Monthly Archives: November 2007

I am changing my name…

As a kid I was strangely fascinated with the name – Jeremy. I really don’t know why. I had no friends who had that name or relatives. I named every dog I had “Germy” (couldn’t say Jeremy), I changed my cabbage patch kid’s name from Nathan to Jeremy (don’t knock the doll man!), and I named every roly-poly I found Jeremy. I was determined that when I grew up, I was going to change my name to Jeremy…I never did.  

Fast forward to now. My favorite person in the Bible is Peter – and I think subconsciously I like him because he was able to change his name. The cool part about the name change is that in the Bible, a name change usually meant a role change. Peter went from an ordinary dude name Simon – to a “rock” that was able to follow his rabbi (thanks – by the way – to Rob Bell, for bringing that whole subject to light for me).  

About a week or so ago, I told my pastor that I felt like God was speaking to my heart. I told him, God was telling me to take a big step of faith – to pretty much walk on water. I told him that I would be resigning as Children’s Pastor. If you know anything about my story getting into Children’s ministry – it is one of faith as well. My wife and I, had figured out God’s plan for our lives and were confident that we were to be in youth ministry and be missionaries. We challenged God for a clear answer – and really did get one. We told God that as long as He continued to bless what we were doing, we would be a part of His Big Picture for our lives. The past five years have been truly amazing. We have seen a kids ministry grow from a few dozen that regularly attended to a few hundred. We have literally seen hundreds of kids give their lives to Jesus. We have seen parents identify Jesus in their kids and want to be devoted followers too. It has been an amazing season.  

I don’t think God is calling me to change my name – only my title. In January I will be joining an amazing team of people at Gracepoint in Wichita. I will not be working with kids on a weekly basis, but will be able to volunteer within the ministry still. I will be able to do something I love.  

I am pumped for God’s future in my life – scared at times, but know God is faithful to carry on the work that he is doing in my life. What an amazing feeling.  

Pray for Rachel and I, as we transition out of kids ministry at Asbury. We will miss the team we work with, the parents, and most of all the kids badly.  

We are so thankful that God is moving in our lives – and how He uses the changes in seasons to show it. Have an awesome Thanksgiving! 

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Thursday Thoughts

 A whole lot has happened this week – and it is still yet to be completed. I am excited about the weekend – a time to relax and go Christmas shopping. Our goal is to be done with it this weekend. Yeah we will see. This stuff is on my mind today:

  • I am a bag type of guy – I love to look at Gap bags, messenger bags, etc. I noticed the other day that I am currently using 3 bags for the same purpose. I think there is a problem. Not even women do this. 

  • With the film and TV writers on strike I have been getting more sleep. I haven’t been staying up as late because all of the talk-shows are on reruns. Life is much better with an extra hour or two of sleep.

  • I have become fascinated with the music of Sondre Lerche the guy almost solely responsible for the Dan in Real Life soundtrack. That movie was awesome – the music was pretty tight.

  • I am pretty pumped about the return of my favorite Spring 07 tv show – October Road. It sounded like the show wasn’t going to return until the Spring, but thanks to the terrible lineup on ABC – it’s back. It’s crazy to think that the characters on the show have been out of high school for 10 years – cause that is how long I have been out.

  • The weather has been nice…I am up for some colder days though – would take some snow after Thanksgiving too.

  • Got to see my good friend Jim last night at Asbury. It’s been several months since he has been up here. It was strange. He is doing some cool stuff at his new church. I miss being in ministry with him.

  • One of the highlights of my day on Tuesdays and Thursdays is when Rachel goes to school and I get to spend a couple of hours with Owen. Radio Disney has a pretty cool segment on around lunchtime that we listen to every now and then. He could care less, but at least I feel like I am letting him listen to something age-appropriate.

Have a great weekend!

These band nerds are cool

This is the Cal band playing a halftime show from earlier this month. It’s their “video game show,” and it’s pretty much the coolest thing ever. In case you don’t pick up on all the songs…here they are in order: Pong, Tetris, Mortal Kombat, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros. Theme, Mario Underground Theme, Super Mario Theme, Mario Water Theme, and some other Mario Bros. theme. Very cool.

