Choosing a Name (Round 3)

Yesterday, I witnessed our third child, Warren Kyle Herbert, enter the world. It was every bit as exciting, nerve-racking, and wonderful as the other two times I’ve witnessed one of my children take their very first breath. Witnessing new life come into the world for the first time is one of God’s best gifts that He can give us. “Gift” is the word that comes to mind because there are ...

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Tiny Humans Need Names

We're blessed. Nothing short of undeserved grace has been a constant in the midst of mine and Allison's privileged positions as children to exceptional parents, siblings to trustworthy confidants, spouses to forgiving lovers, employees to purpose-filled vocations, and friends to life-giving community. Nothing less than blessed is how we feel about our new position as parents to an infant-sized delivery of exorbitant grace. June 18, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. marked life's first cry[1] ...

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Africa and Incarnational Ministry

In a few days, I’m heading to the Horn of Africa with a team from Harris Creek to visit one of our missionary families. The question I’ve been asked by a number of people is, “What are you going to do while you’re there?” Let me start by saying I acknowledge that this is a completely natural and valid question to ask. It’s also a question that has very tangible ...

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Choosing a Name

Now that Camden Beck Herbert is born, I wanted to let you in on the process Becca and I went through in picking his name. Let me start by saying I believe names are very important. I believe there is power in a name and it can set a person’s life on a particular course. Madeleine L’Engle says, “To be given a name is an act of intimacy as powerful ...

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Sunday Night Worship//Frequently Asked Questions

Based on what God has done and is doing at Harris Creek, we have decided it is time to take a step of faith and launch a second worship service. There may be a lot of questions surrounding this new service, so we have created a "Frequently Asked Questions" sheet to provide answers for many of your questions. Then there are some questions that don’t have answers yet because we ...

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Book Review: “Love Wins”

It’s official: Rob Bell and his new book called Love Wins has entered the “Charlie Sheen” zone (and that was 3 weeks ago). I imagine by now you either don’t want to hear/read another thing about the topic or you cannot get enough information on the subject. I apologize for adding to the slew of information floating out there, but I feel this subject is worthy enough to weigh in ...

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Secular Becomes Sacred

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14 Last Sunday night, Harris Creek held its first ever “Lessons and Carols” service. This is a very old type of celebration that has actually been around since the 1800s. So, there was nothing unique about this service aside from one minor detail: We had it in a local bar (ok, technically on the patio outside a local bar…but still). ...

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Thoughts on the Lost Finale

I said on Sunday that I wasn’t going to talk about Lost anymore in my illustrations, but I didn’t say I wouldn’t write about it. Ok, even if that is a copout, I can’t get some things off of my brain until I flesh them out, so I wanted to write about some general/thematic elements of the finale of Lost. First, let me state for the record that I thoroughly ...

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New Things

There are not many movies I think about on a regular basis from the 1990s, outside of Braveheart and Austin Powers (if that gives you a snapshot inside my brain). But there is one movie from the 1990s that I hated when I first watched it, but I still think about it far too often. That movie is Groundhog Day. It is a movie starring Bill Murray where he ...

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