How far is too far?

Text-msg question about sex/dating answered @ Skull Church.

High Fidelity

We launched a new series at Skull Church called High Fidelity: a study through the book of James. The big idea is that we are meant to amplify our faith in Jesus Christ through the way we live our lives. That is what James is all about; faith lived out-loud, without interference, noise or the static of sin.

Through out the series we will see what the accurate transmission of a genuine faith looks like in different areas like: facing temptation, talking, spending cash and so on. James has been called “the Proverbs of the New Testament” for a reason, he hits on a ton of different subjects and it is all super practical.

I absolutely LOVE the ultra short film that our creative team generated for this series. My hat is off to them at the way they artistically ran with the Hi-Fi concept, both in the vid and with the stage design. you can check out the video here:

The teaching that follows the video is on what the High Fidelity life looks and sounds like in Trials.

how to know the will of God

One of the issues that we all wrestle with is knowing God’s will for our lives.

Questions like: Should I date this person? Should I buy a mac or a pc? Should I take this job offer? What should I do after high-school? and How can I know if I am hearing from God or it’s just my imagination?
Greg Laurie tackles these relevant subjects head-on in this message that he gave at skull church. Ok, maybe not the computer issue, but that is a no-brainer!

He also explains the gospel in a very easy to understand way so send a link to someone who could benefit from hearing it.

Grandfather Clock

Performed by the Myriad live at Skull Church.
(If you are on a mobile device you can watch it on YouTube here)

Mark Driscoll

While I was in Southern California last week I had the chance to meet Mark Driscoll. Mark pastors Mars Hill Church, a multi-site church in Seattle, Washington that is turning a dark city upside down for Christ. Later this year Seattle will be the location for one of Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades and Mark Driscoll is a part of making that happen. I have watched his ministry and preaching for a while and especially enjoy the way he creatively utilizes technology to further the gospel.

levi_greg_markwith Greg Laurie and Mark Driscoll

Spending time with him was a pleasure and I was especially impressed by his humility, kindness and genuine love for Jesus. No doubt those qualities are a big part of the the reason God has given him such a mega-platform, including press in the New York Times, and several appearances on ABC’s Nightline. (If you didn’t see the debate he did with Deepak Chopra on the existence of Satan–check it out on YouTube here.)

He is certainly not without his critics (those who are innovative and do much for the Kingdom never seem to be in short supply of criticism–see Luther, Nehemiah, Spurgeon, John the Baptist and others.) And even though we don’t have everything in common, I would say that we have a whole lot more in common than we do not. I definitely view him as a kindred spirit. I am stoked to see what God will do in and through his life and ministry as he continues to make Jesus famous and I hope to stay in communication with him in the future.

the myriad/greg laurie

On Wednesday at Skull Church, in addition to a special message from Greg Laurie, as a bonus we were joined by Seattle rockband The Myriad. They get tons of play on fresh life radio, have a song on the game Rockband and have even received a good amount of attention from MTV. A few years back we had them at an O2 Experience event and I really dig them. They are super cool guys and musically they are awesome, without a doubt one of my favorites that have played at Skull Church so far–just good clean rock and roll.

After they played Greg gave a great message on how to know the will of God and we saw a number of people respond to the invitation, making professions of faith, at both the Strand and Liberty theatres. I love Greg’s preaching skillz (and his nunchuck skillz* too) he is passionate, easy to listen to, thoroughly Biblical, and hilarious. The next day we flew to SoCal and I spoke at his Bible study in Orange County. I gave a message called Flour Power on the story of Elijah and the Widow of Zarepath from 1 Kings 17 and then promptly ate at in-n-out. Today we spent some time with another super cool pastor who also lives in Seattle but more on that later. The boarding door just closed and I need to make some progress on this weekend’s NUCLEUS message.

*Napoleon Dynamite Reference
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husky power

While Greg was in Montana this week, I wanted him to have some good winter fun–but didn’t want a repeat of his first preaching trip (see here and here.) So we decided to do a different kind of sledding–dog sledding! They don’t have the horse power of a snowmobile, but they do have husky power and it was easily one of the most unique things I have ever done in my life. And nobody was hurt, which is always a plus.

