Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Change of Pace

Well, we mixed it up a little at The Net this weekend. A lot more music, a little less talk, and one powerful response time!

We took the weekend to reflect on Thanksgiving and talked about how sometimes the holidays aren't "the most wonderful time of the year!" I shared my personal experience from this past week and hope if nothing else - it helped a few people get re-focused.

In addition, Selina and I decided to serve everyone communion this weekend. The response was overwhelming... We nearly ran out of bread and had only a few drops of juice left. As for the worship - amazing. Thanks to MJ and the band for leading us into God's presence today!

It was a honor spending the morning with all who made it out. I love this church and enjoy being your pastor! Thanks for coming along for the ride!

If you've got 20 minutes and would like to catch the brief message from today, click here or watch below... hope it blesses you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

One Prayer Update

This weekend we gave an update on One Prayer - a movement started 2 years ago by combining the efforts of over 2K churches in giving, outreach, and the teaching of God's word.

If you were a part of One Prayer or a part of The Net and you missed this past weekend's experience - check out the clip below and hear a brief update on the difference you are making around the world!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Trick #6... Kiss the Devil Goodbye!

Today we closed out the series 6 Tricks - shifting gears away from taking action and looking at the Devil's last and most dangerous trick - Just keep going! The big idea: If he can't stop you, he'll push you... to the brink of destruction!

If you're up for learning more about the Sabbath, check out the message. And when you get to the 24:07 mark, what you can't hear that we did live is the music kicking on prior to the 11:20 showing of My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure! Ah, the joys of having church in a movie complex!! :)

Enjoy the trick and take yourself a Sabbath this week!

Trick #6 (Just Keep Going!) from The Net Church on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Trick #5

Our series is quickly coming to a close. But, not before we squeeze in a couple more tricks from our downtown devil. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Trick #5! Enjoy...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Hint of Things to Come

Today I was catching up on some blogs I like to follow. Came across a post by Craig Groeschel of entitled Letting Go of What Other People Think. I liked it. And it fits somewhat with this weekend's message, so I'm sharing his post below. Hope you enjoy it and will be with us Sunday!

Becoming obsessed with what people think about you is the fastest way to forget what God thinks about you.

My mom taught me the common truth, “You can’t please everyone.”

From my observation, ministers seem to be more vulnerable to people-pleasing than most professions.

In reality, we should be the most resolved of all not to live for the applause of men but the approval of God.
  • Don’t let anyone talk you out of following God’s voice.
  • Don’t let anyone’s criticism distract you from your passion.
  • Don’t long for affirmation before you move forward.
Say what God prompts you to say. Go where God leads you to go. Do what God puts on your heart. Let go of living for people. Become obsessed with living for God.

Monday, November 9, 2009

100 Words Or Less...

This weekend we talked about sharing your faith. During the message, I discussed a book I'd read years ago by Bill Hybels (pastor of Willowcreek Church) called Walk Across the Room. In it, he challenges the reader to write out their before-and-after story of how Christ changed their life in 100 words or less. I did. You can hear my story by clicking here.

But, more importantly, we want to hear YOUR story. How did Christ change YOUR life? Can you tell us in 100 words or less? If so, click here and join the ranks!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Trick #4: BONUS WEEK!

This weekend we got another delightful visit via video from our downtown devil. But, in addition - as we discussed the idea of sharing your faith - we got another treat! Have you ever experienced evangelism... door-to-door? Then, you might identify with the video below!

Note: The first video is Trick #4. The second, property of Seacoast Church - on loan to The Net - to show you how NOT to evangelize!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Trick #3

Last Sunday was week 3 in our latest series: 6 Tricks! Below is the video of our downtown devil having fun with a kid who just wanted to be on TV! To watch the entire 30-minute message on When NOT to Pray, click here!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Took a moment this morning to say thanks to everyone who calls The Net their home and faithfully serve God along side us. Included is a brief mention of an outreach project some of our ladies were a part of yesterday at a battered women's shelter.

We're grateful for your service!

Trick #2

Continued our series today called 6 Tricks! Which means our next installment of downtown devil tricks hit the street. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Now, I'm gonna have to go get baptized!"

Last Sunday we followed a devil around downtown Chattanooga to capture him performing tricks for the teeming masses of humanity. After stares, threats, and a few good laughs we came away with 6 videos we will be sharing over 6 weeks as we discuss 6 tricks the Devil uses to render God's church ineffective for the Kingdom! (Yes, for those who were counting - that was three 6's... what can I say, the Devil made me do it)

In this first of six videos, we happened upon a fellow-believer, who after being "tricked by the devil" and coerced by him to verbally admit it, walked away saying, "Now, I'm gonna have to go get baptized!" Priceless!

