Me and The Boys

The great philosophers’ “Kiss” once sang:

“Me and the boys are playing, but we just can’t find the sound”

Last night I joined the rest of the Journey Church Worship team for a time of working through some new songs at a local recording studio. I went into the rehearsal with several things on my mind and heart. After a few hours of working through new worship music for Sunday services and prayer together, I left refreshed and feeling renewed.

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How Are Small Groups Made?

I read the most interesting article today about Small Groups. It was entitled “Why Churches Should Euthanize Small Groups“. It really gave me some things to think about. Take a moment and go read the article for yourself (the link above will open a new window), the blog will be here when you get back… Interesting isn’t it? Some very strong language and concepts with regard to Small Groups. I have to be really honest and admit that I agreed with a great majority of that article. Especially when I think back of all of the Small Groups that I … Continue reading How Are Small Groups Made?

"Just One…"

On Sunday morning I was working the table to distribute tickets for the Evening with David Pendleton at Journey Church. As people would arrive at the table, they would issue their request for the number of tickets they would like. One man approached and when I asked how many he would like he simply said “just one”. I’m sitting here today and those two words continue to haunt my very core. “Just one” When I think back over the entire morning, I am reminded that this kind man sat just a few seats down from me during the service. He … Continue reading "Just One…"

“Just One…”

On Sunday morning I was working the table to distribute tickets for the Evening with David Pendleton at Journey Church. As people would arrive at the table, they would issue their request for the number of tickets they would like. One man approached and when I asked how many he would like he simply said “just one”. I’m sitting here today and those two words continue to haunt my very core. “Just one” When I think back over the entire morning, I am reminded that this kind man sat just a few seats down from me during the service. He … Continue reading “Just One…”

A Friend To Me

“There’s times I’d rather kill you then listen to your honesty, but you’ve always been a friend to me” – Garth Brooks You gotta love when you surround yourself with “truth tellers”. I made a commitment long ago to run everything in the discernment process through God, family and close friends. The catch was that I would not keep calling people until SOMEONE finally agreed with my point of view. Each persons input must be considered. Today I spoke with 3 of my “truth tellers” and their responses reminded me why they are in my band of brothers. All three … Continue reading A Friend To Me

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

What a weekend. The family and I left on Friday afternoon to head to our hometown of Bedford, Ohio for the wedding of Heather’s youngest sister. “My Girls”, “The Boy” and Heather were all in the wedding so it was an exciting time for everyone. There is always a part of me that still loves going “home” to where my roots are planted. While the condition of my old hometown is not what I remembered it to be, one thing is for sure…the people never change. You really can go home. One take away from this weekend is that no … Continue reading Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Who Says You Can't Go Home?

What a weekend. The family and I left on Friday afternoon to head to our hometown of Bedford, Ohio for the wedding of Heather’s youngest sister. “My Girls”, “The Boy” and Heather were all in the wedding so it was an exciting time for everyone. There is always a part of me that still loves going “home” to where my roots are planted. While the condition of my old hometown is not what I remembered it to be, one thing is for sure…the people never change. You really can go home. One take away from this weekend is that no … Continue reading Who Says You Can't Go Home?

Saturday’s All Pro Dad Day!

Wow…where did March go? A new month must mean that this Saturday is another All Pro Dad day. The topic this month is “Caring for the less fortunate“. We are privileged to have a guest speaker from Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio with us. He will share a little bit about Faith Mission, but even more exciting is what will happen between our meetings in April and May. Based on the information from our guest speaker, Dads and kids will have the opportunity to spend the month gathering needed items and raising awareness of the less fortunate in our community. … Continue reading Saturday’s All Pro Dad Day!

Saturday's All Pro Dad Day!

Wow…where did March go? A new month must mean that this Saturday is another All Pro Dad day. The topic this month is “Caring for the less fortunate“. We are privileged to have a guest speaker from Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio with us. He will share a little bit about Faith Mission, but even more exciting is what will happen between our meetings in April and May. Based on the information from our guest speaker, Dads and kids will have the opportunity to spend the month gathering needed items and raising awareness of the less fortunate in our community. … Continue reading Saturday's All Pro Dad Day!

Quotable

“Today there are thousands of people sitting in church pews every Sunday who look like they’ve got it together on the outside but are broken on the inside. People who want to grab a Christian brother or sister by the shoulders and shout, “I’m not together! I’m in trouble! My relationship with God is terrible! I feel like a fake!” Instead, they pass out another bulletin or stack another chair, afraid to reach out, because everyone else looks like they have life’s problems whipped” –Michael English from the book “The Prodigal Comes Home“ “Stained Glass Masquerade” by Casting Crowns Continue reading Quotable

