Monthly Archives: October 2008

In honor of Halloween…

This is one of my favorite times of the year … it is like the honorary start to the Holiday Season…So this is funny…

Owen and I are so going to use this in the future.


From the comfort of their own home …

We were shocked to hear that over 300 people stopped by our internet campus at 11am on Sunday morning, even more pumped to find out around 225 of them stayed for the entire service. God has placed GracePoint church to literally reach thousands of people in the next few years and He is beginning to show us how. I am excited about the season we are entering into as a church – UNLEASH WICHITA. Through our Grace Gifts projects, sending nearly a dozen folks to the Dominican Republic in January and our awesome outreach projects, I truly believe that God is positioning GracePoint to spread the message of GRACE and HOPE to those all over this community (and world).

I am excited that this year, Rachel and I will be able to do something we have always talked about doing – serving those in need on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving of Grace is gearing up to be one of the greatest outreach events that our church has ever done. Please, if you know of anyone that is in need, or is not able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their family, invite them to this event. Quincy’s Bar and Grill has graciously opened their doors to us for this event, and we are beginning to pray NOW for those that come through.

Get ready – for UNLEASH!

Owen’s REAL intervention …

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a fun teaser video for the Dirty Little Secrets series we are currently in at church. We have had some great response to it and have heard of a ton of people passing the video around. That’s cool. Well, tonight, was Owen’s real “intervention”. He started at a new sitter this week and has pretty much kicked the binkie habit during the nap, so he only asked for it at night. We thought that this weekend was the best time to have him kick the habit altogether, but we wanted to make it fun for him.

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Late night (or early morning) thoughts

Can’t sleep. It seems I get a good bout of insomnia during the Fall….or maybe it is the cricket that is right outside my window that I have open because of the nice weather. Who knows – either way – I am awake. Been thinking – seems like I do that (at least once a week…typically on Thursdays) a lot. I have so much bouncing around in my little (or my wife Rachel considers large) head. I tend to forget to write it all down – which ticks me off later when I remember I forgot to do something. Regardless here are some of my thoughts…

  • I have been debating a switch from wordpress to blogger. Mainly because I like Google and think their stuff is pretty stellar. I think with the switch we will make the site a little more formal with its own domain name … this is all depending on the way my “blow money” envelope looks at the end of the month. So – we’ll see. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  • I dealt with the same frustration my friend Kevin faced this week – on several occasions. Again, Google is nice, so I might be switching my blogreader too.
  • I let a fly in my house today – don’t know when or how, but it tends to want to stay close to me. Like I saved it from a cruel world and it wants to become a pet like my dog. I would never kill my dog, but the fly has got to die…be right back.
    still flying.
  • Saturday Night LIve stepped out of the box this week and put Weekend Update on Thursday nights. They are doing this until the election. I think they should do this for good. Probably some of the funniest stuff on televsion.
  • I love momentum. I love big things. stay tuned.
  • Thursday was the last day for Owen to go to the sitter he has been going to since January. We are starting something new next week and it will be so good for him. The place is run like a preschool and he is going to learn a ton of stuff. Weird request, but, pray that his transition goes smooth.
  • There was a waitress at Old Chicago tonight that did a lot of hovering. I am a professional (or at least I think I am) people watcher. I get distracted by the mannerisms and quirky behavior of people. This waitress really didn’t do anything the entire time we were there (30 minutes maybe?). She would walk to the kitchen and come out a few minutes later and just stare at empty tables, walk back to the kitchen and come back out and stare, walk back to the kitchen and come out with a pop for who? no one. She turned around in annoyance like she forgot something and walked back into the kitchen. It was weird.
  • The fly keeps landing on the computer screen. I wish the screen was a bug zapper…kind of.
  • Saw a good friend of ours we haven’t seen in a while at the grocery store the other day. She is one of the coolest people we know and it was nice to see her. When I think of someone who has the evidence of the Holy Spirit in their lives (the evidence meaning fruit because that is how we can tell a tree is an apple tree right? hmmm – nevermind – anyways) I think of Melisa. Good to see you Mel!
  • So the Cubs are out of the race. I guess deep down I assumed they would be. I am thankful that the White Sox are out too. Just in case you guys wanted my opinion – I am going for the Phillies.

A Good Idea …

I wish I had one right now – I do have a few things I am chewing on, but ran across this definition today that is pretty good. The folks over at Brand Autopsy, brought it to us today

This definition is remarkable in its brevity and clarity. You might also agree …

“A really good idea is simple, unexpected and relevant. And it unites extremes: it should risk a lot but nevertheless be easy to implement. Everyone should talk about it, but existing customers should not be irritated by it.”

Nadja Schnetzler
co-founder, BrainStore
source: THE IDEA MACHINE (Wiley, 2005, pg. 56)

Thoughts …

I am buzzed on spray paint. Just got done working on a piece of the decor for the upcoming Dirty Little Secrets series at GracePoint – going be good. Did you see this video yet?

Cody‘s post today was gross. I wonder if this has ever happened to Jackson.

Some people are pretty ignorant when it comes to the upcoming electioin …

Regardless of where you stand – you have to give it up for the Obama campaign – they have done some pretty innovative stuff – text messaging the VP pick, a channel devoted to his plan on sattelite, and an iphone app. Pretty cool, definitely cutting edge.

Gas is cheap around here – I can get it for $2.99. Crazy that this makes me happy!

I really think I enhaled too much spray paint fumes.


If I were a criminal…

I think I would use Craigslist. This guy is brilliant. He robbed an armored car outside a Monroe, Washington bank and used a dozen unwitting accomplices to act as decoys during his getaway. He hired the accomplices on Craigslist and instructed them to wear very specific clothing.