Thursday, March 29, 2012

Highland sings Heaven is a Place on Earth from Highland Church on Vimeo.

This was the sermon bumper for last this! We got this idea from a thing we saw at Catalyst. Matt did an awesome job compiling these. Jonathan's sermon series right now is called "Heaven/Earth" so it was perfect. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Guess who lost his first tooth yesterday? Well, this morning Sam informed me that his tooth fairy is a dude...named George. He was so matter of fact. He also told me that George wears a purple shirt and white pants (apparently an ACU alum. Who knew? I'd say he'd make a great candidate for alumnus of the year!)

I asked Sam how he knew all of this. He said, "Oh, well, 'apparently' Maddie's tooth fairy told her and she told me."

"Oh, ok", I said. "Makes sense to me."

Awesome. :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Prayer Wall

Maddie was featured in the "I Am Highland" video series yesterday morning. Love this video and how it shows the spiritual formation that our kids are getting at Highland...a true gift for us! We love our children's minister, Suzetta Nutt!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why The Arts?

This week a wrote an article for a student magazine at ACU. Here's it is...

What does it mean to be salt and light? Jesus admonished his followers to be seasoning in the bring Light to dark places. I remember during one of my first professional jobs as a singer working for Norwegian Cruise Line having conversations with people about faith and God. One of the first things that occurred to me was the petty things we argue about in churches really mean nothing to people outside those walls. What a brilliant strategy of the enemy to get us so distracted by inward arguments that we miss the forest for the trees. As I've gotten a little older and been involved in more aspects of the music and entertainment industry my conviction about these things has only deepened.

 People are quick to dismiss the arts for various reasons. Often times it has to do with the morals (or lack thereof) that seem to surround the entertainment industry. And so, we put our salt back in the box and tuck our light into a safe place just in case it might get snuffed out. (I seem to recall a certain parable of the talents that has something to say about this.)

 Here's my thought on it...God has given you certain gifts and abilities out of His vast creative wealth. He is the ultimate artist, producer, songwriter and creative genius. The world wants to engage in the arts and it's one of the main intersections in our culture. Why in the world would we withhold our part in that conversation? And, that doesn't mean just getting into the arts to make "Christian" movies or music or anything like that. (The word "Christian" should be a noun more than a verb anyway.) Be an artist who believes in Jesus and make good art. Be a singer who believes in Jesus and make good music. Be a filmmaker who believes in Jesus and make movies that reflect culture and speak into it. Our best work is being seasoning.

 Don't give up on your dreams. The truth is, someone out there is going to stand up and decide to try their hand at the entertainment industry. Why not you? What will stop you? Hone your craft, put yourself in places where you will be challenged, be fearless. Someone will. It could be YOU! Above all, keep the conversations open about faith and life. You'll be amazed the impact you'll have just by being a solid friend.

 May God bless you as you exercise all the creative gifts you've been given!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

We are pleased to announce that all ZOE albums are now available for download on itunes! Choose from any and all of the past recordings and build your library of worship music. Prefer Amazon? The songs are available there too! You asked for it and we delivered! Enjoy!