If Only They Knew…

I didn’t post anything on Heath Ledgers tragic death last week. I, like everyone else, was stunned at the news. To see a young life end so quickly and unexpectedly is hard to comprehend. Yet what I find so tragic is the reports after his death. It seemed like every web site, magazine and news paper were digging deeper and deeper into his life. Reports of drug use, insomnia, partying and depression were just a few that I read. Why do we do that? Why must we know that? One of my favorite books is “Everybody’s Normal Until You Get … Continue reading If Only They Knew…

You Find Out Who Your Friends Are

I remember John Eldredge once said something in one of his books about thinking of the people you would call at 2 in the morning when your world just collapsed around you. That’s a mark of friendship isn’t it? Think about it. You just got some news (good or bad) and it’s 2am, who would you call? I’m pretty sure that most of us don’t set out with tragedy in mind, but when it happens, who are the people that show up in a heartbeat? I have told Heather several times “If I was ever going to go into war, … Continue reading You Find Out Who Your Friends Are

Walking the Walk…

“You can say what you think, but you will live what you believe” – Mark Hall I witnessed something today that still has me reflecting on it. Simply put, I witnessed two friends “walking the walk” in their lives. They probably don’t know I noticed. My guess is that they are not even aware that anyone noticed. I would also bet the house that they are not even thinking “I sure hope someone saw that”. It’s not in their nature. It’s not their style. It is how they live what they believe. What I saw today on two separate occasions … Continue reading Walking the Walk…

Kickin' it Old School…

It’s official, with this post, I am breaking nearly ever personal blog rule I ever set in place. I think I am also breaking man law #53 by posting a prom picture from high school which includes another friend. All that being said, I am “taking one for the team” here too. By posting this picture I am showing that I did, in fact, once have hair. I’m also showing the early stages of what was to one day become my “sweet mullet“. If you look close enough…you can see the “party starting in the back”. I don’t post this … Continue reading Kickin' it Old School…

Kickin’ it Old School…

It’s official, with this post, I am breaking nearly ever personal blog rule I ever set in place. I think I am also breaking man law #53 by posting a prom picture from high school which includes another friend. All that being said, I am “taking one for the team” here too. By posting this picture I am showing that I did, in fact, once have hair. I’m also showing the early stages of what was to one day become my “sweet mullet“. If you look close enough…you can see the “party starting in the back”. I don’t post this … Continue reading Kickin’ it Old School…

Our Christmas Card

As most of you know, I have been dubbed the “King of Restless” which is not too far from the truth. It’s a crown I wear with pride, but it sure doesn’t help when it comes to email address books. All of my moves, adds and changes have caused my address books to be spread over more email accounts than I care to admit. So, if I missed you on the initial email, consider this my attempt to get you our annual Christmas card. Last year, right about the time that the dollar figure for creating the family postcard and … Continue reading Our Christmas Card

Carrying the Mat

“Everytime you forgive someone who hurt you, encourage someone who feels defeated, extend compassion to someone who stands alone, confront someone in love, open your heart to a friend, reconcile with an enemy, devote time to a child, you align yourself with God’s central purpose in this world.” – John Ortberg Tonight a blog site was brought to my attention that I have to pass along. This is no ordinary blog site. The link below is for a young man that I don’t know. I have never met him and know him only through reading the posts on his blog. … Continue reading Carrying the Mat

The 21st Time

I am really digging this CD by a group called “Monk and Neagle” called “The 21st Time“. The song in the video below is incredible on so many levels. The third verse is worth watching the entire video for. Especially at this time of year and with some recent challenges that God has laid on my heart. I’ll review the entire CD eventually, but couldn’t wait to get “The 21st Time” to the web. Continue reading The 21st Time

The End of the Innocence

Several years ago the shoe company “Keds” had an advertising campaign that simply asked some questions. I don’t know why it has stuck with me all these years, but it was great marketing. Featured in the commercial was a small girl with her Keds on and the narrator simply said things like: “What size Keds will you be wearing when you lose your first tooth?” “What size Keds will you be wearing when you meet your first boyfriend?” “What size Keds will you be wearing when the first of your friends gets married?” What captured me in this 30 second … Continue reading The End of the Innocence

A Complete 180

“We’re all looking for love and meaning in our lives. We follow the roads that lead us to drugs or Jesus” –Tim McGraw Have you ever been a part of what was clearly God’s plan? It is one of the most exciting and invigorating things I have ever experienced. Everything just clicks. You start putting the pieces together and realize that God has been up to something for a while. You get a glimpse of the road map and it is incredible how he works. As of today, we are thrilled to announce that you all now get a glimpse … Continue reading A Complete 180

Paying it Forward…

How very cool it was to get my first ever blog award from my blogging buddy David at Grits-n-Grace. First off, I would be remiss, if I didn’t take a minute and thank David personally for choosing this crazy blog as one of his 5. It’s an honor that someone finds value in the thoughts that run through my head and onto a keyboard. I appreciate you following this bouncing ball and your consistent comments on my posts. I can’t say it without sounding cheesy, but hopefully you know how much I appreciate that. Secondly, I am tasked with passing … Continue reading Paying it Forward…