Wasabi Gospel

I love Japanese food. I also love hanging out with people. I am an introvert who likes to be exhausted. (If you understand what I mean, you are probably one too.) Finally, I love new and eclectic foods. I will try just about anything once. Put all of these together on a Thursday night in 1996, and you have the makings of a great story. I love a great story. I had just taken a position at a church as their “Singles and Recreation Pastor”. (There are so many things wrong with that title alone, I know, but I just can’t go there right now…maybe later.) I had been single all of about fifteen minutes in my life. In fact at the ripe old age of twenty-two, I was celebrating my second anniversary of being happily married to the only girl I ever dated for more than a month. As…

A mouse, a bed bug and a shopping spree

Last week my family had the absolute pleasure of spending a few days at Disney World. This has been an event we have been saving for and using every “point” we could earn on our Disney Chase Card and to say we were looking forward to it would be an understatement. As most of you know we have a five year old princess and a 2 year old little prince who were giddy about going and Mom and Dad were pretty jacked about the plan too. I have several blog posts in mind about the whole experience, but there was one I really wanted to tell you about. I referred to it on Facebook and twitter as the strangest day in Wood family history. It was day four of our trip and we were at the Animal Kingdom. Just think zoo on steroids. At about noon we missed a phone…

10 ways you can be creative – part one

You want to be Creative? You want to be innovative? Then stop trying to hard so be creative and innovative and serve your Senior Pastor.  That may be the most creative and innovative thing you can do because a lot of people are not doing it. One of the most important tasks of a creative director (or in my context Pastor) is serving the house by serving your Senior leader (or Pastor).  No amount of creativity, hard work, innovation or great experiences can replace a humble servant who bears the armor for God’s chosen man. I am going to come at you a little over the next ten posts so I hope you can take it.  If you are an anti-authority person – you probably will not enjoy the next 10 days of posts.  But if you believe everything hinges on being willing to submit to authority and serve your…

Let me introduce you to my hero

I have a lot of heroes on my life to be honest. My wife. The single mom that does so much on her on while still giving to others like my friend Allison Keane. The business man who truly does all that he does for God and does not cheat to get ahead like my Dad. The Pastor who spends time with a group of young guys to invest in them is not puffed up and who is who he is all the time like Greg Surratt. Volunteer at Seacoast Church who give time each week to make sure the vision of helping people become fully devoted to Christ continues. Dad’s like Rich Young and Brad Singleton (and a host of others) who I get to live life with in a great parenting community. Who is your hero and why? Talk about it in the comments. Church Leaders, How are…

I used to be a racist, now I am not.

I have a confession to make.  I grew up in a very small rural town that was deeply divided by race.  Over the last few years of my life I have realized that there was a level of racism that was “just accepted” in my town, school and perhaps even some of my family. When I was seventeen years old Jesus chose to save me and just like he always does, he saved all of me – even the dirty, lousy racist parts. I went from being that guy who prided himself in having some “black friends” to just having friends.  I went from being a guy that made excuses for some of the travesties that people in our country have committed against people of differing races because it was “all they knew” to being appalled.  I went from being a boy who thought it was “just the way it…