Saturday, December 24, 2005

Let it begin...

This is likely one of the last least for a few days. The Christmas tradition around here begins in about an hour and a half when we head out for the Christmas Eve service, where I somehow got arm-twisted into playing/singing (ok, so I was more than willing ti participate). Then we come back unwrap some PJ's, and proceed to play games and eat munchies until the wee hours of the morning.

Then after everyone else goes to bed, my brother-in-law and I head for the TV to see what "amazing" movie we can watch. This year, we had to rent one and decided to go for, "The Man With the Screaming Brain".

Then it's on to the presents tomorrow morning, and then a turkey dinner. And to wrap it all up we head off for some Boxing Day shopping. I don't think we ever actually find any deals, but it seems to be a good enough excuse to spend some cash we don't have on things we don't need, but we think are cool.

And then it's time for hockey... the World Juniors to be exact. While I wish I could have landed some tickets to watch them play live, I'll have to settle for TSN. At least I don't need to get up at 0-Dark-Hundred to watch the games this year...Go Canada!

I'll just wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy your holiday season.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

24 update...

It's amazing what you can find online. I found another trailer at I'll warn you that it will provide some spoilers about what the upcoming season has in store, but you won't be dissapointed.

Eager anticipation...

So we just finished up season 4. While I wouldn't necessarily classify it as the best season so far, it was still 24. And for that reason I will have no major complaints.

I think that after three seasons of twists and turns it's getting harder to be surprised by anything that happens. It's as if my brain automatically starts searching for what could go wrong.

This upcoming season will be the first time ever that I've actually watched the show on a weekly basis. My wife and I jumped on the bandwagon late, so we've constantly been playing catch-up. And now, thanks to unemployment, we've been able to get caught up.

But now the questions are did Jack get to Chicago? Why is Chloe in Chicago? Who is trying to hunt Jack down? Who is the woman? Will we ever see Tony, Michelle, Kim, Edgar, or President Palmer again?

I cannot wait...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Friday, December 16, 2005

I can see...

Ok, so we'll break this into parts because so much happened today.

Part #1
I've been getting headaches and a fuzzy head lately after I've been reading, watching TV, on the computer or driving at night. Any guesses why? My wife suggested I should get my eyes checked. I figured $75 would be worth it if it told me what was wrong with me.

It turned out that I have a slight case of astigmaticsim which would explain everything. So tonight I went and picked out some glasses with my family. Then we killed an hour by getting haircuts (the first one I've paid for in about 9 or 10 years), ate some supper, and then saw Santa (I know, he's not real...and we explained that to the kids). Then we picked up the glasses, and believe it or not, I can actually see better.

I guess I can't call anyone "four eyes" from now on...

Part #2
We got a pile of Christmas cards tonight. First of all, thanks Bryce (and your family) for the Best Buy card. It was greatly appreciated and I'm sure we'll find a use for it somehow...Thanks!

Second, we received a card from a student of ours who just graduated this past spring. It was beautifully hand-crafted card that was overflowing with love. Her words said "thank-you/love you/miss you" and left us with happy hearts (I don't know how else to explain it).

Then we noticed a little piece of paper tucked inside a paper presnt on the inside of the card. Upon closer examination we found a cheque for $300! I'm not sure what to say. Who am I to accept such a huge gift from college girl who, no doubt, works for minimum wage and is trying to save for school. We are speechless. We are amazed.

In the words of Wayne & Garth, "We're not worthy, we're not worthy!"

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Present Update...

So I think it's all worked out. We'll have to see if they repay me for the cost of my original shipment. The woman on the phone said that 9 out of 10 times you get your money back. The police report got filed too, so that should also help.

And now the parcel is in California, and it didn't get stolen! Now we'll just have to see if UPS can get it here. They can't do as bad as FedEx, can they?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

This sucks...

So I ordered a present for my lovely wife. But as it turns out, the company won't ship to me because I'm in Canada. I think that's borderline racist...

But a friend of ours, Katie, helped solve the problem by agreeing to have it shipped it to her and then she was going to ship it to me. (And for this I am completely grateful. Thanks Katie!)

But...apparently FedEx left the parcel at her front door, so guessed what happened?!?! Surprise, surprise...someone helped themself to my wife's Christmas present! Crap, this sucks.

Now I'm waiting on FedEx to do some "research" before they get back to me tomorrow morning and let me know what (if anything) they are going to do.

The other bad news is that even if I reorder it, it probably won't make it here in time for Christmas. This sucks.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Wait 'til Christmas...

The unwritten rule is that your not usually supposed to buy yourself anything this close to Christmas. But sometimes this rule needs to be broken. I don't think Jack would have waited until Christmas.

Season 4 wasn't supposed to be released until today, but due to the simple fact that people out here in the lower mainland occasionally get ahead of themselves (apparently something like this happened with the last Harry Potter book), my wife found it yesterday and bought a copy.

Last night we got my brother-in-law hooked as we made it through disc 1. Our goal is to get this done so we can actually watch season 5 on TV like normal people. We'll see how that goes...

At this rate though, we should be done by the weekend.

I love this show and I'm sure glad that Bryce got me hooked on it.

Monday, December 05, 2005

A church called...

Went out with my wife last night to watch "Walk the Line" (freaking awesome movie, by the way...I may try to post more on it later) and returned to the in-laws to find a message that I needed to call the head of the YP search committee at SOA. So I did.

Their question: Would we come candidate in January?

Our answer: Yes.

While I would have loved to do it sooner, it makes sense to wait until the New Year when the Christmas schedule slows down. So right now we just need to pick a date and then wait some more.

Waiting seems to be a normal part of life, even though I'm not a huge fan. But we're fairly excited about what God may have up His sleeve for us.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Another forum...

My wife looked at my a liitle sideways when I said I needed $5 (and that's US, which is equivalent to about $15 CAN) to sign up for a forum. But alas, she succumbed to my powers and I am now registered at

I've been part of a few message boards in the past and I have come to appreciate them as an essential part of my online existance. I even tried to get my last youth group hooked on "posting" (which, I might add, actually worked for a few months).

I've found myself connecting with a group of people who share a common bond: youth ministry.

It is in these online communities that I have found others that will challenge, encourage, frustrate, inspire and amuse me (sometimes all at the same time). I've prayed and been prayed for. I've received and given advice. I've shared in the highs and joys of many people and their ministries. And I've even had the chance to meet some of them face to face.

Sure, we may not all agree about everything all the time (what fun would that be?). We may get completely ticked off at each other occasionally. But hey, it's a journey...and we're all on it together.
My hat (or toque, because it's currently snowy here) is off to Derek, Drew & Co. for starting up YMX. May it turn out to be a great online community for fellow youth workers!

Friday, December 02, 2005

A class act...

