Thursday, December 25, 2008

Quick Christmas Story

Ok, so we had a great Christmas today. What we usually do is have our kids open a lot of their presents on Christmas Eve, and then we save a couple big ones for them to open on Christmas morning along with their stocking gifts.
Anyway, our girls were so excited last night that we thought they would never go to sleep. Needless to say, Chrissy and I didn't get to sleep until pretty late. So, when at the crack of dawn our girls ran in our bedroom and started shaking me to wake up, I wasn't real excited. I told Sydney "Give me a few minutes and then I'll get up", hoping that could by me a few extra winks of sleep. Five minutes later Sydney comes in the bedroom with a crisp one dollar bill and says "Daddy, I'll pay you a dollar to get up!" Well, she knew my price and she bought me off. I got up and had a great time watching the kids open gifts. The only bummer about the whole deal was that after opening presents, I found out that Sydney had taken the dollar bill from Daphne's piggy bank, so I had to give it back...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Pot Pourri

- My family is in town from Kansas for around 3-4 days. I love seeing them, but I have a small feeling like we are being visited by "Cousin Eddy" from the movie Christmas Vacation...

- I currently have around 4 books in the hopper to read over the holidays. The one I am in the middle of right now is Marko's book Youth Ministry 3.0 . I am just getting to the "good" part where he describes where youth ministry is headed, in his opinion, and I will have a review up on the blog soon.

- The Red Sox changed their away uniforms for this next year to resemble more of a nostalgic look. However, they are grey with blue lettering and for some reason remind me of the Yankee's uniforms, which is never good!

- The Christmas break is always bitter sweet for me. I love getting a break from some of the daily grind of ministry, but I miss being with students for a few weeks...

- We are having a really hard time nailing down our mission trip for this summer. We thought we had it set in October, but with some issues like budget, etc., we are having to rethink what we are going to do. So, if you have any good ideas, let me know...

- I wish the show "The Unit" wasn't going off the air. Besides "The Office", I think it is one of my favorite shows.

- I still want Tiger Woods 09 for the Wiii for Christmas, any buyers?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Christian Culture" product of the month

OK, so I'm going to start a new thing on the blog where I put on a new item each month that is marketed to the "Christian Culture". I personally feel like most items that people market to Christians are rather ridiculous and I hope you find humor in them as I do.
First up is a Christian Energy Drink. Why drink just an ordinary energy drink or even a heathonistic energy drink like "Rockstar" when you can aspire to a higher drink like 1in3Trinity energy drink . Yep, now you can even show your faith as you're getting hopped up on juice and caffeine! Here's how the website describes it:
"Energize your mind and your body with the new 1in3Trinity Energy Drink.

A special blend handed down from the flourishing vines and trees of the Holy Land, mixed with B-vitamins, Vitamin C, herbs and antioxidants, make for an abundant taste and high-powered energy any time of the day.

1in3Trinity Energy Drink has a lot of taste, but not a lot of calories. Fused with "Fruit of the Spirit," may 1in3Trinity Energy Drink be the flavor of your life!"

Aparently, the drink company has done pretty good and has even gotten some good press. In fact they have just recently signed on with NASCAR driver, Morgan Shephard, as his official energy drink.
So the next time your gettin your caffeine from a starbucks, ask yourself is it "fused with Fuit of the Spirit"?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Surge Starts Now Video

A couple of our students made this week's "Surge Starts Now" video that we play at the beginning of our middle school service. Pretty funny effects...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ok, Ok, I'll tell you about Kid Rock...

After many friends have come up to me since my return from the national youth workers conference in Nashville to tell them my "Kid Rock" story, I figured I would share it here...
So one night during the conference this last weekend I decided to go a couple of blocks from the convention center downtown on Broadway street to get some dinner. The BBQ place I was going to visit is right in the middle of all these "honky tonk" bars that line either side of Broadway Street that offer live country music in each one. Well, while walking toward the restaurant, I saw 5-6 people standing outside one of the bars. I didn't pay much attention to them except to notice a couple of them were pretty big. Anyway, I literally come with in inches of running head into one of them on accident and looked up at him face to face. When I looked up, I immediately recognized him as Kid Rock. So before I could think of what to say I instantly said "What's up Kid?" to which he said "Not much man, how are you?" At this point I backed up so I wouldn't be inches from his face and said I was doing good and asked him what he was up to. He continued by saying "not much man, just hangin! Well I gotto go, I'll talk to you later..." I bid him a farewell and he crossed the street and went in a non-descript door in between two other honky-tonk bars. Totally random, I know.

Anyway, about 30 minutes later I finished dinner and had time to spare so I decided to cross the street to see where Kid went. I went in the non-marked door that was between two country bars and inside was a long, blank, white hallway with a stairwell at the end. So being my curious self, I went up the stairs. This is where it baffled me. At the top of the stairs was a business with glass doors that had all it's lights out and was closed for the day and one other door on my left with a frosted window in it. "Where did Kid go? This was a dead end." As I stood there I began to notice music coming from where the non-marked door with the frosted window was. As I got closer to it, I noticed it was club music. I then looked next to the door and noticed a device that reads fingerprints in order for you to gain entrance. Very scary stuff. But of course that didn't stop my stupidity of putting my finger on the sensor. My heart was racing as I watched it scan my fingerprint and I then saw a red light come on meaning I was denied. However at the split second the red light came on, a guy comes busting out of the door. At this point I thought I messed my pants! I figured he was a bouncer, mafia member, or some killing machine coming for me, but he looks at me and says "Man I need to go smoke a cigerette, here..." and he holds the door open for me. Yes... Of course I went in. Once inside I seee that it's a sweet high dollar club with a bar and plush furniture. There were only around a dozen people in there (non of which were Kid Rock. He must have left). After being in there for no more than a minute, a guy in a suit came up to me (and remember I am standing there with a bag from my convention over my shoulder and a knucklehead look on my face) and he asked me what I was doing. I told him sheepishl that I was looking for a friend and he then told me I needed to leave right then. So fearing the worst I left and made it back to the convention for that nights session with my daily adventure out of the way.

And yes, this is 100% true.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stupid Television For Guys!

