Monday, May 26, 2008

Kurt Warner @ CRFC

Kurt Warner spoke at church today. When his football career is over I can see him starting a church. He was a great communicator. You can listen to the message here.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Keeping track of the moment

So last night me and the boys were sitting in front of the t.v. being bums when their mom yells out, "Time for bed boys" and Caleb, my middle kid yells back, "Just a sec". Two minutes later Tami yells back, "Okay boys, it's really time for bed" and again Caleb yells back, "One sec" and then Tami responds, without hesitation, "No more secs!"....just say that word out loud and you'll get it!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Another one...

Here's another video we just did to raise money for camp. The things I will do for youth ministry...

All For Her

My wife, I don't deserve her but somehow I have her. The boys and I made this video for her.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Wow, what a day! Finally spring is in swing! Perfect weather, 75 degrees, no humidity. Awesome. I ran outside for the 1st time to the gym. Mowed my lawn, got a haircut and then just hung out outside the rest of the evening. And then I topped it all off with sleeping with the windows open. This is when I love Iowa!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Blueprints to Revolution

The blue prints of a building tell you a lot about the building itself. They define the space and everything within it. I can't sleep and my mind wanders sometimes. Tonight I'm thinking of who we call the "great men of faith". What set them apart? What made them different? As I began to probe that question I realized that all of them had unique encounters with God. They had their own "burning bush" experience. God met them individually right where they were. I look at some of them and nothing special comes to mind, a sheep herder, family man, loner, youngest of the bunch, cupbearer, christian hater, and the list goes on. For the most part they (those great men of faith) were anyone of us. So what really set them apart and made them be memorialized in the Bible? Simple, availability. They answered the call regardless of convenience, ability, or even rational thought. They trusted God's way was higher than theirs. No matter how you slice it even back then some of them had to have gotten some weird stares and funny comments.

I am convinced that not only did God write about those men to show us who he is but also to give us a blueprint for living. God never operates according to the rational person or for the sake of convenience and it's definitely not about ability. But somehow in this day and age a lot of "christians" are looking for God and at the same time expecting all of the pieces to the puzzle. We want God to act on our behalf but the truth is that whatever He does it has always been done to bring Him glory. Imagine if we stopped praying for God to fix our circumstances and started to pray for God to use us, no matter the cost. Yes, I'm sure we would see an influx of missionaries and ministry vocational people. But maybe we would also see people taking more risks in the current world in which they live. More men leading their families with passion and strong convictions. Maybe we would see a real and new movement of teenagers taking back what the enemy would try to steal from them. Revolution, is it possible? I believe so. I'm pulling the blueprints out, taking notes, letting go of inability and embracing availability. Imagine what it would be like if we stopped trying to rationalize our faith and embraced the uncertainty of our God. I want to make Him famous, how about you?