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What’s Next

General
If you've been following along with our journey for the last few months I have some specific news! I was able to preach for the folks at First Baptist Church of Farmington, AR this past weekend and following a confirming vote, I accepted the call to become their new Senior Pastor! We experienced such a warm welcome and really enjoyed our long weekend in Northwest Arkansas. We're so excited to make the move and make Farmington our home. First Baptist is a great church with a history of effective ministry and I can't wait to get to work leading the church to build on that legacy and continue making disciples. We will share an update with our Vortex family soon, but our last Sunday with Vortex Church will be June…
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For the Joy

General
When I felt called to the ministry I was just 15 years old. At the time I was convinced that it was specific to student ministry and scoffed at the idea of ever becoming a preacher. My Father (Baptist Pastor, now retired), did his best to tell me otherwise, but I was unpersuaded early on. Little did I know... Fast forward a few years and I find myself following that call to planting churches and pastoring, and you guessed it, preaching. And guess what, I love it! I love getting to open the Word, seek God's message and then show others what God has shown me. And I have been able to do it not out of obligation to a job, but for the joy of exposing the life-giving truth of…
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An Update on the Journey

General
A couple months back we announced that we were leaving North Carolina with the intentions of moving back to Arkansas and back to pastoring and leading a local church. At that time I sat down with our pastor and recorded an interview where I explained how God had been working in us and revealing next steps to us, along with what we were envisioning for our future. As always, this has been a venture of faith, and while we've sought opportunity, we have also prayed and waited. This process has been so life-giving as friends have reached out to encourage us and we've had the chance to meet some awesome people. We're excited to see God connect us with a great opportunity, and while I will share more about that in another post,…
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Comparing Scars

General
If I spent very much time with my buddies when I was a young, it was not uncommon to end up competing over who had the most gruesome scar, and of course, the best accompanying story. One time I was working on my bicycle and had it turned over and sitting on the seat and handlebars. I was adjusting the chain tension and managed to get my index finger between the chain and sprocket as it was moving full speed. That was painful and left a scar you can still see today. Over the years I have concocted some ridiculous stories to accompany that scar---among others. Everything from shark attacks to wrestling alligators in a Florida swamp. None of those stories are true, but they sure are fun. Scars are…
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The Latest From the Weavers

Personal
This weekend we announced what most of our closest friends knew, that the Weavers are leaving Vortex Church. We have always been willing to go wherever God has led, whenever he leads. Moving our family from Arkansas to North Carolina was no different. It has been a great year and we are leaving on good terms. I wanted to share a little about what this year has meant to us and what's next. So let me break this down a little... First, I want to say thank you to our Vortex Family. I use the word family very intentionally because that is how we have been treated by the people who make up Vortex. In a small, rural, community where everybody is related, it is easy to identify the outsiders…
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Hope: Dealers or Users

Hope: Dealers or Users

Personal Growth
I don't like depending on radio stations to provide my music. They play the same 12 songs over and over, so I usually connect my phone and my Spotify app in the truck and create my own mix. But every now and then I'll just scan the stations and see what happens. It's about to be spring and the commercials lately have been all about spring planting. I'm not sure if Sara has heard these commercials, but if so, she is probably thinking about planting another garden... The problem is that neither Sara or I have a green thumb and although we have made multiple attempts at gardening, we've never come close to a bumper crop. I don't know why we keep trying, but we do. With every home we…
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I don’t know.

I don’t know.

General, Ministry, Personal Growth
I don't know. Three words that none of us really love to say. At least not in the areas of life where we are expected to have the answers. I am a confident guy and enjoy having the answers, but sometimes I just don't know. I also think technology has made us lazy in this because we never have to go too long without knowing. We pull out our phones and ask Siri or Google it. Do you know how many points Michael Jordan averaged in his freshman season at the University of North Carolina?  No? It was 13.5 points per game. I know that is fascinating, but I didn't know either so I just looked it up. It took me about five seconds. That stat doesn't matter, and neither do the other mindless…
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Not worthy

Not worthy

Devotional
I'm a car guy and love watching the Barrett-Jackson auctions: "The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions." Sometimes I dream of having the cash to drop on a mint original, or freshly resto-modded, 1969 L78 ss396 Chevelle. (Feel free to pause and google that, you won't regret it.) I watch well-funded buyers make ever-growing bids on cars I would never buy and then pass on another that is remarkable (to me) and priced-to-sell. I guess they just don't think they're worth it. Worth is a funny thing: It changes over time and even the money we carry in our wallets can gain and lose value. Worth is a subjective concept. That's how worth works. Everything is worth what someone will pay for it. John the Baptist ascribed great worth to the coming Messiah…
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Loving the Church

Loving the Church

Church
I was privileged to spend the last few days with about 150 other pastors and denominational leaders at the offices of the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, GA. We were all there for the same purpose: to learn how to save, revitalize, and replant dead and dying churches. I met some really great men of God who have been shepherding congregations for years---some for decades. I was there because I love the Church. By that I don't just mean, "My church," I mean the Church as the Body of Christ---in all of her different forms and with all of her struggles. Over the years I've had friends who saw the Church differently than I. Some had no regard for her, others were disillusioned with her, and some just wanted…
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48 Years

48 Years

Marriage & Family, Personal
Today marks 48 years of marriage for my parents, JL and Belinda Weaver. 48 years! I remember thinking it was a really big deal when we celebrated their 25th year. Here we are 23 years later, and I still think it is a really big deal. My parents got married during the month of love, but their years together have not been all candy and roses. There have been hard times, illnesses, fights, ministry-difficulties, parenting woes, you name it. My parents meant their vows (as well as they could) when they took them and I believe they mean them even more today. That's how a marriage is supposed to work---You take the vows and then you keep the vows. You learn to mean them more as the years go by. But it's…
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