Here is a little video I shot during the expedition.

tonight at skull church

Greg Laurie is in town and is going to be speaking at Skull Church tonight. Greg’s innovative and passionate approach to evangelism has been, without question, the biggest influence in my preaching ministry and what is happening at Skull Church is in many ways fruit to his account. I remember telling him about the idea for this unusually named outreach years ago, while I was still living in California, and it is a thrill to have him come speak at it for the first time. Pray that God moves in many people’s lives as the gospel goes out!

You can watch it live online at at 7pm MST or listen to it on fresh life radio’s new iPhone and iPod Touch stream just by visiting anywhere in the world.

don’t forget to have fun

An important aspect of cultivating the unity and energy in a team is periodically infusing fun elements into the mix. Google has regularly been ranked as one of the funnest places to work at because of unorthodox practices like offering wii bowling lessons and sushi in the cafeteria. Patagonia is an outdoors outfitting company whose offices completely empty out anytime the surf’s up–because all the employee’s rush to catch a wave. REI offers a full dog park at their headquarters so that their employees can bring their dogs to work everyday.

If you haven’t ever done anything fun with your team–go and play lazer tag, shoot paintballs at each other, or just order some pizza, you will be surprised how much of a difference it will make. We had one of our most productive and important pastors meetings in recent history this past week and it took place in between chairlift rides during an afternoon spent snowboarding. We regularly spend time as a team sharing bizarre theories about the survivors of flight 815 and the dharma initiative. Here’s the point, no matter what sort of a team you are leading–you will move closer to the maximum potential as you intentionally create a culture of fun.

Day of Prayer/Night of Worship

We are having a night of worship at Skull Church tonight, intentionally carving out time to stop and praise God for who He is and the great things He has done at this outreach service. There is no doubt about it, we are experiencing a revival. Hundreds of people have responded to God’s Holy Spirit and made professions of faith in Christ at Skull Church since it began. It is special, exhilarating, breathtaking and delightful to watch people humble themselves, admit their sins and come to Christ that they might find life. It is also addicting, and it makes you want to see it happen again and again.

In the midst of this a verse that has been on my heart is Psalm 85:6 which says, Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? And rather than just being content that we are seeing God move, my heart longs for Him to do more. To revive us again. To ignite a blazing passion in our hearts for Him, for holiness, and for those who are lost. (hopefully one even greater than our passion for the other LOST!) We decided to take a night and set it aside to specifically pray for this to happen. A night to celebrate our great God and pray for Him to take us further up and further in. For Him to purify our hearts and rock our worlds. That night is tonight, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Skull Church is an unapologetically evangelistic service. The reason it exists is so people who don’t know Christ can be invited to hear killer music and the gospel message. At every service there is an invitation for people to publicly respond to the gospel and give their lives to Christ. But for tonight, instead of focusing on inviting someone who is unsaved, we told everyone to come asking for God to (re)ignite their heart with a holy passion. We invited everyone to join us in a day of fasting and prayer today leading up to the service. Starting at 7 this morning we have been guiding the days focus through hourly tweets/fb updates (ranging from prayers of thanksgiving to confession to prayers for our city, for Haiti and so on.) And because our love for God should always work it’s way out to love for others we asked everyone to come to the service tonight with either a package of toilet paper or a cleaning product, items requested by a local homeless shelter.

It has been a clarifying and special day so far and I can’t wait to come together at Skull Church tonight with everyone and lift our voices and hearts to God together. We will be asking God to make Jesus famous in our lives, and that people would continue to come to know Christ at Skull Church as they are invited by friends, coworkers, and family members–both in person and on the radio/website. We are praying for Him to do even greater things in this city than we have seen Him do in the past.

Next week, hopefully with our hearts ablaze, our focus returns to evangelism and we are so excited to have Greg Laurie coming to speak at Skull Church, for the first time ever. Stoked!

Please join with us in prayer as we paddle to catch a fresh wave of God’s Holy Spirit.