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Jesus Loves You T-Shirts

Jesus Loves You T-Shirts

We were blessed to be able to travel to North Carolina over Labor Day weekend to attend the wedding in the Greensboro area.  Any time I travel, I feel compelled to bust out some of my favorite t-shirts to see if I can elicit any responses from folks. This time, I...

Hillsong Young & Free Merchandise

Hillsong Young & Free Merchandise

One of the things I really admire about our church is that our pastor has a vision to build a sustainable church that focuses on the next generation. That means that our worship music has evolved similar to how Hillsong is transforming. Their music has really evolved...

Twitter Followers Featured On Friday #001

Twitter Followers Featured On Friday #001

My Twitter account has been blowing up lately which has been a true blessing. As a result, I have had the opportunity to connect with a lot of great people.  It shouldn't be any surprise to you that I am a music connoisseur and I generally like all different genres of...

New Worship Songs at Church

New Worship Songs at Church

Have you ever heard a band and written them off only to fall in love with their music? Confession: I did that to the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church band: Citizens.  Now I am HOOKED on their music. The past couple of months we've introduced a couple of their songs. The...

Father’s Day T-Shirts by Life Is Good

Father’s Day T-Shirts by Life Is Good

I'm not going to lie to you...I love being a dad. I have 3 awesome boys that I simply love to death. They bring me so much joy and happiness and it feels like each and every day gets better than the last. With Father's Day around the corner, you might be wondering...

One One Six (One Sixteen) Logos & Tattoos

One One Six (One Sixteen) Logos & Tattoos

Here's the deal. I love Reach Records and their artists. With an artist roster of Trip Lee, KB, Andy Mineo, Tedashii, and Lecrae, Reach Records is stacked. Consider them the dream team of Christian hip-hop. These artists, including Derek Minor now on Reflection Music...

Art + Graphic Design + T-Shirts = Awesome

Art + Graphic Design + T-Shirts = Awesome

The first time I met William Butler, I was visiting with a pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope in lovely West Des Moines, Iowa. We were fairly new to the church and I was in the process of jumping into the deep end of the pool by volunteering on the worship team. I had...

Coffee T-Shirts

Coffee T-Shirts

I gave up coffee about 8 weeks ago. Don't judge me. I'm sad about it too. It's not that I gave up coffee so much as I gave up caffeine. Does that make you feel better?  So I normally drink decaf coffee now. On Fridays, you can usually find me working remotely at a...

My Top 7 Worship Songs

My Top 7 Worship Songs

Tonight I listened to a beautiful duet of Lori Chaffer and Sandra McCracken singing "It's Alright." (I'll post it below in case you want to also listen to this great song) http://vimeo.com/92168954 Then it got me thinking. If you were going to name your top 5 favorite...

Prayer Confessions

Prayer Confessions

I belong to a multi-site church in my hometown of Ankeny, Iowa - just north of Des Moines - the greatest city on Earth. I have the privilege of leading a connection group (AKA a small group) that meets every Sunday night (from 5:45 to 7:15 pm if you ever want to come)...

Introducing the “I Like Jesus” T-Shirts

Introducing the “I Like Jesus” T-Shirts

I like Switchfoot. Period. Jon Foreman is a class act as evidenced by this Huffington Post article penned in response to protesters telling concert goers that "Switchfoot will lead you straight to hell."  Check out this message he shared with the fans at one of his...

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