Archive for January, 2006


January 30, 2006 2 comments


Just checking in with yall. Things are going great. We are having fun. The weather is awesome. I’ll be posting highlights later.

PS- Jacob and Izzy I miss you guys. You are the greatest!

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a little buzz for the Quarry

January 30, 2006 1 comment

Just noticed that Tony Morgan has listed The Quarry among the Top 100 Churches that he is watching. Pretty cool to be noticed. Plus it adds some postive pressure to keep things rolling. Thanks Tony!

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hit the bullseye in life

January 30, 2006 Leave a comment

A guy I know has a cool online magazine for men called Prodigal Son Magazine. This magazine could be a great resource for your men’s ministry leaders and pastors.

I was blessed to write a devotional for the last issue called Hit the Bullseye in Life. Check out both the magazine and the devotional.

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what does it mean to be a christian?

January 25, 2006 5 comments

This was the question that I posed to the people in my small group community last night. We made a list of some of the characteristics or traits that we thought all Christians should exemplify and then we talked through what was on the list. Some of the things noted were: graciousness, compassion, discipline, servanthood, forgiveness, and humility. But the most commonly mentioned characteristic of a Christian by far was love.

That simple exercised sparked a great conversation on the need for radical love among Christ followers. We should be known to the world by the way we love, without conditions or expectations. It means that we value all people as created in the image of God, and that we make ourselves attuned and present to the plight of those around us.

Finally, we read some Scripture that details how Christ following people should live. There are three or four major texts on this and there is so much involved in each one that we didn’t have adequate time to explore them all. But here are the texts and links for you to study on your own:

Romans 12:9-21
Colossians 3
Ephesians 4:17-32

I can only imagine what would happen if Christians read just one of these chapters everyday and passionately pursued the characteristics mentioned within the texts in their own lives.

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are you freaking kidding me pt. 2

January 25, 2006 Leave a comment

I woke up this morning around 5 am with a major stomach ache. I had a few other things going on too but they don’t need to be mentioned here. Unbelievable. My stomach stills hurts but I think I’ll be ok by take-off time tomorrow. I hate being sick.

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are you freaking kidding me

January 24, 2006 1 comment

Stephanie and I leave on Thursday morning for a 5 day trip to Hawaii. We are pretty pumped about the whole deal (besides of course, the anxiety that comes with leaving your kids behind for that long).

I was even more excited until my good buddy boy Brandt sent me this link. Unreal. This is exactly why I am leaving Minnesota for Hawaii in the first place.

Check this out: Snowstorm Closes Hawaii Volcano To Tourists

But I guess I have this to fall back on: 10 Day Honolulu Weather Forcast

We’ll be there from the 26-31. Nice.

(hope my title doesn’t bother anyone, but come on, no way!)

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KidStuf review

January 24, 2006 1 comment

KidStuf Sunday has come and gone at the Quarry and I would have to say that overall it was a success. Some others have blogged on it already but here is my take.

We had 240 people in the service and around 40 kids. Many parents and kids singing and dancing, and almost everyone was laughing and participating in some way. I have been getting positive feedback from many people; stories like “my kids are still singing the songs” and “that was really fun.” We had a few technical glitches, but everything went pretty smoothly for the most part.

I just want to say thanks to the many people who worked so hard to pull this thing together. Erin, Audra, Michael and Brenda (my singers), Stephanie, Brandt and Joel (my actors), Chad (my co-host) Chris and Jesse (my sound guys), Andrea (on video), J.P. (my set guy), Aaron and Josiah (my lighting guys), and all the student dancers. Way to go yall.

I am looking forward to February 26 when we do our next KidStuf.

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