Archive for July, 2008

Strep Throat

Posted: July 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

To everyone that I have been kissing over the past week (and you know who you are),

You’ll be happy to know that as of late this afternoon – Dr. Dale Deardorff determined that I DO NOT have strep throat!! 🙂

It has been going around like crazy!!

School Supplies & Surveys

Posted: July 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

Dear Living Stoners:

Just two quick things:

1.  We need the school supplies your purchased for Monroe Primary Centerthis coming Sunday.  Just bring them with you on Sunday and place them on the table in the back of the auditorium with ALL of the other supplies.  If you would like to make a cash donation for us to purchase supplies for you…WE LOVE CASH!!  Just give your money to Sarah Wilken or Michelle Vaughn on Sunday.  Monroe has a new Principal this year.  Let us bring so many school supplies, etc. that she thinks, “That church down the street kicks butt!!’

2.  If you haven’t had a chance to do so, you can fill out your Volunteer Interest Survey right here.  We are in need of a TON of people serving passionately in a TON of areas!  Did you hear…we are going to two IDENTICAL Sunday morning worship services starting August 17th at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.??!?!!

You sort your M&M’s by color prior to eating them. 

Did you know it is a scientific fact that M&M’s taste better when consumed by specific color patterns?  However for it to work you have to start with green first! 🙂

The July 27th message “NO. 38 – Choices Have Consequences” from our four week message series on parenting entitled  101 Revolutionary Things to Teach Your Kids is now online. 

You can find the message here

Avoiding Failure

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

“The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivator, you’re down the path of inactivity.  You stumble only if you’re moving.”

-Roberto Goizueta

364 Days of Teen-Free Living

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Family

Today is Isaac’s Birthday.  He is now 12 years old.  That means I have 364 days left of non-teen parenting.  Next year…I enter the big leagues of parenting.  We’re going to Michigan Adventure today to celebrate.

We love this kid.  He has brought to us what his name means…much “laughter” and joy.  We couldn’t be any prouder of what he is and what he is becoming.

I predict by the end of this year he will be as tall as his dad (not that that is a great accomplishment).  BUT…I can still beat him up! 🙂

Interesting facts about Isaac you may not know:

  • He has one kidney.
  • He is double-jointed…his freak arms look broken when extended.
  • He can name all 18 species of penguins.
  • He could recognize the letters of the alphabet before he could sing the song.
  • When excited, nervous, etc. he jumps up and down and flaps his arms.
  • He has never drank a carbonated beverage (i.e., coke, sprite, etc.)
  • He hates gum.
  • He used to be scared of cow sounds.
  • His middle name is “Samuel” (I like it)
  • At birth he weighed 9 lbs. 2 ounces.
  • His favorite place in the world is Disney World.
  • He loves to dip Olive Garden breadsticks in their alfredo sauce.

Day in Chicago

Posted: July 25, 2008 in Family

Today, Kelly and I are taking the boys on the South Shore to Chicago to see the Field Museum (as well as excellent pizzarias).  I love the train ride to Chicago.  I love the Field Museum (and that whole museum complex by Lake Michigan).  I love Chicago Pizza.  I love the Chicago Cubs.  Maybe the Cubs baseball team will be taking a field trip to the museum today! 🙂

When I get back I’ll pick a blog fight about dinosaurs being on Noah’s ark and the age of the Earth!


Posted: July 24, 2008 in Discipleship, faith

In my daily Bible reading…que trumpets 🙂  (which isn’t as daily as I would like) I finally finished the book of Leviticus.  I love the Word of God.  But can I say, I’m glad I’m out of Leviticus?!  No other book of the Bible poses as many questions for me as Leviticus.  I will at least tell you this…I will not be boiling a baby goat in its mother’s milk (what?!?!).

Podcast Update

Posted: July 23, 2008 in Living Stones Church, Preaching

Just a quick note to those who have been asking.  The podcasts of the past three weeks have been a little off.

July 6th – we only got half of the message (it is at

July 13th – we only got the last seven minutes of the message.

July 20th – we didn’t record at all.

I’m not naming names…yet…but it appears to be an insider job 🙂 .  Could be software problems, could be human resource problems…but…we have problems.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  We’ll be back online soon!

So, to my Chinese listeners…I’m sorry.  You’d be surprised at home many people in China are listening to the messages.  Seriously…I can’t figure it out.  But the host site of the podcast gives me the statistics of what countries are listening to the messages (or at least downloading them).  China, India, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Germany…kind of weird!

Traffic Nightmares

Posted: July 23, 2008 in South Bend

Driving to work this morning and I’m passing through the worst intersection in the world (slight exaggeration 🙂 ) right now – Miami & Ireland and there is a gaping hole in the middle of the street (apparently washed away and caved in on Sunday morning during the rain) and water is just spewing out.  That doesn’t look right!

How much longer on this construction?!  It is miserable.  We (Living Stones Church) even paid for a billboard to go up on Miami and Ireland and if everyone is in their right mind from the south side of South Bend they would avoid this intersection like the plague

It feels like there is more construction going on in our streets than at any time I can remember.  Didn’t the city just say it was going to layoff/fire 200 employees in the next two years including firefighters, police officers, and closing of major parks and recreation centers?