Well, maybe this does...
The end of summer also means my
My compassionate 2 year old, Lily
told us one night she needed a cast too.
Everyone came to the rescue
to get me on the boats at Shaver Lake!
I have to give so much credit to my beautiful wife, Marie
who being pregnant all summer
still found enought patience to care for me
and do the things I couldn't while I hobbled around.
She is amazing.
If you want to
see the video one last time
of my ankle breakage
Schools start this Thursday for most our high school students.
I am feeling it.
My wife thinks this summer
is better than past years
which means we are doing better
2 amazing books I have come across
in the past 2 weeks (one old, one fairly new)
If you are feeling the effects of a busy summer
you HAVE to look over these 2 books.
They are rocking me and making
me examine how I operate in youth ministry.
Mark Driscoll has been putting together
11. In what ways should a pastor view their ministry?
by Mark Driscoll
Ministry is your fourth
priority after being a Christian, husband, and father.
Ministry is your job,
not your life.
God rewards faithfulness, not just fruitfulness.
salvation and righteousness are gifts from Jesus and not contingent upon your
If you do not Sabbath, God will impose a Sabbath upon you.
A series of sprints, with nine natural breaks out of the pulpit, rather than
First Sunday of the Year (January)
Daylight Savings Day
Mother's Day (May)
Memorial Day (May)
Father's Day (June)
Fourth of July (July)
Labor Day Weekend (September)
Week after Christmas (December)
Jesus is the Senior Pastor
and the church is His
this coming week.
The last trip of the summer!
We drive 6 hours north
to Lake San Antonio.
We bring a bunch of wakeboards and ski's
and wake skates,
but tubing remains the most popular
sport among the students and ...
I was sitting in a packed room, full of high school students
up at Hume Lake.
A guy named Brad Buser, a missionary to Papua New Guinea
was speaking to the students and sharing his life story.
He became a Christian in high school and got involved with
missions almost right away.
Brad said it like this,
"I thought missions was just something that every Christian did,
because my youth pastor continually put missions opportunities
in front of us."
As I heard Brad say these words, a wave of conviction came
I had been the High School Pastor at Calvary Church
for just over a year at that time
and I had never given much thought
to giving our students cross cultural missions
That morning, I made a decision before God,
that I would work to re-orient our High School
group by making cross cultural experiences
part of the DNA, the fabric
of our group.
I asked God to slap me upside the head
with obvious places to go
and I asked Him to give me the courage
to take students to these places.
That was six years ago, and God has been so kind
We have had the opportunity to take students
to Brazil, Peru, Albania, Ecuador, Mexico and this week,
We had an overwhelming response of students
who wanted to go to Kenya
this summer, so we divided the team
up into 2 teams.
Here is a shot of the 2 teams meeting
up at the Nairobi Airport, one team coming,
one team going.
(check out the daily blog of the teams here and here )
My prayer for our High School Group:
I am 4 weeks in, and am feeling good about it.
Today, in the delirious midst of
thousands of kids running around our church
as part of VBS...
I began to wonder to myself,
what are the origins of the soul patch?
The soul patch is a small patch of facial hair just below the
lower lip and above the chin. It came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s and was a style of beard popular with beatniks and jazz artists. Jazz trumpeters in
particular preferred the soul patch for the comfort it provided when using a
Here are some of the more famous soul patch wearers
Every member of the churchs staff