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An Atheist Prayer

January 9, 2014 — 4 Comments

“Thoughts in a prison” an atheist prayer by Micah Prewitt.

I came across this song the other day. It’s by a friend of mine, Micah Prewitt. I haven’t seen him in years but he did help out with the music in a student ministry I was leading a few years ago. He now lives in France pursuing music. But his gut-wrenchingly honest song got me thinking…

You don’t have to be an atheist to cry out words like these. There’s probably a time, no matter what you do or do not believe, that you’ve faced a question like this one, “Are you real or are you no?”

Many people face this question when they feel forgotten or overlooked by God. Some people face a faith crisis when circumstances seem to be out-of-whack with what we’ve been taught about God or His character. It doesn’t take much research or googling to see all the awful things happening in the world and so it doesn’t take a genius to know at some point we’re all going to face this kind of question and perhaps say a skeptical atheist prayer.

In fact, it takes a lot of courage to ask a question like this. Especially if you’ve been raised to believe in God. But it also takes a lot of courage for a life-long atheist to pray that same prayer, coming from a different perspective. Here’s my challenge to you all:

  • If you’re an atheist and you’ve never prayed. Pray it. Just try it. Pray it as if you’re actually talking to someone. Ask, “Are you real? If so, show me.”
  • If you’re an atheist who has prayed this before. Try it again. I dare you. Ask, “Are you real? I know I’ve asked before and I didn’t see any evidence that you’re real. So, I’m giving you another chance to show me.”
  • If you’re a Christian and never had a faith crisis, you’re faith is on shaky ground. You’ll have a faith crisis one day and if you have the courage to ask God this question and you come out the other side with your faith intact, your faith will be undeniably solid.
  • If you’re a Christian and you’ve been through this whole process, I challenge you to pray, “God, I know you’re real. I know you’re there. Help me live as though I truly believe that.”

No matter who you are. No matter what you believe. There’s a time in your life where you’re going to face the God question. You’re going to say a bit of an atheist prayer, “Are you real or are you no?”

So tell me. Has your faith weathered the storm? Have you come out stronger? Have you lost faith altogether? Be honest. I want to hear your story.

The ABC’s

January 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

Josiah sings the ABC song. He usually starts off really quiet and gets progressively louder as he sings it. By the end, he’s shouting.

As I sit here in tears…
I pray that if you live in Sonoma County
you’ll be at NVC‘s Night of Worship tonight.
Trust me.
You’ll thank me later.
See you at 6:30pm @ 3300 Sonoma Ave, SR, Ca.

for music lovers

March 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

Favorite Worship Song

May 6, 2010 — 1 Comment

A few days ago I asked “What is your favorite worship song of all time and why?” on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some of the responses:

  • Awesome God – 1
  • Word of God Speak – 1
  • Awakening (Sarah Groves) – 1
  • Shout to the Lord – 1
  • Glory to God Forever – 2
  • The Heart of Worship – 1
  • Indescribeable – 2
  • Wholly Yours – 1
  • Mighty to Save – 1
  • How He Loves – 3
  • It is Well – 2
  • Mold Me – 1

What is yours? and Why?

Blog Tours

April 27, 2010 — Leave a comment

I’ve had the honor of being involved in two book blog tours. A book blog tour is a marketing campaign to get the word out about a new book. Here’s how it works: 1. a blogger is recruited, 2. they send the blogger the book and 3. the blogger then reads and blogs about it.

Here are my two previous blog tour posts

  1. Shift
  2. Scouting the Divine

I have two books tours coming soon. The first is Mark Foreman’s book, Wholly Jesus: His surprising approach to wholeness. And the second is Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Carey Nieuwhof and Reggie Joiner.

If you are about to debut an album, single, book, movie or anything…I’d like to be considered for your blog tour. Just let me know.

feeprerelease

I watched a live webconcert from Fee tonight…let me just say, Awesome. First they played 6 songs from their upcoming album, due out October 6th on iTunes. But the best part was that at the end of the concert they announced that you could pre-order their new album from their website. Wait, the best part…as soon as you buy it, you can also download it from discrevolt.com AND they will ship you a physical copy of the album on Oct 6th! It’s a great deal!

discrevoltlogo

So, I ordered it…it’s a no-brainer. But then I had trouble with the ordering process. But after doing a quick search on the Disc Revolt website I found a contact and within 5 minutes I was chatting with one of the operators of Disc Revolt via iChat. Mike was a ton of help! He hooked me up with a fix to get the album and now I’m listening to it! I’ll post a full review later, but I just wanted to share how awesome this new album is and the customer service at Disc Revolt! discrevoltaim

Who is Jeffrey B. Scott?

September 6, 2009 — 1 Comment

I’ve had at least 10 people ask me before and after each service the past couple of weeks, “Who’s the blond guy?”

Jeffrey B. Scott (pssst. he tweets) is a Worship Leader at *Bayside Church (and New Vintage Church, on occasion). He lives in Sac-Town (Roseville, Granite Bay Area) and has his own music projects you can check out on his website. Below is a sample of what we’ve been experiencing the last couple of weeks. Buy his album on iTunes.

*Bayside is where Lincoln Brewster leads worship

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:1-2

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Hillsong is Back

July 28, 2009 — Leave a comment

Hillsong is Back. It’s not United. It’s Hillsong and it’s back. Can’t wait to get this album.