Thursday, December 25, 2008
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
- 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
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.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.
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!"
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
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
- 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
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
- 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
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
- 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
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Why do we feel the need to throw in events just to do events? Streamlining, there's nothing like it!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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
Friday, July 11, 2008
- 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
Monday, July 07, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
- 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
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Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
**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
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
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
Saturday, May 03, 2008
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
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
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
***UPDATE*** They sang it again tonight on idol and included the word Jesus. Still awesome!
Monday, April 07, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
- 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
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
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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
- 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
I think I'm finally getting over the bug and will hopefully be back to myself tomorrow...
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
- 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
This one totally reminds me of a really good youth group video...
This one just makes you want to move...