Archive for July, 2010

Good-Bye Ellen Degeneres

Posted: July 30, 2010 in American Idol

Ellen Degeneres resigned her position yesterday as a judge on American Idol. You can read about it here.  She was a judge for one season.  On Monday, the producers are expected to announce who the judges will be for the next season.  Any thoughts:

This Sunday!!

I’m just warning you now – you WILL want to be at the Living Stones Church on Sunday @ 9:30 or 11:30 a.m.  I know it is the middle of summer and some of you may have plans to be out of town or on vacation (which I know is normal during the summer…blah, blah, blah)…but DON’T!!  Cancel them all and be at church.  (What do you mean you’ve booked these tickets months in advance and don’t get a refund!!!?) 🙂  We have a lot to talk about in regards to vision and direction.

The message title is (stolen of course), “What Got Us Here, Won’t Get Us There

We’re talking about:

  • Replicating the intensity, power, and impact of the 1st century church 20 centuries later at the Living Stones Church @ 718 E. Donmoyer Ave.
  • The “whats” and “whys” of going to three services on September 12th.
  • What that means for our congregational systems.
  • Our plans for the Fall (particularly September…very excited) as we move deeper into loving the neighborhoods around us.
  • Revisiting our $5 / $9 / $12 challenge from the beginning of the year and what we have been able to do thus far in 2010 and where we still need to go.
  • Staffing plans in regards to a Creative Arts Pastor’s position.
  • Plans to install three new elders at the Living Stones Church (huge blessing)
  • Update on some exciting things brewing with our High School Youth Ministry.
  • A challenge of being ALL-IN to those who are ALL-IN @ the Living Stones Church!

We will talk a lot about what is going on @ the LSC – but my experience is that THESE are the conversations that are best to bring 1st time guests to so they can see the heartbeat of the Living Stones Church.

See you Sunday!

(in an earlier post I mentioned I was sitting on the front porch of the church working)

Elizabeth, the church’s neighbor across the street came over.  I’m going to guess she is in her upper 80’s.  She walked all the way up the steps and onto the porch to say “Thank You.”  I asked her for what, and she said that every time someone comes over to her house and looks out her picture window at the church they tell her how lucky she is to have something so beautiful to look at.  She said she always hopes we are doing well and continues to grow.

So – to those of you who continue to volunteer your time to water, weed, tend, and love on the flowers and plants – our neighbors appreciate it!  And so do I.

Last week I spent the week with about 20 Living Stoners at the Michiana Christian Service Camp Junior High Week II.  Ann Lynn, Mark & Amy Osterhout, and myself took about 19 junior highers to camp.  It was hot and humid.  The cabins have no air conditioning and NEVER cool down.  BUT IT WAS A BLAST!!  We have great kids.  Seriously.  They never get in trouble; they don’t fight with one another; there is no drama between them; they are kind to one another.  I’m very proud!  Our own Sarah Lynn was co-star female camper of the week.  And our own Jacob Padd & Tyrone West were in the top three male camper of the week.  They left spiritually encouraged and I think closer to Jesus than when they arrived.  Pray for that continue.

They break the kids up into teams.  I was on Team #6.  We were the CHINCHILLAS!  It is a fierce little rodent!

I love these kids:

I Have a 14 Year Old

Posted: July 29, 2010 in Family

Today is my firstborn son’s birthday!!  He is 14 years old.  He has bigger feet than me.  He is taller than me.  He has more hair than me.  He is better looking than me.  And yet…I still let him live and continue to love him. 🙂  Happy Birthday Isaac.  I love you and I’m VERY proud of you.  You are our joy and laughter.

