Saturday Brain Diddy Doodle

Stuff my brain is munching on:

  • I enjoy Memorial Day weekend!  I tend to be patriotic and I marvel at the men and women who gave their lives to secure freedom.  My grandfather fought on the front lines of WWII and saw a lot of death.  I’m always amazed that he lived through the battles he fought.  He tells me that war is horrible and he knows from first hand experience.  So, this weekend we pray for peace and we remember and honor those we’ve lost serving our country.
  • Tomorrow is our final “Relationflip” week of our series.  It has been fun and tomorrow I’m looking at how we use our words.  Flip from hurtful to helpful words.
  • One thing I’m thinking about regarding saying helpful or loving words…  I believe it is very possible to say helpful/life giving words primarily for self preservation, acceptance, or to impress.  In other words – I show kindness with my words toward others for ME.  This is the same reason I hurt with my words… ME.  I require a heart change to really speak healing and helpful words.  I think it has to begin with the heart.
  • Next week we begin a series entitled, “LEAP.”  It is about faith and stories of faith.  My hope is that God would stretch our faith.
  • I finished watching the newer Battlestar Galactica series and loved it.  I was a big fan of the old show and remember it vividly!  I am also a sci-fi geek, but this series ranks up there with “Firefly” for character development and having an interesting story.
  • My son Will turned five and is now big time in Justin Bieber.  Help.
  • The Detroit Tigers are driving me crazy with their streaky play.  Hopefully they can put it all together and be more consistent.
  • I’m enjoying helping coach my son Harrison’s baseball team.  I’m trying to not live my baseball dreams through him!  He enjoys it and I want to keep it that way.
  • Our church family is pursuing a full time facility option.  I believe this will be essential in us riding the next wave toward our mission.  I’ve been praying a lot about God’s provision and protection.  Hopefully we’ll hear about one option soon!  This is a big faith step and I’m excited for how we’ll grow in our faith in God and one another.
  • I just wrapped up another year of mentoring a student at Rosy Mound Elementary through Kid’s Hope.  It was a great year and I’m proud of how my student grew and matured.  Hopefully we’ll get a chance again next year.  If you have an hour a week – you can make a difference!  Jump into Kid’s Hope!  Let me know if you’re interested or want more info.
  • I need to be more regular posting here!

Have an outstanding Memorial Day weekend!


Saturday Brain Doodle Time

Randomized thinking…

  • My friend Steve Thompson turned 40 yesterday.  That number seems so “adult.”  My turn is coming in October and I’m already starting to think about what that may or may not mean for me.  Maybe I’ll actually be able to grow a beard without spots!  Nah.
  • To celebrate Steve’s birthday we went golfing.  While teeing off I hooked a ball that sailed into an adjascent road.  The only problem was that a car was racing down the road toward us at the same time and the ball struck the car’s windshield and shattered.  Wow.  I felt stupid because I had a horrible golf shot, I damaged someone’s vehicle, and I probably scared him silly.  I need to get special insurance on my golf game for everyone else’s protection!
  • As a faith family we are moving forward in trying to secure a full time facility.  I am really excited about this possibility and what it could mean for us in pursuing the mission we run after together !
  • I miss being in Ethiopia and hope to get back maybe next summer…
  • This Sunday I jump back into a series we call “Relationflip.”  I’m talking about flipping from dishonor to honor in relationships.  This is an area that I need to grow in.  It is so easy to treat the people around me as common, because they become so familiar.  I think to honor the people closest to me is the most difficult as a result.  But, I desire to show value to them and studying for this message has been a great reminder that I’m called to show worth and value to those around me.
  • Next week is Memorial Day weekend!  What a great reminder of the incredible sacrifice of our service men and women that gave their lives in service to our country.  It also is the official kick off to hamburger season at our home.  🙂
  • I”m enjoying reading through the book of John, in the Bible, at the moment.  I find that if I don’t have a plan in advance – I tend to wander through the Bible and don’t read it as regularly.
  • Well gotta go pick up the Saturday morning donuts!

Have a great weekend!

Location, Location, Location

I’ve been taking in Eugene Peterson’s memoir entitled, “The Pastor.”  It is a wonderful book with rich language, meaningful stories, and it seems to be enriching my soul.

All of his books on pastoring are inspirational and resonate with my deepest longings for my vocation.  If only I wouldn’t become distracted by my own ego.

Peterson encourages pastors to be local and know the land God has called you to.  (I’m also reading a book entitled: “The wisdom of stability: rooting faith in a mobile culture.”  I’m sure I’ll unpack some thoughts from that another time.)

Here is a quote from Eugene’s book “Under the Unpredictable Plant” that touches on the importance of being local.

“It is in the nature of pastoral work to walk into an alien world, put our feet on the pavement, and embrace the locale. Pastoral work is geographical as much as it is theological. Pastors don’t send memos, don’t send generic messages, don’t work from a distance: locale is part of it. It is the nature of pastoral work to be on site, working things out in the particular soil of a particular parish.”

Am I present?  Am I local?  Or am I lobbing blessings from a distance?

Twitter Spitter : why I tweet

Why I use Twitter:

  • I find out things faster than any other news source.  Tweets about Osama bin Laden’s death seemed to be all over Twitter before the network news finally caught up.One caution:  you need to confirm the truth of a story so you don’t believe a hoax (usually someone’s death.)
  • I get to choose who to follow and enter a bit of their world and sphere.  Whether it is a Major League Baseball player, a pastor, an artist, or even a dentist – I am exposed to their thoughts, their experiences, the articles they find interesting, and their context.  You can begin to see a little of what is important to people based on what they share.  Facebook helped me connect more with people in my sphere and Twitter helped me connect more with people outside my sphere.
  • I get to share the joys and sorrows of events in real time.  Watching a Detroit Tigers’ game while tweeting and replying to others doing the same gives me an opportunity to interact about the game with others who care… or talk smack to opposing fans.  You begin to realize how many people are out there doing similar things.
  • Often I am encouraged by an inspirational quote or verse of Scripture.  It is amazing how inspiring truth can get my day moving.  This comes down to the kind of people you choose to follow.  I try to avoid following lots of “glass is half-full” types of people who constantly complain.  (I do that enough and I’m trying to stop.)  🙂
  • I have an opportunity to share thoughts, experiences, and hopes in 140 characters or less.  It aint much, but my voice can join the chorus.

I don’t believe that Twitter is deep soul connection tool, but it has been useful to make introductions.

So, why not try it?  If you do – I’d love to follow you.  I’m over here.

What’s happening in 140 characters or less?