Tuesday, July 01, 2008


I am up in Nashville today with Gabe and Camp Electric.  All I can say is it is electrifying 24/7!  With 1,000 students and over 100 artists, it is non stop.  I am having a blast working with some of the top names in Christian music, and talking with people that people pay big money to hear.

             Five thoughts...

1. Gabe is amazing.  He not only has the best voice in Christian music, the dude is incredible on the business side.  I love to watch him work.
2. The Christian Artists here are more excited than the kids.  I think I even saw one ask a student for an autograph. :-)
3. These guys are real.  Christian Musicians often get a bad rap, but these are some of the most authentic and deeply spiritual people I have ever been around.
4. I don't work well on 5 hors *of sleep at night and the intensity of camp the other 27 hours of daylight.
5. The weather has been amazing.
6. The typical camp has one band and one speaker.  Camp Electric probably has 20 instructors, and 2 dozen bands. The logistics alone are mind boggling.

* Ironic how my typo ended up as exhibit A so I left it in and decided to show you.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Good Bye Bartletts

Today I say farewell to Mike and Susan Bartlett.  Our best friends from college will be moving back to NC after moving to FL 6 years ago to help us launch Cornerstone.  Our families have become so intertwined over the last few years that the idea of them moving still leaves knots in our stomach.  I know that they are following God's will for their individual lives and that make all the difference.  My son Andrew had a friendship with Brady that can only be compared to Jonathan and David.  There was a level of friendship achieved in the first six years of life that will no doubt last a lifetime. Abby and Bailey had a friendship that survived the rocky terrain of being girls and all the emotional ups and downs.  In their words "BFF."  We will miss you guys and are so thankful that you have placed yourselves strategically between both sets of grandparents.  God Speed Bartlett Clan, God Speed!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Camp Electric

The sign of a great leader is how well he leads in his absence.  Our worship pastor, Gabe Dunlap is at Camp electric in Nashville TN checking 1,000 students into their specialized worship band camp.  I am looking forward to spending a few days this week at the camp as well.  Last night Shane Gillespie, who usually plays bass, led worship and then rocked the house with Clay Crosse's "I Surrender All."  Wow!  it was a great service.  In addition we launched a small group Bible Study for Saturday nights that will meet at 5:45 p.m. and following the service one young lady told me she received Christ.  God is so good, and it is 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, and we get to do it all again at 8:15 with Ray Kness, and then at 10:45 with Shane leading. Please pray for me as I catch a red eye to Nashville tonight to meet up with Gabe.  Take some time to check out the website for Gabe's camp too and pray for the instructors and speakers.  It is going to be... (Scratch that) It already is an awesome week!