Monthly Archives: September 2007

Ephesus Logo v2 Concept

Ephesus Logo v2

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it’s a little grainy from the jpeg conversion for web, but the concept is still there. What do you think?

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Logo idea

Coming tomorrow, I’ll throw up the logo we’re working on for Ephesus, let me know what you think when it hits!

Another shot


Originally uploaded by g8rben

Here’s another, the art is for a community art show they are sponsoring.

Vintage 21/Acts29 Boot camp


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Here’s a couple of shots from Vintage21 in Raleigh from the boot camp this past week

Reformed theology, Acts 29 and God’s unmerited favor

Okay so the title really has a lot to do with getting attention, but hey that’s the way it goes! Actually this past week, Casey and Adam and I were at the Acts 29 bootcamp in Raleigh and of course their reformed theology was very much present, but I’ve talked about that before. Whatever assumptions may be made about Mark Driscoll and Acts 29, the reality is they love Jesus and are incredibly successful at planting churches. It was good solid stuff that so many young pastors, folks in bible college and church planters, just aren’t hearing. It’s going to be tough, we have a very specific mission, we need to preach, stay focused on Jesus and be the man God has called us to be and stop screwing around, literally and figuratively. I think two of my favorite quotes came from Mark Driscoll…1) Church planters should keep their hands off the money and the secretary 2) pastors wives should delegate out a lot of stuff but don’t delegate having sex with the pastor. Putting it bluntly the way only he can. It was definitely a building experience. Seeing what Vintage21 is doing was very cool a hint of what God is speaking to us for sure. They’re discovering a way to plant churches today that is working. People are coming to Jesus and are becoming disciples. I’ll blog a couple of shots…

God’s unmerited favor. A great pastor friend of mine described what God was doing at his church and in his city with that phrase. I thought how powerful. We’re moving towards our launch on Easter of 08 and God keeps just kind “making” things come together. People are excited, the vision is getting affirmed and we have unbelievable levels of support and we haven’t even really “pitched” the thing yet. God’s unmerited favor. Right now I’m working on a sermon I’ll presenting at the 3 services at Grace Covenant and on a place for us to meet starting in March. Big, big pieces of the puzzle, but so far it’s been God’s unmerited favor.