A late congratulations to the Esks on winning the Grey Cup. I know this will mean very little (or practicaly nothing at all) to my "foreign" readers, but alas, another CFL season came to an end last Sunday.

One of the strangest stories coming down to the final game of the season had to do with Edmonton's quaterbacks Ricky Ray and Jason Maas. Maas played second fiddle all season and he handled it with the outmost class. He never once complained to the press. He always verbally supported Ray and the head coach, Danny Maciocia.

In fact, in the final two playoff games Maas came off the bench to lead the Esks to victory when Ray was failing to get it done. Maas delivered, but never once did he flaunt it. And when it came down to that last game of the season and it was announced that Ray would once again be starting, Maas' story did not change. He backed Ray. He backed the coach's decision. And he sat on the bench.

And now the news is finally announced that Maas is on his way to Hamilton, a team with a dismal record, but again his ever-present great attitude is present.

I think Edmonton dropped the ball with this one. Guys like this don't come around very often. Sure, Ray may be a good QB, but how do you get rid of a guy with so much potential and such a team spirit? I think they should have sent Ray packing instead.

Jason Maas was a class act... and I'm not even an Eskie fan! Go Bombers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Academy Awards & YM...

Last Tuesday my wife and I performed one of our last official duties in Youth Ministry at our "old church". We attended a High School play. You know, the type that is filled with lots of giggles, a little out of tune singing (ok, maybe more than just a little), some good acting, a little bad acting, and lots of familiar faces.

I've sat through some awful plays during the years, but I need to admit that this was by far the best I've seen. Sure, it still wasn't Oscar worthy, but it was miles beyond the previous years. Maybe that had something to do with the fact that we actually knew 75% of the cast.

In past years I've gone and watched an entire play because only 1 or 2 students were in it. But this year, it would appear that we have a pile of budding thespians. Most were students who have come to an event or a Bible study while a few were from soccer teams that I coached. It just went to show me how far a YP's impact reaches into a community. And that didn't take a whole lot of work. Most of it just happened.

I'm not trying to pat myself on the back, for fear of my arm falling off, but it was just a great memory to part with. I will miss those kids. They've left a mark on my life that will not go away (and that's ok with me). And for that I am grateful. I may not get any of those hours back that I've spent sitting in that Community Center, but I don't mind.

I love what I do, and I can't wait until I get to do it again.

Monday, November 28, 2005

I just want my stuff...

So all our stuff is crammed into the basement here as we wait for another bedroom to be finished up. That means we can actually access very little of our stuff. And with nothing else to do, I'd love to be playing some games on my PC or sleeping on my bed.

Today we had the great joy of getting our car checked out. Just another check-up that the province wants me to do before they'll insure my car. Over and hour later (most of that spent wandering a lame little mall with my wife & daughter--my son stayed with Gramma) we were on our way...oh and my wallet was less $120.

Spent some quality time with my Ipod after the kids went to bed tonight and even caught up on my "Dirty Little Secrets" (xxxchurch) podcast. Ok, so I didn't actually catch up...I'm still only on episode 5 of 11. Or maybe it's 12 or 13 by now. I wouldn't know since I can't get at my PC. You see my dillema?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

And we made it...

So we made it safe and sound around breakfast on Friday morning (we drove through the night). And our stuff just arrived today and is now taking up the in-laws basement. A full house of people and stuff...yikes! Hopefully we don't drive everyone crazy.

On another note, we're currently in talks with a church. Apparently they're quite interested in us (as we are in them, I might add) and they just had an "extended interview" with us today after church. They've checked our references, had one of their staff meet with us for lunch and they've presented our name to their Elder's Board. They had a few more questions which meant that we needed to get together today. Now they need to go back to the elders.

It went very well and so far, we are very excited by what we hear. But now we go back to waiting. If they are interested, we'll probably get a call to candidate sometime in the next few weeks. Wow...that'll really change how our future looks. But it would be a great Christmas gift!

This may not be normal, but it certainly is an adventure. And right now, I'm actually enjoying it.

Saturday, November 19, 2005


Late last night I was sitting in front of the TV watching Fox Spots World. Then came the news that Roy Keane was calling it quits at Manchester United. I was stunned. I still am to some degree.

Some say they saw this coming with all the trouble he's gotten into lately especially when speaking about the team. A team, I might add, that had been totally stinking the joint out. He said what everyone wanted to hear...and what everyone needed to hear.

But it would appear that he may have crossed a line that not even he could come back from.

I still can't imagine what it's going to be like to not have him as part of the line up. Even when he was out injured he was still a central figure in the team. Each comeback was eagerly anticipated. Every goal and every tackle was from the heart.

This guy bled Red. He will be missed.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pack that truck...

So, we thought we'd call a moving company to see what they might charge us to move our belongings towards the ocean. The guy wandered the house writting notes on his pad of paper and then sat down and pulled out his calculator. Minutes later we received the bad news: $3600.

That's well over double what it would cost to do it on our own by renting a U-Haul. But then the guy phones back today. I told him we weren't interested because the price was way too high. He then asked if we would go for $3200. Again, I told him no. Then he asked if we would do it for $2500, but the catch would be that we'd have to leave next Monday or Tuesday.

I told him I'd have to talk to my boss (a.k.a. my wife) and get back to him. We've decided that it's still higher than the U-Haul, but this way we don't have to load or unload and we don't have to drive the truck. Sounds like a good enough deal to me.

Unless anyone wants to helps us move for even cheaper. Any takers?

Monday, November 14, 2005

Family fun...

One of the great things about being unemployed is getting to hang out with my family. Ate donuts with my kids for breakfast after we dropped my wife off at work. Then got started on some Christmas shopping.

We picked my lovely up after work and wrapped up the night with McD's and went to Chicken Little. Not the greatest movie ever, but it was fun to hang out with the fam and see the kids laughing!

I should probably get some packing done tomorrow. Maybe I can put the kids to work...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Walls are bare...

Everyday a few more boxes pile up and the walls and shelves start looking a little more empty. Sometimes it amazes me when I look back at our past. I remember moving into our first apartment and being able to transport everything in the back of a pickup.

Then we moved here and it took an entire U-Haul. It may have been the smallest one they had, but it was packed full. And now here we are soon to be packing an even bigger U-Haul with all our stuff (and that's after getting rid of a bunch of stuff). It's amazing how much stuff we've gathered over the years.

We just got back from a retreat with the other pastors & wives. It was good to hang out together one more time before we leave. We've still got a dinner together planned, but this was a great 4 day retreat for laughing together and enjoying each other's company.

On top of all that we've had some other recent developments. Since people have started finding out that I've concluded my ministry here, I've been recieving phone calls. I haven't been actively pursuing anything, but my wife and I decided that we would entertain conversations. God's definitely up to something.