OK, last night I got home and decided just to veg in front of the TV. I was flipping through the 150 or so channels we have that never seem to have anything good on, when I saw a show entitled "Human Wrecking Balls". Now for a guy, that sounded like something I had to check out. Destruction is always a plus. So I turned it on and low and behold it was exactly like the title. Two guys (I think they are brothers) who remind you of two good ol' boys you would find either at a local pub or coming out of a hooters, take ordinary things and spend a whole show destroying them with their bare hands (and feet, shoulders, etc.). Dawned in t-shirts with the sleeves cut off, they proceeded to take on an 80's Camaro and rip it apart. It was so stupid it was awesome. These guys, that don't have enough sense not to run full force into a car door with their shoulder in an attempt to break it off, are actually entertaining. In that "here's a home video of my cousin jumping off a 10 foot fork lift into the top of a car onto his shoulder and then asking for a beer when he limps away" kind of way, I found a new show to tivo. Next week they destroy a hotel room! Thanks G4 for putting on such mind numbing programming for guys!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Artistic Worship

I usually don't like posting stuff from other peoples blogs, but I saw this on Josh Griffin's blog and thought it was too cool not to share. I have always been a fan of artistic worship styles and this song by Pace Hartfield and Fellowship Church about being a "new creation" is definitely artistic. Very inspiring!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Pot Pourri

- Yesterday we took the girls to the dollar movies to see Wall-E. I was a little afraid of seeing a movie with hardly any words, but it turned out to be great!
- Our girls still have enough candy to last them the rest of the year. However, we have caught Sydney sneaking out of her bed and climbing up to the top of the refrigerator to get her candy bag and pound some candy at night, so her's might not last.
- I count it an honor to be able to vote in this country, but I am VERY glad that the political TV ads will be off the air after tuesday!
- I just saw that the Denver Nuggets are trading Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups today! I can't wait! I'm ready for basketball season (NCAA and NBA) since the Chiefs are so horrible in the NFL this year.
- If you are in ministry, you will know what I am talking about. I am totally at the point where I am fed up with all the red tape/ behind the scenes work that goes with ministry. I wish that instead of spending so much time on details and paper work, we could spend that time with students. I know there's a place for administration, but I wish it took less time away from hands on ministry.
- The weather in Denver lately has been awesome! I got to play golf twice last week and hopefully play once this week on my day off. I need to take advantage while I can.
- Current CD I'm listening to: Ancient Skies by The Michael Gungor Band (I Really love the song "White Man"- great message)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Parenting Joys

So last night I had a great parenting moment. One of those moments that you want to pull your hair out one by one. I took Sydney and Daphne to the store to grab some stuff to make homemade pizza. While in the store Daphne and Sydney kept finding it funny to turn around and act like they were shaking their bottoms at me. I didn't really say a lot about it since they had just got out of dance class and figured it must be part of a routine. Then when we finally got home and pulled in to the drive way, I heard Sydney say "Look the neighbors are out!" We got out of the car and while I pulled the groceries out of the car I noticed our neighbors had a strange look on their face as they gazed toward our house. Then I looked down and saw that Sydney had turned around and was shaking her bottom at them. The only problem, was this time she had pulled down her pants to expose a full moon! What is she doing! Needless to say, my wave to the neighbors was a little awkward while I had groceries in one hand and a half naked girl scooped up in the other trying to rush into the house. What a Joy!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Published!

Well, I finally got published! OK, maybe I didn't get a whole book published, but I was able to contribute a small part for Kurt Johnston's new book Middle School Ministry Made Simple. The book is an updated version of his popular book Controlled Chaos. Kurt (The Student Ministries Director at Saddleback Church) asked some student pastors to write some short "from the trenches" stories for his new book. So, I gave him a story about a time we went on our 8th grade adventure trip. I got a copy of it yesterday and it's a great book, and not just because it has a small story from me in it. I will be having a signing party in my office Friday at noon if anybody wants a copy signed. (OK, maybe I'm going a little too far with this...)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Blast from the past

So I was checking out Marko's blog the other day and saw a link to a cool online app. where you can put your picture into some old yearbook photos. It's called yearbook yourself and is there to advertise shopping malls. Pretty fun, but the scary thing is that the picture from 1988 looked exactly like one of my 10th grade yearbook picture even though my yearbook picture was in the early nineties. Freaky!

1950 ..............................1966.............................1974


1976...............................1982............................1988

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Catch Phrases...

Ok, so I am a big fan of catch phrases. For some reason every once in a while I will find a small two or three word saying and begin to use it until it gets old and I need to find a new one. It could be "Shake n Bake!" or "Rock on!" or Kramer's favorite "Giddy up!". But my question is this... When do catch phrases just seem out of place for who is saying them. I mean today I was playing golf with two white guys that were probably in their late 40's to early 50's and they both would not stop saying "True dat!" (yes they pronounced it with a d and not th). For some reason it just didn't seam right coming from them, but hey what ever works for them. Know what I mean? Fo Shizzle! Got any good catch phrases for me to try out?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sydney's first lost tooth!

So my 5 year old finally lost her first wiggly tooth tonight. She was so excited, all night she never stopped smiling to show everyone the void in her mouth. In fact I think she even went to sleep smiling!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I can do that...

In honor of the U.S. winning the Ryder Cup yesterday, I figured I should post a golf video. Even though Tiger Woods didn't play in the Ryder Cup due to injury, this video of him is awesome. Is it real? Who cares...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Open mouth, Insert foot

Last Sunday after church, our pastor came to me with a visitor for me to meet. Since she was from Kansas and I grew up there, he thought I should meet her. We began talking and I found out she grew up very near where I did. In fact our schools played each other in high school sports. Anyway, the whole time we were talking I kept thinking she looked familiar but I couldn't place where I knew her from. We got to talking about the KC Chiefs because we are both fans. I made the statement that I hope they do better than the Broncos this year. She went on to say how she heard the Broncos might be the surprise team of the year. To which my response was "No, the Broncos stink! They are horrible!" I then asked her name and she said Danni. We said goodbye and she left. Fifteen minutes later it hit me. Danni... Chiefs Fan... from Kansas... She was Danni Boatwright, the girl who won Survivor: Guatamala a few years back! I watched that season of survivor and remember her! The worst thing is, is her husband was the center for the Chiefs and just got traded to the Broncos. The same Broncos I just told her were horrible and stink. oops.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Thoughts on Chuck E. Cheese...

OK, I am the first to admit that I am not a big fan of Chuck E. Cheese. So, when I asked my wife Chrissy who turned 35 today where she wanted to go for her birthday, it was not exactly fireworks going off for me when she replied "Chuck E. Cheese". After listening to her explain her reasoning, it was pretty understandable since it's one of the only places she can let our three daughters run crazy while she sits back and chills out. And I have to admit, tonight I had some fun. First off they have made every game in the place cost only one token, and second they have added some old school games like galaga and centipede. But while this makes me happy, there's still stuff that creeps me out about the place. The fact that you see kids pumping coins into machines to get as many tickets as possible, I wonder what they are learning. At one point tonight I looked across the room and saw my oldest daughter pushing tokens into a machine so fast it reminded me of some old wrinkly lady in a casino with a half-lit cigarette hanging off her lip playing the nickel slots all day. Scarry. Then you have the prize counter where kids are hittin up the worker to give them just one more piece of candy or one more cheap rubber frog like they are hittin up a pusher for their next fix but turned away because they don't have enough money. Now I know alot of people enjoy Chuk E. Cheese's, and maybe I am going a little to far, but hey... the place is centered around a rat....

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Hall Of Fame Night!

