When we planted Hill City Church almost 5 years ago, our passion was to be a church plant that plants churches. In my experience churches that aren’t committed to gospel expansion quickly move into consolidation mode (and consolidation is just another word for stagnation) Therefore, it was crucial that we established church planting as part of our DNA right from the off. A couple of years ago we identified nearby Garndiffaith as the first place we were going to plant and things are now moving forward with that vision at a rate of knots (more about that in another post!)
Regular readers of the rant know that I love rap, especially when it’s God-honouring, Christ-exalting…and bangin’!! If you don’t like rap then this post will almost certainly do your nut in and you probably want to stop reading now!
OK, if you’re still with me, I’ll make it simple:
YOU NEED TO GO DOWNLOAD LECRAE’S BRAND NEW MIXTAPE ‘CHURCH CLOTHES’ NOW!!!
If you’re not familiar with Lecrae you can check out his profile here. You can also watch a short video of his testimony here. Lecrae is one of the most high profile and well respected Christian rappers out there and each time he records a new album it seems to push the bar musically and lyrically and is always well worth the price tag. Which is why ‘Church Clothes’ is such a gift cos it’s an 18 track mixtape that’s COMPLETELY FREE to download! However, unlike his previous releases Church Clothes is clearly not aimed at the ‘safe’ target Christian market, but rather it’s aim is reaching out to those without Christ, and I think that’s why I love it. It’s gritty, raw, uncompromising and uncomfortable, but never gratuitously or unnecessarily. Some of the tracks literally put a lump in my throat, especially the penultimate track ‘Sacrifice’. The title track is pretty immense too (check out the video below!)
Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give Church Clothes is that it really stirred up my passion for reaching the lost. Furthermore it inspired me to start writing lyrics again. I’m kind of in the middle of a mixtape project myself but haven’t written anything for almost 9 months. But last night, I finally put pen to paper again and it felt good!
Anyway, back to Church Clothes – don’t take my word for it, go download it and see for yourself. You can get it here.
Really excited because today’s the day that Ignite Hope 2012 kicks off!
Ignite Hope is a youth-led initiative that runs from 4th-7th May. Essentially Ignite Hope is all about demonstrating and proclaiming hope to communities across South Wales in Cardiff, Newport, the valleys and the Vale.
What that’s going to look like on the ground is 800 young people putting the love of Jesus on display by dishing out an unfathomable amount of social action, acts of mercy, community outreach events and such like. But be in no doubt, the gospel is at the heart of it all, with Bible teaching sessions each morning and gospel preaching services in the mahoosive marquee located at the Hope village in Sophia Gardens. We are trusting that God is going to save mightily this weekend as many are exposed to the power of the gospel in both Word and deed.
You can find out more about Ignite Hope 2012 here.
I’m posting this to ask you to pray. My role this weekend is to teach all of the morning sessions at the Valley hub in Blackwood and also preaching the gospel at the main event in the marquee on Saturday evening. We’re also hoping to bring a couple of car-fulls of Trevethin Young People on the Monday evening too.
I’d be so grateful if you’d pray for all of this with us.
As you could probably imagine, an event like this is not cheap. If you would like to stand with Ignite and bless Ignite Hope financially, you can do so here. Your support would be gratefully received.
May God be glorified across South Wales this weekend!
This is the parable of Pip the Pigeon.
It’s a true story that occurred last Sunday.
I had just enjoyed a fantastic time with my Hill City Church family at our Sunday morning gathering at Cold Barn Farm. The venue was packed, we had a load of new visitors (including a honey-mooning couple – cos there’s nowhere more romantic than Trevethin!) The time of sung worship was a very special time and I really knew God’s help as I preached. As usual the service was followed by great fellowship and laughter, and I was also approached by a lady who wants to get baptised – buzzin! However, as people went home full of the Word and good coffee, God still had one last message that he wanted to convey to me, and it came from the most unlikely source…