We're both very intrigued at the possibility of doing ministry while doing our schooling. Obviously it will mean that my school will take a little bit longer, but it does mean my wife can get cruising on her Masters. She worked so hard to put me through school, that it's definitely time to repay the favor. (Have I mentioned that I love my wife? No? I love my wife!)

Monday, October 31, 2005

That's a wrap...

Lots of tears were shed this weekend (some of which were mine), but our time has now come to a close. Friday was my farewell (and my birthday, I might add) and I just want to say that my students and leadership team rock! They did a "wicked awesome" (some student terminology for you) job on the whole night.

I truly count it a privelage to have worked with them over the past 5 1/2 years. It really is sad to say goodbye, but we rest in the memories and knowing that we'll probably see them again. (Some of them sooner, rather than later, as they plan to invade our house one weekend in November.)

We're now technically on holiday (or "vacation", for my American readers) until the end of November. We get 4 days in the mountains for a retreat with the other pastoral staff (and spouses) which will be a great way to say goodbye to them.

I don't think that this has all sunk in for me. It might not fully hit me until the U-Haul pulls away from what has been our first home. We'll be "temporarily homeless" and we sometimes wonder when (or if) we'll have our own place again. I can't tell you exactly what our life will look like one month from now, nevermind 6 months.

This isn't normal...but we'll manage.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Boxes, boxes everywhere...

I had no idea I had collected this much junk in my office. Ok, so it's not all junk. I actually have some good books on my shelf...some of which I have actually read.

I also never figured it would be this much work to get things ready to leave. Besides packing books & shelf-toys in th boxes, I've got to change email accounts, change contact info at a bunch of places (many of which I'll actually forget to do), pass off all the website info for 2 websites...

Oh, and look...I just found some money...why on earth do I have American coins in my desk?!?!

On top of all that, my desk looks the same as it has for the past 5 1/2 years: a total mess! Maybe I should actually clean it before I leave. there's a thought.

Tomorrow is our farewell. Our students & leaders are planning it, so it should be both hilarous and completely embarassing. I'm sure they'll mock me to no end.

And Sunday is our final day here. I'm wrapping things up by singing something for "Special Music" (apparently "Nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, hey, goodbye" is not an "apropriate" selection for Sunday morning worship...go figure!) and then passing the torch to our volunteers. Something else might be in the works too, but I'll fill you in next week when I'm officially unemployed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This will be a long day...

I have a birthday coming up, so a bunch of my family got together to buy me a new graphics card for my computer. This has been in the works for almost a year. I have a handful of games that are just sitting on my shelf collecting dust because my PC can't handle them.

That shall soon come to an end...I hope. Yesterday I picked up one card, only to get home and discover that I had bought one that would never be able to even fit in my computer. So then my wife returned it (ain't she the best) and get the one that will work.

And now I have to wait until the end of the day to get home, install it, and begin playing my games. It is going to be a long day...

Sunday, October 23, 2005

I don't want to talk church...

I must say that the Habs are looking great this season. Definitely more of an underdog compared to teams like Ottawa, Detroit or Philly...but a team that can win when they need it.

Look at last Tuesday. After being down 2-0 early in the 1st against Boston (and playing horrible hockey I might add) they buckled down to fight back to tie it up and then went on to get the win.

Sure, we may not be sitting top of the division by playoffs, but I'm thinking they may go farther than most people imagine.

And just when you think you can write a team off...

Chelsea hasn't dropped any points at all this season, which is completely frustrating (but hey, I guess if you spend over $600 million on a team you should win a few games) yet somewhat fascinating. You're always wondering who might bring them back down to earth.

Apparently that job goes to Everton. And if lowly Everton can hold them, then certainly we can beat them!

And after Chelsea announced this week that they want to dominate football for the next 100 years, and that they plan on having the Premiership title wrapped up by Christmas, you had better believe that teams are going to be after them with a vengence.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

That was gross...

Let me backtrack for a moment. When we arrived at our church 5 1/2 years ago one of the first events we held was a gross games night. It was a blast. So, we decided that we would try to go out with the same event--Gross Games II.

So, last night was our last official Friday night event with our students because next Friday our leaders and students are planning up a farewell. And it was a mess...whipped cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, honey, puffed wheat, jello, beans...and a few more surprises. And somehow I ended up wearing all of it when the entire group turned out me. Imagine that!

(Incidently, if you ever want to have a laugh, get all your students to place an egg on their head and then pull nylons on overtop to hold it in place. Then try to hit them with a pool noodle. That is perhaps one of the funniest things I have seen in quite a while!)

We ended things off with a challenge to accept Jesus' invitation "Come, and follow me". It doesn't matter how messy your life is, Jesus has called YOU! And it's time to drop what you're doing and follow Him. Sure, you may not know what's going to happen, it defintely won't be easy, but it will be an adventure.

The evening went even better than I could have expected. And now I have some more great memories as I prepare to say farewell.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Where am I...

Is it already the 18th?!?! Where is the month going? Or where did it go? Only 12 days left at the church before a much anticipated month off. As for what happens after that, only God knows. And I mean that quite literally because we don't have a clue.

We're officially homeless as of November 30th, although our in-laws have opened their door to us if we need it. We've also had a few more "doors" open in the past few weeks, but we'll just have to wait and see where that goes.

On a less important note: Habs win again!

On a frustrating note: Only a draw for the Red Devils...and an injury for Giggsy! Crap!

Monday, October 10, 2005

What a morning...

Ok, this is actually about yesterday morning, but I'm a little slow.

It was our Mission Trip Service where all our students talked about their experience this past summer on our trip to Tijuana. I'm so proud of them. I think they were more nervous about talking in church than they were about going to Mexico.

But they did awesome. We showed a few videos, taught everyone some spanish songs and then talked...and talked...and talked some more. We didn't get out until almost 12:45pm, and that's a service that starts at 11:00am. At one point I thought about trying to shorten up the morning, but then I figured that God probably wouldn't mind if we went late!

Mornings like that make it harder to say least to our students.

Oh yeah, Happy Turkey Day to my fellow Canucks!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Oh yeah...

Hockey's back! And my Habs won! Woohoo!!!

Beginning of the end...

What a great break it was to hang out in California with my wife. We spent a couple of days in Disneyland before heading off to Sacramento for NYWC. (By the way, thanks Katie for the lift to the hotel!) Met some people in person, met some new people, and just had an all around great time.

This convention (our 4th) was the weirdest one ever because this time we weren't thinking about our youth ministry back home. Instead, this ended up being a time for God to do some work on repairing my heart. It was very refreshing. I now feel like I'm ready for saying goodbye. Yeah, it still isn't going to be easy, but I feel better about where my heart is right now.

I also arrived back in the office to find out the board wants me to take all of November off...with pay! The only bad thing is that it moves our final farewell up even closer, but the time off...and the extra month will be helpful.

