Monthly Archives: July 2008

Luck 13

On Saturday, Melody and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. It’s our 15th year together as a couple. How are we celebrating? We are taking our kids up to a Tae Kwon Do tournament. I know, I’m a die-hard romantic. But seriously, I’ve booked us a trip to Mackinaw in September over her birthday weekend. We decided to wait a month since we’ve been gone so much this summer. I got a GREAT deal at (again) – I once booked us to stay in Mackinaw w/ Kailey for a week at $18 a night! This time, I got it for $75 a night, still a good deal since it comes with ferry ride tickets, free admission to all the forts a free dinners. 

Anyway, it’s been a fantastic journey so far. Through it all, we’ve been able to find our way through it together. We’ve had a lot of sand kicked in our faces over the years, but always seem to end up alright. God has certainly been good. I still feel like the luckiest guy on earth for getting to have Mel as my wife.



Ok, I am a bit less a zombie like I was yesterday. We got back Sunday evening from teaching another weekend and while the weekend went awesome, it really hit me hard. 

So, I took some time to just re-connect to some music yesterday. Here’s what I am listening to right now: 

Black Kids – “I Don’t Want To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance” – read about them in Spin magazine, interesting group. The singer sounds a LOT like a young Robert Smith of the Cure (which is the first thing most people point out). A very art-pop synth style. 

MGMT – I read a review of their performance at this years Bonnaroo Festival, so I checked out their single “To Pretend” – pretty great. Again, art-pop w/ heavy synth. I guess the two guys that started it (originally called “management”) were students at Wesleyan University and just waned to create music experiments together. 

Jars of Clay – Closer EP – just released this morning on Itunes. Excellent! I’ve long supported these guys, they’ve always been great song writers. This ep includes new versions of early songs: “Love Song For a Savior,” and “Flood.” 

Bebo Norman – Britney single – This is the first release of Bebo’s upcoming self-titled album coming out with his new label BEC. It’s a great song that critiques contemporary pop culture and the pressure it puts on young women. 

Pearl Jam – Lost Dogs – amazing album of b-sides and rare tracks. It’s an older release, but I’m going through a Pearl Jam phase right now.


We just got home from the Mitchell Musso and Corbin Bleu concert. Not as bad as I thought it would be. We got there two hours early so we could eat at a Mexican stand (pretty good) then let the kids ride a couple of rides. We were waiting to go in, and were able to meet Corbin’s father (who starred in “Jump In” with Corbin)! He was really nice and wished Molly a happy birthday.

We got in and found our seats – second row stage right. We hung out for a minute and Mel noticed that Mitchell Musso was back at the sound board. Right before the meet and greet, he came over by us and took a picture with the kids:

(for those w/out the disney channel, or little girls Mitchell plays “Oliver” on Hannah Montana)

The kids stayed near the meet and greet for a long time, then the show started at 7pm. The opening act was forgetable – I can’t even remember his name – then Mitchell came on. He actually did a really great job for disneyish pop music. After his show, he high-fived the girls on his way to his bus. (they went nuts) Corbin was good for his genre as well. Most importantly, the girls had a great time!

If you want to see more shots, go to:


Today, my baby turns 7. This is her riding the mechanical horse at the local Meijer (still a penny). Yesterday, we took her and her sister, two friends Hope and Kailey and their cousin Katie to Libby Lu to get makeover’s. Then we went out for lunch at “On the Boarder.” Today, we are taking the girls to go see Corbin Blue (from the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” and other things) in concert. So, it’s a party time!!

Happy Birthday girl! I love you!!

Introducing Congressman Richard Simmons

Could the health guru head for Capitol Hill?

Yep, this is just about right in our bizzaro-upside down world we live in. (where tomatoes kill you and where Arnold runs california – ht to Patton Oswald) Cnn reports that Simmons said he wants to be taken as serious as a Congressman, and may be considering becoming a Congressman.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Fitness star and effervescence
extreme Richard Simmons is on Capitol Hill today, tackling the issue of
childhood obesity and pushing for increased school exercise programs.
But as he testifies before the House Education and Labor Committee, the
60-year-old is nodding toward that celebrity siren song: political

In a half-serious, half-jocular tone, Simmons described his approach
to the hearing, saying, “I want to have the respect of a congressman, I
want to talk like a congressman, and maybe, someday, I’ll be a

During three minutes of follow-up questions, Simmons displayed an
almost Washingtonian flare for avoiding a direct position. “However I
can be of use,” he said, “If my country wants me, I’ll be there for my

So has no plans to run?

“Well,” he answered coyly, “I don’t know. I may run for office. You never know.”

McCain and Obama find their purpose

washington post

The Washington Post is reporting that Senator’s John McCain and Barack Obama will make their first ever joint appearance at Saddleback Church. Yes, Rick Warren’s (The Purpose Driven Life) church. They will be appearing together on August 16th.

Warren had caught some flack a while back for inviting Barack to speak because he’s a pro-choice democrat. Yet, John McCain still needs to tighten his presence with evangelicals today. So, it’s a good opportunity for both of them politically.  It does seem a strange stage though doesn’t it?  I mean, am I the only one who thinks it is weird that Rick Warren is the first person to bring them together? As far as evangelicals go, while he is certainly popular he’s not really that known for his politics. Why not Jim Wallis? or even for that matter Jim Dobson? They are both known and political. 

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how evangelical christians will respond to this.

Powerpoint Thrive!

Well, I’m home! Last night, I was able to switch my flight from 5:00pm to 1:00pm – so I didn’t have to wait in the airport for five hours today! While the plane was much smaller, I did sit next to a really nice guy from Kalamazoo and we shared stories and our political views. Great talk.

This morning, I was still in Minneapolis. Tim and I awoke early again, and packed up. I ran out the door in time for another cup of Caribou Coffee, then we headed back to the church. I tought my last session on structures in the simple church – which was basically an overview of the book “The Starfish and the Spider” along with some of my own thoughts. During the class, I was asked to share the powerpoint, so I went ahead and uploaded them to my “MobileMe” site so anyone can download them:

You’ll find all four sessions up for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure). Either way, it’s there.

I just wanted to say how great it was to get to know you all at Thrive. I’m excited that more and more people are not only catching the vision for simple/organic church, but equally for all the hearts of the people I met. I can’t wait to see what God has in store.

Grace and Peace.