Joy Set Before Us

How best to announce the new blog re-title and a return to writing for 2017? How about with a new post about 2016?!

For those that are wondering where I have been, I may post a family and life update another time, but for now, here you go!

This tweet from Ben Rector made me laugh. Many of the things he does have that effect on me. He’s right. We’re about to hit 2017, and just about everyone is making jokes and complaining about how awful this year has been. There have also been reactionary Facebook posts and the like to try and reframe 2016 positively by counting one’s blessings, as it were. On one level, I applaud these sorts of reactions. That’s because they are bucking the generally accepted trend these days that if something is broadly viewed as crummy, we all get a free pass to complain about it.

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Planned Parenthood Through The Lens of Foster Care

So there are already a million blogs written on the subject of the Planned Parenthood videos. There are some really great ones that are far more worth your time than what you about to read from yours truly, to be sure. Many of them are in my twitter feed and are worth a look. But, as I awoke this morning to the sound of my foster daughter’s sweet voice singing “Papa! Where are you??” I was struck with a thought that I felt compelled to write down. Continue reading

Worship Leadership As Pastoral Ministry

Hey everyone! Long time, no blog! Re: my last blog entry  about our upcoming family changes, we have turned in our first round of paperwork today and finishing up our remaining classes this month as prospective foster parents. We would appreciate your continued prayer and support. Stay tuned on the blog for more updates as we get them!

In the meantime, I had a few thoughts that I wanted to contribute concerning the topic of worship. As much as I lead worship, you’d think these kind of thoughts would be overflowing, but they aren’t really. But one of the things that is (rightfully) getting talked about more and more in the worship blog “scene” is the idea worship leadership as a form of pastoral ministry. So, I thought I would add my thoughts to the pile and share a little bit of my heart concerning this topic.



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Foster Care Thanksgiving

Mother Care

Hey everyone,

Long time no write! Below is actually a “guest post” from my amazing wife, Andrea Godbold, filling in those who are interested in learning a little bit more about the foster to adopt journey we embarked on earlier this year. It is a short read, but it is a great update on the stretching process that God has begun to work out in us. Hope you enjoy it, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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