I've got some other interesting developments, but I'll save those for another day. But I'm reminded through this all that God is in it all. I know, it's cliche...but it's also truth!

Monday, September 26, 2005

I'm loving it...

I spoke at a youth retreat this past weekend and man was that a blast. Every once in a while it's good for me to go hang out with another group of students for a weekend, it reminds me that I love what I do. After 5 years in one place I've often wondered if I started all over from scratch again, would I still love youth ministry. Apparently so! I'm glad that God threw me into this.

And the even better part of the weekend is that two students gave their lives to Christ. Woohoo!

And now I'm back home just in time to get some laundry cleaned before heading off to California with my beautiful wife tomorrow. A couple days together in Disneyland before heading to Sacramento for NYWC. It should be a great 6 days together of fun in the sun.

But then we'll be returning to say goodbye...hmmm...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

What I've heard...

Here's a sample of the comments I have heard over the past week that have absolutely done a number on my heart. These are the ones that make it hard to leave.

"It's not fair. I've only known you guys a year." (recent grade 11 student)

"It feels like I've been broken up with." (well known grade 12 student)

"Why do you need to get better at what you do? You're already great at it. Stay here and practive on us." (well known grade 12 student)

I knew this wouldn't be easy, but I honestly didn't think it would be this hard. I'm going to miss these students. They have left a permanent mark on my life. My wife and I will have a very hard time when it comes time for the official farewell.

In other related news, we meet with the Real Estate Agent tomorrow at 4:00pm. We were originally thinking about selling privately in order to achieve maximum moolah, but then I remembered that I'm still a pastor. How on earth am I supposed to fit selliing a house into my schedule?!?!

On top of all that I'm speaking at a retreat this weekend before my wife and I head off to California for a mini-vacation in D-land and NYWC in Sacramento next week. In one sense I'm looking forward to it, but on the other hand I know that coming back means saying good-bye.

This just isn't going to get any easier is it?

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The week in review...

Well, since it's all said and done, I figured that I would recap what happened this past week. It's probably fairly easy to figure out, but here's the rundown:

I read my resignation to the board of elders. My wife and I have decided that it's time to get our Masters. But a few things have led up to this, and I told them that. I think it's safe to say that this caught them completely off guard.

Told three of our recent grads who are now off at college.

Told our volunteer youth staff. They handled it very well and were very excited for us as we take this next step.

Told our students. This was by far the toughest. Their comments make this hurt even more, but I'll probably reflect on that later this week.

Read my resignation letter from the pulpit.

I'm still processing it all. To loosely paraphrase the great philosopher Napoleon Dynamite, "But it hurts real bad." It's not all gloom and despair though. We are taking a step that we want to take and have wanted to pursue for some time. I just wish that it could have come about under better circumstances.

Oh well, I guess you can't win them all.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

What a week...

This week will be, without a doubt, the most difficult week of my ministry career. Last night was just the beginning, and unfortunately the next 4 days will not get any easier. I'd write more, but I'm at a loss as to how to describe it right now.

Friday, September 09, 2005


I'm not sure what to expect anymore.

I came home from vacation to find that not a single student had signed up to attend a concert tonight. It was supposed to be our kick-off for the year, but now I get a night at home. I'm not complaining too much, but it is a little frustrating. Unless I'm around to tell them to sign up, they won't.

I don't know what to expect in the youth ministry over the next few months.

I don't know what to expect from the Board Meeting on Tuesday.

In fact, I don't know what to expect next week at all.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Man in Black...

Last week on my vacation I walked through an outlet book store and found this book for a fairly good price so I decided to give it a try. (I had seen it before and always wondered if I should give it a read.)

Not only have I enjoyed reading it, but I've also started listening to some Johnny Cash too and I must admit that I think I am becoming a fan.

He's got quite the life story. I'm just sad it took me this long to realize it. Oh well, better late than never. But I will always remember the appearance that he made on a One Bad Pig album. Now that was wild!

Any other fans out there of the Man in Black?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

It's been a while...

You'd think that I haven't been around much in the past month. Oh yeah, I haven't!

We just got back from the coast last night. What a blur this last month has been. In fact, it hasn't been just the four of us together by ourselves since July 24th. That's not normal is it?!?!

Words cannot describe what I have personally seen or experienced in the past month. And for the first time in a really long time I can say this in regards to the positive. It's too bad that it's already September though. I feel like I missed my summer.

Oh yeah, at least the countdown is on until NYWC Sacramento! Woohoo!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Just a reminder...

I'm supposed to leave for Tijuana at 6:00am on Thursday. There will be 5 chuches represented with a total of 37 people. I wish I could say that it was smooth sailing from now until then, but it's not. Lots of little things have popped up and I'm still waiting on 2 more phone calls with more details to finalize.

I think this is God's way of reminding me that this is His trip, not mine. I'll admit that it's hard for me to completely let go. I'm the type that wants to have things under control at all times. But I keep having to remind myself, "He is in control. HE is in control. HE IS IN CONTROL!"

My wife is currently en route back home from the coast. It'll be nice to see her again. I've missed her lots. I miss my kids lots too. I'm just a basket case these days...

Monday, August 08, 2005

Bring it on...

With a new season almost underway (I'm not counting the FA Community Shield), I thought it was time to talk a little football.

It was good to see Rio sign his contract at long last. I'll admit that I was one of the people wondering just what he was thinking. Through his entire ban Fergie and the team stuck by him and then after playing last season he comes back demanding more money! Well, at least this ended well!

It was also good to hear that Ole might be soon making a return. With the most recent injury to Saha, it is certainly great timing, although I wonder if we'll see the Ole of old after such a long absence from the game.

I'll admit that the prospect of having Michael Owen at Old Trafford is more than a little appealing. If Smicker truly ends up playing in the midfield, maybe a move for Owen wouldn't be a bad idea.

Whatever happens in the transfer market, I'm ready for the season to begin. It's just too bad that I'm missing the official beginning as I will be in Tijuana with a group of my high schoolers. Oh well...

There's still only one United!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Leading worship...

I was looking at some video that my wife shot last weekend at Family Camp while my band and I led the worship time. It's always strange when you hear your own voice!

But that got me to thinking about the weekend as a whole. It sure was nice to lead in a relaxed atmosphere where people felt comfortable with one another even though they may not have known each other.

It was also nice to talk with some people after the services and to hear that they actually appreciated what we were doing and to let us know that they enjoyed the worship time. Not a single complaint during the whole weekend. That was a nice change.

Too bad that can't be normal.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Time for a change...

This blog has been in desperate need of a makeover for some time now, and since it's so quiet around here...I'll explain that in a bit...I thought I'd make some changes. I've added a few blogs that I like to read from time to time and I've updated my reading list (which is larger than usual because I'm getting ready for a 2 week missions trip to Tijuana).

