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I am privileged to be a part of an underground society if you will. Think of it as the dead poets society without poetry. It’s called “the forge” and it is a group of men from different churches in the area who meet monthly. The men in this group are all leaders and also should start another group called “overachievers anonymous”. We are all guys who believe so strongly about the great commission that we do everything we can to fulfill God’s call and sometimes in unhealthy ways.

We meet and talk and get real honest. More honest and transparent than we can be in our own congregation because most of us are in small churches. We hold each other accountable and speak into each others lives sometimes no holds barred (not the hulk hogan movie). We also just have a blast laughing, shooting pool at the bar next to my church, worshiping, and enjoying each other and God.

There have been three things we have all noticed.

  • It’s ALL about relationship
  • 100% Honesty is 100% the most important thing
  • You have to have fun!

Those key factors led one of my Forge brothers to the inspiration for the leadership development process in his church. He is going to be implementing it this year and I can’t wait to see how this works.

It’s called “roots” and below is what he says about it:


To develop people in our church to become agents of change that impact our surrounding community by boldly and innovatively sharing God’s love.


The focus of this ministry is to cultivate the character and leadership abilities of individuals to reflect the heart of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

Through the teaching of God’s word and communion with one another, the relationships forged will cultivate a catalyst for spiritual growth that will spur on the body of believers.


Commitment to meeting regularly (weekly or bi-weekly) will be required and must be a priority for each individual.

Each meeting will be characterized by a time of teaching from God’s word in various formats (such as video, devotional, reading, etc.) along with time for building relationship (through sharing, testimonials, praying, etc.)

Individuals will be expected to engage the body of believers through a form of ministry or outreach (small groups, welcome center, soup kitchen, etc.) empowered by the outpouring of Christ love administered through us.

Mentor relationships must be sought by each individual. Corporate meetings are intended to foster mentorship, not to be the suffice for it.

Personal growth is emphasized through daily reading of the Word, and times of prayer.

Unity is an essential factor to the Kingdom of God. Attendance of 1PRAYER meetings is required in order to be apart of and network with other believers to fulfill God’s complete vision for our local community

Yeah we all have had our posts about how killer the music in the 90’s was…and I agree.

Here is what I’m listening to right now from that time. ROCKABILLY SWING! Setzer, Cherry poppin daddies, and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Tell me you love ’em too. I miss the 90’s music.





Everywhere I look the keytar is popping up in bands. This crazy 1980’s instrument has been revived. I hope nothing else from the 80’s comes back like leg warmers. YUCK! Anyway I love the keytar and love seeing it in todays music. Bands like Family Force 5, Worth Dying For (my new favorite band), DCB*, and Mute Math are showcasing this thing. Boy I wish I had one.

Anybody else? like it? Want one?

Deluge: CD Review

March 26, 2008 — 2 Comments

March 4th this CD came out. It is Deluge.
They are the youth band for the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, LA. It was recorded live at a Youth convention there with 7000 people. It features Jonathon Stockstill, from the main team and popular from the song “Let the Church Rise”.

I Received this in the mail to review and went into it with my thoughts about the church. I have made mention of it before on here. I am not a fan of seeker churches and I am even less of a fan of the G12 apostolic ministry churches like Bethany. So when this CD came I was not very excited about it.

When I played it trying to give it the benefit of the doubt I was floored. I found myself sucked in to a pretty cool stylistic sound. It was not like the gospel flavored sound that they use in the adult band. This one had more edge or grit to it.

The intro was very cool and uses a drum core. I wish that it went into the 1st song, but there is a bit of a disconnect. The first song I believe has a very cool 90’s psuedo punk feel to it. Jonathon adds a very interesting quality to the sound. His voice is like mixing Jeremy Camp with John Mayer. It is an odd combination but I found myself really enjoying it as I listened. The track Crazy is just that. CRAZY. I love this song and can’t stop playing it. It is an edgy song with an almost spoken style of singing. Then it goes into this raucous guitar riff. I love it.
From then on we here many different styles of music. It is hard to pinpoint what kind of style this band is. It is heavy on the keyboards, Jonathon’s main instrument, yet throws in some great U2 style riffs. All in all it is an original sound and feel. With the diversity in styles I found myself listening to it over and over again and not getting bored.

For me there is one stand out song. It is also the slowest song, but it is extremely powerful. “whisper His Name”. This song is brilliant and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my worship.

This CD gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and it is worth a look.

Integrity Music

below is the song crazy