hashtag #XAWR14 and seeing some of the bombs dropped.

Jim showed us that the Teacher sought after fulfillment in studies, parties, and wealth. And none of them satisfied! All the things under the sun cannot satisfied. They are created things. Only the Creator can satisfy. #powerful.

This morning Jim taught on work. He told us to fire our boss and work for the Lord. To defy mediocrity and strive for excellence. And to work with Jesus, believing that He cares about His Creation and wants to see it cultivated. We can partner with God in this and sometimes, He will give us insights into things we could not have figured out ourselves.

I was pretty encouraged by the stories Jim told of George Washington Carver and some scientist who God revealed some intense formula to. It was cool to see some practical stories of how that had happened.

If you’re not at XAWR14, then quite frankly, you’re missing out. It’s been a great weekend thus far and it will continue!

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Book Review: Christ of the Indian Road

As I continue my way through the 25 Essentials list, I finally had the joy of reading Christ of the Indian Road over winter break. I owe this privilege to Eric Mingle who hooked me up with a pretty sweet copy. This was my first exposure to E Stanley Jones and his writings and I can tell you it won’t be my last.

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Winter Break

Part of being a college minister is this thing called Winter Break. Some of you may remember it from your college days, and some of you may still be in the middle of it. It’s a nice two week period for me (a full month for college students) where I can recover from the previous semester and begin to get ready for the next semester. After the jump I’ll show you what I did over break, including some pictures.

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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

Do you have times or moments in your life where you have all kinds of ideas floating around in your head?

Ideas for the house? Ideas for work? Ideas for blogposts? Ideas for fun things to do with the kids? Ideas for what to read? What to buy? The ideas are endless.

But how do you keep track of them all?

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