Category Archives: Friends

Why do the good ones always leave?

We’ve got the best neighbors.  Great people to hang with.  Great kids.  We really like hanging out with them.  Today they told us that they might (probably likely) be moving to Boston.  Why do the good ones always leave?

Of course we’re very supportive and want the best for them…we just like living around really cool people.  I’m sure that whatever God has planed for them….they will do.  Blessings to Evan & Sarah.  We’ll be praying for you as you consider this potential move.

Why is it the good ones that leave?

He’s Running

Be Change!

Jason is running 100 miles in Sacramento, CA today to raise awareness & money for healthcare for kids in an inner city school.  Go here to get live updates.

Mark Thompson….My Friend….Creative Chaos

My addition to the Creative Chaos and my friend Carlos Whittaker at Ragamuffinsoul.com

Here is my friend Mark Thompson.  He’s a musical ventriloquist.  In these pictures he is using his gifts to make kids in Jamaca laugh last week. 

My creative idea is that we should all use the gifts that we have to make kids in other parts of the world (and here in the US) laugh.  There’s nothing like the laughter of a child.  Look at these pictures with Joy.

It’s a rare talent that can keep the attention of that many kids….entertain them….make them laugh….then share Jesus. 

I’m proud to call Mark my friend.  He’s truly a creative guy.

How do you creatively make kids laugh?

Doesn’t get any better than this…

One of the greatest parts of leading a ministry team is the high quality people that we get the privilege to work with.  Let me introduce you to my good friend and team member…Rev. Bobby Stuart.  Recently graduated from Northwest University.  Bobby has been faithfully leading our Fusion Singles ministry for the last few years while finishing his education and working full time to support his wife and 2 boys.  I love doing ministry with people like Bobby.

Congratulations on finishing school Bobby!

Who’s at the top of the gene pool on your team?

Blog Buddies with Ragamuffinsoul

After Session 1 of Drive we met up with a bunch of bloggers who track with Carlos at Ragamuffin soul.  It was quite a fun/interesting gathering.  Great people.  Nice meeting some of the people who I’ve followed in the blog world.  Especailly enjoyed connecting with carlos & Heather….Reid, Brad, & Pete.  Great time had by all.  Thanks los for organizing our gathering and inspiring us to blog.

I’m the hovering head in the row right in front of the back row on the right side.

When was the last time you met 30 good friends for the first time?

Lunch with good friends at “The Patio”

Today we had lunch at The Patio with Doug Gattis & Barry Phillips.  Great friends here in ATL.  They were both neighbors and in our small group.  Again, we’re truly blessed to have such great friends here in ATL.  God blessed our 3 years here and we are better people today because of our relationships with the Phillips and the Gattiss.

Side note: The Patio is a great lunch spot.  Lots of mom’s & kids….but great lunch.

Where is your favorite lunch spot?

Run 100 miles in 24 hours? What?

My little part of Creative Chaos with my buddy Los from Ragamuffinsoul.com

Extra Mile Run  www.extramilerun.com

My buddy Jason Harper is doing something that in my opinion transends what normal people do.  Jason is going to run 100 miles in 24 hours today (Thursday 5/15/08).  He has been on a campaign for the last five years to make life better for a bunch of inner city kids in Sacramento.  Specifically, Oak Creek Elementary.  Everything from better materials to learn, better play environments, and now heal care for all of them.  Yes, all of them.   This is really incredible…both his commitment to these kids and the fact that he will run 100 miles in 1 day?  This is extreme creative chaos. 

He’s going to start running on Friday and stop once he runs 100 miles.  He’ll be listenting to his IPOD through the whole run and I along with 99 other close frineds recorded encourageing messages that will be interspursed with songs encouraging him at the beggining of each mile.  Jason is an absolute stud for attempting this physically and doing it for all the right reasons.

Check out his site and donate if you can.  He has a bunch of people lining up to help…and needs more.

Small Group

Three years ago Andy (the guy in the middle holding the baby) and I committed to leading a group of boys through middle school at church.  I made it into the 7th grade with them before moving to Seattle.  Andy stayed with them all the way through middle school.  The plan here is to build a relationship with these boys so we can walk with them through this very important time of their life.  Our goal was also to communicate the love of Christ in a real and practical way with the guys in our group.  So, I was thrilled when I had a chance to check in with them yesterday.  They are all moving on to High School next year.  These guys are all the same age as my son Drew.  I wish I could have stayed with them but God had a different plan for me.  Great guys – great group.

What are you doing to invest in young lives that aren’t your own children?

Ragamuffinsoul is more than just a blog!

This is my buddy Carlos from here.  If you’re not really into blogging…read his first and you’ll quickly think blogging is really cool.  I never really blogged until reading Ragamuffinsoul and deciding that I could actually have a voice in this arena.  Carlos is a great guy and just as authentic in person as he is on his blog.  This is a picture of me playing “fan boy” ….”hey. can I get a picture”.  I alos briefly met Heather & the kids in the lobby at Buckhead and said a quick hi….but then backed off in effort to not Freak her out.  She was totally cool…I think she is used to strangers yelling out her name then saying…hey, I’m one of Carlos’s blogging friends.

Yesterday Brenda & I went to the 9AM at Buckhead.  Great opener.  Carlos did the welcome – Christina Fincher did worship and Andy brought it.  A couple things I can recall from the message.  “Have you ever spent the night dreading what was to come the next day”?  Andy was relating how Jesus not only spent the night dreading the next day….his best friends who he poured his life into fell asleep, ran off, & denied him.  Andy did a great job helping the audience connect with this point.  As well, he made the point about if something is serious to our kids….it becomes serious to us not because it’s a big deal to us but because it’s a big deal to our kids.  Again, well presented.

Finished the morning at Buckhead with Brenda & Tiffany chatting it up for a while.  Then, off to our Sunday adventure….more to come….

What were some of the cool points from the message you heard or delivered yesterday?

Great Steak in Duluth, GA

Great steak dinner at Stoney River in Duluth….just north of Atlanta.  We had a great evening with our friends Tim & Jean Fitzgerald and Rodney & Denise Banks.  We’re blessed.

Where do you go for great steak (if you’re a vegetarian…remove the word steak and insert Tofu)?