Red is Coming to Skull Church

Good Friday is the day of days for Skull Church. It was on Good Friday that Jesus was taken to Golgotha, the place of the skull, and brutally murdered for the sins of the world. That is what Skull Church is about. It’s an evergreen message that never gets old.  His substitutionary death is relevant and powerful 365 days of the year. But there is no day more appropriate to blast it from the loudest speakers possible than Good Friday,  the day it all went down.  You could say that Good Friday is the Skull Church equivalent of the Super Bowl.

To honor the magnitude of the day, we have gone all out and planned something super special. The Majestic Valley Arena is the largest venue in Northwest Montana, and since Good Friday is the biggest day of the year for Skull Church; it only made sense for the two to go together.  Skull Church Majestic.  It  just rolls off the tongue.  Oh yeah and we will be joined for this epic night by the band Red.  They have appeared on Conan, the Tonight Show and have lit up Billboard charts and we are excited to have them at Skull Church for the first time.

We are praying for God to move in power in the lives of those who come as the message of the cross is unleashed.  Of course, it will all be webcast live in HD for those who can’t make it. Maybe even think of inviting some people over to your house or to watch it together.  You never know what God might do!   If your church or youth group isn’t doing anything on Good Friday you could even put an event together to watch the event streamed online.

It’s all going down on Friday, April 6th at 7pm (MST.)


Luminate

In January we had the pleasure of having the band Luminate perform at Skull Church. Here is a video from that performance of their song, “New Beginnings.” Check it out. These guys are awesome.


We’re finally releasing the story!

I love that we are getting to release this project, chronicling what we have seen God do in our day, on Valentines Day! You can watch the whole thing for free for fourteen days, and purchase it on blu-ray, dvd or digital download, this week, at freshlifechurch.com. I am praying that as we release this God uses it in big ways.

The Fresh Life Story Trailer from fresh life church on Vimeo.


Fresh Life on Blu-ray

On Valentines Day we are finally releasing the Fresh Life Story! We are offering it on DVD, digital download (in both standard and high-definition) and on Blu-ray. Starting Tuesday, February 14th you can place your order at freshlifechurch.com. We are also excited to be streaming the entire film to watch for free online for fourteen days.

Our prayer is that this story of our journey would be used to inspire and encourage pastors, church-planters, and Christians all over the world. Perhaps think of getting your team together to watch it together. It would be perfect for a staff meeting or to get pumped up before brainstorming a big project. I wish we had been able to watch a piece like this as a team before we set out for Montana!

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We also created a very special and unique two-day edition of Fresh Life Audio, our radio program, that will be airing on February, 13th and 14th that includes content from this project so be sure to tune in. For a list of radio stations that air fresh life audio click here.


skull church can’t do that

As a rule I generally don’t read letters that come in anonymously. I have found that often times when people communicate without including their name it’s because they are cowards who just want to take a potshot and criticize from the shadows. From the safety of an unsigned letter the venom can freely drip off of the page. The worst part is when you are done reading it, and the barbs have done their worst, you can’t do anything about it. But that was the point all along; damage not dialogue.

But I recently read a note someone wrote me that was clearly left unsigned, not for the purpose of vitriol, but out of shame and embarrassment.

Dear skull church person,
I think your ministry is great and all, but the one think I think you should touch on is what about Christians who have fallen away from God. How to get them to come back. I’m 18 years old, and I have an addiction to pornography and masturbation. I know both are so wrong, but I can’t seem to stop. I know I’m a christian, but my walk with Christ is dead. I need help. Please pray for me.

As I read this note my heart went out to him and a million others just like him that are saved but struggling. It’s clear that he feels that what we are doing isn’t helping him in the battles he is fighting as he tries to walk with God. But here’s the thing: skull church can’t do that. There’s no way it can. Skull church is there to present the gospel to those who have never heard it, with the intention that those who commit their lives to Christ would get plugged in at a local fellowship where they can be baptized, hear the Bible taught consistently, get into a small group to grow as a disciple, and begin serving. If that’s fresh life, great. If it’s another church, also awesome.

Looking to an evangelistic outreach to move forward in your walk with God would be like taking your car back to the dealer anytime it’s out of gas. A dealership is a great place to get a car, but it’s not enough if you want to keep fuel in the tank. You need to go to the gas station every week, sometimes more. When you look at Paul’s evangelistic ministry you see this. People would get saved as he would preach, but then he would point them to bodies of believers to grow in their new walks with God. (1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.)

Don’t misunderstand me, I care very deeply about helping those who are struggling with sexual temptation. I have spent the last decade of my life calling this generation to God’s plan for sexual purity and trying to give tools to help them fight for it at O2 Experience events. And at fresh life we have done whole series on this subject, talking about these topics at length (see here and here) But skull church is a one trick pony. It only has one gear. It’s there to amplify the gospel, from the loudest speakers possible, to as many people as possible, until all have heard or Jesus has returned.


Last Night’s Party

There is nothing I have experienced on the earth that is more powerful, overwhelming, and awesome as the birth of a child. Even though my wife and I have been through it four times now, my amazement has not worn off one bit. Days later, as I hold this little girl in my arms, I find it staggering to think that she is the basketball sized lump that my wife had been carrying around last week.

As I spent the days leading up to Skull Church helping care for our little newborn, both in the hospital and then at home, I found myself thinking a lot about birth and what Jesus had to say about rebirth. Specifically, I couldn’t get this one statement out of my head. One night Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) The more I thought and prayed about it the more I sensed God calling me to speak on this verse.

There are so many parallels between physical birth and spiritual birth, and with the miracle of life being so fresh in my mind, the message practically wrote itself. I’m sure it didn’t hurt that I wrote a good deal of it while holding little Clover. It was a very personal and special message to prepare and to give. And it was an absolutely transcendent experience to see Skull Church transform into a Delivery Room as many people responded to the gospel and made public declarations of faith in Christ!

One of the great things about this event is the far-reaching scope of the webcast. Last night we had viewers all over the globe, from Mexico to New Zealand. And we saw commitments to Christ made in: New York, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Utah. It was also a real treat to have a musical performance by Luminate. They are a fantastic band, you should give them a listen.

Here is the lookbook from last night to give you a sense of what went down.