Stuff That’s Up

I’m sitting in my office at church, and right outside in the sanctuary there are some little ballerinas practicing for their performance on Friday.  One of them just asked her teacher: “Miss Jeanne, do you want me to give you the answer to what’s new with me today?”  That’s my question for you, my loyal readers: Do you want me to give you the answer to what’s new with me today?  Okay, here we go:

  • Last Thursday was Graduation Day at the Training Station.  It’s always memorable, but this year’s highlight for me was when one of the teachers asked the students what they want to be when they grow up.  One little boy said: “An insect!”
  • Friday was Sports Day (what us old-timers remember as Field Day) at Carolyn’s school.  She’d been off for three weeks at that point.  We went out to visit her students.  The kids were totally stoked to see her again!  One little guy went up to Carolyn and after carefully examining her belly, proclaimed: “Mrs. Hyde, your baby is getting heavy!”  Then he walked over to me, took a look at my stomach, and said sort of whimsically, “Well, Mr. Hyde’s a little bit fat.”  Thanks kid.
  • Carolyn’s sister, Kristen, is an advocate with Compassion International.  In Sunday’s worship service at CrossWay, Kristen and her husband Michael joined us to share about the ministry of Compassion.  She did an excellent presentation, fielded some questions, and then they worked a table with sponsor packets.  Our church and Carolyn’s family have been involved with this organization for over 10 years, and the things this group accomplishes and how they achieve them is amazing.  Compassion is an awesome ministry, and I’d strongly encourage you to check it out at
  • My brother Dylan graduated from college (UMBC) last Thursday.  Go Dylan!

And in case you’re wondering, what’s new today with the little dancer mentioned above is that she got a new headband.

Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm  Comments (2)  

CrossWay Church Website

Carolyn has really overhauled the church website!  Check it out.

Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm  Comments (2)  

i am second

This Sunday at CrossWay Church we’re starting a new sermon series called “i am second.”  I’m pretty excited about it!  It’s something that several pastors in the community have been working on for a few months.

The idea came from a website by the same name.  You should check it out at!  It has a lot of short testimonial videos by a bunch of different people.  Some of them you’ll recognize; others you’ve probably never heard of.  The series starts on Easter with a video from Brian Welch, formerly of the band Korn.  The second week’s video is by Chris Plekenpol, with videos the next two weeks from Shannon Culpepper and Josh Hamilton (slugger with the Texas Rangers).

The idea behind the series is that for Jesus Christ to be first, I have to put myself second.  We’ll look at how that works out in real, daily life beginning this Sunday.

“He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30


Published in: on April 8, 2009 at 5:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Not What It Appears

Now this is funny.  You just gotta read it.  Make sure you look at the picture before reading the article.

Thanks to my friend Ty for sending this my way!

Published in: on January 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm  Comments (3)  

Interesting Article on Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow

Great article on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

Published in: on January 7, 2009 at 10:40 am  Comments (4)  

You Might Be Southern Baptist If…

This is awesome.

Published in: on November 22, 2008 at 5:36 am  Leave a Comment  

On the Obama Victory

Sometimes you just gotta give the spotlight to people who can say things better than you.  So on this first morning with our new President-elect, I’m turning the mic over to Darren Plummer, a church planter friend in the D.C. area.

Click here to read his thoughtful and well-expressed reaction to the Obama victory.

Published in: on November 5, 2008 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  

No One’s Calling This Guy A Sissy

Would you cut off your finger to play football?  This guy did.

Published in: on October 16, 2008 at 12:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama & Abortion

This afternoon I came across a frightening article about the man who just might be our next president.  Read it here.

Extremists in any direction tend to be scary, but someone who’s enthusiastic about abortion just wigs me out.

Published in: on October 13, 2008 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vote for the First Dog

According to some reports, Barack Obama has promised to get his daughters a dog after the presidential election. The American Kennel Club is holding its own election to help the general public offer some guidance as to what kind of dog the Obama family should get.

If Obama wins the election, that means that YOU can have a say in what breed becomes the next first dog! Cast your vote here.

To learn more about the history of presidents and their dogs, click here.

Published in: on August 15, 2008 at 5:21 am  Leave a Comment