I DON’T KNOW…

I DON’T KNOW.
We don’t like these words. We don’t like saying these words. We don’t like not knowing. But these three words fill my mind as I try to process this last week’s events, the entirety of the COVID-19 virus crisis…


As a 38 year old, privileged white male who has NEVER wanted for anything…who has always had a roof over his head, a meal to eat, and spare change in my pockets, I DO NOT KNOW how to respond to the death of #GeorgeFloyd. I don’t know how I can yield my voice, my gifts, my pulpit, my pen, my music to a growing chorus of people struggling to help bring biblical justice into our world. I DO KNOW that God weeps with those who weep…and that the comfort of the Holy Spirit has never been needed more than it seems to be needed today. I have so much more to say…but I don’t know quite how to articulate my thoughts yet.


COVID? Why can’t scientists, politicians, and idiots who are trying to look smart just rest in knowing that it’s ok to say I DON’T KNOW. We don’t know what’s next with this virus. We don’t know what all the symptoms are and how they manifest themselves..We don’t know if/when a next wave of cases comes where they will be, what they will look like. We don’t know if we’re reopening things too soon. There’s just SO MUCH we don’t know. We need to not guess and say that we think we don’t know. Because we DON’T know.


Here’s another I DON’T KNOW. We don’t know when Jesus is coming back. But it is “high time” we started living like it could be tomorrow. We need to start RIGHT THIS SECOND making life on earth like it is in heaven. LOVING one another…STANDING UP, KNEELING, WEEPING, CELEBRATING with those who need people to love them where they are, who they are. Why? Because it’s what Jesus would do. I need to do a better job acting, living, speaking, and LOVING like Jesus.

A New Perspective…from the Pulpit…the Preaching Life.

I’ve always been a part of the local church.

It’s always been an important part of my life.

For the last 19 years, I’ve been in worship leadership, from churches of 20 to churches of 2200…and everywhere in between.

But now, my leadership perspective is different from the preaching position. Every day is a new challenge. Every day, I am continually reminded and every day I see and feel the need to do everything I can to love, respect, and to a certain degree, protect the church that I”m so Blessed to serve. Yes I know, being the “church protector” is really not in any preacher’s written job description. But one thing I’ve learned in the short time (just over a year) that I’ve been preaching every Sunday (as opposed to leading worship), is that I see the relationships, the good, the bad, the fractures, the brokenness, and I’m brought into situations that are directly affected by and, in a sort of cycle, can directly affect the unity of the Church. And I seem to have this feeling welling up inside me that makes me feel like a big part of my responsibility is to do whatever I can within my “power” to help protect and unify Christ’s body, the church.

Combine that with the fact that I’m in a place where everything seems to come back to  Matthew 18, and the key teaching Jesus offers there. I remember the first time I ever really was challenged about this incredibly important word from Jesus on relationships, conflict, and the way Christ calls us to deal with each other as members of Christ’s body and as kingdom disciples.

One way Satan continually attacks the Church is through gossip…within, and outside of the church.

Guard your ears, don’t believe hearsay, and don’t contribute to it. Just because you hear something from someone who knows someone who used to go to your church and they say something, doesn’t mean its accurate!

We are the body of Christ. We need each other. The “world” is watching and sees when we are fractured by broken relationships, rumors, and by people who think it’s their place to “talk” about what they perceive to be correct about what’s going on “at church.” Church is People. Let’s love each other, serve each other. You want to know one reason the church finds itself in our current situation? When people look at us, they see people bickering, gossiping behind each other’s backs. Is that the kind of reputation Christ’s body is deserving of? Is that the type of Church that can make a difference in a community?

Be the difference you wish to see in the Church.