Tonight my dad is in town for a short visit. So I got us some great front row seats to the Rockies vs. Giants game. We got there early to watch some batting practice. After barely missing some foul balls and getting a few autographs from some of the Giants players (we sat on the visitor side) I was walking to get a drink when I saw him... Cal Ripkin Jr.! I'm still not sure what he was doing at the game, but I ran and bought a ball real quick and made my way down to where he was standing behind home plate to get it signed. He was very gracious and signed it for me. How often do you get to meet a hall of famer? To top the night off, we got on the jumbo screen once and the rockies won the game in the bottom of the 12th inning! Great memories!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kung Foo Kids

Tonight we went on a family movie night to the local dollar movie theater. The film of choice was "Kung Foo Panda". While I had already seen it, it was the first time for our two youngest daughters. Before we got to the theater, we stopped by Walgreen's to allow the girls to each pick out their own small box of candy. Needless to say, they had their candy finished off by the time the previews were over. Anyway, after the movie the sugar must have been hitting it's peak in their systems, because walking out of the theater I was dodging kung foo kicks and punches from all three girls who wanted to be pandas. Oh, and it didn't stop once we got home. So, now for halloween Sydney wants to be Kung Fo Panda (or "Con Foon Panda" as she says it) which could be scary for those handing out candy...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday Pot Pourri

- Tonight is our first regular Tuesday night service with our middle school group for the year. I'm very excited about the students we have and the leaders that are joining us!

- With the Olympics over, I almost don't know what to do at nights without watching 4 hours of events.

- So far I have lost around 35 pounds on my diet. I went into a store yesterday to buy a golf shirt, and for the first time in a long time a size XL was too big. I had to go with a Large. Weird!

- We have a great group of leaders for our middle school group this year, now my challenge is to not be a bonehead and to really encourage them often so we don't lose any through out the year.

- It looks like the Red Sox are going to get the wild card spot (hopefully) but I am a little distracted from baseball right now with the start of the NFL season.

- The Democratic National Convention is in town and it's like a circus all over the city. Let's just put it this way, I won't be going downtown this week.

- Chuck Norris fact of the day: "Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the mouth, it's decendents are now known as giraffes."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sayin Goodbye Is Hard...

Today is the last day for my intern who's worked with us in some fashion for 4 years. Jonathan joined our ministry while still in high school. He has grown tremendously since he started with us. Jonathan is one of those outgoing people that just seems to be a student magnet. Everyone loves Jonny! From going out at 4:00 am to wake students up for a stupid youth video to laying on our faces in prayer in my office on behalf of the youth group, I have some great memories of my time with him. He has not only been my intern, but has been my best friend as well. I believe God is going to use him greatly in youth ministry in the future. I honestly think he knows more about youth ministry now than most youth pastors. I'll miss him, but am excited for him as well. He will be leaving next week for L.A. to transfer to Biola University. May God bless him in his studies (and help him find a wife as well! LOL!) I'll miss you big guy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Madness!

Ok, so I went into this olympics thinking that I might catch a little bit of the games hear or there and then just catch the results in the news or on sports center. Wow, was I wrong. I am self admittedly addicted to the Olympics! I can't stop watching them. They are so good this year. Between Michael Phelps breaking every world record imaginable to the U.S. men's gymnastics team coming away with a bronze to even the U.S. girls fencing sweeping the medals on the first day, I love it! I have even set up my dish network to where I have a guide that only has the olympic channels so I don't have to skim through other stations. Let's just put it this way, when you find yourself at 1:30am watching Women's handball between two countries you could not spell if you tried, your addicted. I wonder what events are on tonight...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Great Youth Ministry Video

I saw this video over at Marko's blog. It's a promo for their Canadian Youth Workers Convention, But I think I'll show it at our beginning of the school year leader's gathering. The last part about "who is doing this for you" is really convicting...

Friday, August 01, 2008

Weight Loss Update!

So I've had numerous people ask how much weight I've lost in the last four months since I started my diet. I am proud to announce that I have passed the 30 pound mark! I have officially lost 31 pounds, but feel like I've lost 100. I never knew how much my extra weight was dragging me down.! The weight loss has affected a lot including needing new clothes, and even changing my golf swing. Crazy!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday Pot Pourri

- I downloaded the new i-Phone/i-Pod touch software update a week or two ago on my i-Pod touch. I wasn't sure if it would be worth the $10, but just new "app store" feature is worth it to me. It's cool being able to download games from any wi-fi hot spot.

- Today I was in Sam's Club with my wife and decided to look through their book section. I saw one of the more frustrating book titles I've seen in a while. It was entitled "The 150 Most Important Bible Verses". Wow! Who gets to decide that and who's going to tell God that the rest of His Word is not as important than these verses. Crazy!

- My beloved Boston Red Sox traded Manny Ramirez today to the Dodgers. I will miss his hitting, but the drama will definitely not be missed. (Boston's going to acquire Matt Holiday from the Rockies in the off season anyway)

- Ask anyone about Denver and they will tell you it brings thoughts of snow and skiing. But the last week or two has been in the 90's everyday and only getting hotter.

- My two youngest daughters are such divas. This morning we had to search the whole house before they went to school to find their pink umbrellas. They said they needed them to stay cool from the car to their classrooms. (remember, they are 5 y/0 and 4 y/0)

- Plans for the fall in our student ministries are coming together. I pray that God uses us to help Him change lives of middle school and high school students for eternity!

- As I'm writing this, my oldest daughter is reading over my shoulder and singing "Camp Rock" directly in my ear....the joys of having daughters!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Logo!

Today I finally finished coming up with a new logo for our New Life Student Ministries department. In an effort to centralize our efforts between the High School and Middle School department, we are applying some new branding strategies. Thus this new logo...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Low score of the season!

I had a great day playing golf today with some great friends. I shot my best round of the season so far by shooting a 73. I was 1 under par after 16 holes and ended making bogey on the last two holes to shoot 1 over par for the round. Considering it was the first time I had played the course, I was stoked!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Holy Streamline Batman...

Ever wonder why youth ministries have the constant urge to fill a calendar like a competitive eater fills a plate at an all-you-can-eat buffet? I have to admit that amidst some of the areas I have to work at in ministry, God has for some reason blessed me with the ability to program. I love it, but being in ministry for ten years has definitely taught me one big programming lesson... "Don't over program!" Too often in youth ministry we feel like a bare calendar is going to portray to people that we aren't doing our job. I beg to differ. The more we offer, the more our excellence in those programs suffers. Learning from experience in being in the overloaded calendar boat early in my career, I now believe that God doesn't care how much we do as much as He cares about how we do it. Monday we had our all day yearly youth ministries planning meeting. It felt so good to be past the idea that there were blank areas on the calendar to fill and to get to talking about how to make the events already on the calendar excellent.
Why do we feel the need to throw in events just to do events? Streamlining, there's nothing like it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lucky Number 13

Today marks 13 years that I have been married to the most awesome woman in the world. I still remember the first day I saw her at summer camp while we were both on staff. It's been a great 13 years and I can't wait for the next 50 or so. We got married young and I've been a bonehead every once in a while (I know, hard to believe), but I am so blessed with a wife that loves me so much. God really let me marry out of my league!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The good news and the bad news...