Conceptual Thinking

Took some notes a while back at a meeting I attended. Thought I would share with you on working towards Creativity.

  • Creativity has nothing to do with the ARTS. In fact a good definition of creativity should be: Creativity is about doing it right the best way possible.
  • It’s not how good you are…it’s how good you want to be.
  • To be creative you have to be willing to fail. The most successful churches are successful because they are willing to rail more than you are. Failure is essential.
  • You should seek out criticism and not praise. Ask others – where was it boring? Where could I improve it? What don’t you like?
  • In brainstorming sessions – you should look for quantity and not quality. Think of the concept in baseball. You are bound to hit a homerun if you swing at every pitch.
  • Surround yourself with the best – not just learn from the famous.

Gadgets I want (pt. 2)

They are rolling out the gadgets with the upcoming holiday. I have found a few things today that I want. Here is another one…

  • GroundSurf. It’s a skateboard with three wheels – but instead of manpower you control it with a Bluetooth cellphone. You can either control its speed with your cellphone or simply lean forward to accelerate, backward to slow down or brake. I used to think I wanted a Segway but this is cooler. Check it out…

Gadgets I want (pt. 1)

Check it yo!

If you are like me you enjoy the occasional tune or audio book as you are going to bed. Rachel – my wife – does not. That was the hardest thing for me to get used to when we got married. Growing up, I picked up on the habit from my grandma who listened to NPR to fall asleep. I have found the coolest thing to help me out – SOUND ASLEEP PILLOW. By hooking an iPod (or other MP3 player) into the jack, you can listen to soft music from a speaker buried deep within the pillow. In fact, the sound is so gentle, only you will be able to hear it. That’s cool!

A list to make it easier

Thought I would continue Thursday Thoughts – but I didn’t…So here is a list to get you caught up on my life.

  • Mom went into the hospital late Thursday night for an emergency surgery. Nothing too serious, but it was major enough to allow me only 8 hours of sleep this weekend. Needless to say – I am tired.
  • My son started walking this past week – I mean really walking. It is crazy to watch him grow from just 3 pounds to walking around and talking. I love him more and more each day. He is one of the best things in my life.
  • I got my office at church moved. It was a task, but it is done. Most of my stuff is still in boxes, but at least it is moved.
  • I can’t believe the weather – Thanksgiving is really next week? Does this mean it is going to snow on Easter?
  • I bought some new shoes. Been needing to do that for a long time. They are a nice pair of kicks – casual yet dressy. I also got bullied into buying the best socks I have ever worn from Journey’s. I am so glad I bought them. They are made from Lycra – you should try them.
  • Finished my Christmas list this past weekend. I am so ready to decorate. I am kind of girly when it comes to the holidays…I like to decorate and I went to Christmas in Riverside. We got some pretty tight decorations. You guys are invited over to see them.
  • My neighbor put up his outside decorations today. Not that it is a big deal, but I cringe every time I see them. A few years ago during the bad ice storm that hit Wichita, my house lost power for 7-10 days. Throughout that entire time, my friendly neighbor showed off his electricity by turning on the Griswald light display each night. I was ticked…at least I got new siding, roof, and windows from the hail storm.

Love ya guys! Have a great week!

Thursday Thoughts

I have 8 minutes to get this in…

I like to study Jewish customs and traditions – they make me think. Read something the other day that got me thinking…

“Judaism rejects the Christian view that, ‘In Adam’s fall/We sinned all.’ Jews don’t begin life with the mark of Cain or the guilt of original sin. Every morning, religious Jews start their daily prayer service with the following words: ‘My god, the soul you placed within me is pure. You created it, you fashioned it, you breathed it into me.’ It is the very opposite of the belief that people are born to be wicked, that humankind is evil by nature. We being life with a pure soul and a clean slate. God tells us, as He told Adam, ‘I set before you two possibilities…the blessing and the curse. Choose life.'”

Interesting – while I don’t necessarily agree with it all – I want to become more disciplined in declaring thankfulness to God for what He did for me – fashioned me, breathed into me. Wow! The breath of God in me – too much for me to fathom!