How to Quickly Reach People Far From God

Making a Holy Shift in Church Leadership

I’m not concerned about being criticized for taking risks to reach people far from God.  I’m concerned about not being criticized. Recently I was invited to teach a breakout session at a conference in Chicago based on my book, Holy Shift.  The topic was so popular among church leaders that we ran out of seats! […]

SNL Writer Gives a TED Talk on How to Sound Smart in a TED Talk

I love TED, a conference that brings together experts on Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  Every 18 minute TED Talk educates and leaves the viewer inspired.  What makes TED Talks so compelling? Will Stephen, a writer on Saturday Night Live, put together a TEDx Talk about how to sound smart in a TED Talk. While Stephen repeats that […]

Holy Shift – My New Book is Now Available

Comedy-Driven Leadership for Churches that want to Grow

Are you ready for a Holy Shift?  My brand new book is now available and it will help you make a HOLY SHIFT in your church. Get it right here!   I’ve been working on this for more than two years and am so excited to get it in your hands. It’s full of practical advice, […]

Saturday Night Live + How to Fight Your Fear of Rejection

The Secrets All Comedians Harbor

The New York Times had a fantastic article recently that focused on the auditioning process for Saturday Night Live: ‘The God of SNL Will See You Now.’  What I found most striking were the similar fears that comedians and leaders must fight through to get to the next level. “I was sitting there with Lorne’s assistant […]

VIDEO: Chris Farley, Middle East Travels, and Living a Life of Purpose

My message from this past Sunday at Heritage Church

It was a privilege to speak at all five services this past Sunday at Heritage Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan (and via video to their Imlay City Campus). Our family attended Heritage Church for nearly a year in 2011-2012 as we were putting the pieces together for launching Life Church Michigan. I have a deep love […]

Announcing My New Book

Holy Shift releases nationwide this October

Comedy clubs are thriving while pews are sadly empty.  Although young adults are more spiritually-attuned than past generations, Millennials will rarely darken a church door. It doesn’t have to be this way.  Today’s church leaders need a Holy Shift. I am excited to announce that my new book will be releasing nationwide October 4th! Revealing the […]

Hey Hey, The Monkees have a New Album full of Good Times!

Album Review Celebrating 50 Years of Monkeemania

From a young age, I had always wanted to go into comedy. The idea of making people forget their troubles for a while through laughter appealed to me. The first comedians who truly made me laugh were The Monkees. In 1986, MTV famously ran a random weekend marathon of their popular 1960’s TV show. It […]

Everybody’s been texting me about the fire at Second City in Chicago

Comedy institution The Second City was on fire yesterday in the Old Town District of Chicago.  Literally. I’ve been receiving text messages all morning from friends and folks at Life Church who know of my connection. It’s an understatement to call it the mecca of comedians worldwide given how many gained their comedy chops within its legendary […]

5 Life Lessons from “Weird Al” Yankovic

Concert Review from the Mandatory Fun Tour

In the late 1980’s, a mix tape arrived in my mailbox from a 5th grade friend.  Receiving mail when you’re kid was always a big deal, producing levels of excitement on par with discovering the free toy inside the cereal box.  For this mail package to contain a mix tape, however, meant experiencing a rush equaled […]


Top 10 Tweets from Sunday's Message

Week Four of our core values series – I Love the 90s – was a BLAST!  We were MAXED OUT — out of parking spaces, out of seats, and ALL our kids’ environments were completely packed! SEVEN PEOPLE became Christ Followers at Life Church PLUS another a gal who was raised in a different belief system […]