Facts about Isaac:

  • He hates gum (especially mint).  Like he freaks out if anyone chews it in front of him.
  • He gets along well with his little brother and sister.
  • He is good with our new puppy.
  • He has an excellent shot in basketball. (He did not get this from his father)
  • He a 12-year cancer survivor.
  • He never procrastinates, except when it comes to mowing the yard.
  • He loves video games…and reading reviews of video games on the computer.
  • He doesn’t drink soft drinks…ever.
  • He is an excellent drummer.
  • He is talented at filming and producing videos.
  • He can memorize something faster than anyone I’ve ever seen.
  • He has a high level of compassion for people who are hurting.
  • He likes the Cubs and Notre Dame…just as I taught him.
  • He drops and spills more things than anyone I’ve ever seen!!! 🙂
  • He likes strawberry pop-tarts.
  • He has a little OCD (probably from his father).  He won’t sit on a movie theater seat that appears “stained.”
  • He broke his finger once.  We didn’t believe it was broken.  Turns out…it was.  Then it was too late to do anything about it.  Sorry kid.
  • His favorite restaurant is Olive Garden.
  • He isn’t a picky eater.
  • His middle name is Samuel (how cool is that?)
  • He is a HUGE Beatles fan.  He knows all their songs and a ton of trivia about the band.

Cross Country Practice

Posted: July 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

Right now I’m sitting on the front porch of the church and working (it’s my favorite office).  It appears the Riley’s men’s cross-country team is practicing because there are a bunch of guys running in front of the church with their shirts off.  They are all young and skinny.

So I’m throwing rocks at them from the porch.  And trust me, at the Living Stones Church – we have a lot of rocks to choose from.

Dear Yoga, I’m Sorry

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Exercise, Fitness

When it comes to exercise and fitness (which I’m about as consistent with as Apple’s 4G ability to keep a call), my ENTIRE life has been spent on lifting weights (and even then I want free weights and not those girly machines 🙂 ) and running.  That is it.  Without exception.

I’m not doing your elliptical (I tried once, I wanted to throw up after five minutes).  I’m not doing your aerobics and I don’t care whether it is in water or not.  Your Zumba sounds to me like you  need an antibiotic.  Spin classes sounds like something you bring yarn to.  And…I’ve always thought Yoga the most ridiculous looking thing I’ve ever seen.

The movements are slow.  It seems like the only people I see doing yoga are girls (except for the instructor who is always a dude with a ponytail).  The postures have ridiculous names and seem absurd (and unsafe if you have gas…come on…”downward dog”…that could kill the person behind you).  Unless the “mat” is an MMA octogan, I’m not interested in working out on my own little 2 foot x 5 foot “mat.”  So…yoga has often been the subject of my mental ridicule.

Then, for the first time ever, I thought I would try a totally new exercise program (one that wasn’t exclusive to lifting weights and running).  And the program calls for one day of yoga.

I have never sweat more, hurt more, struggled more, or challenged more than with yoga!  Oh man.

So yoga…I believe I owe you an apology.  I’m sorry.

Mel What Happened?

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Movies

Mel – dude – you know I’ve been for you.  Not because of Mad Max but more for that Braveheart movie that happens to be my favorite.  You’ve had some bumps and bruises over the past few years.  I’ve been rooting for you; trying to give you the benefit of the doubt; and expecting your comeback in redemption.

But I listened to those tape recordings of you talking to the mother of your child!!!  Oh my goodness man…what in the world could you possibly have been thinking!!!!  Please tell me they are doctored.  Tell me some how they have been manipulated and it isn’t true.  Because if it is…dude…it’s bad.

Israel 300

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Living Stones Church, Preaching

Several years ago the movie 300 came out staring Gerald Butler (this was before he sold his soul to making chick-flicks 🙂 ).  It was about the historical Battle of Thermopylae where Leonidas and 300 Spartan soldiers held off an army of Persians in 480 B.C.

But long before the Greeks had their battle of 300 – Israel had theirs.  It was the Battle of 300 led by Gideon.  And unlike the Spartans, the Israeli 300 not only held off, but DEFEATED, an enormous army of Midianites.

God only needs a few to do extraordinary things.

This is our story on Sunday.  I’m looking forward to it!!