I want to give you an apology for the unannounced lull in blogging. Some of you got my blog posts in your email several time a week, and I have been dark for a month (maybe more??). To say the least, this season has been tumultuous, though highly enjoyable for me, my family, and my church.
For one, Britt Merrick, has taken a leave of absence as the pastor of vision and preaching at Reality.
This is so that he can completely devote his time and energy towards his daughter, Daisy Love, who is fighting through her third round of cancer in as many years. They have moved to Israel to seek temporary treatment. I love calling this man my pastor, who would put the well-being of his family above any other person, and even more proud of him for raising many people to step in to places of leadership. In this season, I will be filling in for him as the full-time interim pastor for preaching at Reality Santa Barbara. You can hear more of his announcement about this here:
Second, our beloved college ministry, Adorn, will be coming to a close at August 24.
Adorn has been an invigorating, refreshing, Christ-exalting journey, and it has changed my life for the better. You can hear the full explanation behind why we are transitioning during this move of God, and the fruitful testimony of what Christ has accomplished through Adorn in the last few years here:
In addition to these, Brianna and I will be bringing a daughter into the world on August 28!
All of this change is happening at once, and so my blog has taken a sad, but appropriate backseat. I will still continue to break from blogging due to the ongoing transitions, and until I can fully devote myself to writing, posting, researching, studying, and commenting. I am a blogging nerd, and I want to do it well, if at all. Now for the good news (depending on who you are)…
I plan on writing again in mid-September, and with a reinvigorated focus.
For the past few years, this blog has been actively engaged with and focused on Millennials—that generation born between 1980 and 2000—being on mission in Santa Barbara, CA. I have a deepening passion for my generation, and when I come back, you can expect that I will still preach, communicate, and write to them. But I will also be widening the focus of this blog to include the whole church in Santa Barbara, which aligns with my heart to see all generations maturing in their faith together, and gives me a chance to speak more about two things I also love: Christ and His church.
Until then, I am going dark, and I would love your prayers.
In addition to preparing my heart and life for my daughter, wife, Reality, and the transition from Adorn, I will also be prayerfully renewing my focus on the blog content that will again live here, so that when I return in a month, we can hit the ground running for the glory of God and the gladness of his people in him. If you subscribe to the blog, you will know when all of this happens!
Thank you for your readership, dialog, comments, and overall good spirits. I will see you very soon :-)
This was Reality’s theme video from yesterday’s Easter service…
This is a story about broken things being restored, a picture of the beautifying work of Christ’s resurrection.
Video was a collaboration between Venture Visuals, Reality Media, and Reality SB.
Our 3rd campus was launched at 10am this morning!
(image by Tyler Morgan)
One of the reservations we were carrying in preparation for the launch was the all too common tendency of a big event to feel like a concert. Really, it’s just our tendency as American consumers to make everything about something that serves our personal needs. But months of prayer blew through consumerism today as many were able to engage God, and be engaged by God as if it were just another wonderful Sunday.
The Psalmist’s words are eerily prophetic for today…
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. (Psalm 63:1-2)
Soli Deo Gloria!