Tag Archives | Passion

Baptism, The Goodness of God, and Our Need For Revival

On July 15, 2017, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Wrightsville Beach, I was baptized by my dear friend, Kevin Adams. Then, I had the honor and privilege of baptizing my oldest son, Matthew, and my mom, Mary Grey. To celebrate, we put together a short video below. For me, this event marks a new chapter in my life—a stepping in to my calling to pastor and lead people for God’s purposes. It’s because of this vision and because […]

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Courageous Patience

It has taken me four years to understand what I am about to share with you. In the summer of 2013, I discovered a newfound passion for writing and speaking that had previously laid dormant. Filled with excitement, I couldn’t wait for this dream to become a full-time endeavor. I was writing daily and striving like crazy to make it happen. I was effective and productive. As people began following along, my excitement grew. But hindsight often affords us the clarity we […]

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Faith and Business: How Do We Bridge the Gap?

As an eighteen-year-old high school student, I was given the task of completing a senior project. It seemed like an insurmountable goal to culminate thirteen years of education and my personal ideals into a thesis paper, related product, and oral presentation. I titled my project “Faith in Business”, an attempt to highlight the idea that these concepts were not oil and water. I wanted to prove that contrary to cultural belief, faith and business were not only intertwined, they were mutually beneficial. Those who judged my efforts introduced common criticisms, making […]

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I Wrote One Song That I Never Shared With Anyone, Until Now

Listen to this post on the latest episode of my podcast, Whole Life Matters, or read below. For future podcast episodes, you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play Music. Why Are You Running? When I was in college, I developed a love for playing the guitar. Looking back, I’d say that pushing through the pain of callouses served me well. My guitar became a refuge, and a handy resource to pay the bills when I was going […]

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There is More to Life Than Football, Maybe…

If you could turn back the hands of time and have a conversation with your high school self, what would you say? What wisdom would you impart to a younger you? There’s a brilliant song by Brad Paisley called, Letter to Me, where he takes us on this journey of writing a letter your younger self. What an incredible concept. What regrets would you relive? What relationships would you repair? What words would you retract? These are ominous questions and I’m sure your bad […]

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How Am I Supposed to Know My Calling?

How am I supposed to know what my calling is? I get this question all of the time and, for whatever reason, many times this week. As I thought about it, I was reminded of a story: Earlier this year, Liz and I made a trip to The City by the Bay, San Francisco. One day, as we made our way through Union Square, there was a man. His blue hooded sweatshirt hid the distinction of his face as he […]

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A Town Called Comfortable

Far away, on the other side of living, is a town called Comfortable. Over rivers and beyond canyons, it rests, tucked perfectly amid the mountains. It’s a beautiful town, rather common in its appearance, but enjoyable nonetheless. Honestly, most people didn’t even know it was their destination; they were simply traveling their road. Years before, their journey had begun with ambition and passion. Excitement filled their veins as they were fueled by their dreams. Hope was their guide and Faith their compass. But like […]

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