Category Archives: ministry

Dinner with Adam & Amy

Last week Brooke & I had dinner with our friends Adam & Amy Ford.  They’re pictured here with their cute 2 yr old Tatum.  We had a great time eating Papa Johns pizza on a Thursday night.  Adam & Amy are going to lead one of our “Just Married” groups this fall.  I’m very excited about this because they’re very cool people.  Just the fact that I was able to eat dinner with them increases my cool quotient by at least 5.  Here are reasons that Adam & Amy are cool:

10. Cool Glasses

9. Cool black T-shirts

8. Cool new car

7. Cool BMW motorcycle

6. Amy reminds me of my cool Sister-in-law ROXX

5. Look at the picture….they’re cool.

4. Related to Erik & Tammie….That’s cool

3. Leading a “just married” small group this fall…..very cool.

2. She’s a therapist…scary cool

1. He works at Starbucks…(angels singing)….totally cool!

Enough of the fun.  We had a great time hanging with Adam & Amy.  The best part of my job as Grouplife pastor is getting to hang with leaders like Adam & Amy.  I’m really looking forward to having them on my team and connecting many couples in community with them.  Welcome to the team Adam & Amy.

Who do you know that is cooler than you?

10 miles on the bike

Today I rode 10 miles on the bike.  Beautiful day…sunny…about 80 deg.  Rode with Brenda & Brooke.  We had an awesome time.  “Special day”.  I feel great.  I always feel better after the ride than right before.

Also, I met with the Ripley’s this morning to chat about them leading a group this fall.  I’m so excited about their group.  They will be great leaders.  I get totally pumped after meeting with leaders like Greg & Lori.  I wish I could do that every day.  On the flip side…I get totally bummed when I hear that someone is leaving or struggling for some reason.  I need to make sure I manage my emotional intake and keep meeting with strong/growing leaders.  I know that at times I need to meet with troubled people…but I want that to be the exception.  While on our bike ride, we ran into Chris & Tracy.  What an awesome couple.  They were on their way to Moses Lake.  I really like them.  Sharp people.  It’s funny how I found myself stopping 2-3 different times to help people with directions.  I don’t even know the trails that well…but when I see people having a question type look on their face…I need to stop and help.  Maybe it’s my southern charm?  Yes…I do care more about connecting than winning.

This bike riding thing is good.  I think I’ll keep doing it.

What did you do today that totally invigorated you?

My friend John Fiskum

Big ups to my buddy John and his family for joining the “high speed” world.  You see, he lives on the “Fiskum Family Farm” out in rural Maple Valley and up until tonight at 10PM were totally dial up.  I’m so proud of them.  Not only for moving into the 90’s but for also catching this fish.  The caption on the original photo was, “John Fiskum catches a fatty” …… think …… think ….ok ….3…2…1…go (insert your own punch line).

John & his wife Stephanie are great people.  Elders at our church and all around cool people to hang with.  They also have a wonderful family.  John is the kind of guy who makes everyone feel great when they’re around him and Stephanie doesn’t know how to have a conversation without laughing.  I hope that I’ll be as cool as John someday.

Name one of your friends that make you smile just at the mention of their name?

What will you do?

Waiting for the next meal...Waiting for next meal…

 

 

 

 

This image should disturb you.  What are you doing to fight world poverty?  This is the question I’m asking myself right now.  My friend Eugene is doing something.  Maybe we can partner with him?

What will you do?

Some of you may be familiar with the haunting photo above.  It was taken by Kevin Carter, a well known South African photographer, of a starving Sudanese child in 1993.  It was first published in the New York Times on March 26, 1993 and won him the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1994.  Take a moment to reflect and wrestle with the photo.

Notes from our meeting this morning…

Tuesday mornings are a time for our pastoral team to connect and catch up with how things are going…share whats new…chat about strategy…how are we doing as a team…and hear from our pastor.  This morning was a great time to hear from Troy.  Not only is Troy Jones my boss, pastor, leader….we’ve been friends for 28 years.  Right now Troy is doing a personal focus time on strengthening his “emotional health”.  Here’s a statement he made, “When he’s 60 he wants to make sure he’s not bitter and still loves his wife, kids, life, God, ministry, & people”.  What are the things he needs to do now to make sure that happens and he doesn’t get bitter?  We need to focus on being emotionally healthy.  So below are seven things he discussed today to focus on to move toward emotional health (good stuff).

1. Assume that there will be discouragement and disappointment in life.  This is not to dwell on the negative…live in reality.

2. Decide that life is too short to be bitter.  There are many people and things we can choose to harbor bitterness about…don’t let this happen.

3. Protect your quiet time.  It’s virtually impossible to struggle in any of these areas if you’re having a solid quiet time with Jesus.

4. Remember – there’s always another side to every story.  Don’t always assume that the people who are not on your side are wrong.

5. Get perspective.  It’s amazing how things will change when you allow time between the point of tension and your reaction.

6. Find people who will let you vent and not perpetuate your issue.  In other words…occasionally we need to verbally vomit…make sure when that happens, the people around you don’t let you eat it back up and carry it around.

7. Develop heart questions.  How’s your heart doing?  Be honest with yourself.  A great book (that he’s reading) that covers this point is, “It cam from within” by Andy Stanley.

These are all great points to consider when focusing on being emotionally healthy.  In no way was this to indicate that he is or we all are hitting 10 out of 10 on each point….but they are all areas we need to focus on.

What did you discuss in your Tusday morning meeting?

wow….I don’t know what to think?…(They’re bringing serving back)

I am the kind of person who is all for taking any song that will compliment the message of Jesus Christ and make it part of the service so people will connect and move forward on their journey toward Christ.  I’m even cool with youth groups doing really cute/funny stuff to make people laugh and make a point.  Tonight as I was reading one of my favorite blogs by Prodigal Jon called Stuff Christians Like I was enlightened by what could be done with Justin Timberlakes song, “Sexy Back”.  Side note: Prodigal Jon is a great writer.  Read some of his stuff……OK….click here to view the video.

 Is this creative chaos or bad taste?

Great Video….transformed lives.

This is a very emotional representation of the way we are and can be transofrmed by God.  Very moving.  I love the authenticity of the moment.

My sign would say….

Unwanted child / Adopted by Jesus

What would your sign say?