Unorthodox Interview: Nick Hart – Sometimes, you get what you want. Sometimes… you get what you need!

God gives what we need, not necessarily what we want [display_podcast]Sometimes, you get what you want. Sometimes… you get what you need!This is the story of my buddy, Nick: raised in a Christian home, he wanted to go do ministry, and be a pastor. After trying that out for a bit, he realized “this isn’t what I need.”God showed Nick a whole different ministry, and now he is in a place where he is impacting lives that would have never been reached by anybody else.So, this is a very … [Read more...]

An Unorthodox Interview: Micah Navarijo

Where else can you hear a pirate marine sharing stories with a punk rock pastor? [display_podcast]Today, I get to have a conversation with my buddy, Micah Navarijo. It’s a special episode for me because I met him back when he was a little eighth grader and his mom was mad because he listened to Eminem. Years and years later, he has become a brother and an uncle to my kids.And his story of how God took an angry man, took him through the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, and back here … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: And These Will Be Added to You

Bright-eyed and 23 years old, John paced across his condo balcony. Houston’s medical center towers loomed in his twilit view. He gripped the phone by his ear and smiled as he waited for the answer. “Dad, hey! You won’t believe it—I got a new offer! No, not with the agency—they’ll keep me at the bottom at least another year. This could be my calling. It’s here with my church in Houston, in the youth ministry.”His face fell as his dad’s voice cut through the wires, “Don’t even think about it. I … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: “Wherever You Would Call Me”

If things had worked out differently, you might have found Kenny back in his hometown of Corpus Christi, dressed in a stiff suit and tie, maybe in an office with the sweet smell of leather chairs and a view of the bay. He might have been poring over legal documents, using God’s gifts of speech and debate to disrupt human trafficking as an attorney. For a long time, Kenny imagined his life looking something like that. He wanted to do something meaningful, something his dad could point to and be p … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Author and Perfecter

Bitia Buenrostro was born on November 13th, 1984 in the tiny border town of Brownsville, Texas. Much of her youth was spent carpooling back and forth across the border into Matamoros, Mexico. Summers were full of youth group adventures, family dinners, and plotting her illustrious Quinceañera, a life event that rivals the importance of a wedding day to a little girl in Mexico.Just before she entered fifth grade, Bitia’s parents withdrew her and her little brother from the private school in Br … [Read more...]

WWUTT: What Does the Bible Say About Making New Years Resolutions?

Ah… the New Year! Time for a fresh start, new beginnings, bogus prophecies that don't mean anything - seriously watch out for those yahoo's declaring, “This is the year of your breakthrough!”By now, you've made a few New Year's resolutions of your own. Perhaps you want to lose a few pounds, or break a bad habit, or learn a new skill. And then in two weeks, when you epically fail at your resolution, you'll say, “Ahh, there's always next year.”Is it a good idea for Christians to be making r … [Read more...]