Top 10 Reasons I’m Fat

(10) The other day I stopped at Espresso Wave for a coffee. The girl working there offered me a free cinnamon twist. I said no thanks. She asked if I was sure. Who can say no twice to a free cinnamon twist?

(9) While I’m between jobs, I’ve had more opportunity to visit Carolyn’s classroom. And Long John Silver’s is on the way.

(8) Carbs are my friends.

(7) My scale lies.  It hates me.

(6) Everything you buy at the grocery store these days is fattening.  It’s hard to even eat a salad that’s actually healthy!

(5) Christmas.  Eggnog + chocolate + pies = 10 pounds in December.

(4) Cheese.

(3) Dr. Pepper.

(2) For the past three years, I’ve worked with some great folks who have a great appetite for great food.  Let’s just say my appetite fit right in.  I’ve had some excellent lunches, but they probably added 30 pounds to my frame.

(1) The most obvious reason: if it tastes good, it’s bad for you.  And I enjoy eating more than being thin.

Published in: on April 21, 2007 at 8:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Your Jerkness Will Find You Out

Yikes.  This afternoon I looked at my blog’s dashboard and discovered that someone found my blog by doing a search on “when ministers act like jerks.”

What’s up with that?

I can’t stop laughing, but I wonder if I should be offended!

Published in: on April 20, 2007 at 2:19 pm  Comments (4)  

The Hungry Hippos Are Back

This is pretty much the coolest video ever. It even beats out Uncle Rico’s homemade classic. Watch it many times. Many, many times. Over and over. And then watch it again.

I wasn’t able to embed the video onto this site, but you can watch it on YouTube here.

Published in: on April 20, 2007 at 8:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Darren’s Insights on the Virginia Tech Incident

My friend and fellow pastor Darren Plummer, who was recently featured on this blog, wrote a great response to the shootings in Virginia Tech.  It’s very thought-provoking and takes a slant that you won’t find in the mainstream press.  I’d strongly encourage everyone to read his post by clicking here.

It’s a powerful reminder of how Christ’s love changes people, and of the disaster that happens when we don’t share that love.

Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 8:33 am  Comments (5)  

New Job… And So Much More

On Monday night I met with the Mennonite Church in Ocean City, and they “affirmed” (that’s a nice Mennonite word) me as their new pastor.  The next step is for me to meet with the Leadership Team to work out details.  I’m guessing I’ll probably officially begin in May.  I’ll keep you posted.

It’s sad to leave SonRise, but it’s also exciting to begin this new stage in our journey.  We’ll be back at SonRise on April 29, but it will probably be our last Sunday there until we return for a visit.

The prospect of teaching God’s Word every week thrills me beyond expression!

Published in: on April 18, 2007 at 8:24 am  Comments (5)  

Virginia Tech Tragedy

What happened at Virginia Tech is so sad.  I don’t feel up to the task of going on about the conditions of society or who messed up or any of that stuff that bloggers are expected to do.  My heart just hurts for those victims and their families.  So heart breaking.  Let’s remember them in prayer for a long, long time.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 2:32 pm  Comments (2)  

I See London, I See France…

In July of last year, Carolyn and I had the opportunity of a lifetime: we spent 8 days in England and 2 in France. Each night, I would lie down in bed completely exhausted and write about the day’s events. The days were scorching, the nights were short, and our adventures physically grueling, but I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t sacrifice an hour or so of sleep each night to write about our trip.

I’d like to share that adventure with you over the next few weeks. Rather than overwhelming you with an entry a day, I’ll spread it out over several weeks, posting one journal entry with pictures (and links to more pictures) every Tuesday until the trip is over. I mean, even the show 24 spreads 24 hours over a whole season! So I’ll post one entry each week (and a last entry with some closing thoughts and observations, written on the plane on the way back).

Since it’s generally a good thing not to have really long blog posts, I thought about summarizing and editing each entry for this space. But then I decided to go authentic and post each day’s journal entry in its entirety, and unedited. I figured if you don’t want to read it all, then you just won’t! And I guess you’ll just get a glimpse of the messier side of my writing.

For each day’s entry I’ll post some pictures from where we went that day, along with some links where you can look at many more of them if you’re interested in seeing more. Carolyn took hundreds of pictures–I don’t remember the exact number, but it was close to a thousand.

I hope you enjoy experiencing our adventure with us! It’ll start off next Tuesday….

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 8:52 am  Comments (2)  

Clutter Must Die

Clutter is like dust.  I have trouble preventing its accumulation.

A while back I read Little House on the Prairie, and I was struck by how simple their stuff was.  They didn’t have much–only the things that really mattered.  I mean, for Christmas one year, the kids each got their own drinking cup.  That’s pretty basic.

Now we have tons of cups–cups that pile up in the sink, then have to be washed and put away.  And then there’s mail.  Too often I file my mail under the “look-at-it-later-and-then-decide-what-to-do-with-it” category.  So I have piles of mail everywhere.  And recycling is usually overflowing.  And then there’s laundry.  And hygiene products on the bathroom sink.  And more laundry.  And all kinds of publications: newspapers, newsletters, fliers, memos, book, catalogs, magazines, magazines, and magazines.  They keep coming in a never-ending flood, and I’m drowning!

Don’t get me wrong–I’m grateful for stuff.  Having too much stuff can be a better problem than not having enough stuff.  But I still struggle constantly to keep clutter accumulation from getting way out of control.  It shows at my house, in my car, and in my office.

Kill the clutter!

Published in: on April 16, 2007 at 8:41 am  Comments (6)  

My (Probably) Last SonRise Sermon

This morning I’m preaching what is likely to be my last sermon at SonRise Church for a while.  It’s kind of funny–my first sermon at SonRise, before I came on staff, was the week after Easter (in 2004).  My last sermon at SonRise, after leaving the staff, is also the week after Easter.

So it’s fitting that I’m preaching about the walk to Emmaus in Luke 24.  We all live there, in that time after the Resurrection, when we have to add up the parts of Jesus’ life and teachings and decide what to believe about who He is.  I’ll link to the podcast on here once it’s up.

A sad day, but full of hope for the future (sounds like a theme for a graduation speech, but oh well).

Published in: on April 15, 2007 at 6:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Really Cool Live Painting Video

Seems like I’ve been posting a lot of videos lately, but oh well. I can do that–haha. Enjoy this one. It’s a little long (about nine minutes) but very much worth it.

Published in: on April 14, 2007 at 8:24 am  Comments (3)