Hope you enjoy it and will tune in for more tricks of the Devil over the coming weeks!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Downtown Devil!

A new series at The Net begins this Sunday entitled 6 Tricks! We're exposing the Devil's tricks against the church. In preparation for the series we dressed up our own resident devil and headed to downtown Chattanooga this past Sunday. Our goal: to capture our devil performing 6 magic tricks on the general public. Apparently, dressing a guy up as a devil on a Sunday afternoon in the bible belt isn't such a hot idea... no matter how close to Halloween!

In the end, though - we got our 6 tricks. Trick #1 will be shown this Sunday, as we discuss what it really means to be a Christian! I'll see you there with horns on... just kidding!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Does Anyone Else Have This Problem?

This weekend we continued to explore my backyard experiences from earlier this year... more mistakes exposed... more spiritual principles gleaned... more laughs at my expense! But, alas - I doubt I'm the only one who's failed at something and that was the topic of our talk today.

Below are 2 videos... to double your pleasure this week! Both played as part of our weekend experience. If you'd like to catch the spiritual application pertaining to failed attempts at change in our lives, you're welcome to link over to the entire 30-minute message on,, or by visiting our vimeo page.

And don't miss next Sunday, as we conclude the series with a finished yard!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Now You Know...

Kicked off a brand spankin' new series today at The Net called Now You Know What I Did This Summer. Over the next 3 weeks I will make myself vulnerable for the Glory of God as we examine a few "botanical blunders" I made this summer in my backyard.

The spiritual lessons? We'll address areas in our lives that need changed, learn what to do when our attempts at change fail, and discover how to achieve lasting results. Yippie.

Below is a video from this Sunday that lays the groundwork (no pun intended) for the rest of the series. It's worth the watch, even if only to see me receive a verbal tongue-lashing from my wife!

As always, you can catch the entire 30-minute message on,, or by visiting our vimeo page.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Crabtree Congregants!

So, this weekend will be my first time speaking live at The Net in 6 weeks. We just finished an amazing series called At The Movies in which the teaching was 100% by video. During that time our church saw a 33% jump in attendance. This means there are a lot of attenders who have yet to hear the pastor preach!

One such attender (who will remain nameless... he knows who he is) came to me last weekend and said his family loves the church! But, they're holding out on making a decision to call it home until they've heard me speak live (jesting, in part). So, as a return JEST-ure... I've decided to dub him the Crabtree Congregant!

That's right. You see I'm a San Francisco 49ers fan and my team selected Michael Crabtree in the 10th round of the draft. They offered him $20 million over 5 years... and 3 weeks into the season, he's still holding out for a better offer.

Hence the name Crabtree Congregant... Over the past 6 weeks we've had some amazing weekend experiences at The Net... valued at way more than $20 million, if you ask me! :). But my new buddy's holding out to see what's next! And if that's not bad enough... one of my close friend's told him that he shouldn't expect as much from me live as me on video... what's up with that!? Give a brother some love!

At any rate, here's my advice: Join the team! We're an up-and-coming franchise... take the $20 million! And don't forget to tithe on it! :)

See you Sunday... LIVE!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

MOVIE MANIA: What More Is In Store?

We're halfway through our At The Movies series and the buzz couldn't be better! The Net is growing and I'm hearing story after story of lives being touched and God's presence moving through the silver screen. And the 2nd half of our series promises to be filled with just as many challenging messages of hope.

Week 4 is a must see for couples. Week 5 will change the way you see the world. And our final installment, Week 6, will move you to tears - yes, bring the Kleenex!

It has been an honor to be a part of this series and a part of the lives of those who call The Net their home. I love this church and the God we earnestly proclaim!

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Bucket List

Last Sunday was Week 1 of our series At The Movies. The movie of choice: The Bucket List. My bad for not supplying Kleenex! :)

During the teaching segments of the video, we encouraged people to think about their "God List" - those things they would like to accomplish for God or see him do in their lives. Then, we took it a step further. We asked everyone to "text in" their items to us, so we could post them on the screen during the closing music set... powerful!

If you'd like to see what people wrote in, you can get to the list by clicking here. If you couldn't make it Sunday or live out of town - feel free to add your own items at the bottom of the page!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

At The Movies Promo

This Sunday we begin our At The Movies series - and you won't want to miss it, as this is a LIVE-ONLY event! Due to the extensive film content, we will be unable to make the messages available on the internet.

