“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed […]

Caught in the Tension

I’m honestly grasping for words right now. I feel caught in some strange tension. Sometime later this afternoon, one of my best friends and his wife will celebrate the birth of their precious baby girl. And on this same afternoon, some 26 families will mourn the loss of their precious loved ones, many of them […]

30K in 30 Days!

Help me do something crazy! In 30 days we’re launching the second campus of our church in Brandon, a suburb of Tampa. We’re REALLY excited. We’ve connected with a lot of people in the area. We’ve raised a ton of money, but need to close out strong by raising the final $30,000! Would you help […]

Happy 8!

When you get married, you really have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. It’s easy to exchange vows, it’s harder to live them. It’s easy to love each other when life is better, richer, and in health. But, you really get to know someone in worse, poorer, and sickness. Eight years ago, I had […]

Access in the News!

I LOVE my church! LOVE IT! I love it when other people hear about it. The last couple of weeks have been fun. Access has been in the news for several amazing reasons. I just wanted to share my excitement with you! 1. Bay News 9 A couple Sundays ago, Access gave every person who […]

My Favorite Ornament

I LOVE everything about Christmas… except decorating. Every year, though, Lis and I have a beautiful moment as we’re putting our ornaments on the tree. The first one we hang is a Tiffany’s Crystal Star that I bought and had engraved for Lis in 2005 after she finished chemotherapy. It simply says “Healed.” It’s beginning […]

Heaven Just Got a Little Closer

The past 7 days have been some of the darkest of my life. Last Monday, we went for a routine 24-week pregnancy check-up, and I stood and held Lis’ hand as an ultrasound showed that our sweet baby, Angelina Grace, had no heartbeat. Friday morning, I held Lis’ hand as we said “we’ll see you […]

Angelina Grace

This is probably the most painful blog I’ve ever written. Early this morning. Lis and I found out that our sweet baby girl had no heartbeat. I’m writing to ask you to pray for us. Today has been REALLY hard, and the next few days will be incredibly tough as well. Please keep us in […]

4 Ways to Help with our Upcoming Brandon Campus!

Want to help us start Access Church in Brandon? Here’s how you can jump in! 1. Come this Sunday Night! Our next Preview Service is this Sunday, November 11, at 6pm in the Bloomingdale High School Auditorium. Come and pack your car full of friends. Bribe them if you need to. 2. Join our Launch Team. Simply email […]

Sunday Rewind :: 11.4.12

AMAZING morning at Access yesterday! Here are a few quick snapshots from a great day! We kicked off a new series, “For Every One.” I’m really excited about this one. Asking God to open our eyes to the needs of those around us, and challenging our church to “do for one what you wish you […]