My wife and kids left for the coast this morning. The wee lil ones are spending some time at the grandparents while we're on teh trip to Mexico. My beauty of a wife won't be back home until Tuesday and then we leave on Thursday. I won't see my kids until August 26th. I miss them already, although I must admit that the peace and quiet was kind of nice for a few hours tonight. But now I'm ready to hear them laughing and talking and have them running around again.

I've got some other exciting news, but I'm waiting on that for the time being.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

On the bandwagon...

Just bought an ipod last week. So far I'm loving it. I might love it more once I have all my music on it. And I imagine that this will come in very useful on our missions trip to Tijuana next month.

Any ideas how many Dave Matthews Band concerts I can fit on this thing?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


God is even in this.

I was just reminded if that upon finishing "God is Closer Than You Think". God's got a great sense of timing...

Words cannot describe...

I don't even know where to start, but I do know that I don't like this...I think.

This can't be normal...can it?

Friday, July 15, 2005

It's already Friday...

Ok, so this is a little crazy. In the midst of preparing for a missions trip in the middle of August, I've also found a way to get scheduled to preach this Sunday, and organize a missions trip fundraiser immediately after the service. Then I lead worship on the 24th before heding up to camp with my band to lead worship there over the August long weekend.

And let's not forget about planning for the fall. I'm working on a new proposal for our youth ministry that would see things changed up a fair bit.

My parents are coming on the 24th, which means I need to clean the basement up so they have a place to stay (that's where the extra bed is). And I've also got a long list of housework to do in the very near future. Fix fence gates that won't open, do some painting, patch some holes, fix a sinking sidewalk.'s almost like I have too much to do and too little time to do it in.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I must admit...

I'm usually one of the first to complain about the lack of good TV during the summer months, however I thought I'd take a step of faith today and make a confession. I like watching Big Brother.

I hope you don't lose too much respect for me, but my wife and I regularly carve out time to see what's happening each week. I think the best part about this show is that it finds its way onton my screen almost 3 times a week. That's the way TV should epsisodes every couple of days.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Sweet dreams...

I think I'm falling in love...but don't worry, my wife knows!

Good tunes are coming...

I am absolutely looking forward to the new album by these guys. And the even better part is that they'll be leading worship at NYWC in Sacramento just after the album is released. Woohoo!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

So much TV...

Well, I've been sick since Thursday night with a brutal sore throat and I've been running a fever, so I ended up spending most of my time today on the couch. That meant I was able to jump on the Live 8 bandwagon.

While I'm impressed by the sheer number of people that witmessed this event (whether live or on TV) I don't know if it will have a huge impact. I mean, let's be honest, do we really think that world leaders give a rip what multi-millionaire celebrities really think? Or that millions of people showing up for concerts will really have a voice?

I guess it would be nice to be wrong, but here's a few other random thoughts..

*Dave Matthews Band---I had to watch this one via AOL because CTV wasn't showing it, but these guys are always amazing! And ABC did a brutal job of editing when they showed DMB on their highlight show.

*Celine Dion---She got booed by the Canadian crowd because she was making a live appearance from Las Vega. Cruel? Yes! But stinking funny!

*Green Day---Way to wreck a classic Queen song. Oh, and lose the makeup!

*Neil Young---There really was no better way to end the Barrie show than with everyone joining him on "Keep on Rocking in the Free World".

*Motley Crue---Absolutely lame. Who let these clowns on the stage?!?!

*Sarah McLachlan---She has one of the most amazing voices in the industry. I didn't care much for Josh Groban joining in, but I can overlook it for now.

*Barenaked Ladies---It was too bad they were the second last act to take the stage because they only got 2 songs. They definitely deserved more stage time.

*Releasing the doves---I wonder if anyone got hit from above...if you know what I mean.

Well, at least I can say that I witnessed a piece of history, even if it was only on my 27" black box.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

This is ridiculous...

Too many times in the past month I have heard things that make me cringe...words that make my heart and soul ache....language that I am sure breaks the very heart of Jesus. I'm not talking about "colorful" terminiology. I'm talking about conversations that come off as nothing more than pure bigotry and hatred.

You know the's people who should know better.

I know, I know, I shouldn't attempt to speak on His behalf...

Thursday, June 23, 2005

I thought summer was slow...

Apparently not. With an upcoming camping trip, a missions trip, some holidays, planning for the next calendar year, and just trying to sort through life...there's hardly time to catch my breath.

I'm currently working on a sermon for this Sunday about the life of Elijah, so let's just say that I haven't been posting much because I've been working...yeah, that's it...I've been working...

I'm pondering and praying about what the fall has in store for our Youth Ministry. I don't know if I should leave things alone or do another overhaul. We tried a new "setup" this past year which definitely had its pros, but I feel it was far from what it could have been.

It's also crazy when you try and pick people's brains about what they like/dislike/want/need, especially when they all have a differing opinion. JR highs want this, SR highs want that, volunteers want something else, parents want the other things, the board doesn't want any of the above.

It makes my head spin sometimes.

Friday, June 17, 2005

I am Batman...

This morning I get a call from a few of my High School students asking me if I was interested in going to see Batman Begins with them tonight. Since my wife wasn't exactly dying to see the movie I joined them.

And what a sweet movie it! Definitely the best movie of the series to date and definitely worth watching again. Maybe I can convince my wife to go...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Body parts...

It's completely amazing what science can do. My surgeon wants me to consider using "donor parts" when he reconstructs my ACL in the fall. Yup, he wants to take someone elses ACL and place it inside me. I dunno, but that's a little creepy.

On a lighter note, I just downloaded Riley Armstrong's new cd "LaLoop". And yes, it's legal...

Good tunes so far.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

It's part of being a dad...

I can remember my dad sitting patiently at the table slowly eating cold pizza that tasted like cardboard and sipping on a coke while we ran around like maniacs.

Tonight we had dinner (if you can call it that) with family friends. I was the lone male besides the youngens. My responsibilty was clear: stay at the table to guard the purses and keep track of the tickets the kids would come back with every 15 minutes.

I'm left with one burning question...why on earth are there no TV's with sports highlights on them for all us dads?!?!

I guess this is fatherhood.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Wish I could go...

Just got listening to some more DMB tonight and I must say that I love this band! This picture is from a show on June 1. I just wish I could make it to a show this summer.

Just finished...

I just finished reading "The Way I Was Made" by Chris Tomlin. All in all it was an ok read...fairly simple...but an easy read is nice once in a while.
I've always had a great deal of respect for Chris and his ministry. It started when I saw him in Dallas at NYWC and he was taking the time to show a group of us standing in the hotel lobby how to use a cut capo. I've always been impressed by the way he handles himself, the quality of his music and his ability to lead worship.
But, back to the book...Since I'm on the hunt for normal, there was something he wrote that really jumped out at me. "How would my life be different today if I stayed in the comfort of familiar surroundings? Well, more predictable maybe. Yep, more "normal". But a lot more boring too."
Maybe I should be glad that I can't find normal. Maybe it would be boring. Maybe God is doing me a favor by keeping me away from "normal". Maybe "normal" would ruin my life.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The marathon begins...