The good sports story this week:
So I watched the home run derby the other night and was blown away by Josh Hamilton in the first round. He hit 28 home runs and each swing seamed to produce a 500 foot bomb. IT was awesome. The fact that he has come back from drug and alcohol addiction to a life with Christ and an all-star baseball career is a great witness. Another great thing was that in the all-star game last night at Yankees Stadium, a Red Sox player (J.D. Drew) got MVP. I love it!
The bad sports story this week:
So I have been a Nuggets fan for a while now, and loved it when George Carl came on as coach and they started winning, but I think I'm starting to jump of the Nuggets boat. Today was the angriest I've been at the nuggets. They went and lost Eduardo Najera last week, but today they traded their best defensive player,Marcus Camby, to the L.A. Clippers. For what? Another great player? No, an option for a future second round draft pick. What is that? It's obvious they just wanted to dump payroll space, but Camby? He's awesome! Now the Nuggs are going to be even worse defensively next year. Needless to say, I'm looking for a new NBA team to cheer for. Any ideas of who that should be?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Is It That Obvious?

Ok, I had something really odd happen to me today. I had a little extra time after eating lunch so I decided to go check out the local thrift store down the street from the church. Now this is no ordinary thrift store, it's huge. Rows and rows of clothes. Anyway, while I was walking past an aisle of clothing, a random man started signaling and asking for me to come to him and help him with something. So I walked over to him and he seemed very normal (and straight) but he proceeded to hold up a shirt and ask me if it would look good on him, especially with his skin tone. He said "because if it doesn't look real good, then I'm not going to buy it". He said "because you look like you would know what looks good". Once I gave him my opinion, he went on to have me give my opinion on about 10 more shirts that were in his cart. Now here is where my question comes in, why did he think I had this certain fashion talent? IS IT THAT OBVIOUS that I enjoy watching "Project Runway" with my wife? I thought that was a secret that no one knew, but maybe it's starting to show. Scary! And what is worse is that I actually only approved of 4 out of the 10 shirts because the others just wouldn't work for him...

Friday, July 11, 2008

Pot Pourri

- This Sunday I get to speak to a congregation of African immigrants that has recently started an new service at our church. They want me to bring a message of "hope" to them. I am looking forward to it even though they speak French and the only thing I know how to say in French is "Where is the bathroom".

- I recently realized a sign of the times when we got back from camp. Instead of writing out thank you notes to all the leaders that went with us, I saved the paper and texted my thanks to them. Felt a little weird but worked good.

- After a year of having a dog, my wife has finally admitted that she is growing fond of it. Wow, that's a big step for her!

- I signed up for Facebook and already have a ton of friends, even though I have no idea what I'm doing. I've been a MySpace guy until now. Who knows, maybe I'll start a twitter page next...

- I thought about getting a Red Sox hat with the all-star patch, but something about it having an outline of Yankee stadium in the logo makes me sick.

- The show "Wipeout" is great! Watch it!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Big Day For Sydney

So today was a big day for our two youngest daughters. Daphne started preschool and Sydney started kindergarten. They looked beautiful. Watching Sydney get in line and go with her classmates to their classroom made me remember being at the hospital for for her birth. It feels like it was yesterday. I just remember Chrissy not being allowed to have her epidural so she had had to go through it naturally. This gave us a hint of how Sydney was going to be the wild one of the family from the start. I see myself in her so much, which scares me a little. Anyway, it was cool seeing her go to school with her backpack on, which looks as big as she is.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Back From Camp

So, we had a great time at camp last week! After a 10 hour drive, we finally got back Saturday night. The only problem is that I came down with a cold on the last couple of days and lost my voice. It has gotten worse since then, and I have been in bed all day today with a headache and a horrible dry cough that refuses to let me sleep. Hopefully I can shake it soon and get back to normal. Thanks for your prayers!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Got my $5 wrist watch...

So, it's that time of year again. Time for our summer youth trip. This year we are going back to a great camp in Kansas called Youth Front South. I have worked with Youth Front for years and I was even on summer staff back in the *cough* early *cough* nineties. In fact it is at this same camp that I met my unbelievably awesome wife Chrissy. (hopefully the students don't take my lead and go to find the love of their life) One of my friends Ray Zuercher is the "big cheese" at the camp and I can't wait to see him again. He has been someone I look up to in ministry for a long time. The week should be great, and I am all packed. In fact, I have kept up my yearly tradition and went to Wal-Mart and bought a $5 wrist watch. Every year I get a $5 watch to wear for our trip because by the end of the trip it's usually destroyed. I got my watch on and ready to go. I can't wait to see what God has in plan for our students.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Great Videos

I recently came across this group of videos through Josh Griffin's Blog. They are hilarious! Here are a few of my favorites...


Monday, June 23, 2008

Last Comic Standing

So I've been watching the show "Last Comic Standing" on NBC (I think), and I was surprised to see a comedian on there that I've seen before. He is a Christian comedian/ventriloquist named Taylor Mason. I have always found his act really funny and always clean. He made it past the initial try outs but not to the main show in Vegas. I wish he would have made it, it would have been nice to see some clean comedy get recognized... Here's a clip from his act. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Spencer's

Today I went with my buddy Jonathan to the mall to look for a few things (and of course to check out the sports memorabilia store). After pounding a great ice cream cone from the food court, I decided to stop in the "Spencer's Gifts" store. Every mall has one and I remember shopping there growing up. Now when I was growing up, I remember all these cool and abstract things sold at Spencer's, but I also remember there was always one rack in the back that would have items that were a little risque. Man was I surprised when I walked into the store today! I have never seen so many perverted items in one store ever. The days of it being one small shelf in the back are over. Everything from sexual items to pot smoking items to straight up profanity, I couldn't believe it. I literally could not stay in the store for more than 5 minutes, I felt dirty just from seeing some of the items for sale. What made me sick the most was that the only shoppers I saw in the store were a few high school students and around a half a dozen middle schoolers. I can't believe they allow this crap to be sold in a family friendly mall....

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pot Pourri

- My daughters made me cards for Father's Day and they were great. At lunch today, Daphne (our 4 year old) prayed for the meal. She thanked God for the food and for father's day and for the cupcakes she got me to be yummy...

- Today in town I saw a Harley driven by a woman and the man on the back. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Just weird.

- Last night Chrissy and I went to a movie theater we had never been to. So, when we got in the theater, Chrissy had us sit in 6 different spots until she found the seats she liked the best. We were going to see the new Adam Sandler movie "Don't mess with the Zohan", but it was so utterly stupid and nasty, we left 15 minutes into it and slipped into "Kung Fu Panda". It was a great movie!

- I wanted the Celtics to win the championship tonight, but I guess I'll have to wait one more game...

- I'm wanting to bicycle more, but my mountain bike is just so heavy for long rides. So, I'm looking for a cheap road bike, but finding the words "cheap" and "road bike" don't go together.

- Today as a tie breaker for a game in our middle school group, I had students guess how much weight I've lost since I started my diet. One answered 6 pounds and the other 7 pounds. I've actually lost 26 pounds, so I'm not sure whether to take that as a compliment or not.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Jesus Merch Of The Month

Oh ya boys and girls, the action figure (or if your a girl you can call it a doll) that you have all been waiting for... The Miracle Jesus. I wasn't sure if this was a sarcastic item or a real toy for kids to play with. The more I looked at the description, the more I think it's a real toy. I'm not sure how to react to this thing. I mean sure children need to learn about Jesus' miracles, but to do it in a form where young boys can potentially stick firecrackers to Jesus' back to see "if He can fly" just seems wrong to me. The seller for me though, is the glow in the dark hands. Not sure where that is in the scripture, but much cooler than any of my GI Joes growing up. Be carefull with the "water into wine jug" or the "loaves and fish", they could be a choking hazard.
Click here to get yours today!