If you come, we promise to make it worth your while. We'll be serving popcorn and drinks, as well as providing some movie soundtrack cover songs and giving away free movie passes to 1st-time guests who bring in the coupon we have available on our website or featured on the front page of this Saturday's edition of the Times Free Press.

Below is our video promo for the series - special thanks to Lil' John and Andy for taking time out of their super busy "feed, wake, sleep cycles" to perform for us!

Hope you enjoy it... and we look forward to seeing you THIS SUNDAY - 10AM at RAVE MOTION PICTURES!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Closing Out the Q Series and Saying Goodbye to Summer!

Enjoyed answering everyone's questions over the past 4 weeks... may do it again sometime. And I am happy to say The Net has survived its first summer. This can be one of the hardest humps to get over for a new church - thanks to all of you who stayed with us for the past few months. As for the rest of those who call The Net their home... we look forward to welcoming you back with open arms next weekend, as we begin our new series: At The Movies. More on that as the week progresses.

As for now, I leave you with a clip from this weekend's message. If you would like to see the 26-minute message in its entirety, you can click here.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Message Follow Up: Archaeological Finds

As promised in yesterday's message on historical proof of the bible, here are a few links for you to study, if you so choose:

Top 10 Biblical Discoveries

Top 10 New Testament Discoveries

Archaeology and the Bible

Did Jesus Exist?

In addition, I stumbled across an interesting article in the Times Free Press this morning. It's about a group of students and faculty from Southern Adventist University who are on the archaeological hunt to give greater proof to King David's dynasty.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Is It All True?

This weekend in our Q Series we answered questions surrounding the authenticity of the bible and the historical proof of Jesus Christ. I had a blast delivering the message. Here's a video we showed near the end of it - highlighting some of the prophecies fulfilled by Christ.

Note: This video was a recreation of a video produced by

To watch the message, click here.

Times Free Press Article (07.02.09)

A couple quotes on The Net by me and Keith Riddle appeared in an article on "Alternative Churches" in the Times today. Click here to read the story.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The MONEY Talk

Last weekend The Net celebrated it's 6-Month Anniversary. In that time we've never passed an offering plate or mentioned money - other than to tell people if they want to give they can drop their gift in an offering box on their way out. And in that same time - we've never lacked for anything.

But, we're in a series called Q. And we're answering questions people have about the church, so we spent today talking about money and the church.

And yet, our approach was unusual - as most things at The Net are. And when it was all said and done, we did pass our first offering plate... but, we didn't collect anything - rather, we gave money away.

Our text for the message was from Matthew 25. It's a story Jesus tells about 3 servants who are called upon to invest wisely their master's money. And so, we put it out to the attenders of The Net today to reinvest and multiply the funds they were given to reach out into the community. Over the next couple of weeks, we hope their stories will come in for you to follow at

If you would like to hear the message on money from this weekend, you can do so by clicking here. We promise its painless and guilt-free... and you might just be a little surprised at how we are managing our funds at the church.

Enjoy and thanks for checking us out!

Bigger Than Seacoast!

Had a little fun during a money talk at The Net this weekend by showing the fallacy of counting heads at church! To listen to the entire 28-minute message, go to

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Remember the old family vacation line every kid repeated incessantly from the back seat... "Are we there, yet?" We couldn't help it - we were just so stinking excited about what was to come.

That pretty much sums up my life this week. I find myself saying over and over again... "Is it Sunday, yet?"

You see, we're taking a few weeks as summer winds down to answer questions people have about the church... the series is called "Q" and this weekend 4 questions await us. And with them... 1 memorable challenge!

Is it Sunday, yet?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Skyping with a Soldier in Iraq

This past Sunday we began our Q Series - answering questions people have about the church. The gist of our talk this weekend centered around the idea that when bad things happen, God relies on us to be His Goodness!

To reinforce this point we used the wonderful world of technology to video chat with a member of our church, Sean Bulow, who is currently serving our country in Iraq. As a church, we have decided to be God's goodness by sending some much needed supplies to Sean and his fellow troop mates. If you would like to contribute to this effort, you can get more info by clicking here.

Below is the message excerpt of the call to Iraq (or you can watch it directly from youtube). You can click here if you would like to watch the weekend message in its entirety.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Yes, we did. This weekend we stuffed 10 scratch-off lottery tickets in random weekend guides as people were walking into Theater 11. And to our surprise, we had a couple winners - albeit, merely $3 and $5 winners - but, winners nonetheless. I'm told the $3 ticket actually found its way into the offering box. Can't blame someone for not wanting to walk out of church with tainted money! :)

And for those of you who are already on your knees praying for the souls of all the gambling sinners who attended The Net this weekend - know it was all in good fun and simply part of a greater illustration. It segued us into a video from 1999 - where I had received a $10,000 winning lottery ticket as a gift from my uncle.