Tonight we officially begin our training for our missions trip to Tijuana. Every Wednesday evening from now until August will now be spent with 18 students and leaders...and occasionally my own kids (when we don't find a babysitter).

At least my wife will be there for these. She has always helped out with our weekend youth events, but she usually spends Wednesday's with our kids while I'm teaching the youth Bible study. I guess that means that we get to spend more time together!

It's going to be a busy summer. We don't usually have weekly events during the summer months. In fact, I don't envision having an entire week off until after the Mexico trip at the end of August. Hopefully I don't go crazy...

Monday, June 06, 2005

Five years...

In church yesterday my SP took the time to point out that I am coming up to my 5 year anniversary at the church. To celebrate the occasion, they gave us a $50 gift certificate to Moxie's and 2 movie passes.

I'm not sure what to think...

But at least my wife and I are finally going to see "Revenge of the Sith" tonight. I know, I know...I'm one of the last people on earth to see it. Oh well, better late than never.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Porn Sunday...

People are going to be ticked off about this, but at least they'll be talking. I know that Porn Sunday isn't the most conservative approach, but since when is porn conservative?

I've read all the details about Porn Sunday and I must say that I am intrigued. I've known about Mike & Craig for years now and I have always appreciated the battle they are fighting. I was able to see their documentary "Missionary Positions" at NYWC. I'll spare you the review. You kind of need to see it for yourself to understand it.

I'd love to jump on board with this thing, but a rural area isn't quite the place. Or is it? Maybe this is the perfect place for something like this. This needs some more thought...

Friday, June 03, 2005

My eyes hurt...

I saw this and my head started spinning and my eyes started to hurt...and no, I wasn't drinking.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Need a facelift...

So I'm reading some blogs today and thinking that I should spice mine up a little bit. Nothing too fancy, but maybe some new colors or a new layout.

Then I got to thinking that I should add some links to other blogs I read. But how do you decide what to link and what not to? Maybe I should accept financial contributions!

Any ideas?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

This guys rocks...

I am so jealous that my wife and my students got to see him live this past weekend. Let's just say that I am thankful for the wonders of technology!

Walking again...

Well at least I can get rid of the crutches for now. It'll still be a while until I can run again, but it sure is better to be able to walk without being in constant pain. And now I'll need to wait until June 10th to have the stitches removed.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Congrats to the Knights...

The Memorial Cup final today saw the London Knights defeat Sidney crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic 4-0. I'm not a huge follower of the CHL, but this tournament was something to watch.

London has been amazing all season. With a record of 59-7-2 and a total of 120 points, the next closest rival in the OHL came in with only 90 points on the season. At one point before Christmas they had a 31 game undefeated streak, which broke the previous record of 29.

Now we'll just wait and see where some of these guys end up playing next year.

Yes, I do believe there will be NHL again in the fall.

Getting nervous...

I'm a bundle of nerves right now. I've got 2 hours left until I have to start fasting. Then at 11:00am I have to be at the hospital. Then at 2:00pm I'm on the table.

And let's just say that I don't handle medical stuff well.

Friday, May 27, 2005

It's official...

Monday at 2:00pm I have surgery on my left knee. The plan is to remove whatever might be preventing my knee from fully extending. My surgeon says it could be torn ACL fibres, a piece of the miniscus, or a piece of torn cartilage. I know, that really narrows it down, eh?

He also still thinks I've torn my ACL which will once again need to be repaired once I recover from the surgery on Monday. Depending on what they find, the rehab could take up to 2 months. That would mean ACL replacement in early September, which really messes up the plans for NYWC in Sacramento.

So, I wait for Monday's surgery which will prepare me for yet another surgery somewhere down the road. Whatever happens, this really puts life on hold.

This can't be normal...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Newsradio, hysterical...

I loved this show from the moment I first saw the reruns on A&E. My wife and I were hooked. I raced home from the office every noon hour to watch it. And then it sadly came to an end...they stopped showing the reruns. (Curse that A&E!)

For years I have heard rumors that it was going to be released on dvd. But that got pushed back and delayed. But no longer! Today I forked out my forty some dollars for season one and two. Let the laughing begin!

If you haven't seen this show, you have to!

The time has come...

So today the day finally came. We officially discovered that my daughter is also allergic to peanuts. I say "also" because I've been allergic to all nuts since I was young, and we found out last year that my son is allergic too.

Today my little girl got her hands on a peanut butter cookie at the babysitters (yeah, that's another story...) and had her eyes swell shut and got covered in hives.

But she's ok now. A trip to the ER fixed her up and now we know for sure that 3 out of 4 in our household are severly allergic to nuts. What's the odds of that happening? I should buy a lottery ticket!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I'm ashamed...

I guess I posted too soon. Guess what my wife just turned on?

I'm thankful for the internet, YS Forums and AIM at times like this!

Reality TV...

I thought that reality TV had hit an all time low when they decided to give Britney Spears a show, but then I notice "Rob and Amber Get Married". Good grief! Who watches this stuff?!?!

My wife had the Spears show on for 5 minutes and I was begging her to change the channel. I wish I had something more profound and intellectual to say but all I can manage is, "Sheesh, that sucked!" And that phrase doesn't even do the show justice.

Thankfully, Rob and Amber didn't find their way across my screen tonight. I was rooting that they would win Amazing Race, but now that I know they had this in the works, I'm glad they lost!

But when it comes to good TV, I can't wait to get into Best Buy and pick up Newsradio on DVD. I've been waiting for that for years!

Monday, May 23, 2005

All I want to say...

It's been a busy weekend around here, so I'll be brief. Grad was good. FA Cup final was bad. Long weekend is great. Glazer sucks. Knee hurts. I love my family.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Choosing to Cheat...

Just finished this book by Andy Stanley. I'm still processing it, but all in all I think he has some good stuff to say. I may not always agree with the way that he communicates it, but the principles certainly have merit.

One thought that has particularly struck me is, "Does my wife feel like a single mom?" There is almost no doubt in my mind that there have been days and weeks when she has...and does. I imagine that most Sunday mornings she feels this way. I always have a billion things to do and she is forced to get the kids ready all by herself...which I know is not an easy task.

So how do I get back to normal...and not "normal" by my standards, but "normal" by the standards of my family? It's a thought to ponder.

I remember having a conversation 4 years ago with another YP at NYWC in Dallas. He asked me to mark down on a calendar how much I worked in a given week. Then he asked my wife to do the same thing. She marked down the time where she felt I was working. The catch was that I wasn't allowed to question what she wrote down, or try to justify it...which is what any guy would do.