Monday, May 26, 2008

What I wouldn't do to play like this.

Wow! I came across this video on youtube, and had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Two of the greatest drummers of all time goin at it! Awesome! (And if your a drummer, think about how they are using traditional grip. How hard is that?!?)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Royal Gorge...

With this time of year being pretty busy ministry wise and only getting busier with summer trips coming up, we decided to take three days and go on a mini vacation. We decided to travel to Canon City, Colorado and visit the Royal Gorge. The bridge at the gorge is the tallest suspension bridge in the world at 1300 feet. The park is great for kids with a petting zoo, donkey rides, an old west town (where we got an old fashion family picture), a carousel, a train ride, a gondola that goes over the gorge and much more. On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a really cool candy store and our girls went crazy! It was a blast. I think the indoor pool at our hotel was worth the whole trip for our girls. We are returning home tomorrow, but are stopping at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs for a tour on the way through.
**Funniest thing said since we've been on the trip:
After being caught running through the parking lot with out holding someone's hand, Sydney said "Daddy, I'm holding Jesus' hand." Classic...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Call me Coach Dusty!

Today was a great day... Sydney started T-ball! Yep, after years of dance, princesses, and pink everything, we've gotten to something familiar to my childhood. Sydney's first practice for her t-ball team was tonight and I have volunteered to be an assistant coach. The team is made up of 5 girls and 4 boys, and I know it's early, but I think they may be the best t-ball team I've ever seen. Now even though they don't count outs or keep score in this league, I still think they could win it all. There's something about seeing one of my daughters playing a sport where she can sweat and get dirty excites me. Yep, a good day...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A princess birthday!

Four years ago today our youngest daughter was born. It seems like it was yesterday we were driving to the hospital. So,this morning I woke up to Daphne asking if she could open her presents... at 6:00am. For her birthday we had a swimming party at the city's indoor pool and all her fiends came. It was a ton of fun and she loved it. She wore the tiara you see in the picture everywhere and didn't even want to take it off even when she got in the water. God has blessed us with three great girls!

Monday, May 12, 2008

My first round draft pick...

With yesterday being mother's day, I have to say that I could not have picked a better wife, best friend, and mother to our children. I whole heartedly admit that there is no way I could do her job. Sometimes when I have our girls for a day, by the end I am ready to collapse. I'm not sure where she gets her super powers, but she rocks! (not to mention I think she's pretty hot too!) Anyway, I am so grateful to God for blessing me with my #1 draft pick. I got her a video game for mother's day. MarioCart for the Wii. At first I was afraid that she would be wanting jewelery or something like I get her every year. But when she opened it she exclaimed "I got something fun! I never get fun things!" I guess I chose correctly. We played all last night, it was a blast!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Almost to 20!


Well, since I started my diet, I have lost almost 20 pounds! I'm convinced I could have lost more by now, but I haven't been able to get to the gym as much as I like. Anyway, I would still like to keep dropping the pounds, so I'm going to keep going with it. It just feels so much better with out the extra baggage. I have included a picture of what I now look like for those of you that don't live near us...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Fortune cookies and faith..

Today I went to lunch with the other youth staff guys and enjoyed some great Chinese orange chicken (small bowl due to diet) and decided to finish the meal with one of my favorite foods... a fortune cookie. Where else can you enjoy a tasty cookie and have a vision of your future given to you at the same time? After hoping my fortune cookie went along with what I desire for my future and then checking it, no luck. Something about "You will have a very pleasant experience" isn't so clear. What experience? How pleasant? Looking back at it, I realize how often I actually do this everyday. So often I try and work my "agenda" into figuring out what God has for me next. Unfortunately this usually only leads to confusion and frustration. Tonight I taught the students from I Samuel 16 where God has Samuel go and anoint David as His chosen. Teaching the students, I taught on seeing others through God's eyes not the world's eyes, but He had a different lesson for me while studying this passage. Though Samuel thought Eliab (Jesse's stud son) would surely be God's choice, He learned God had David the youngest in mind. How many times do I have in mind what God must have in store for me only to later realize I have no clue. Man it's hard to trust God fully sometimes, but thank goodness for fortune cookies to remind me how stupid it is for me to try and figure it out on my own.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Cross Cultural Experience...

Today I am experiencing a new culture that is foreign to me. The world of dance competition. I'm spending all day at a dance competition in Denver where my 3 girls are all performing. Now I have to say, I have a true love-hate relationship with these competitions. First the love part: I love the fact that kids from age 4 to 18 are able to come together and celebrate the wonderful art of dance. Watching some of the routines is inspiring due to the creativity and level of difficulty. I love having our girls do something they love that doesn't include TV or video games. I also feel the performing helps improve their confidence in front of others that will help them later in life. Now for the hate part: There's something about seeing girls from the age of 4 to 12 wearing makeup that just doesn't sit right. I guess they are performing on a stage so it's not a lot different than theater, but it still creeps me out a little. The other thing I don't like about these competitions is how much of a "money maker" they are. I mean it costs a pretty hefty fee to enter, No video taping is allowed (but you can buy a DVD for only $70), the performers only receive one trophy per group (which means if you want one for the other members of the routine you need to shell out $25 for each additional), and then for those they "award" the top prizes, they give them an invitation to travel to New York or San Fransisco or somewhere where the performers have to shell out a large amount to work with their teachers and judges for a couple of days. If I wasn't called to ministry, I know what business I would be in...
All in all, it's a different world than the world of little league football and baseball I grew up with, but still makes for a proud dad.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Movie Review

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Today I went with my intern Jonathan to see the movie Expelled. Being a documentary freak, I have been looking forward to this. I went in knowing a little about the movie but was pleasantly surprised at how much more it turned out to be. The movie, for those who don't don't know, is a documentary about the science community and how those who even mention intelligent design as a valid hypothesis to investigate are being shunned and even fired. I like how the movie shows that the theory of intelligent design is not necessarily a religious idea or propaganda for creationism, but a valid scientific theory to be looked at by the science community and higher education. The only thing in the movie that I might have done without was some of the old film clips that were interjected through out the movie for comic/artistic effect. While I think the ones that had to do with the Berlin wall (which represented how those in the scientific community are being silenced and robbed of the freedom of questioning the theories of Darwin) really made a profound point, the rest of them kind of got annoying by the second half of the movie. All in all, I loved seeing a movie in the theater that is bringing out this very true problem and exposing it to the public. Great information, great production, great movie.

Overall 4.9 buckets of popcorn out of 5

Monday, April 28, 2008

mac problems...

My computer had to go to the mac doctor and so it's been a week and a half without it. I never realized just how dependent I am on it. Anyway, I haven't been able to post much. Hopefully I'll get it back today or tomorrow. So what am I using for this post? My beloved iPod touch!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I'm humbled...