There's a chance you've seen the video before... on America's Funniest Home Videos. Below is the clip. If you like to watch the weekend message - God is My Contentment - in its entirety, you can click here.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again...

One Prayer comes to a close this weekend - and well worth the ride! Some of the best speakers of our time graced our silver screen at The Net. We were able to contribute over $1000 toward needs oversees. And we joined with other area churches to do a couple outreach projects that have now spurred an ongoing outreach group called NetReach. I've heard nothing but good feedback from our attenders and I'm looking forward to next year!

And now... it's time for me to settle back into my role as teaching pastor once again. I'm looking forward to delivering this coming Sunday's message and excited about the prospects of giving away $10,000 in cold, hard cash.

That's right... $10,000... talk about ONE PRAYER! If I were you, I wouldn't miss it... after all, you've got just as much shot at the cash as anyone else, right?

See you Sunday!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The 4th of July

A brief recap of my family's first 4th of July in Tennessee, as told at The Net Church this past Sunday. And the telling of a curious little move my son has started making...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Declaration of Dependence (Re-post)

Last year I posted a blog entry on the 4th of July. Since that was prior to our launching of The Net, and our readership has grown substantially in the interim, I figured I'd re-post it this weekend. Hope you enjoy it!

From July 4th, 2008: Independence is overrated. Is anyone REALLY independent? And even if it is attainable, should that be our highest goal?

Relax. I'm still an All-American Guy. But, the older I get, the more I realize that true strength and true freedom is found in Dependence, not Independence. I used to be a "Free Man" - single and able to do whatever I wanted to do. Then, six-and-a-half years ago, I got married to a beautiful girl. Things changed. Someone else was relying on my ability to make wise choices. A certain dependency was created. Now, last week my son was born. Talk about dependence! This little guy can hardly do anything without us... I'm reminded of it every time I smell a dirty diaper.

The funny thing is... I like dependence. I'm happier now than I was when I was single. I like the accountability of it. I like that, when I allow it to, I become more responsible and mature. As a pastor, I've counseled couples who get this and couples who don't. And the ones who embrace dependence survive.

On a spiritual level, God wants this same dependence present in our relationship with Him. Because when we are seeking "spiritual Independence", trying to acquire and obtain our "unalienable rights" away from Him, we fall short. We miss the mark. But, when dependence is present we become more responsible and mature. In essence, we become more like Him.

And so, today on July 4th, our nation's Day of Independence, I ask you to join me in a prayer I pray almost every morning. It was born out of my studies one day in James 4. Verse 10 says, "When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on Him, He will lift you up and give you honor." (NLT)

Today, call out to God and admit your dependence on Him. Let Him know that without Him nothing of consequence gets done in your life. But, with Him all things are possible and freedom from the weights of this world can be reached!

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Well-Documented Life of the Firstborn

My son turned one this weekend. We documented every moment - from 2 and 3 angles, at times. That's what you do for the firstborn... but, what if you are not the firstborn? This weekend's opening at The Net tells a brief story from the life of a second born child... me.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Breakfast for the Homeless

Just got off the phone with Keith and Jenifer Riddle - they oversaw our portion of the breakfast. As part of our One Prayer series, we were able to partner with two other area churches to feed over 100 homeless people today. I'm told we had a combined volunteer pool of about 40 people lending a hand for the two-hour event.

Kudos to everyone who helped pull off the breakfast this morning! Glad to be a part of a church that puts hands and feet to the gospel.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day

Yesterday was The Net's 1st Father's Day... as well as, my own! My son turns 1 on Saturday. I opened the service this weekend with a couple pictures and a brief story of my own father when I was a wee little lad. You can listen to the clip below... Enjoy!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Habitat for Humanity

This past Saturday, 17 brave souls from The Net weathered the heat to raise the walls on a Habitat Home in Chattanooga. The blistering sun made the day long and hard, but each one of our volunteers spoke of how much they enjoyed being a part of the process. The morning crew got the added blessing of meeting the homeowner and her grandson. And I was personally blessed to have the opportunity to pray over the home and it's future inhabitants. You can get their full story by clicking here.

We were also joined by a group from Christ United Methodist Church off East Brainerd Road. It was great to invest in such a worthy cause with another incredible group of believers!

And next weekend, we get to do it all over again - on a new project with 2 other churches for a Homeless Breakfast at Miller Park. Looking forward to hearing a good report from that event, as well.

Thanks to Linda Sneary and her team at Habitat for the opportunity to serve along side you. And thanks to Craig Groeschel and for developing One Prayer. We've enjoyed every minute of it!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Follow Up to Adoption Interview

During our LIFE series we interviewed a couple from our church - Jarrod and Anita Roussel. They were in the process of adopting a boy from Taiwan. If you missed the interview, you can catch it by clicking here.

After many grueling months their patience finally paid off this past weekend, as they returned to the states with little Andrew in hand! Congrats to the Roussel family on your new edition. We are grateful to be a part of the process with you and look forward to watching Andrew grow along side our own son!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


This week Brown-Forman Corp. (one of the largest American-owned companies in the spirits and wine business and parent-company for Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey) announced fourth quarter earnings. Although they beat analyst expectations and experienced a favorable response from the market - their report showed a 19% drop in profit and a 12% drop in sales.

Translation: A drop in sales and profit for a liquor company means people are drinking less. Now, logic would tell us that if life is getting harder for people (i.e. foreclosures, job loss, etc.) then more people would be prone to hit the bottle. But, according to these numbers, fewer people are doing so. Which means one of two things: Either (1) the economy is so bad that people can't afford to drink their problems away or (2) things aren't as bad as we thought and people don't need a Jack Daniel to make it through the day!

Here's to hoping the latter is true... that wasn't a toast! :) Just thought I'd add my predictor to the never-ending supply of market indicators people are looking at to see when the bleeding will stop!

Monday, June 8, 2009


This weekend we joined over 1600 other churches from 36 countries in beginning a new series: One Prayer. Three main components make up our One Prayer series:
  • Over the next few Sundays we will be exploring various attributes of God with some of the best speakers of our time.
  • We are also working with The Springs Church in Fort Oglethorpe, GA to schedule a local outreach project closer to the end of June.
  • In addition, over the course of this series, we will be giving financially to help new church starts around the world and assist target areas with clean water supply, health education, literacy instruction, and financial training.
This past Sunday, we kicked off the series with a message: God is... Patient. I used a personal story to relay God's patience in my life - the story of meeting my wife and the dramatic turn of events that transpired prior to our finally getting married.

You can watch the message, by clicking here.

And... as promised: here are links to the engagement and the wedding itself (with all it's theatrical magic)!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

12 DUNKS and a whole lotta food!

Last Sunday The Net Church hosted its first baptism/picnic combo. The event started at City Church where we baptized 4 indoor... Then, we traveled up Hwy 153 to Chickamauga Lake for 8 more baptisms and a feast to end all feasts!

With nearly 100 in attendance, I'm still wondering how we fit everyone around the single picnic table we were able to secure. And I'm still unsure how our attenders managed to find us among the masses of humanity that decided to make use of the park the same day of our baptism!

On that note, a few thank you's are in order...

Thanks Nick and Keith for putting up signs to guide everyone in.

Thanks to Heather for securing the inflatables, so our kids could bounce and slide for 3 straight hours!

Thanks to Andrea for organizing the group being baptized.

Thanks to Bryan for setting up our sound system.

Thanks to Travis Talley for heading home to get two more tables, so we could spread out the pile of food that covered every square inch of our lone bench!

Thanks to TJ, Kenny, and Ryan for documenting the day through the lens of a camera!

Thanks to City Church for allowing us to baptize 4 of 12 in your heated pool.

Thanks to everyone who brought food and seating.

Thanks to everyone who allowed us to baptize them... it was truly an honor.

And a special thanks to the Chattanooga Police Department who allowed us to utilize our 2 inflatables without a permit... note to self: next time secure permit before meeting on federal property!

Oh and lest I forget... thanks to the couple kissing in the lake, who upon seeing we were in the middle of a baptism, slowly and inconspicuously moved away from where we were dunking our people. The added distance likely helped our guys keep their eyes on the baptizees instead of the two-piece!

Looking forward to our next gathering! And in case you are interested... More pics and video will follow over the coming days at!

Monday, June 1, 2009


An interesting weekend at The Net! The highlight clearly being our baptisms and picnic - more to come on that in a blog post to follow.

For now though... I'd like to look at a troubling issue that has the potential of causing a church split! You see, this past Sunday morning while the congregation was intently listening to our guest speaker, Jim Miles, bring his sermon to a dramatic close... movie trivia began playing on the screen behind him. Later he commented how he noticed a point in the message where all eyes slowly moved from him to something over his head.

As he preached away one particular piece of movie trivia blazed across the screen... something about Playboy and a certain playmate... this is where the discrepancy comes in. Some of our members told me the playmate in question was Pamela Anderson. Others claimed it was the late Anna Nicole Smith. Having not been in the room at the time, I cannot say who's face graced the screen.

Now, at The Net we do our best to not dabble in non-essentials, but I fear if we do not settle this issue, it could divide our congregation. If anyone out there saw the ad and has insight into who the infamous actress was, please feel free to weigh in.

And know that going forward we are working with Rave management to ensure such divisive issues are kept at bay and that playgirls and scripture verses don't share the same screen space at the same time during our weekend experiences... Not that we would want playgirls sharing our screen space at any time during our weekend experiences!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Interview with Little John - Part 4

Today we closed out our series of the book of Revelation. On one hand, I'm going to miss it! On the other hand, I'm glad to see it go (mainly, because of all the extra prep work that had to go into it)!

One small part I am going to miss is Little John! After last week's episode - I managed to offend our "beloved" guest... so, if an effort to make things right, we contacted him one last time before ending our series.

Ladies and gentlemen... Little John! Enjoy!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Interview with Little John - Part 3

We are swiftly moving toward the close of our series on the book of Revelation. This week Little John graced us with another interview... Taking most of our time together to aggressively defended his description of Jesus in Revelation 19, which includes Jesus sporting a tattoo on his thigh. In the end, John was cornered into giving us a little more "insight" into how he apparently spent Mother's Day!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Video

Per our congregants' request, we are posting the Mother's Day video from this weekend. The video was produced at Seacoast Church in 2007 - we decided to pull it out of the archives for The Net this weekend. My Disclaimer: This piece is not an original - we flat out stole it from some very talented Christian comedians. Hope this doesn't taint your ability to enjoy it! Happy Mother's Day!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day and Revelation...

An interesting combination, to say the least. A few weeks ago we realized Mother's Day was going to hit on Week 4 of our Revelation series... the same day we would be talking about the Mark of the Beast, the Bowls of Wrath (not to be confused with the Bowels of Wrath, which is what you get when you eat too much Taco Bell) and the most startling of all topics... the Great Whore of Babylon!

We considered breaking from the series for the weekend, but then opted to go for it. And I think we survived. I promised the crowd that they would be getting a message this week that no other church in America would be offering! I'm almost sure of it!

Below is our latest 1-minute video installment on Revelation. As always, you can visit for the entire message. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Interview with Little John - Part 2

John - the author of the book of Revelation - was with us again this week to help us unpack the mysteries of the 7 Seals and why he ate the little scroll?

I'm not sure cloning him's turning out to give as much insight as we had originally hoped. Though, I guess there's not much we can do about that now...


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Interview with Little John - Part 1

Week 2 of our series on Revelation. This week, in an ongoing effort to unlock the mysteries of the book of Revelation, we secured the DNA remains of John, the author of the book. After working with scientists, we successful cloned John... one drawback - he's 9 months old. But, fear not - he is talking and has much to say. This week's video featured a discussion on the Anti-Christ... among other things...

Enjoy! To watch this weekend's message, click here.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Just finished week 1 of our Revelation Series: The End. You can view the message by clicking here. Or if 2 minutes is all you have, check out the intro video below. It seemed to play well with the crowd and set the stage for just how different our look at Revelation will be!

Enjoy and we hope to see you next weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Okay, so you're online right now! Why not go ahead and jump over to our site: and vote for your favorite End Times Prediction! They're pretty good, actually...

The winner will be awarded a $400 Target Gift Card at our weekend experience this coming Sunday as we kick off our new series: The End. A study on the Book of Revelation, as you've never heard it before!

What are you waiting for? Go vote! And we'll see you Sunday for the results!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Resurrection Story

God is good. The Net's first Easter service put us over 200 attenders for the first time since mid-February. The bigger win for me though was watching people wait in line to respond at the end of service. Funny how the message of Christ's death and resurrection has that effect on people!

Here's a video I helped produce last year at Seacoast that we used this past Sunday at The Net. Thanks, Seacoast for allowing us to show it! Thanks, Nate for sharing your story!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Community Service?

Not quite... just doing my duty as a good son. The storm that ripped through Tennessee on Good Friday managed to drop a very large tree into my parents newly purchased, newly renovated home. We spent the evening last night and most of today getting the tree off the house... Which now only leaves them to figure out what to do with the 10 foot x 12 inch hole it left behind!

I'm still sorting everything out... was this a reminder from God of the tree Jesus hung on during Good Friday some 2,000 years ago? Hmmm. There's a sermon in there somewhere...