The end result showed me that my wife felt I was working way more than I thought I was. There were times when I was "cheating" her by giving to my job. My family was missing on on a significant portion of my time. That was not a good thing, and some changes were made. But I think some changes still need to be made. I'm just not sure what they are.

Just a thought: Normal to you is not always normal to her.

Nothing profound...

Ever had one of those "blah" days? You know, the ones where you can't find the motivation to do anything. Today is such a day. I'm tired and would probably rather be anywhere else but in the office.

And it's not like there isn't anything to do around here. I've got work to do on our missions trip, phone calls that need to be returned, events that need to be scheduled, and a desk that looks like Staples threw up on...what a mess!

Guess I better dive in.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Crazy pilots...

Saw this picture and was just amazed by it. Here's the explanation:

Formation Flying for Jet Airplanes747 & 757 close call formation flyers...

A Lufthansa 747-400 and a United 757-200 are on a simultaneous landingon the parallel runways 28L and 28R at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).Real runway separation is 225 meters. Due to the Jumbo being 3 times larger thanthe 757 and being behind gives us this fantastic optical illusionseeming to fly too near together...

Here we go again...

So, it would appear that what was looking like a torn MCL is now actually a torn ACL...that's right, the same ACL that I tore in February 2004 and had replaced last June. This was the worst possible news I could hear.

The surgeon wants to see me next Friday again once the swelling is down and I've been able to walk on it. Then he'll figure out what to do. But he said that he suspects it's the ACL and that it'll probably require another surgery. He also thought I might have damaged some cartilage.

I was handling this fairly well until I got that news. Now I'm wondering what, if anything, is God trying to tell me. I'm also wondering what this does to the plans for the next 6 months. We have a missions trip to Mexico in August and NYWC in September. I was also thinking of starting some seminary classes.

The only good news right now is that I can start trying to walk again and get rid of the crutches. It's painful, but it also means that I can drive again. It's been two weeks since I could drive. Maybe now I can actually do some things around the house and actually take some of the burden off my wife. At least till I go under the knife. Then I'll be a big wimp again.

Anyway,two ACL surgeries within one year...that can't be normal.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

In football...

Well, a win for the Red Devils to end of the season is a good thing. Maybe that will lift some spirits as we head into the FA Cup final against Arsenal. Although, after the Gunners midweek 7-0 thrashing of Everton followed by today's 2-1 loss to Birmingham, who knows what to expect.

As well, it is time to say farewell to Norwich, Southampton and Crystal least for another year. I can't believe that the Baggies pulled it off. Oh well, good for them.

In hockey...

Canada loses 3-0 to Czech Republic in today's World Hockey Championship. It sucks. I'm still in disbelief that yesterday we let Russia make a game of it after we were up 4-0.

Too bad, we couldn't have had some of the "big names" show up. The guys fought hard, but just seemed to be missing something. Oh yeah, consistency...that's what was missing.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Funny stuff...

It's always great to find stuff that makes me chuckle. In case you haven't seen it, you should check this out.
Anakin Dynamite

Friday, May 13, 2005

It can't be...

For starters, I'm still a newbie fan of the Red Devils. I only got hooked on the EPL and the world's greatest football team about 4 or 5 years ago. Some accused me of jumping on the bandwagon. Others thought I was yet another victim of their extensive marketing.

But I am not. Not only have I come to love this club, but I have also come to cherish it's history...a history I am continuing to learn about. Any "bandwagon fan" would not be phased by this latest bid by Malcolm Glazer. A "bandwagon fan" would be simply excited about the prospect of thousands of die-hard fans not renewing their season tickets. I am not a "bandwagon fan".

So now we wait.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Learning the ways...

So I've spent a bit of time on here the last few days and I'm starting to figure out some of the ins and outs of blogging. I finally figured out how to post a picture and add some links. So now, I'm officially ready to join the YS Forum Blogring.

Does this mean this will actually get read now?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Stand Up...

It's always a good day when a new cd by the greatest band in the world comes out!

Just for the record: Dave Matthews Band rocks!

The office...

Today I decided to try and get back to normal by going to the office. Since I can't drive, my wife had to drop me off at 7:45am on her way to work. Incidently, have you ever tried driving a stick with a full leg brace on your left leg? If anyone has any pointers, let me know!

But now it's 9:00am and I'm already feeling my knee swelling up like crazy. And lets not mention the fact that I'm drowzy because of the meds. Hopefully, I'll at least make it to noon. I really need to get some stuff done around here.

I'm also getting ready for a short meeting tonight with my youth staff...or at least with some of them. They've offered to help out in any way that they can while I recover, and I appreciate that. I think I need to give them a raise in pay...they really are great!

Monday, May 09, 2005

It must be Monday...

Home alone today. The kids went to the babysitter so I could have some peace and quiet. Ok, so maybe it had nothing to do with the peace and quiet and everything to do with the fact that I can't do anything but lie on the couch.

I feel bad for my wife in all of this. She's getting stuck with all the hard stuff. She's got to look after all of us, drive me around, and basically deal with everything in life without much help from me.

I want to be better just so she can be back to normal. Right now I'm not focused on recovering so that I can play soccer again, or so I can drive again. I just want to get back to normal so she can get back to normal.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Lending a helping hand...

It started when they lost to Norwich. Now, today it was time for the Baggies. And this one really should have been in the bag. the only problem is that when teams are fighting to stay in the Premiership, they are usually more up for a fight. Today was really no different.

We started the game on fire. Giggs looked like his old self again and appeared ready to pounce at any time. Then a bit of bad luck for the Baggies keeper timed with a perfectly placed free kick from Giggsy to give us the lead. A keeper switch only made things look more appealing. But the it happened. they started saving everything.

The rest was a bit of a blur. I remember shot after shot being saved, and then there was a penalty kick. 1-1. And that's how it stayed. Even bringing on Scholes, Rooney and Saha wasn't enough. mind you, in my opinion, Fergie should have left Smith on...that guy was fired up, but at least he's committed.

And I can't help but think that the teams residing in the cellar are loving us right now. And with Southampton up next weekend, after a midweek tilt with Chelsea, I'm not sure what to even think.

I really think we need some house cleaning in the summer. It'll be interesting to see what happens.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Another bad knee...

On Monday night I played my first outdoor game of the season. This was my first game on grass in quite a while, since I missed last season due to an ACL replacement.

I was feeling good about being back out their too. I got a few runs in, some shots at the keeper, and I was getting some decent tackles in. I even gave the ref a piece of my mind for missing a hit I took after a whistle...and then I got booked. Oh well...

But then it happened. I planted on my left leg and tried to make a quick cut back to my right...and then CRACK! I think anyone within a few feet of me heard it. I knew right there that I was done.

