10 Things I Learned at Bonnaroo (and what they taught me about Christianity)

Bonnaroo14ArchI’ve attended Bonnaroo with my daughter for the past 4 or 5 years. This is an experience I have come to love. It’s amazing to see so many diverse people lay down their differences and dance. As the 2015 lineup is released, I am reminded of a few things I learned on my first trip to the Farm:

1 – “gourmet coffee” does not mean good coffee.
Yeah, things aren’t always what they’re promoted to be. Reminds me of a proverb I learned as a child, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (14:12)

2 – The music I once loved hasn’t changed, I guess I have. – Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper just wasn’t as amazing as I remember him being in high school. Perhaps Paul knew what he was talking about when he said, “If any man is found in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5: 17)

3 – Hippies are more accepting than most Christians I know.
How much more appealing might we be if we would, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”? (Romans 15:7) Continue reading “10 Things I Learned at Bonnaroo (and what they taught me about Christianity)”

The Power of Words

Hall-of-Fame“Dad, wanna hear my life song?”

I always enjoy conversations with my son. Sometimes, though, we just put on some tunes and sing together as we drive down the road. This was one of those days. The inquisition came mid-song and caught be off guard, “Dad, wanna hear my life song?” This is pretty big stuff coming from the mouth of a 12 year old. I don’t even have a life song. What exactly is a life song? In the moment of scattered thoughts, only one word was necessary, “Yes!” Continue reading “The Power of Words”

Grace Fellowship Youth Band Wins State-Wide Competition

Earlier this month, Grace Fellowship’s youth worship band was awarded 1st place among 72 bands entering a state-side competition. The band is comprised of 1 junior high (lead guitar) and 4 high school students. Congrats to these young leaders from Johnson City, TN – keep it up!

Here’s a video of their performance at the awards ceremony: