Thursday, September 28, 2006

Save the College Students

Shot this video to introduce a campaign to send care packages to some of our out of town college students. Props to Phil for the editing.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Things I Love about Home Offices

I work from my home, which sometimes is a frustration, but mostly is a pretty sweet deal. Here are two things that make it especially sweet.

1. I'm mobile and can set up shop on the patio on especially nice days...that is when Starbucks won't do... :-) The huge grill is a nice office touch, don't you think?

2. My daughter Hope comes and tatoos me with Cinderella stickers. :-) I have them on both hands, but alas one hand had to hold the camera.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Community Fair this Weekend

We had an opportunity to serve at a local community fair. It was an incredible time! Our folks were out in force and really made the event happen for the community. Here are some pics:

Monday, September 18, 2006

Born Again Baldwin

Just saw an interview with Stephen Baldwin on the Today Show about his faith. It was really great. He was so bold about how Jesus has changed his life and he brought everything that he talked about back to the Bible. He even challenged Bono to share the gospel during his concerts. Amazing stuff!

Its exciting to see such high profile and passionate words about the life changing love of Jesus. You can catch the story here.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

favorite things about meeting in an elementary school - Part 1

This is posted on the wall in our sanctuary.

Thanks to Jeff for the pic...he also has thoughtful commentary on this beautiful wall hanging.

I'm Goin to Catalyst!

We hadn't planned on hitting Catalyst this year, as resources have been a bit tight, but we just found out that someone has generously given Ben and I tickets to this year's event! Check out the story here. [though most of you come from there. :-)] Big thanks to Jason and the folks at Life Center!

I'm so excited for this time to be challenged, and refreshed. Hope to see some of you in the blog world there!

Friday, September 15, 2006

survivor on itunes!

Finally iTunes picked up Survivor! I don't have a lot of shows that I watch religiously, but I'm an old school die hard Survivor fan. With rehearsals on Thursday nights though, that doesn't work out so well.

CBS did an on-demand thing last season that worked, but was a bit laborious...this season iTunes finally picked up the show...so...hurah!

I know many of you think I should tivo...but I don't have that many shows I need to record...so a big shout out to the folks at apple for making my viewing life better!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Good Monsters Review

Just picked up the new Jars. Holy Cow! It took me a while to admit that these guys were my favorite band...like 3 albums...but they definitely are at the top of my list.

Good Monsters is typical Jars...but in a good way. It has those musical markers that remind you it is the same guys playing, but yet again they have reinventerd their sound in some really fun ways.

Right out of the gate they start with a driving electric sound that perks up your ears...and my ears stayed perked right through the rest of the album. Leigh Nash of Sixpence fame makes an appearance on Mirrors & Smoke, that reminded me a bit of the rootsy vibe they had on Redemption Songs...but they certainly don't stay there.

Good stuff...buy it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

some pics of my team





Thanks to Jeff for these.

reach between the prickles



Had a great conversation with a guy today who to be honest sometimes comes off as a bit prickley. There is a soft heart under those prickles...but sometimes there is stabbing that happens as you try to get there.

But I'm learning that it is totally worth the stabbing, because the heart underneath is good.

Ministry is about people, and as we take risks in diving into life with people in real ways, we learn how to shed the prickley parts of us and be real with those around us....

rowing won't get you there

Just listened to an interview with Louie Giglio on the Catalyst Podcast. He talked for a bit about the importance of a ministry sailing with the wind of the Spirit.

"Nothing is sadder than rowing ministry."
He talked about the tendancy for churches to still be going the direction that the wind of the spirit blew in 1998 or 1976 for that matter. When the Spirit moves we can either go with Him or we keep pushing where the wind has stopped...

Monday, September 11, 2006

Great Book


Been working through this book lately...

Great stuff! C.J. Mahaney not only addresses this subject of pride and humility with a sound biblical perspective, but also gives practical advice for cultivating a life of humility that is really helpful.

I think those of us that serve in public and upfront roles in the church have such amazing temptation in this area...at least I do. We can grow so hungry for those pats on the back for "a great set." Pride is one of the enemy's biggest weapons in the lives of leaders...and humility is our greatest friend...