Thursday, February 28, 2008

Buy me...

Ryan (the intern) walked into my office last Wednesday with this pronouncement: "I have a challenge for you."

I should have said no and told him to get back to work. Instead I entertained his thought and it wasn't long until it became a reality. It has now spiraled and morphed into a monster all its own and I can no longer contain it or manage it.

Here's the deal.

Facebook has an application called "Friends For Sale". You buy someone and their worth increases. They buy you and you make money. The more buying and selling that takes place, the more that things spiral out of control.

Well, Ryan threw down the challenge and said we should have a 2 week challenge to try and see who would be worth the most. And then at end of those 2 weeks the person who loses would be forced to eat pudding. The catch? The loser will lie on the floor of the Youth Centre while the pudding is dropped from the balcony.

So we announced it to teh students and we are now just over 1 week into the challenge. And guess what? I'm currently losing.

But I'm not beyond asking for your help. Please buy me. Please save me from the humiliation that will come from being fed that pudding. Save my student from the horrific sight of seeing their pastor, mentor and hero in life humiliated.

It's for a good cause. And if it helps you, Ryan likes pudding. So, go buy me.

Monday, February 25, 2008


My wife: "Does everyone know that you're supposed to shoot a zombie in the head to kill it?"

Me: "Uh...yeah"

Since you are included in "everyone", I would like to know if you were aware of this zombie fact?

Movie trailers...

First of all, I apologize for excluding a word in one of my last posts. The word "worst" should have been placed between "the" and "officiating". I'll admit that it makes much more sense when you add the word.

My wife pointed out my failure with the English language, as she so often does. I believe she feels that I have hired her as my editor. It is quite possible that she used her womanly powers on me at some unsuspecting moment and forced me, against my will (and apparently my knowledge), to sign something to that extent.

But now I'm too far off topic.

It's Monday night and the remnants of our high school small groups have vanished into the darkness.

Now I'm currently enjoying a beverage while watching movie trailers on the HDNet channel while Erin studies for her exam tomorrow. Is this really what Monday evenings have come to?

So...what'd you do on your Monday evening?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Congratulations are in order...

First, congrats to the Tottenham Hot Spurs for beating Chelsea in the Carling Cup. It's just plain enjoyable watching Chelsea lose.

Second, congrats to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova who won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. If you've been living under a rock and haven't seen it yet, go rent Once and watch it.

And that's all. Hey, I didn't say it was a huge list.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Weekend roundup...

I'm wearing shorts right now.

That pretty much sums up the weather today.

It was a beautiful day for football. But all we could muster was a draw. Sure it was the last place team in the league that we played. Sure, the other team had lost every single game this season. But we showed up with only 10 guys and a pile of the regulars were missing. All in all, we did horrible but were able to claw our way back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game. And once again I was robbed of a goal by what turned out to be one of the officiating displays I had seen in a very long time.

I just realized today that I hadn't posted since last Sunday. That's no big surprise when you factor in a half day staff retreat, high school small group, hospital visits and waiting with our student ministry intern (he got his appendix out and is on the mend now), worship practice, and a quick trip south of the border.

And I also realized I missed an movie review from a week ago. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to the movie store on Thursday, so this one will have to suffice:

3:10 To Yuma
Good movie. Go rent it. Westerns are cool. $0.88 well spent.

Great review, eh? What can I say...I'm a man of many words.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Reading contest update...

My wife and I have a friendly reading contest going on. I should point out that it originated when I decided to make a personal goal of finishing 26 books this year. I've never kept track of exactly how many books I've read in a year but I can assure you it's far fewer than 26.

Well, I now find myself a month and a half into this little reading blitz (yes, I will call it a blitz even while some other readers will refer to that number of books as a personal reading "lag") and I'm fairly proud of myself. Contrary to what others may believe (ahem...Erin and Brad) I am not allowing Dr. Seuss into this mix. However, I am trying to mix things up a little and I'm branching outside my usual reading material which 98% of the time deals with ministry in some way shape or form, and it's usually student ministry. There's nothing wrong with that. I just need some variety.

So here's a quick recap of some of the books I've been able to get through since January 1st:

Cross by James Patterson
This was a Christmas gift intended to introduce me to the world of fiction. I immensely enjoyed it and will definitely try to find another one of his books.

The Wooden Horse by Eric Williams
I loved The Great Escape and found that it mentioned another escape that happened from the same POW camp. This was the story. Although originally written as fiction, it's been adapted a bit over the years to more accurately reflect the actual escape as it occurred. I love escape stories so this was a good read although at times it was a bit slow going.

UnChristian by David Kinnaman
If you wonder what 20-30's who don't follow Jesus think about "Christians" this book will be good for you. And lest you think this is another "I'm young and the church sucks" book, I should try to point out that the author makes a genuine attempt at painting a picture of hope for the future of the church. My advice? Read this book.

