I didn’t go to Catalyst West Coast, but I did see this video on Ben Arment’s blog today.  This is the first time I have seen something in the Christian world in a while that can rival The Lonely Island and Andy Samberg




Today was vision Sunday at Grace Church. Every year at this time we take a Sunday and give our vision (budget, philosophy, etc) as we enter our fiscal year and prepare the natural startup of the fall.  Today’s mind dump will be devoted to that (and maybe a few other things).

  • Grace Church will start 3 Sunday morning worship services on September 6, 2009.
  • Presently we offer an 8:45 service, a 10:00 connection class hour, and an 11:15 service.
  • We are going to this third service to stay ahead of the growth we have seen in the last year.  If we continue reaching and growing (our vision) we will need more room.
  • I am super psyched about this, in fact this is the most excited I have been in my 4 years in Powell.
  • The big change as it pertains to High School Ministry is that we will no longer offer any programming for high school students on Sunday mornings. Students will be apart of worship services and/or serve in Grace Kids or another ministry (worship, hospitality).
  • As I told our church today this is the best way I know to not just entertain students and build a great student ministry, but to help them put down roots and truly be apart of the church as they serve and worship alongside people both younger and older than them. 


I have sent emails, made verbal announcements, updated my facebook and twitter and now this is the final piece in my communication platform to tell the world that we are pregnant with our second child.  Not sure what else to say other than Kristin is due December 1st.  If you would like to suggest names boy or girl please comment!


Sunday I did something I have only done 3 other times since 2000. I completely shaved my whole face.  No beard, no goatee, not just short trimmed hair, but NO hair.

I never intended to have facial hair.  Kristin wanted me to grow a goatee our freshmen year at college so we made a bet that I would if she scored a goal (she was on the soccer team).  My luck would have it she scored a game-winning shootout goal the first tournament game of the post-season and so I had to stop shaving for a while.

I had it the rest of the school year and shaved it in the summer because I thought I wanted to, but I soon came to realize I had grown accustomed to it and now thought my chin looked weird and even fat at times.  Anyway, there is the story why you will almost never see my face naked like this picture of me and Malachi hanging out this morning.



Jeff Bogue told me a long time ago that the day would come in youth ministry when I couldn’t be naturally cool anymore.  When that happens he said you have to study up on culture through TV and other avenues. 

I have a couple shows I follow to do that and another came on my radar this week. It is a new autobiographical/documentary/reality show that MTV is doing called “College Life”.  They gave 4 freshmen at Wisconsin video cameras and follow them as they start their new college lives. 

I can’t endorse the language, lifestyle, or decision making on the show but for better OR WORSE it reflects the decision making and world that I am helping prepare high school students to go into.  I think it is a good glimpse into that world from a few different points of view.