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Frank The Podcast

I was so pleasantly surprised to learn of this great little podcast called Frank the Podcast! It’s a humorous, fun and honest dialogue about faith, pop culture, real life and so much more. A couple of my buddies are hosts on the show, T.J. Hill and Darin McWatters. I think you’ll really enjoy this tasty little treat and it’ll keep you laughing through your week. I laugh so hard everytime I hear these cornballs. So awesome. Leave a comment and let me know if you listen and your favorite episode or quote.

ENJOY!

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Topic Driven or Verse by Verse…

Okay…this is a random question for the blog today…

When you go to church on the weekend do you prefer Teaching Series that take on real life topics through the lens of Scripture or do you prefer a more old school approach and just want to hear verse by verse, chapter to chapter Bible Teaching? When you answer the question include why.

It’s an interesting conversation and there is no right answer…it’s just different approaches to communication.


Your Love Never Fails

I’ve recently come to love a song called Your Love Never Fails. It’s such a solid reminder of what the Bible proclaims to us about Gods love. These are some of they lyrics I’m just loving to lead right now. You can catch a great version of this song on Jesus Cultures worship album called Your Love Never Fails.

This video has a sweet little part in it from this past weekend. I got in a pinch over the weekend and called in a favor from an old friend to come play guitar. My friend Mike Eldred is a blues king and can shred him some leads. He’s also the Director of Custom Guitars at Fender, small fish. HA. This past weekend was no exception to his shredding and at the 3rd service during Your Love Never Fails I couldn’t hold back the WOW. HAHA. The guy can just shred and we got lost in it for a minute. We’ve got some AMAZING players here at Cornerstone and they bring exactly what we need every week, but Mike just has this Blues shredding capacity that we really don’t use week to week. So…enjoy his serious shredding and this awesome tune.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the song too!!! Have you heard this tune? Do you like it? Not?

Center For Church Communications :: My New Role


Okay, I’ve got to share some pretty awesome news with you guys!  I was recently asked by Cynthia Ware from the Center for Church Communications to be a part of a small group of creative individuals across the country to help support and promote ministry comm professionals. I am excited about this opportunity to help those who are spreading the gospel through creative means. Seriously incase you didn’t know, the CFCC is behind many great projects (the most popular being the Church Marketing Sucks blog).

The group so far is made up of some down right amazing, creative, and passionate individuals.  I’m truly humbled and honored to be serving with all of these great people:

If you’re in church communications and I don’t know you, please leave a comment or email me. I would love to connect and see how I can help support and promote what you’re doing.


*thanks to Matt Knisely for a well written blog post 🙂

Good Friday – His Suffering, His Death…

I watched this video today and it just is amazing to consider what Christ did for us! We have an amazing Savior, Friend, Hope and Sacrifice in Jesus. He truly paid it all and thanks be to God for giving us Jesus. Today is a day to remember his suffering. Today is a day, not to move to His resurrection, but, to soak in his suffering. Today is a day where we remember, that where animals used to be slain for the remission of our sins, while we were still sinners Christ died for us. He took the place of an animal, a Lamb, but, moreover, a PERFECT LAMB that we might be Co-heirs with Him in the Kingdom of God.

In a few sentences what does Christ suffering mean to you? Comment if you would!

Listen as this Surgeon explains, from a medical perspective, what Christ did for us on that cross. Reflect, consider, be still, contemplate, medidate and remember Christ in his suffering today. Let Easter come where it will this weekend, but, for today just consider Christ in his suffering for us.

Isaiah 53:4

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Also, this Lenten prayer has been one that I’ve mediated and prayed many times during the season of Lent (thanks for the lead jarrett stevens). Join me in this prayer today:

A Prayer for Lent, by Henri Nouwen

How often have I lived through these weeks without paying much attention to penance, fasting, and prayer? How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of the season without even being aware of it?
But how can I ever really celebrate Easter without observing Lent? How can I rejoice fully in your Resurrection when I have avoided participating in your death?

Yes, Lord, I have to die-with you, through you, and in you-and thus become ready to recognize you when you appear to me in your Resurrection.

There is so much in me that needs to die: false attachments, greed and anger,impatience and stinginess…. I see clearly now how little I have died with you, really gone your way and been faithful to it.

O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.

A Cry for Mercy: Prayers from the Genesee; Image Books, 2002

In a few sentences what does Christ suffering mean to you? Comment if you would!


Catalyst West Coast – April 22-24, 2009 – Newport Beach, CA

I’ve got two exciting things to announce about Catalyst West Conference that is coming to Newport Beach, CA on Aprill 22-24th, 2009. I’m not gonna share both of them in this post, however, you do get one of the pieces of news. The first bit is kind of fun and if you’re still undecided about going maybe it will motivate you to commit. The line up for this conference is absolutely ridiculous. You will be learning and drinking in from some of the most prolific Kingdom-minded leaders in the world during these days in April. Check out their website. Line up includes:

Worship by Hillsong United, Steve Fee, Aaron Keyes and Joel Auge
Speakers include: Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Rick Warren, Guy Kawasaki, Ravi Zacharias, Francis Chan, Brian Houston, Erwin McManus, Perry Noble, Catherine Rohr, Jud Wilhite, and Luis Palau

ANNOUNCEMENT – PART I

I’ve been given the ability to help you and your team get SPECIAL PRICING on the conference if you reference my name and blog. You have to contact Aaron Foster who is leading the charge on the sales end at Catalyst to get the deal. All you need to do is mention that ‘Brian Wurzell said you’d hook us up’ and he will give you a price that I cannot print. 🙂 You can contact him at aaron.foster@catalystspace.com or on his direct line 678-225-3501. TELL YOUR FRIENDS TOO!

Bring your team, sleep on a family members floor, if you have too, take a day or two off work, but, don’t miss this epic leadership summit. Aaron will take care of you if you call him soon, but, they’re almost sold out so I would try and call him this week to make sure you don’t get left out.

check out my – announcement part deux

The Shack – An Abomination?

I recently saw this clip from a Pastor in the Seattle area named Mark Driscoll. He’s a pretty credible leader within the larger scale of the church and has a wide stroke of influence nationally. I’ve actually visited their church in Seattle and they are doing some AMAZING things in that city. Mark also has some brilliant things to say about leadership, vision and the local church.

I watched this clip and for some reason it just didn’t sit right with me. Honestly, I’ve never read The Shack (and I probably need too), but, I did watch an interview that Jarett Stevens did with the Author of the book at 7:22 back in the fall. Personally, I enjoyed the interview with the Author and I thought he explained the premise on which he wrote the book and did that pretty articulately.

I’m curious what your thoughts are on Marks perspective regarding The Shack. Have you read the book? Is it, truly, heretical as Mark calls it? Do you get the sense that William Paul Young is simply utilizing a story to paint a picture or is he really making a ‘false idol’ for us to try and contain? Watch the clip and post your thoughts!