WHY WE NEED TO BE MORE LIKE STARBUCKS

The local church can learn from Starbucks. That might come as a shock to you because these two “organizations” have foundationally different missions. However, the church can benefit from how Starbucks goes about making a cup of coffee.   The simple way to break this down is to talk about what we experience when we […]

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THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

Pick a movie. Any movie. Watch 30 seconds from the middle of the movie, and tell me what the story is about based on that clip.   Impossible right?   You can’t pick up the plot of a movie from 30 random seconds. The perspective is too narrow. You miss big characters, major plot points. […]

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LOOKING FOR LOVE IN THE WRONG PLACES

Tis the season for Hallmark movies, sweet jewelry commercials, and the overindulgence of Ben & Jerry’s fueled by the deep, unfulfilled longings of single people. This may be an over-exaggeration, but the Holiday’s do tend to remind those of us with a deep longing for a Gospel-centered marriage of the lack of diamonds placed on […]

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THE COMPLAIN DRAIN

Back in my church youth group days (which weren’t that long ago … yet), driving my youth leaders up a wall by complaining and challenging everything they said became my favorite pastime.   “Why are we playing wiffle ball tonight? Capture the flag is so much more fun!”   “Really?! We’re going to that stinking […]

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HIDE AND SEEK

Fear. Insecurity. Guilt. Abuse. Rejection. Physical Disabilities. Loss. Grief. Abandonment.   These are just a few of the reasons so many people hide behind a wall of  “never wanting others to know the true state of their hearts.”  Many who follow Jesus deal with the fear of being known by those in the community of […]

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ABRAHAM GO

During the month of July, I had the privilege of going to Busch Gardens in Tampa with my sister and her two oldest children. While walking around the theme park, I saw signs that read:  Hey Pokémon Trainers! Be aware of your surroundings and follow all safety guidelines and procedures, including not entering any restricted […]

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These Men are Waymakers!

Before our time in Pugwini this year came to a close, we were able to have church service in the new Pre-School on Sunday where we saw many men, women and children come to hear the Word. During the service, our team was able to share words of encouragement, practical application of scripture, and saw […]

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Morgan’s Preschool

My wife, Cheri, and I became connected with Sports Outreach Institute in 2012 when I traveled on my first missions trip with them to Uganda. During this trip, I saw things that I had never seen, heard things that you only hear about on TV and got to experience life on the other side of […]

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Victory Declared

Brentwood church has partnered with Sports Outreach since 2012 to restore hope, provide opportunities for growth, and share the love of Jesus with the Pugwini village in Gulu, Uganda. Over these years we have seen many great victories.  We have seen a school built that provides opportunities for around 100 preschool age children every year […]

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Fully Spent

Today started off with the meeting of the clans. This meeting is held with all of the clan leaders, men and women, to discuss issues that are occurring within the clan which consists of multiple villages.  None of our teams or even our partner had been invited to the clan meeting before, so this was […]

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