The Making of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler
I alluded to this book a few posts ago and how it would place me in the front running as the next mayor of Dorkville. Well, I'm a Star Wars geek and when this showed up under the tree at Christmas I was stoked. It tells the story of how Star Wars came to exist. The script writes and re-writes, the personal dynamics, Lucas' dreams, the characters, the leaves no rock unturned. An yes, it has wife won't let me live this fact down.

The Dark Half by Stephen King
I've never read a King novel. This was another gift that was intended to introduce me to the world of fiction writing. I'm not sure what to say about this one, except that I'm not sure if King is going to stay on my reading list. Part of me thinks that if I let Ted Dekker (here) have 2 chances, then King should at least have another opportunity. So, if you have a recommendation, I'm open to it.

Stripped: Uncensored Grace on the Streets of Vegas by Jud Wilhite and Bill Taaffe
This was a quick read that contains some stories of people who experienced grace in...well...Las Vegas. Some very interesting life stories and perhaps some good illustration materials for future teaching opportunities.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Guess what...

I am officially the owner of 2 tickets to see Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds perform live in Seattle as part of Seeds of Compassion. There is no denying that this is one concert that is on my "must attend before I die" list. You may not be aware that such a list exists. Let me assure you that it does.

Did I mention that the Dalai Lama will be there? Before the concert begins there will be a "an intimate dialogue on the role of music in building culture, racial and religious bridges - how the emotions experienced through music unifies and ultimately serves to create global compassion." It should be fascinating.

And now, seeing as though it is Football Saturday, let me point out that I played a game today in which i scored a goal that would be worthy of Highlight of the Night honors. Yes...I shall remain humble while at the same time recognizing the sheer brilliance of my own scoring prowess.

In closing...Glory, Glory Man United! Goodbye Gooners!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

End of Wednesday...

What a week. I was sick Monday and Tuesday and spent most of those two days on the couch battling a fever, feeling sorry for myself, reading and watching the first 2 Rambo movies. Today I headed back into the office to find that life still is going on outside my little world.

I met with a guy today who has become a friend over the last year and a half. He's made some poor decisions in the past and has really made an attempt to get things straightened out. But today it looked like the joy had been sucked right out of him. He went back to some old lifestyle choices and just isn't sure what to do.

I wish I could give him an answer but I don't have one. So instead I invited him to church. I don't know if that will help him. I know that in the ideal world it should...but I don't typically dwell in that world. If you think of it, can you pray for him?

It was student ministry night too. A blah night as far as Wednesdays least for me. But go figure that the small group leaders are telling me their groups went great.

I'll spare you the other details. I just needed to get some of this off my chest before it collapsed.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Random Grammy Moment:
The soundtrack of Once never stood a chance against The Beatles. Bah...

Random Amateur Football Moment:
I almost scored a goal yesterday. I put the ball past the keeper but before it crossed the line one of my teammates got pushed and fell into the ball to put it in the net. I have now been robbed of 3 goals these season.

Random Pro-Football Moment:
City 2 United 1

Random Movie Moment 1:
I watched Fido. That was weird...and a little funny.

Random Movie Moment 2:
Saw Fool's Gold on my date (despite me making a lackluster case for Rambo). We shared a few laughs and some popcorn.

Random Church Thought:
Let's occasionally get rid of all musical forms of worship on a Sunday morning and see what happens.

Random Health Note:
Everyone else in the house has been sick, so apparently it's my turn.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

6 questions...

I'm wondering what you think...
  1. What happens when you mix 40 people, 7 lbs of marshmallows and carpet?
  2. How do you remove the remnants of the above concoction?
  3. Does Ogopogo really exist?I have a date on Friday.
  4. What does one do on a date?
  5. If a rattlesnake fought a Smurf, who would win?
  6. What movies should I rent tomorrow?

Enlarge your peer circle...

It's crazy this week. I'm in one of those stretches that sees me committed four nights in a row to church stuff. I should probably be committed to agreeing to this.

But I found some time this morning between filling out an email interview for one of my leaders and planning marshmallow games for my high schoolers (don't ask) to read a few blogs. And this one by Mr Crowder cracked me up.

It was his answer to a question (it's #6 of 15 if you're trying to find it) on his website as to why alcohol was being served at a concert they played in Cincinnati.

Here's part of his elaborate response:

i might add, both historically and currently, there are many people who love jesus, and follow him, that also enjoy alcohol regularly. if you have not encountered these people first hand, you should attempt to enlarge your peer circle and i think you’ll get a clearer picture of the diversity of the body of christ.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Fight night...

It's fight night at our house tonight. I should mention it's UFC 81 on high definition, and not the weekly family rumble. We tend not to rumble as a family anymore, ever since the kids figured out they could whoop their mom.

It was a momentous week for us here as we officially switched over to a new internet provider. I know that may not seem like a big deal, but we had been with the previous provider for almost 10 years. But alas, we discovered we could save some money while also getting faster service, so it was kind of a no-brainer.

Anyways, I've got nothing profound today, but here's a video that's worth a chuckle or two. Erin and I always get a laugh out of these guys (Flight of the Conchords):