Sometimes there's nothing that humbles me more than my daughters. Tonight I am watching my two youngest daughters, like I do every Thursday while Chrissy teaches at the dance studio. When we got home I started to get ready to cook dinner for the girls and I was informed by Sydney that for the rest of the night her and Daphne were "the princesses" and I am "the servant". So, all through my dinner prep, the girls were yelling from the living room things like "When's our dinner going to be ready, servant?" or "I'm thirsty servant!" I was told once, when I brought "the princesses" their food, "I love you servant... but what is for dessert?" I love playing make believe with them, but there is something humbling about a 5 year old calling me servant. :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

OK, call me old...

I can't say I particularly feel old. I can't say many people call me old. (except for the occasional middle school student, who thinks anyone over 25 is old) I can't even say I act old. But yesterday was the exception. We went to Elitch Gardens (the local amusement park) with our family and one of Emma's friends. Chrissy took the little girls to the kiddie park while I took Emma and her friend to ride the big rides/roller coasters. Now normally I would be all about riding as many rides with them as possible. I love roller coasters. Yesterday, however, I just didn't feel like riding any. I'm not sure if it's the fact that I've been to a thousand amusement parks with youth groups or I was just tired, but I didn't ride a single ride! Isn't that lame? Well not as lame as what I did while the girls were in line and riding the rides... I snuck in a book and read while waiting for them! The definition of old! The book is on volunteer management and is awesome. (I'll have a review post soon) Anyway, I was still a sucker and played a few games and won the girls a stuffed animal (including a massive pink tiger that Emma will stick in the corner of her room and never play with). All in all it was a good day, but today I need to go skateboarding or something to balance it out.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

American Idol Worship Version

Not sure if you guys saw this on American Idol last night, but they ended their big "Idol Gives Back" night with a worship song- "Shout to The Lord". I didn't notice it at first, but they replaced the word Jesus at the beginning of the song with the word shepherd, but I still think it was pretty powerful. I know a few of the finalists are believers. How would you like this to be worship at church each Sunday... WOW!
***UPDATE*** They sang it again tonight on idol and included the word Jesus. Still awesome!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!!!

It's been a long 20 years waiting for Kansas to win another national title. Tonight my wait came to an end. The Jayhawks overcame a great Memphis team to win the final four! I can still remember being in the 8th grade when they one their last one. Tonight I truthfully think I had a tear in my eye when the final buzzer went off. It's a great day to be a Jayhawk!!! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Go Jayhawks!

I'm not sure if it's theologically right to pray for victory in the final four, but say a prayer for the Jayhawks today!
Rock Chalk!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

I've Joined The Dark Side!

After a 30 year battle of being tempted to join the dark side, the force was to strong...
I now drink Diet Coke.
Let's have a moment of silence...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Health = Godliness?

Ok, so I started a new diet this past week online and have started a workout regimen that has me in the gym at least every other day if not more. I have only been doing it for a week, but I've already lost 5 pounds. While the weight loss is awesome and a main goal for me, I also started this to get healthier. I will have to be honest with you, not only do I feel like I am starting to have more energy, but I feel more positive as well. With this positivity, I have felt more encouraged to dig in to the Bible and excited in my spirit. I've been pondering how the Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God. With God's creation of man, he made Adam and Eve without any sickness or disease. But with the fall, our health now became an issue. So, with myself getting healthier, I almost feel like I am growing closer to God through the fact that I am getting closer (even though it's the smallest of amount) to how God originally created us. Not sure if any of this makes sense, but all I know is that I'm feeling not only physically healthier, but spiritually healthier as well. It feels good.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I love soccer (or football for my Euro friends)!

Last night Jonathan and I went to the home opener of the Colorado Rapids pro soccer season. They played the L.A. Galaxy who has David Beckham & Landon Donavan. It was a sold out standing room only game with over 18,500 people there. We had tickets right where the players come out of the lockers room and it was awesome getting autographs and high fives. Beckham wouldn't give me an autograph, but it was cool just being a couple feet from him as he came out and back in. I got a chance to meet and talk to Alexi Lalas (former team USA defender and MLS player, now L.A. Galaxy G.M) while he was waiting near the entrance to the field. Very cool dude! The game was intense with two red cards being issued, a penalty kick awarded to Colorado right in front of us and a near fight/scuffle at the end of the game. I have to admit that I still can't understand how people can say soccer is not exciting, last night was crazy!!Beck's makes a cross pass in front of us...The fun begins with the first yellow card of the night...Alexi Lalas in his playing days...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Great Sports Weekend!

Starting tonight, this weekend is poised to be a great sports weekend for me. First, tonight Kansas plays in the sweet sixteen round of the NCAA basketball tourney, then if they win, will play again on Sunday evening. Then tomorrow, Jonathan and I are going to the home opener of the Colorado Rapids, Denver's pro soccer team. The cool thing about this is that they are playing against the L.A. Galaxy who has David Beckham on their team. Our seats are going to be awesome. Right behind the goal and prime location to catch an errant Beckham shot on goal. I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Shall we dance?

Today in our staff meeting, we talked about our purpose in our personal life and our ministries. When I thought of what my purpose is in my life, I had to say to honor and exalt God. Sure it sounds like a no-brainer and not very deep, but I think it is one of the deepest things I can think of. I hope I can do this in my marriage and fatherhood. I hope that I can do this in a way that shows the freedom God gives us with His joy. This reminded me of one of my favorite quotes that I pray I can live out daily...
Dance as though no one is watching,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
love as though you've never been hurt,
live as though heaven is on earth.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Steve Jobs on youth ministry

Great video of Steve Jobs talking about something that sounds alot like being in youth ministry...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pot Pourri

- The book of Ezekiel is really hittin me in my devotion time. In chapter 2 or 3 when he says he eats the words God gives him to tell the house of Israel and they taste as sweet honey, really makes me wonder how I look at what God wants me to teach students and if my study in the Word is sweet as honey...
- I filled out my NCAA bracket today. I only fill out one, unlike some guys who fill out 4 or 5. I even filled it out in pen so there's no going back. My final four? UCLA, Kansas, Texas, and surprise team- Tennessee! I have Kansas winning it all over UCLA. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
- I went to swim lessons with my daughters Saturday, and they are all natural fish. Sydney's teacher, though, wears glasses in the pool and has a mullet. A combo for disaster if you ask me, but he actually does a good job teaching.
- Chrissy and I watch American Idol, but lately I have drawn a very high dislike for Paula. She gets on my nerves with her dumb comments, and if some one does bad, she always complements how they look. It's like the American Idol kiss of death.
- I rented the movie August Rush on itunes but haven't watched it yet. It looks really good.
- I've decided I'm going to start riding my bike to work to help get in shape. (fortunately the weather is going crazy in march so I haven't started yet...)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Book Review

The Deity Formally Known as God
by Jarrett Stevens

So I just finished this book that really is an easy read. With so many books written lately on how our culture doesn't like Christians and how the image of God has been skewed for non-believers due to the actions and attitudes of Christians, I was expecting the same old story here. But what I like about this book is that it actually can be applied to the way a lot of Christians view God as well. As an "update" to J.B. Phillip's book "Your God Is Too Small", I thought it did a good job of explaining the different views of God a lot of people can subscribe too. While I didn't feel like it was a real in-depth theological mind stretching read, I think it is still a good read for any Christian. Stevens does a good job using stories to help explain the points and thus making it a read that might be a little more teenager friendly than some other books I've read lately. Compared to some of the other books to come out of Northpoint from Andy Stanley or Louie Giglio, I don't think it was quite as impact-full for me. Anyway, I still feel very comfortable recommending the book. (Plus the graphics design for each chapter was pretty cool)
Overall: 4.0 on a 5.0 Richter Scale

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sydney is 5!

