Monthly Archives: September 2008

Last Supper Menu …

My wife loves to cook. I love to eat. We are a perfect match. Today’s post is in honor of her…

Looks like according to some recent research on Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting, we have found that the meal was not bread or lamb – like previously revealed – “Instead, [John Varriano] writes in a new article in Gastronomica that the 1997 cleaning and restoration of the fresco revealed plates of grilled eel garnished with orange slices.” Like someone said before “Yeah, if someone fed me that, it’d be my last supper, too.”

Hopefully we will be eating chicken tonight!


Check it out…

A friend of mine is back to bloggin – Cody Knutson – there are not too many people around that I interact with on somewhat of a constant basis that are as nice, compassionate, and for a lack of better words – cool – as Cody. Not to set him up to a high standard of living – but he does some pretty insightful thinking and he has recently started putting down in writing again. Go check some of his random thoughts out – you will be glad you did.

By the way Cody – one day you will want to be as cool as a mac.

My kid is a stud.

This is being shown on Sunday morning…

Yeah he is a good actor!

New look. New features.

My wife and I (okay mostly my wife but I helped) did some Fall cleaning. We are getting ready to enter full-fledged house decorating season. We decorate for the Fall and Christmas and then our house goes bare for a while. We both love the Fall. Our mums out front got huge this year and they are finally in bloom. Now I sound pansey (which we do need to plant).
ANYWAYS – I thought in honor of my wife cleaning the house and reorganizing everything, I would sit down and rearrange my blog – yep we did it at the same time.

Hope you/I enjoy the new site and look and take a look at some of the new links I posted.

Thursday Thoughts

I think it is awesome how God partners people together. For me, I have the best wife – she listens to me, she genuinely cares about me, she is strong in the areas that I am lacking. I am so blessed to be married to Rachel – she is just a great partner in life. She does so much more for me than I do for her … but I do write a great blog and can use it to my benefit … I love you Rachel!

Owen is going to make an appearance in the Sunday Morning Experience this week. Will be good. I will have the recap here on my blog shortly afterwards.

I constantly wrestle with the idea of what Jesus would be doing if He walked the Earth today. What would it look like. I don’t know why I am so fascinated with this thought – it has been something that is constant in my life since I first made Him controller of my life. Anyone have any good reads on this subject?

I think he might stop by my good friend Joe‘s house on Thursday nights. There are not too many people I know that I really believe hear God on a constant basis like this guy.

Why do people who really want my opinion call me on the phone. I think these organizations have lost touch with my generation and culture. I am not saying I will answer every email, but I do fill out online surveys.

So these tv show premiers have been good. One thing I thought about today is that if I am ever in Seattle – or anywhere for that matter – and something happens to me – I don’t want to end up in a hospital like the one on Grey’s Anatomy. The doctors are pretty much idiots and their building is kind of crappy – like water leaks and stuff…must be because of that bomb a few years back and they got bad contractors in to fix it.

So Owen, like his mom, talks in his sleep. It’s pretty cute. Tonight he is dreaming about tractors and trucks. Sometimes (okay a lot of the time) I wish I could be a kid again. Something about childhood that makes me happy – maybe the fact that I didn’t have to pay bills.

Been selling some books on Amazon – it’s pretty cool – actually making a little bit of money. Dave Ramsey told me to do so. He also told me to do a few other things that I just can’t seem to wrap my head around, but maybe by the end of Financial Peace I will be able to do so.

God is doing some cool stuff in my life. Really just putting some discipline back in it where it belongs. I know God speaks to me, and sometimes I can really understand what He is trying to do in my life. I wish I could explain it, but it is more of a feeling type of thing rather than an audible voice (which I picture it sounding like the mac guy’s voice for some reason). I really feel that God is getting ready to move – not only in my own life – but at GracePoint too. I will do this in a more formal way soon, but I want to ask you to join me in prayer. Selfishly I would love you to pray for me – but let’s keep it at our personal lives – but for those of you with any connection to GracePoint and those of you who just love to pray – please join me in praying for what God to be able to move like He desires – whatever that means or looks like. (In my “more formal invite” I will add some specifics).