A 2.5 hour ER visit showed no damage to the bone, but suggested that I had now torn my MCL. That might mean 6-8 weeks in a leg brace and then rehab time on top of that. There goes most of this season too.

I'm beginning to wonder if my footballing days are done. I don't think I can handle another one of these time consuming injuries. FYI, isince 1998 I have torn the MCl on my right leg, broke my left ankle, torn the ACL on my left leg and had it surgically replaced, and now the torn MCL on the left leg.

This can't be least, it shouldn't be.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Light headed...

Since we're heading off to Mexico this summer we have to get Hep A and B shots. You know what the kicker is? I can't stand getting shots. I almost pass out.

So today I thought I'd be ok. I was wrong and spent 30 minutes lying on the table in the DR's office sipping a juice box and feeling like a fool.

That can't be normal...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Got a car...(almost)

Well we traded our SUV in for a car. I know, pretty profound, eh? Well, I should say we have "almost" traded it in. We were supposed to pick it up today but then we found out that our current vehicle has a lien against it.

It appears that the person who owned it before us used it to take out a loan and the dealership that sold us the SUV back in 2003 never even bother to look into it. I was livid today. Let's just say that we're dealing with another dealership now. Hopefully this all gets sorted out in the morning.

So now the question may be, "What leads us to get a car?" Well, that leads us to some more interesting info which I'll save for another day.

Monday, April 18, 2005

What on earth...

I miss one year of outdoor soccer due to a torn ACL and I completely forget how to put the ball in the back of the net. It was a long night at practice tonight. Maybe I can figure out how to get my feet back before the season officially begins.

Here's to wishin'...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

What a morning...

It was finally time for our annual "Youth Sunday". For the very first time in my 5 years here, the students completely led the worship with no help from me. I didn't even play in the band. And they did so well! And to think that most of these students have only started playing their instrumenst in the past 2 years!

I also had the privelage of preaching, baptizing one of our students and seeing 3 of out high schoolers welcomed into membership. One comment my wife recieved was, "Why can't church always be like that?"

The panic moment came last night when I tried to make a dvd of slides, video and music. The blasted program kept shutting down! So there I was at 2:30am trying to salvage the pictures and put them into a powerpoint presentation. What was originally 7 minutes long with great pictures, transitions, music, video clips and some other surprises ended up being a 3 minute slide show. But nobody knew the difference except for me.

I really need to find a decent dvd creating program. Any ideas?

Friday, April 15, 2005


I just spent some time reflecting on our SR High Bible Study on Wednesday. We talked about silence. How ironic is that?

We watched a video called "Noise" which just went on to challenge all of us to be silent before God and to listen for His voice. I know that I'm always trying to listen for God in the noise. I listen for Him in music and movies. I look for Him in books and magazines. I can occasionally find Him in my truck or my office. But I rarely hear Him in the silence. Why is that? Because I'm never quiet.

I've taken on a challenge with my students. Find 15 minutes of quiet sometime in the next week where you just listen for God's voice. I guess I don't need to say that I haven't found the time yet. But hey, it's only Friday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The tradition continues...

Tonight my son began his soccer career! I think I'm more proud of him now than when he watched the Star Wars trilogy for the first time. Unfortunately I missed his "try-out" due to youth events.

My wife said he did amazing. Apparently the coaches were impressed with his abilities which we've spent so much time working on in the past year. Now if only he can go on to make millions!

At least in weeks to come he plays on Tuesday's and Thursday's so I can make it to the games. I can't wait! This daddy's heart is so huge right now.

But let's not forget my baby girl (almost 3). She spent the evening with me at youth with the JR Highs playing dodgeball and basketball. So much fun! She's an absolute riot!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Snow again...

It's snowing...I hate snow...I hate the cold...I just wish it was warm and that I was somewhere fun...maybe Maui or Disneyland with my family...yeah, that sounds like the if only I could win the lotto!

And now back to The Amazing Race...

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Running on fumes...

I feel like I'm running on empty. Not much else to it except I'm worn out, tired and just all around exhausted. My head is spinning and my heart aches. I wouldn't say i'm depressed, but I certainly am not impressed.

Oh yeah, and I need to fill the truck up with gas too.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Good soccer, bad soccer...

Well, it's a sad day to watch my Red Devils bow out of the Champions League. I honestly felt that they could pull it off at the San Siro. And while I must admit that I have had my doubts about Ruud's fitness, I really thought he'd make this game count. Although I will still hold to the dream that Smith would have netted one if he had been on earlier!

As for the good soccer, my team played their final indoor game of the season. We started the season with one win in nine and we've ended the season with 8 wins and 1 tie in the last 9.

It was also nice to put 2 in the net tonight. Since my ACL replacement in June I obviously haven't played much. But now I'm feeling more like myslef. I can't wait for the outdoor season to begin, although that isn't until May.

Either way, it's still a beautiful game!

Monday, March 07, 2005


Why do YP's get paid so little for doing so much work?
Why do so many people think I have ambitions to be an SP?
Why do I always get called an "apprentice"?
Why must I continually be looked at like I'm talking out of my butt?
Why are people who say they love Jesus, so hurtful?
Why do youth always get called "the church of tomorrow"?

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Proud father...

I just have to say that it does this dad's heart proud when his boy is learning all about Star Wars. And not that new stuff...the good stuff. The originals.

It started at Christmas when he was sick. My wife mentioned that she had watched Star Wars when she was sick when growing up. Then my son asked, "Can I watch Star Wars?" We figured we'd give it a try.

He then proceeded to watch all three of them! And if we trace this story back one year earlier he got his first official Star Wars toys...the Galactic Battlegound Millenium Falcoln. and X-Wing Fighter and some figurines.

Then there was today. While wandering through Toys R Us we find more of these figurines. So now we own 10 more figurines..I mean, he owns...yeah, he... We probably spent way too much on toys, but I've always been a sucker for Star Wars. And now that my boy is playing with them and learning their names, I'm that much happier. Money well spent!

Kids are great!

(BTW, we didn't want our little girl left out so she got her very first Cabbage Patch kid! She even picked her out all be herself...well, kind of.)

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Long time coming...

I must say it is about time that I got a Saturday off! Seems like the norm lately is to end up working at least half the day or more on church stuff which means less time with the family. We've been so crazy busy lately that I feel I hardly have the chance to have a decent conversation with my wife or hang out with the kids.

It's weeks like this that I seriously think "church life" tends to cause more harm to my family than good. Don't get me wrong, I try to be protective of my family time (like today when I didn't go to a worship seminar) but it still feels like "church" is always stealing me away. And when I'm not actually physically gone, I feel like I'm mentally missing. Sometimes I wish i could just leave work at the office.

It's been difficult these last few weeks. It's hard to gather my thoughts. It's even more difficult to come to any solid conclusions. Right now I'm just trying to make it through to holidays. Maybe that will give me some much needed time off to relax and gather my head and heart.