Five years ago today, my wife and I welcomed our second daughter into the world, and what a crazy ride it's been with her so far. Sydney Marie has been our wildest child of our 3 daughters by far, which makes me think she is the child my mom warned me I would have someday. It seems I was the same way growing up. Jumping off things, doing things I knew I wasn't supposed to just to see what happens, and then smiling my way out of punishment. It doesn't seem like 5 years have passed. I can still remember going to the hospital vividly. I hope she likes the Hannah Montana toy guitar we got her, but most importantly I pray she always knows we love her unconditionally in the same way Jesus loves us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

...And He rose again.

I'm beginning a two week lesson series in our youth group tonight called "Easter: What's the big deal?" Over these two weeks I am going to take the students though the meaning and importance of the cross (week 1) and the empty tomb (week2). I can't wait to give the lesson next week on the empty tomb. The reason is because it seems like Easter season is centered on the cross (which makes sense) but sometimes the resurrection of Christ is almost one of those things thrown in at the end. Not that Christians don't celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday, but the image most people see when they think of Easter is the cross. I don't want our students to look only at the outstanding meaning and purpose of what was done on the cross, and inadvertently put less importance on the resurrection of the Savior. With out Jesus raising from the dead, our faith is useless. (1 Cor. 15:14) Even Peter argues the importance of the resurrection in Acts 2.
So my goal is to not have a student only think of the cross at Easter, but the empty tomb as well. Pray for me...

Monday, March 10, 2008

I'm a mac addict!

So I new that I love apple and all their products, but I finally have proof of my addiction...
89%How Addicted to Apple Are You?

BTW- I'm typing this on my AWESOME mac book pro!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ezekiel

can say I have never really studied in depth before. Maybe because it is a little intimidating sinceIn my personal study time lately, I have been digging into the book of Ezekiel. It's a book that I Ezekiel's prophesy was so vivid and wild. Much like Revelation, it takes a little time to figure out what is meant in the text, but I'm really enjoying it. To pull out the old commentary and study what Ezekiel is unfolding in his writings while he was in captivity in Babylonia, is making me remember the grandeur of God and how great he is. Plus the fact that in chapter one he talks about the first spinner rims known to man, in his vision of the likeness of God, is awesome! (look it up if you don't believe me: Ezk. 1:15-18) Talk about "pimp my ride"!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

I jinxed it...

Ok, with my last post about it getting warmer (it was 70 degrees yesterday), I must have jinxed something. Today I woke up to blowing snow and frozen windows on my car. I about cried...
You gotta love spring time in Denver.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Ready to hit the waves

With the weather getting warm here in Colorado, I am really itching to go surfing. When I was in Florida, I would go around three to four times a week. But in the past 5 1/2 years I've probably only been 4 times. Needless to say, if I were to try and paddle out now, it would probably take me a couple hours and I would be too tired to catch any waves by the time I got outside the break. But at least I can still daydream of grabbing my longboard and cruising. Here's a video of my last surf session a couple years ago (or at least how I remember it)...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nuggets game- For Adults Only

Monday night I got the opportunity to go to a Nuggets game. They played the Pistons and lost in the last minute. It was a great game, at least the basketball part. But, I was totally surprised by what took place during the breaks. During some of the breaks the mascot comes out and does some goofy stunts which is pretty cool, but then the Nuggets "dancers" come out during other breaks and do dance routines. Now, all three of my daughters take dance and I have a very high appreciation for that art of dance and the talent it takes to do it. However, I was surprised at the routines that take place during the games. First of all, the dancers first come on the court with oversize button up baseball style jerseys on that barely cover their rear ends to where it looks like they have no pants on. After a minute of suggestive dancing, they all rip open their jerseys (not unlike what a stripper would do I'm assuming) and reveal themselves in tops that look like extra small bikini tops and shorts so short that their butt cheeks hang out the bottom. They then proceed to bend over and dance even more suggestively. I'm not sure if the nuggets want to paint their games as family friendly, but I would have a hard time explaining to my girls why their dance team doesn't do these same kind of routines.
On a side note, the half time was performed by the early nineties rap group Digital Underground in what they said was their last live performance ever. Man did that bring back memories of high school....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pot Pourri

- Tonight I'm going with my intern Jonathan to a Nuggets game. They play the Pistons. With A.I., Carmelo Anthony and Kenyan Martin, you'd think the nuggets would be better. Anyway, should be a blast!
- I just found Jon Foreman's (lead singer of switchfoot) solo e.p.'s online. He's doing one for each season. "Fall" and "Winter" are already out. The music is real acoustic folk style. Right up my alley. Click here to check it out.
- Last night I watched an episode of "Cold Case" that had to do with a mom and two daughters that were homeless. At the end, I was crying my eyes out. Really gut wrenching.
- My office is way too small and has way too much stuff in it. I'm thinking of knocking down the wall that makes my closet to give myself more room.
- Sydney broke her training wheels on her bike by jumping it off a curb in front of our house. So now we are trying to teach her to ride without them. This could be dangerous once she learns. She is definitely a daredevil!
- In my devotions yesterday, I re-read the passage where Jesus washes the disciples feet. It really reminded me how much we need to slow down and let Jesus do for us just as much as we try and do for him.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Feeling better

So I have been sick the past 3-4 days with the nasty bug that is going around. It seems like every family we know has at least one person out of commission. Friday I was laying in bed half asleep when my daughter Daphne came in at around 8am. She crawled in our bed, snuggled up to me and poked me on the cheek. I was totally expecting her to ask me to go get her a drink, since she her idea of me being sick does not exclude me from waiting on her. So I opened my eyes and her face was right near mine and she whispered softly "I love you daddy" which she followed with a big smile. Wow, I could have been sicker than I ever have been and not known it. Nothing can make you feel better than that.
I think I'm finally getting over the bug and will hopefully be back to myself tomorrow...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lost...

