Archive for March, 2007

Busy day with lots of things taking place:

1.  I just got back from a Living Stones Church Discovery Class.  I love the Discovery Class.  Especially the Discovery Classes over the past six months.  It has been so fun not only to talk about our mission and vision (which always gets me fired up…again), but also to hear the stories of our mission and vision at work.  It is very encouraging to hear thoughts, impressions, and experiences of people who have recently been coming to the Living Stones Church.  Plus, I just really like the people in the Discovery Class.  Awesome group of people!!

2.  Went to the Oral Surgeon today for my consultation.  The assistant put my x-ray in the light box and said, “Wow!”  My regular dentist, when horizontal-wisdom-tooth.jpgdiscussing with me the results of the x-ray and referring me to the Oral Surgeon spoke softly and in very concerned tones.  Truthfully, I wondered if he was telling me everything, or if there was something I was dying of but he wasn’t saying (not that I have any problems with hypochondria).  The Oral Surgeon explained the risks, but in spite of them, recommended the horizontal wisdom tooth that is sitting on the nerve in my jaw come out (he promised that drooling was not in my future, even if he severed the nerve).  He was very emphatic that it would hurt!  That I would be very sore for a long time.  We scheduled it for Monday, May 14th.  He thought I would not be able to preach the next Sunday and even the Sunday after I would probably want to have a “shorter homily.”  I told him the church would probably thank him for the favor.

3.  Signs are in the front yard for the April 7th Easter Egg Hunt and our Alive Series beginning on Easter as well as the delivery of more VBS material, 7500 postcards, t-shirts, and banners!

4.  Prayers go out for little Virginia Gerndt who was hit by a car today when trying to get on the school bus (the driver failed to observe the “stop” sign).  She is scrapped, has some stitches on her cheek, has a good mark on her forehead, a concussion, but otherwise…should be fine.  They (Memorial Hospital) are keeping her overnight as a precaution.  Many props to Buffy and her handling of the situation, especially since she actually saw the whole thing go down!  Buffy was very calm and did a great job explaining what was happening to Virginia as she asked.  Thank you God that it looks like Virginia is going to be O.K.  

Tired…time for bed.


  10.  At confession, you say, “Forgive me, dawg, for I have sinned”  

    9.  Each week, you vote one of your kids out of the house  
  8.  After sex you say to your wife in a British accent, “Awful. Just pathetic”  
  7.  FOX switchboard operator knows you by name  
  6.  When “Idol” comes on, so do the adult diapers  
  5.  Had your stomach stapled like Randy and you weren’t even overweight  
  4.  You understand what Paula Abdul is blabbing about  
  3.  No number 3 — writer watching “American Idol”  
  2.  Got Adam Sandler to guest host your talk show so you could stay home and vote for Sanjaya  

  1.  Your TiVo recommends you get some counseling  

In spite of tonight’s American Idol results, I am hanging on, even if it is by faith, that God is still on his throne, is in control of all things, and sovereignly in charge of all things…even if Sanjaya is still in the competition (not even in the bottom three) and Chris Sligh (I really like that guy…although I will admit the past few weeks haven’t been his best performance) went home.  I’m now going to read some Lamentation or some sad prophetic passage warning of exile.

 I hope “J” from myspace can hang on.

complaint-free.jpgI was flipping channels on my T.V. (non-HDTV) last night (it is sort of a sport that I’m good at…if it were a part of the Olympics, I would qualify, perhaps medal, in the “remote flipping” competition) when I passed by the Oprah show and she had Pastor Will Bowen of the Christ Church Unity as a guest who came up with a “no complaining” wristband.  That’s right!  A wristband that you wear while pledging the next 21 days NOT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING!!  I thought, “What kind of stupid idea…oops.”  So I listened, and I thought, “You know this might be a good thing.”  And truthfully, I think it would be an EASY challenge for me because anyone that knows me knows I practically ooze positive vibes continually!  I’m so syrupy sweet and positive seeing the good in every person and circumstance that it feels UNNATURAL for me to complain…yea, I’m that good!  So, this should be a piece of cake.  I thought it would be good for me, and the rest of my family (who needs more help than I on not complaining).

sanjaya-mohawk.jpgAnd then, we started watching last night’s American Idol and who do I see…Sanjaya looking like a rooster!!  And the bracelet came off!  That’s right baby!!  Good-bye “compaint bracelet” hello “a little bit of truth smack-down.”  Sanjaya, my dear friend, you really seem like a nice kid.  But please, do the honorable thing, walk away from the show.  You clearly have a fan base (they are all probably wearing a bunch of ridiculous purple bracelets).  Leave the show, make an album, and market it to the little Ashleys of the world.

