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!