John's church

Hill Country Bible Church
Austin, Texas 78750

About John
  • Education: Biola University, CA (Biblical Theology) Grove School of Music, Hollywood (Guitar & theory) Center for Biblical Hebrew (Phoenix, AZ) Phoenix Seminary
  • Experience: Since 1988, I have served in CA, then AZ and now in TX as a pastor to college students, young adults, single adults and as a church re-starter and senior pastor. Full-time musician before working on a church staff; still love picking up p/t work as a free-lance guitarist.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: If you notice any misquotes or know of a source that is not cited correctly (or at all), please let me know!
  • Family: Married since 1985 with two great kids.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I didn't know it was happening at the time, but I led my dad to Christ through my sermon CD's that he was receiving in the mail.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Extremely supportive and encouraging.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Let God's Word speak for itself. Talk like a normal person (i.e., vocabulary). End on time.
  • Books that have had an impact: What’s So Amazing About Grace? (Yancey) The Great Divorce (Lewis)
  • Hobbies: Guitar (stage & studio) and Shotokan Karate
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God demonstrated His love for us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Our nursery used vibrating pages to summon parents to the nursery during the service. One Sunday, the system malfunctioned and paged every parent simultaneously, resulting in every parent in the room getting up and walking out in the middle of the message.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Forgiven
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  • Taking Aim

    Contributed on Oct 17, 2001
    based on 40 ratings

    God is more concerned about where you aim, than where you land.

    How many of you have ever watched someone do something really well and wished you could do it too? As followers of Christ, just like we sometimes fantasize about being great athletes or performers, sometimes we see what appears to be deeper levels of spiritual commitment and dedication in other more

  • Give Up Hope

    Contributed on Oct 17, 2001
    based on 31 ratings

    My goal is for you to become hopeless-give up hope of changing the past, give up hope of changing what others have done to us, and give up hope of changing ourselves.

    Hopeless. Have you ever felt like that? Totally without hope? You tried everything you could think of, you’re at the end of your rope, with no more solutions in sight and you wonder—am I hopeless? Now, I hope that the video and the actors didn’t make you think we’re down on counseling—we’re not. I more

  • Where Is God?

    Contributed on Oct 17, 2001
    based on 44 ratings

    God says we need him and, even though we might not often think of it in these terms, we wish we didn’t need God. We don’t want to need God.

    A few weeks ago, I was given a list of 75 questions asked by our elementary kids about God. One of them was, “Where is God?” A few astronauts have said that there must not be a God because they’ve been out in space, and they didn’t see him there. Some say God’s in the earth, he’s in the rocks, he’s more

  • The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, & The Prodigal Son

    Contributed on Oct 17, 2001
    based on 177 ratings

    Some of you are searching for something, but you don’t know what it is you’re looking for.

    How many of you chronically lose or misplace things? You never notice it something is lost until you need it and it’s always in the last place you look. Believe or not, God knows what all of this—maybe some of it—feels like. God is searching for something—but not because he can’t remember where he more

  • The Ten Lepers

    Contributed on Oct 17, 2001
    based on 74 ratings

    Everything I have can be traced back to an opportunity or an event that I never could have orchestrated or created; every good thing I have going on in my life finds its source in a gift of God’s grace

    Beginning a few Wednesday nights ago and for the next several weeks, we’re talking about the issue of Grace. And as I said last time, the way we define grace is that “Grace is getting a gift you don’t deserve.” Now mercy is when we don’t get a punishment we do deserve; but grace is getting a gift more

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