When the blog went down in July, I frantically tried to get it back up and running. And when I finally got the thing going again, I just didn’t have anything interesting to say or post. So I haven’t. But now the summer is nearly over, so I thought I would fire some one-liners about life, ministry, parenting, and the culture.
- The Olympics – Team USA is awesome, but the Chinese are machines.
- Living Grace Church – I am 1 month in and am having a very good time. The health of the church is tremendously better than compared to 3 years ago when I was here before. That goes in a very large part to the leadership of Pastor Jason Fox. His steady hand and commitment to biblical health for the church paid off. I tip my hat to you my friend. Well done.
- Jennifer’s father – Earl – was in the hospital nearly all of July with a serious infection through out his body. He is home now and we are very thankful. God spared his life.
- CentriKid Camp – Getting to be camp pastor of CentriKid camp was way too much fun. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders are so sweet and gracious. They actually paid great attention to the messages each morning and evening, which I didn’t expect. Organized Mass Chaos (OMC) was pure craziness.
- Both boys in school - Isaac started 1st grade, Ethan started pre-K. For 3 hours each morning, not one kid is in our house. Very strange phenomenon. I think Jennifer likes the quiet mornings.
- Chick-Fil-A – Americans can’t spell the name of the store, but they sure do love themselves some Jesus chicken. The original and the spicy are my favs.
- Summer movies – Didn’t see anything at all. Not Batman, not Spiderman, not Brave. Nothing. Nada.
- Books – Great reads this summer mostly from the secular world. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakaur, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, Theodore Roosevelt – an Autobiography, and The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist by E. Belfort Bax.
- Downtown Abbey Season 1 – Extraordinary. Season 2 needs to get on NetFlix asap.
- Jennifer’s book – The Leaders Guide to “Christian History Made Easy” – was released in July and we got a copy. I am so happy she beat me to the publishing punch.
- Greece/Turkey Trip – The May study tour has really helped in preaching and teaching. I will start my series on the 7 churches of Revelation in September and have tons of video to show. The dates for Israel/Jordan 2014 are available if you’re interested in traveling with the School of Theology.
- My sister Crystal got married. Small, sweet ceremony in a quaint Methodist chapel. Congrats Sis.
- Finally Turning 35 – With July came my birthday and officially rolling into the middle-age demographic. All demographic studies have 21-34 and 35-54 as categories determining young adults and middle adults. 10 years of marriage, 2 kids, a mortgage, a Buick sedan. Yup, we are middle adults.
Cheers to Summer 2012. You’ve been a wild one.