Archive for December, 2008

9:30 a.m. Sermon

Posted: December 29, 2008 in Living Stones Church, Preaching

To the 9:30 a.m. service attenders of the Living Stones Church,

When this Sunday’s message is available on the podcast…listen to it.  It will be from the 11:30 a.m. service.  I don’t know what happened yesterday morning at 9:30!!  About five minutes into the sermon I felt waves of nausea.  Seriously…I was starting to panic about hurling all over the pulpit (wouldn’t that be a great sight!?).  So, while continuing to preach, I was making an exit strategy in my head and cutting my sermon like crazy (as well as distracted by the desire to vomit while still talking).  After, I went straight to the office to either: 1) feel better or 2) blow chow!

Although not “normal” I made it through 11:30 and preached what I intended.  So…9:30 a.m. sorry about that.  And sorry for bolting after the service and not talking to anyone.  I just didn’t want to throw up on you!! 🙂

Bedtime Stories Review

Posted: December 26, 2008 in Movies

Went to see Bedtime Stories with the family this afternoon.  The critics didn’t seem to care for this movie.  My guess is they didn’t see it with their kids.  Makes all the difference.  Watching it by myself I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much as watching it through the laughter and delight of my kids.  Funny scenes.  Enjoyed Adam Sandler’s humor and the bug-eyed guinea pig!

2009 Resoluting

Posted: December 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

I’m a resolution guy.  Yea…it’s what I do.  It is one of my favorite activities of the year.  Call me OCD, Type A, anal retentive, blah, blah, blah…  Don’t care.  I love the transition between years.  In fact, it is my favorite spiritual holiday (I’ll explain more about that on Sunday).

So I’m sitting at the kitchen table this morning for breakfast with my wife, children, and in-laws.  I begin by asking, “So, what are your resolutions for 2009?”  What I do I hear back?  I hear moans, groans, and the sound of eye balls rolling in the back of heads!  Isaac says, “Not again!!”  Kelly’s resolution…”Getting through another year of marriage with you!”  I am mocked, maligned, and scoffed at…persecuted may be a better word. 

So…fine…have no resolutions!  Care nothing about improving yourself in a coming year.  Lazy – non-OCD, Type B, do-nothing- family members!!!  🙂

So, I’ve left my family (temporarily) and I’m now sitting at St. Louis Bread Company (Panera Bread down here) working on my 2009 resolutions.  It is in the mid-60s temperature wise.  I hear there is an ice storm in South Bend!!!

This Sunday the message is on listening to the voice of God to guide our life’s direction.  I’m very excited about preaching it.  It goes along the theme of looking into a brand new year (my favorite spiritual holiday!).  How do we hear the voice of God to bring us to the end of 2009 in a place that is better than the end of 2008?  Don’t miss it.  And bring a friend…seriously…bring a couple of friends!

Christmas Prayers

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Uncategorized

Dear Living Stoners,

We’ve had some sad news today.  Anita Butler passed away this morning.  Please keep Anita’s husband, John, and kids – Mallorie, Matthew, and Mandy in your prayers.

Jim Ruth and Janie Yike lost both of their mothers this week as well. 

Rough day and rough week to walk through these tragedies. 

Please keep them in your prayers.


Posted: December 25, 2008 in Uncategorized

If you all loved me like you say you do…you would gather together as my friends and family and when I walk through the kitchen door with yet another plate of food, you would sit me down and stage an intervention beginning with…

Sam…you have a problem…”

Then I would wipe the whipped cream of my face and say… “Oh yea…I forgot my spork.”

P.S.  Pajama pants are awesome!!

Cars Everywhere

Posted: December 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

Arrived in St. Louis for Christmas with the in-laws.  One of the worst trips down yet!!  There were TONS of cars and trucks off the side of the road, in ditches, upside down…it was unbelievable.  Most of the trip was 45 MPH at best on interstate.   LONG DRIVE!  Glad to be here safe.  I hope Saturday’s drive back will be sunny and 75 degrees 🙂

I must now go console myself with some pumpkin pie!!

To My Daughter Alexandria…

Posted: December 18, 2008 in Uncategorized

I saw this quote today and pray that it becomes a life mantra for you:

A girl should get so lost in God, that a guy has to seek God to find her!”~ Dannah Gresh, author.


Excellent clip from Penn (from Penn and Teller) who is an atheist but has some interesting things to say about the force of our convictions and what that should mean for our interactions with those that we love.  Interesting.

If the guy you are dating is the primary suspect in the disappearance and death of his previous two wives…don’t marry him!!!

In short, stay away from Drew Peterson.

If you are insistent on marrying him, don’t come and ask me to officiate the wedding.

Just looking out for you!

Your Pastor & Brother,


PS.  Drew Peterson’s defense… “I’m entitled to be happy.”  Ummm…actually…when you murder two of your wives…you forfeit your “right” to happiness (and freedom)!