So, I have been watching the series Lost since it started. I love it and can't miss a week, but I have to say that I am really getting tired of not having questions answered. What's funny is everyone I talk to that watches the show says the same thing. Everyone loves it, but hates it as well. Tonight was extra bitter for me because my DVR stopped recording right before the end of the show, right when I thought there might be some kind of big clue as to what is going on! Oh well, my confusedness continues...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I have a dream

Last week I was in my office and decided to play Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, which is on my ipod. I just sat and listened. I have to tell you that I love listening to this speech. Every once in a while I will just turn it on and listen to get myself motivated for whatever I am doing. There is something about it that just excites and spurs you to get active. For the time in history in which it was given, what a phenomenal speech! I can't imagine what it was like to be an African American going through those times, but to hear the hope that was spoken from Dr. King must have been flat out life changing. Anyway, if you haven't heard it in a long time or ever, you can listen to it here. With it being black history month, it's a great reminder of what this country has come from. Also, as someone who speaks to people on a regular basis, it is a great motivator for me to do my best each time I have the opportunity for people/students to listen to me.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Wisconsin Freeze

I just got back home last night from speaking at a Jr. High winter camp in Wisconsin. It was a great weekend. The camp was held at Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo. They did a great job hosting and there was lots to do. Playing broomball on an outdoor ice rink while it was snowing was awesome. The worship was lead by Chris Beery from Fresno, CA. and he did a great job of leading the students into worship while still rockin out too. Anyway, the final day was tough though. A cold front came through and it dropped to -11 degrees and a wind chill of around -30. And this was during the day with the sun out! Unbelievable!. I had never experienced cold like that and it was crazy. I truly thought my nose was going to fall off and I was only outside for a few minutes. It's fun to see other students other than the ones you normaly minister to worship and grow in God at a weekend like this. I pray they keep their desire to grow now that they are home. Now it's time to gear up for our snow camp this weekend. I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pot Pourri

- Even though I've never been big into politics, but I'm fairly excited to see what happens today being "super Tuesday".
- I am really wishing it were spring already. I am itching to play golf.
- I'm flying to to speak at a jr. high winter camp held in Wisconsin Friday. This will be my first time in the land of cheese and I'm afraid it's going to be 20 below zero. Should be a great time.
- My daughters have a dance competition this weekend. I never thought I would enjoy it, but seeing my girls on stage makes it all worth it. Too bad I won't be able to go to this one.
- Ok, so I woke up this morning singing the theme song from "The Love Boat". Strange...
- I can't wait for March so the college basketball tourney can get going!
- My daughter Daphne, who had pneumonia a few weeks ago, seems to be recovered. At least enough to come jump on her Daddy's back and play "horsey".
- Can we stop reporting on Brittney Spears already?!? I mean let her get mental care in peace so we don't end up needing to join her in treatment.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Superbowl Thoughts...

Ok, so I was bummed the patriots didn't win, but at least it was a good game. I'm not a big Eli Manning fan, but the scrambling play on the last drive was crazy! At least the superbowl left us with some great ads (that will be played over and over these next few months until we can't stand them) Here are a few of my favorites:

This one totally reminds me of a really good youth group video...


This one just makes you want to move...

Thursday, January 31, 2008

High fivin' Bono!

Today I went to one of the best concerts I've been to in a long time. The only thing, was that it was in an imax movie theatre. I went with my friend Jonathan to see the new U23D movie. It was u2's vertigo tour that had been filmed for imax and in 3D while they were in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At first I thought it might be cool, but I was amazed at how real it felt in 3D. As a musician, I loved it! Just feeling like your actually on stage just inches from the drumset or other parts of the band was incredible. If you are a musician, I highly suggest you go see this movie. There were times it looked like we were in the crowd as well, and I really wanted to get up and jump up and down. There was one point in the concert/movie when Bono reached out toward the camera. It looked so real, I actually reached out to give him a high five. I'm not sure what others in the theatre thought seeing some guy swatting his hand in the air yelling "Ya man!", but I enjoyed it. Rock on U2!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pancake Time!

Ok, because my daughters LOVE pancakes and I heard that February 5 is pancake day here is a video to get you inspired...

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Riot Night 2008

Friday night was our annual riot night for the middle school department. I was very happy with the results. It was a great night full of fun and craziness. The students had a blast, we gave away some great prizes and most importantly, we had 10 students pray with leaders to make decisions about Christ. I think one of the best things of the night was during our final concert time at the end of the night, we gave away around 150 "tube bangers" donated by the Colorado Rapids soccer team. (if you don't know what they are, they are blow up tubes around 3 feet long that make noise when you hit them together) Anyway, besides banging them together with the band's music the tubes also proved to be great weapons for students to "sword" fight each other as well. Great middle school chaos! We had just shy of 200 students show up, so if you read my last post, you know that I had to dress like a hot dog for church today. Even though we didn't get 200, my intern Jonathan let the students paint his nails (hands and feet) bright pink. Good times! Praise God!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wii bit of trouble

Ok, so our annual outreach event for our middle school group is this Friday. It's called Riot Night and it's an over the top night with a band, speaker, inflatable games, crazy rooms for the students to hang out in, and door prizes such as iPods, etc.. (BTW- a prize we got from one of our sponsers, Starbucks, is a full on frappuccino party for the winner and 6 friends to go to starbucks and have all the frappucinos they want all night. WOW!) Anyway, we challenge our students to invite as many friends as possible. To do this we add incentives. (note the last three years we've averaged around 200 students) This year if 150 students come, I have to wear a hot dog costume to Sunday morning church, if 200 students come not only am I a hot dog, but my intern has to let the students paint his nails and write on his face with markers. Then in the heat of power source last week, I said that if they get 300 students there I will give away my personal Wii as a door prize. I know what your thinking....WHAT?!?! It was like the words came out of my mouth before I could get them back. So, even though that would be a record for Riot Night, I might be going through Wii withdrawal this time next week.

Sick little girl...Update

Today was a much better day for Daphne. She went off the oxygen for some time and her fever came down quite a bit. Looks like she may be able to go home as early as tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for the prayers.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sick little girl...

Our youngest daughter Daphne (3y/o) has been sick the past couple of days and started having a pretty high fever. So, Chrissy took her to the doctor this morning and they told us that she has a small case of pneumonia and needed to be admitted to the hospital asap. They gave Chrissy an oxygen bottle to use for Daphne on the way to the new Children's Hospital here in Denver. I got there a little later and the doctors are pretty optimistic and said she will be fine, but they need to keep her for a few days to get everything cleared up. After Daphne broke her arm back in October, she is not too fond of hospitals, but this one is really nice. Since it's brand new, it has all the latest and greatest. They have a play room on her floor, free on demand movies in each room (which Daphne already hit up for the little mermaid), a parents lounge with a coffee machine, fridge and even a washer and dryer to use. Chrissy is staying over night there and I might as well (there's some movies on their menu I would like to see). Please pray for our little blondie and I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Positive Teaching- (A small soapbox for me)

I was talking to someone the other day that asked me a good question. His question was if I had any soapboxes when it comes to preaching/teaching such as styles, content, etc. Good question. Among some of my answers, I would have to say one thing that bothers me is negative teaching. What I mean by this is when speakers tend to commonly use negative situations to make a point in a message. For example, when a speaker will say such things as: "I'm not sure what your going through today. It might be a divorce, or depression, or alcoholism, or financial problems, etc.. Life is hard and the world is full of bad but God is good." Now while I don't disagree with much of that (in fact I think that sometimes there is a place for that), I think the approach of using those negative thoughts/examples is sometimes used to try and make God seem even better. Like we need to point out bad stuff to elevate God to others. My problem comes not when people point out God can help with problems, but when it feels like we need to compare/raise God to make Him seem more appealing. What happened to the belief that God is good enough with out help. I guess this really comes to fruition when this type of example is used on a regular basis. I also think that sometimes the teaching needs to produce a positive mindset for the listeners instead of always being a reminder of how bad we have it. Anyway, any thoughts?