And then, I discovered that a girl identified as “J” on myspace has pledged to go on a hunger strike until Sanjaya is booted from the show.  Finally, a cause worth real sacrifice!  It used to be world peace, child labor laws, the exploitation of women…but now, finally, a social cause worth getting behind…starve yourself until Sanjaya (a.k.a. “Rooster Boy”) leaves American Idol.  While I won’t be joining “J“, I do want her to know, as I’m sitting in my office downing another donut, I support her 100%.  Oh…I also just purchased “J” a complaint bracelet.  Starvation and complaining go hand-in-hand so I thought she could use some help.  My contribution to the great social cause of our day!

nacho_libre.jpgThere is a ton of activity going on.  We have volunteers and Jennae Gee painting up a firestorm.  Jennae painted the baptistery yesterday (and was only a little high)!  It is amazing what a fresh coat of some special pool paint can do to a baptistery.  The back rooms are being cleaned, repainted, trimmed, etc.  It looks nice.  Thanks to Jennae, Wally Last, Alex, Elise, and others for painting and helping us get ready!

Doug Harsch is working on a trailer for our new Easter/series entitled Alive.  You won’t want to miss the trailer on Sunday.  Very good.  Thanks to Jaynie Romer for filming some footage from the hospital (who knew you could find so much to film in a morgue!).

Ordering food for the past-baptismal bash, purchasing towels, ordering t-shirts, getting new banners for the front and entrances, a box for the summer’s VBS just came in (oh yea, it will be here before you know it), getting candy for Easter eggs, 7500 postcards have been ordered (and are going to be labeled on Friday), etc.  There is a ton of stuff happening!  I love it.  Very exciting time of the year…which is helped by the weather!  Hello record temperatures!  It is fantastic.

In the words of the famous Nacho Libre, “my life is good…really good.”

img_2701.jpgWell, it finally happened (see previous post).  Caleb got the most Christlike award after his last Upwards Bound basketball game.  Most Christlike!!!  Way to go Caleb

But the interesting thing was that Caleb got in a brew-ha-ha with another little seven year old during the game throwing fists with such fury that the opposing team’s coach had to break them up!  When our coach announced Caleb’s win, another parent, who had witnessed the whole fight laughed and looked at us with that…”isn’t that funny, your kid got in a fight with another kid and won most Christ-like!”  (actually she defended Caleb saying it was just self-defense).  And I thought… “Yea, that’s right, my boy…bringing on the prophetic- righteous-indignation-down-on-that-pagan-seven-year-old like Jesus riding on a white horse to destroy all of his enemies!”  Caleb, with whip in hand (or maybe a basketball…or maybe just his finger), overturning the tables of the opposing team to reveal God’s holy mightFinally, someone gets that being most Christ-like does not mean being the biggest mansy-pansy on the court!  Sometimes the dude that brings the can of whip-&$^#* is the guy who gets the most Christ-like (then again sometimes it is the award for the kid who didn’t get…best offense, defense, sportsmanship, best effort, etc.)!  Ha Ha.  This has been a really fun season!

Way to go Caleb,

Your Pacifist Father

shane-claiborne.jpgWent with a group of guys (David Kneip, Doug Harsch, and Curt Lynn) to Grandville, MI yesterday evening to hear Shane Claiborne speak at Mars Hill Church.  Which by the way, I can’t stand the roads in Grandville.  You couldn’t make a right or left turn without having to find a turnaround and come back, etc.  It was miserable (not to mention it was raining and hard to see…I think I’m getting old).  Anyhow, other than that, it was a good road trip and an interesting experience.

Shane wrote a book called Irresistible Revolution.  Shane took the stage in what looked like his contemporary friar clothing.  He had dreadlocks, a bandana, thick glasses, and thin.  He had a great personality and told amazing stories of love and kindness in a world that desperately needs something that has the power to transform.  He showed a video clip of a little boy who received love and care from one of the sisters in Calcutta.  It was a very powerful image…and very disturbing (in one of those good ways).

Shane spent some time with Mother Theresa in Calcutta.  He quoted her often.  In response to those who spend some time in Calcutta with her and want to stay, she had a habit of discouraging them from staying with her but rather to go out saying, “Everyone has a Calcutta, find your Calcutta.”  It was her way of saying, there are outcasts all around you, all over the world.  Find themServe there.  Another one of my favorite saying (that is also the drive for servant evangelism) is Mother Theresa’s, “We cannot do great things, we only do small things with great love.”  Very good evening listening to Shane, who is a great prophetic voice within the Body of Christ to not forget who holds a special place in God’s heart.

Still struggling with reconciling his life experiences and stories with my own.  I will need to apply the heart he so clearly demonstrated within the context of being married, three children, etc.  But I need voices to continually remind me.

Mars Hill was interesting.  It was my first time having been there.  I found the facilities very utilitarian.  One exception, there was no sign.  Where is the sign?  Had Doug not been there before, I think we would have driven around for quite sometime and never discovered the church.  They purchased an old shopping mall and converted it into a church.

I’m leaving later today to spend some time at the Lindenwood Retreat Center.  It is a great spiritual recalibration place for me!