Aug 13 2007

Beating the Odds

I can’t think of a better way to return to the blogging world today…

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MELISSA!!

Melissa and I have been married 20 YEARS today!! It’s really hard to believe. There were so many “nay-sayers” back in the days. Those folks who told us that life was too hard, the obstacles too great and that our marriage would never last. Guess what? They were wrong! I love to fight for the underdog, but I have no doubt that God had this plan in mind all along. What we have learned and shared over the past 20 years is invaluable. Those experiences have allowed us to impact other lives – the real power of living life.

There were many times we thought life was all about us. That perspective has changed drastically. We love to share our thoughts and challenges with marriage because we’ve been there. We’ve lived it and we certainly didn’t get it right most of the time. So why not save others the trouble?

I joke a lot of times that the secret to a long-lasting marriage is this, “Yes, dear.” But in reality there are no secrets to marriage. It’s just plain hard work! It’s about loving my wife even when I don’t want to. It’s about sacrifice and sharing and hurting. It’s about laughing and listening and persevering. But most of all, it’s about God and what He is teaching us through Him.

If being humble is thinking about the other person first, I pray that our marriage stays humble to the end. I am so thankful that Melissa is in my life. We have a great relationship with great kids and a family that has “beat the odds.” After 20 years, I can honestly say that I am more in love with my wife today than I have ever been before, and I am looking forward to sharing the next adventure!

I love you Mel!

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Aug 8 2007

Have Coffee, Will Travel

It’s 1:30am…

The coffee is wearing off and my eyes are drooping a bit. I have been hard at it for two straight days now trying to put together some organizational structure to the Creative Arts Ministry that I lead. We are off for a staff retreat at 7am this morning and I am still not quite ready.

Pandora is running strong in the background…

I miss my family already – they are visiting my mom for a few days. The timing was perfect however as I have pulled my kitchen table into the living for better access to my work. The house is a mess, I’ve eaten anything and everything as the past two days have literally vanished.

There may not be any internet access at the place I am heading, so I might be out of the “blogosphere” for a few days. Updates to come!

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Aug 8 2007

The Digital Revolution

Mark has some great thoughts on the “digital revolution” and the church. Here are a few key thoughts:

Podcasting is circuit riding at the speed of light.
Blogging is digital discipleship.
Video technology turns screens into postmodern stained glass.
Websites are virtual front doors.
Email is word of mouse.

As new technologies emerge so do new distribution channels for the gospel.

You can read the entire post here.

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Aug 7 2007

Surprise #2!

I don’t know if word got out that my wife and kids are gone for a few days, but I had another incredible surprise just a few minutes ago:


These are some fresh baked chocolate chip cookies straight from the Minson oven! For those of you who don’t know Scott and Tonya, they make some of the best desserts this side of the Mississippi. I was the lucky guinea pig for a new type of recipe they were trying, and I must say that I don’t mind playing the part!

Thanks Scott and Tonya for a great conclusion to the day!

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Aug 7 2007

A Pleasant Surprise!

I had a nice surprise tonight – a visit from my very good friend John. And not only was it great to see him, but he brought a little present with him:


John and his wife Marsha just returned home after several days in New Orleans. You can read about their adventures and see many marvelous pics here. I was salivating at the thought of some Cafe du Monde coffee and beignets when the knock at my door brought the happy sights of a gift bag! Thanks John!

So I’ll continue my work (late into the night) with a delicious cup of chicory coffee!

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