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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...

Rend Collective Experiment Concert & T-Shirts

Rend Collective Experiment Concert & T-Shirts

A couple of nights ago, we were blessed in seeing and worshiping along with Rend Collective Experiment - a great worship band from Ireland. My wife and I planned to go together on a date but we were surprised earlier in the day when our 6th grade twin sons asked if...

TobyMac T-Shirts

TobyMac T-Shirts

I grew up loving him as one of the musicians in DC Talk. My kiddos only know him as TobyMac, although they do think Jesus Freak is an awesome song. While my youngest is more of a fan of TobyMac's latest album, "Eye On It", my oldest sons and I favor "Portable Sounds."...

Jeremy Camp T-Shirts

Jeremy Camp T-Shirts

As a musician and worship leader, I've always respected Jeremy Camp and his music. I must have worn out my copy of his first album, "Stay" which had some of my favorite tunes on it including: Understand, Right Here and Walk By Faith. But I always loved his gritty, raw...

Spotify T-Shirts

Spotify T-Shirts

I believe everything happens for a reason. A couple of years ago, my 2003 Toyota Corolla was broken into while I was at the movies. The vandals made out with my GPS and my beloved 64GB iPod (yes, I own a lot of music).  Since I have an hour commute to work each way, I...

The Best Christmas T-Shirts Ever

The Best Christmas T-Shirts Ever

Yesterday was awesome. Why? Because it was our annual holiday party at the office. Actually it wasn't at the office. It was at Bass Pro Shop. I'm guessing you saying to yourself, "Well, it doesn't get much better than that." It does. You see, we were required to dress...

Jesus T-Shirts Part 2

Jesus T-Shirts Part 2

Back by popular demand (actually, we're not really sure if you were a big fan of our previous post or not), we bring you... Jesus T-Shirts Part 2!  In our previous post entitled (prepare yourself for this one, folks), "Jesus T-Shirts Part 1", we highlighted a few of...

Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United

Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United

When I'm not geeking out at my full-time digital marketing job or designing a t-shirt, I'm serving at my church as a volunteer worship leader. If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a huge Hillsong United fan. So naturally we're playing their music at our home and...

Life Is Good T-Shirts

Life Is Good T-Shirts

We thought we'd take some time to introduce you to one of our favorite brands. Life Is Good. You've probably seen these Life Is Good t-shirts before out and about, but if you haven't read their story in how they got started, it's definitely worth your time. Check it...

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