Random Access Mind

So I wanted to just throw out some stuff I’m thinking/reading/doing. I’m trying to make this blog/writing more of a discipline so here ya go…cottage pic

  • I’m currently at the cottage, of some friends, near Fremont, MI. They are generous and allow me to spend some time up here for a few days each Summer. I try to do some reading, thinking, processing, and planning while here. I try to get out on the kayak and slowly make my way around the lake. My favorite moment is sitting in the middle, of this little lake, and being still…  Can ya feel the serenity?  It is a moment in which everything slows down and things are put back into perspective.  I’m thankful to my wife and family for blessing this little getaway for my soul.
  • My wife and I went to the Duran Duran show in Detroit. I have been a Duran Duran fan since I was around twelve years old. Their music videos completely mesmerized me as a middle school kid. I remember an older teen coming to our house trying to play the “Union of the Snake” single backwards on my dad’s turn-table. Nothing.  Ha!  Anyways, we had a fantastic time and Vicki and I made a commitment to go do fun stuff like that together more often.
  • This past Sunday I changed my message to speak to the prejudice/race discussions going on in our country. I found it difficult to share, because I love my faith family and I desire for every single person to go on the journey of wrestling with the issues of the day together. Our world has increasingly become polarizing and unfortunately being able to put ourselves in the shoes of one another is difficult. I hope the message was an opportunity to reflect and an invitation to join Jesus in bringing people together. Jesus is the great reconciler who calls us to be His reconciliation people!
  • Getting excited about the new Watermark site.  I love being involved in starting things and dreaming up new endeavors. I like rallying people together for something needed and new. The new Watermark site will begin in September and then have a more public launch in October.  This Sunday we are going to have people check out the space we are going to gather in (The Trillium) off Van Wagoner and West of 31.  I am most excited to hear that the emerging launch team is praying for family and friends to come to know and follow Jesus.  To learn more about this – CHECK THIS OUT
  • Praying for the Haiti team as they are serving with our partners in Haiti. 🙂

Anyways, thanks for stopping in!

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!

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?


Saturday Brain Doodle Dandy

Here are some random things I’m thinking about:

  • Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter! That makes me very happy and this happiness will last until they lose next.  I need medication for the mood swings that the Tigers put me on.
  • I get more nervous for my kids playing a sport than I ever did as a player.  I also find it harder to be a good sport as a parent.  All of a sudden I have compassion for the dad that fights the opposing team’s parents.  Again, medication is in order.
  • I’m thankful for the moms in my life.  My mom, Gayle, is an outstanding mother who was very sacrificial and nurturing.  My wife, is a phenominal mother who does a remarkable job caring for and loving our four kids.
  • I’m also thankful for Misgana’s mother who we also remember this weekend.  Without her we would not have our little Miss.
  • Tomorrow I have the opportunity to teach alongside Dr. Peter Newhouse again.  Pete is a great friend and has a lot of wisdom.  We always have fun planning these times and I hope that tomorrow’s topic of forgiveness will be a healing experience for many.
  • I believe that Jesus does change lives.  He doesn’t just improve them or merely give a good example to follow – He changes lives.
  • 95% of the music I listen to regularly is alternative/progressive music from the 80’s.  Now I understand my dad with the Beattles and Stones.
  • A quote I found this week: “Wherever there is fear, there is opportunity.  Wherever there is great fear, there is great opportunity.” – Andy Stanley.
  • Our Haiti Team will be flying home very very late tomorrow!  So excited to hear what they experienced and how God moved in their lives!
  • Thanks to all who supported and prayed for a family from our faith family who experienced a devastating loss.  Every life touches lives.  Every life is valuable.  Every life is sacred.  I was reminded to make sure every person knows that.

Have a great start to your Mother’s Day tomorrow!