Becoming the Father

On Sunday at Harris Creek, we studied the most famous parable Jesus ever taught, popularly known as “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.”[1] Judging by the response to this sermon, we still love this story today as much as ever, and for good reason. However, heading into this message I was worried that I might contribute to a problem I’ve battled since I’ve been in ministry. I was afraid that ...

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Rethinking Worrying

If you were at Harris Creek this past Sunday, you heard Jonathan Pokluda from Watermark Community Church in Dallas speak on the topic of worrying (if you missed the sermon, watch it here). Looking around the room Sunday morning and seeing all of the heads nodding and people scribbling furiously in their journals, it was evident that this is something the majority of us struggle with. On Monday night, my Life ...

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The Perfectionist In Me

I recently read a feature story in Graphic Design USA called, “100 People to Watch” in the creative industry. Each profile would list out each "person to watch" and their favorite font, favorite color, favorite gadget, etc. and the last two questions were “What is your biggest strength?” and “What is your biggest weakness?” As I read the profiles of these graphic designers, creative directors and artists I began to ...

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Engaging the Culture

One tension Christians throughout the ages have wrestled with is how we are to relate to the culture around us. There are groups of well-meaning Christians that arrive at far different conclusions when it comes to this subject. At one extreme, there are people who attempt to live lives that are completely separate and distinct from the world around them. Their posture towards culture is generally defensive and guarded. On ...

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Lent Day 40 Reflection

As we wrap up this season of Lent, I believe it is important for us to take a look back at everything God has done in the life of our church and our lives individually during the past forty days. As we approach Easter Sunday, we do so with hearts full of expectation for what is to come at Harris Creek and in our cities around us. The past forty ...

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Our Weakness and God’s Power

“We envision You, striding through the streets of our city,fearless and zealous, as powerful as You are good.”“Conquering Shepherd, send us to every part of our city. Keep us weak as sheep so that Your power is on display.”How often do you think about God’s power? How often do you think about your weakness? How often do you think about the work of the Evil One? If you are like ...

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Beautiful and Terrible Things

As many of you know, March 3 is a day that has marked my life in a unique way. On March 3, 2001, my younger sister, Lynley, was killed in a car accident. Ten years later on March 3, 2011, a person bent on pure evil killed one of my closest friends, Clint Dobson, in a senseless crime. How do we make sense of such tragedies? Both were taken from ...

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Beginning Like the End

Last week my wife, Becca, gave birth to our second child, which is still one of the craziest experiences to go through in this life. To see new life enter the world is incredible, and I’ve obviously been thinking about this a lot over the last month. Simultaneously, I’ve been preparing for my next sermon series at Harris Creek called “The New Exodus” where we will be studying Romans 8. ...

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The Power of Our Words

Have you heard of Lauren Bush? I had not until recently. She is your typical 8th grade girl attending a Texas school. She also happens to be the winner of a nationwide contest for creating the winning PSA called "Word Play" for the "Unite Against Bullying Commercial" campaign. Her commercial is compelling and unfortunately true in our world today in regards to how words can be destructive and negative influences ...

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Choosing a Name (Round 2)

June Meyer Herbert was born yesterday and it was, yet again, one of the most surreal experiences of my life. The process, anticipation, and watching your wife in some of the worst pain imaginable lead to one of the greatest joys is such an intense and holy experience. Now that she has arrived, I wanted to walk you through why Becca and I chose to give our daughter the name ...

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