Good thoughts – eh? I will leave you with one last one …




i returned home from the beautiful colorado country and buena vista early this morning. owen didn’t seem to really care i got home and fell asleep around 3am when he screamed to be taken out of bed about 4 hours later. it was good to see him and he is a good kid so i don’t mind at all.

for those of you unaware, the staff of gracepoint church devoted a week of strategic planning, goal setting, and growing closer as a team at our staff advance in colorado. i can honestly say that i had a blast and i am extremely pumped about the future of our church and wichita.

i am so blessed to be able to be a part of this church and work together with this group of people. this week was an opportunity for me to get a real look at everyone’s gifts and abilities and it is truly amazing at the team God has assembled to do His work in Wichita.

seriously gracepoint – get ready for some amazing stuff to happen.

greater things are still to come.

Thursday Thoughts …

Yep they are back!

  • My son, Owen, loves tractors…really anything with wheels. His favorite movie is Cars and he runs around saying “Speed. I am Speed” and jumps up and down and runs and then falls down. Anyways – tractors – I typed in tractor slideshow in Google, to see if there was anything he could look at and I found this ridiculous YouTube video. Ridiculous only because people are bored enough to make a video of tractor pictures and set it to the music of Akon.
  • We’re under a precautionary flood warning, meaning that some guy in a city office thinks it might rain enough to flood really really bad. A small part of me thinks that we are making something out of nothing, like trying to get attention for something fall less severe than a hurricane hitting Texas. I don’t know, if it floods – I am in bad shape. A few years ago – the water at the end of my driveway was up to my knees. It was crazy.
  • My dog is allergic to grass. Kind of stinks since she pees in grass. It is always a rough Fall. Pray for her (can you pray for pets?).
  • Some people are stupid.
  • I love funny YouTube videos. You can send them to me anytime really – well don’t overload me with videos or forward emails, but stuff like this is funny to me.
  • Getting back into the creative mindset…I have some cool stuff to share with you guys soon. We have had some amazing services at GracePoint these past few weeks. We have had our highest attendance outside of Easter. Some awesome things are happening.

What’s your tattoo story?

So we kicked off an awesome new series at GracePoint the other day – GP INK – and we heard the amazing way God has shown up in Jason Smith’s life. Powerful stuff. We have more incredible stories of how God has moved into the lives of others at GP in the coming weeks. These stories are about how Jesus has left His mark on the hearts of these people, and how they have a tattoo – or in some cases many tattoos – to remember where they came from or what God has done. Invite your friends this Sunday – it’s gonna be awesome.

All this talk about tattoos has got me thinking about the rest of you guys. What’s your tattoo story? Do you have a tattoo? What’s the story behind it? Do you want a tattoo? Why?

If you are on Facebook – go to the fanpage and talk about it there too.

ME? I don’t have a tattoo … yet. I can’t stand the thought of tape peeling off of my arm, let alone the constant prick of a needle. We’ll see though – maybe before I am 30 (one year to go). I am a big fan of stars though – so I think I would get one on my arm or my back in the nice black ink. I have some other thoughts floating around – but let’s hear yours first.

Coming up

GracePoint INK

GP INK - coming September 7th

I am so excited for our next series at GracePoint. I have been waiting on this one for a long time and I think it is going to be huge. By now about 40,000 of our neighbors should have received a postcard in the mail inviting them to the experiences starting September 7th. We realize everyone has a story – and all of our lives have been marked by something. The question for all of us is “what marks your life?” This message series is going to highlight some of the REAL stories of people who have had their lives inked by man, but transformed bu God. We have some cool things planned for this series – it’s gonna be good!

Sunday Set-list

Crazy service on Sunday – videos will be up soon. You will HAVE to check them out. We ended our I Love the 80s series right – with a few songs from the era that really rocked the faces off of music.

ADDICTED TO LOVE (yep with the black dresses girls too!)
SWEET CHILD OF MINE (Slash and Axel made a guest appearance)

It was a great day to be at GP!