At any rate... I'm ready to preach on Easter... sore body and all!

Monday, April 6, 2009


Over the past few months we've been meeting at Rave Motion Pictures, the team has had some pretty good laughs at what movies have been showing in the screen we are occupying. For example, the week we launched the church, the movie that was playing in our auditorium was Defiance... fitting, considering our If You Hate Church campaign.

This weekend's showing caught us all off guard - not so much for the movie that was playing, but for the way it was listed on the marquee. We took a picture and I've decided to periodically post on my blog movie titles that catch our eye.

Here's this weekend's title:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Suspenseful Moments

This past Sunday in our LIFE series we looked at the story of Lazarus. We compared the story to a suspense thriller with a surprise ending. The following video is an interview we did with a couple from our church who recently experienced a suspenseful moment and a surprise ending related to a recent adoption. Hope you enjoy it. To hear the related message, click here.

Life Giving Values

Recently I read a blog post from Billy Hornsby, who heads up the Association of Related Churches. He listed out 6 values present at a "life-giving" church. I'm providing the list below. I'd love to hear some specifics on how you feel The Net has represented these values over the past few months:

Life-giving Church Values:

1. Relational. Life-giving churches prioritize authentic friendships.

2. Generous. Life-giving churches strive to “go the extra mile,” equally sacrificing together.

3. Risk-taking. Life-giving churches and pastors are willing to do something new. They are not unwilling to fail.

4. Inclusive. Life-giving churches believe that every believer can be in ministry and they encourage God’s gifts in each individual.

5. Contemporary. Life-giving churches believe in engaging with our culture, embracing media & technology.

6. Fun. Pastors of life-giving churches understand that experiencing joy in the journey and laughing together is a key ingredient to a healthy, life-giving church.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Virtual Roller Coaster

This past weekend in our Life series we looked at the ups and downs in the story of Jairus and his dying daughter. To get everyone geared up for the message, we all took a ride of a roller coaster - hands were high and screams abound. You can catch the message at the following link: A Ruler's Daughter. Or, if time eludes you... enjoy the one-minute coaster ride below:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Moment I Wish I had on Camera!

This weekend we kicked off our LIFE series - A look at the 4 times in the gospels that someone was raised from the dead. The video below played prior to my message. I'd give almost anything to have had a camera pointed at the audience to show you what I witnessed during the "viewing". Take a peak and I'm sure you'll get an idea of what I saw Sunday morning.

Monday, March 16, 2009

LIFE Preview

This coming Sunday we are beginning a new series. We will be taking 4 weeks to explore the 4 times in the gospels someone is resurrected from the dead. What can these miracles teach us? And does Jesus still bring dead things to life?

A Week Off...

This past weekend Greg Surratt - my former boss and pastor - from Seacoast Church came to speak at The Net. It was great to sit back and soak in a message, even if for one weekend!

We had lunch at Sugar's Ribs and Greg got a glimpse at how we do BBQ in Tennessee (see pic).

After lunch, the wife, the baby, and I headed out of town for a few days. Love being so close to the mountains for the much needed short getaways!

Monday, March 2, 2009


Easter is still 6 weeks away - but, we're already looking beyond toward what will follow. Beginning April 19th - we are starting a series at The Net on the book of Revelation. You know the one... the End of World, Armageddon, 666... We may be the first 4-month-old church to ever teach on this. I don't know... What I do know is that you won't want to miss a single week of it!

And to help us kick it off in true End Times fashion, we've developed yet another website - this one is called And we are looking for the most creative and comical prediction of when the world will end... and we're willing to pay $500 to get it! Seriously.

Go to the site and hear some samples, then give us your best guess. On April 19th, we'll start the series and award the winners. Any other details can be found on the site. The only question left... is who will get it right?

Thursday, February 26, 2009


If you are interested in knowing more about The Net and gaining insight into the hundreds of other churches like us that are springing up around the globe, here's a link to Billy Hornsby's latest blog entry.

Billy heads up the ARC (Association of Related Churches) - an organization all about starting new life-giving churches to reach the un-churched... or as we call them in the bible-belt, the de-churched!

Enjoy the read: Click here to read the entry.

Monday, February 16, 2009


The If You Hate Church series is officially behind us. For those who called, emailed, or took the survey telling us "you can't hate the church" this day could not have come soon enough! For the rest of us who enjoyed engaging the segment of our population who were hurting, skeptical, or otherwise disinterested in the church this closes one of the most exciting chapters in the brief history of The Net... Of course, be assured - more good stuff is to come... In fact, at this very moment we are cooking up an after Easter series to end all series (there's a hint in there somewhere)!

As for IYHC - I must say I was pleased. The responses, both in number and content, went beyond my expectation. And I've enjoyed the conversations and friendships it allowed us to begin. Thanks to everyone who took the survey. Thanks to our team - who rallied around it, not knowing where it would lead.

And now the work begins... I'm looking forward to a long and faithful journey at The Net and in the city of Chattanooga - the city I love.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Week 4 - Cruising Altitude

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We seemed to have reached a comfortable cruising altitude of 226 attenders this past weekend. In fact, since take off, we have yet to drop below an altitude of 200. We are quite pleased with our take off and ascent to this point - however, we would also like to inform you that our final destination is far above the clouds, which will require us to continue ascending further and further in order to reach our goal of seeing as many people join our journey as possible.

We are asking each passenger to make the seat next to you available to passersby. Please let them know we have plenty of room for seating as well as overhead compartments for small children between the ages of birth to 5th grade... and that we are one of the few remaining airlines that still offer free in-flight beverages and snacks!

Next week we will be concluding our first in-flight series: If You Hate Church. We look forward to seeing you - and hope this week's turbulence will be kept to a minimum for you!

Signing off for now...

Monday, February 2, 2009


We're 2 weeks into the If You Hate Church series and I'm loving every minute of it. I think I could stay with this for years. I love addressing the issues that plague Christianity and I revel in unpacking the reasons people do not attend church.

This weekend we will be talking about judgmentalism - the top complaint against the church according to our survey. Over 2/3 of the people who took the survey agreed or strongly agreed that people who go to church are quick to judge others. What does this mean for the church? How do we hold to the standards of the Bible and still heed Christ's call to "judge not, lest you be judged"?

Hope to see you Sunday as we wrestle with this issue together.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Week 2 - No Signs of Slowing...

Sunday morning as I was heading to the Rave, I didn't know what to expect. Everyone had been telling us that we would see half the crowd we had our first week. Minus all the out-of-towners that came to our Grand Opening that would have put us at around 100 people.

But, that's not what happened. People poured in - you could feel the excitement. And at the end of day, 240 people walked through the doors of The Net. We somehow managed not only to avoid a big dip, but see an increase. In part - I'm sure - due to last week's weather. In part due to the added press we received from another news article about the survey results and a radio interview with local host, Jeff Styles. But, I would say the biggest part came as a result of how touched people were by the whole experience.

Here's an excerpt from an email I received from one family in attendance:

"What an amazing encounter with God we had - a truly worshipful experience. There were so many things that happened this week that told us we need to make The Net Church our home. We have had the feeling all week that God has been speaking to us about making a decision to leave our comfort zone and follow where He is leading. Today sealed it for us. It has been a long time since I have been excited about going to church and I have never felt this kind of excitement. We brought two families of friends with us this week and they all loved it, as well. Can't wait till next week!"

Thanks to every volunteer! Thanks to all who came and came back! Thanks to God for allowing us to be a part of something so special!

Monday, January 19, 2009


Yesterday The Net officially launched. The night before left Chattanooga with a layer a freezing rain on the highways. I prayed that God would allow the sun to come out that night and warm things up! Apparently, he did. Sunday morning brought us 40+ degree temps and a turn out of 234 people. The experience was flawless thanks to 30+ volunteers who made it look like they'd been pulling off a church service for years and a God that can't stop loving us! I was overcome with gratitude for all who made it happen and all who came to visit with us.

Today the Times Free Press posted the results to our survey in the paper. The online version is available by clicking the following link: Results to the If You Hate Church survey!

Over the next four weekends, we will be tackling some of the tougher responses we received from the survey. We hope you'll join us this coming Sunday at 10AM at Rave Motion Pictures!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


The news has been so good to us. Last week we were interviewed by the Weekly. The writer did a great job of capturing what we are all about. I hope you'll take the time to read it. And I REALLY hope you'll take the time to come out to our Grand Opening this Sunday at 10AM at Rave Motion Pictures.

Click here to view the article.

Monday, January 12, 2009


In today's society, pastors are highly scrutinized. Today I have become the latest pastor to be exposed. We are a less than a week away from launching our church - The Net. The timing could not be worse. My past is catching up with me.

The attached photo was never meant to see the light of day. It was just one night! It was just one photograph!! And it was taken during college... and you know the old saying, "What happens in college...". Unfortunately, this one got out, thanks to the magic of facebook! Yes... I am Fester. And that doll of a girl is my wife, Wednesday.

God help us all for what embarrassment will come to each of us through the technology that has been created in the last few years! Is anyone safe?