Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mission Trips: Why do them?

I have done a ton of mission trips, both local and global. And this is what brings me here.
I have wanted to go to Africa, to work with orphaned children, ever since I got back from Romania in 2004. I have a close friend that is going to go to Kenya for 2 months during the summer of 2008. I want to go, but I have been trying to figure out why.

I had a conversation tonight about how wrong we get it when we do missions. We often (not every time I know) go into different cultures and do our best to make them like us. We spend thousands of dollars to make our selves feel like we did our good deed. But my thought is I don’t think the Gospel calls us to go to feel better about ourselves. I think the Gospel calls us to give/tell of the hope, redemption and love that only Jesus can provide.

So why do I want to go to Kenya? I want to go work with Orphans and love on them, maybe help them with some computer skills on some new computers that they may be getting. I want to be someone that can give hope that these orphans that feel abandoned have hope, even if that hope is not to

Shirt of The Day

Sunday, February 25, 2007


So I have had a great weekend. Friday, I played Mr. Mom again since Camille’s back is still not doing well. We went to the park, which there are some pictures below. Then Saturday my friend Al came into town. It was great to hang out with him and then we got to play together on Sunday. We started out with a good Sunday morning at Christ Community Church, ate at his favorite restaurant Zaxby’s and then went and led worship at a church in Buford.

This morning was solid morning. The songs really tied together and the sermon was good. My friend needed someone to sub for him at his church in Buford and so I took Justin and Al with me. It went really well. It is a small plant (30-40 folks). They met in another churches building that had a GREAT sound system. I am really only blogging tonight to talk about the sound system at this church and how awesome I thought my guitar sounded. Maybe some folks see this as lame of cocky but it was the first time my Breedlove sounded the way I always thought it could when plugged in. They also had the Aviom system, which I LOVED. I cannot wait for us to get the Aviom system and some new speakers and board. Justin and Al played great. I was good. I still prefer the way we do things for our service, BUT I have one question: why do we not have energy as a congregation on Sunday mornings?
1) to early?
2) Would a night service work better?
3) Afraid of what people will think
4) You are not expressive/emotional?
5) You hate Jesus(I thought I would throw this one out)
6) The guy leading the songs sucks?
7) You think the guys leading the songs needs to cut his hair?

So yeah why? Leave me a comment if you have any thought about this

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mr Mom

So, Camille’s back has been really hurting a lot this week. She has some issues with her back and we are hoping it gets better. Basically she can’t hardly pick Levi up, so I am having to do everything she normally does. This week has really opened my eyes even more to how hard it is to stay at home with Levi. Camille is a great mom and I know its killing her not to be able to do much with Levi.

We went to the park yesterday and these are a few picts from there.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The bluegrass comes out

So I will say I am not much of a blue grass music listener, but today that style of music just came out. I guess I wasn’t really exposed to bluegrass music really. Neithr of my parents listened to it and I don’t remember any friends liking it. But today when we broke out “How Firm A Foundation” it just came out. I am not claiming to be a bluegrass player nor am I saying that a bluegrass person would even claim me to be any kind of bluegrass musician. We did the version done by my friend Mark you can buy one of his Cd’s but I would have to hook you up with him, because they are not for sale on line yet. Yeah that was random, but it was nuts for me to see the bluegrass start to come out.

This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind. We made our annual trek to b-ham to see one of our favorite people in the World Katie Gro. It is always fun to go to see her in Step sing. It was great food and good times. Levi had a bit of a melt down Friday and dinner with Mark and Kris, But over all he was incredible. I write about this because I wanted to say how awesome it is for me to see Gro mature into a woman. She is very compassionate towards people and full of passion for the Gospel. She wont ever read this I know that because she barley even checks her flipping email. I just wanted to say I was proud of her.
This Picture is from just b4 Christmas of Gro and Levi.

Oh and for those folks that love Radiohead we listened to one of their songs to intro our bible study. The song was, Fitter Happier. Here are the Lyrics see if it makes you think about our lives.

Fitter, happier, more productive, comfortable,not drinking too much,
regular exercise at the gym
(3 days a week),getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries,
at ease,eating well (no more microwave dinners and saturated fats),
a patient better driver,a safer car(baby smiling in back seat), sleeping well
(no bad dreams), no paranoia, careful to all animals (never washing spiders down the plughole), keep in contact with old friends(enjoy a drink now and then),
will frequently check credit at (moral) bank (hole in the wall), favors for favors,
fond but not in love, charity standing orders, on Sundays ring road supermarket
(no killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants),car wash
(also on Sundays),no longer afraid of the dark or midday shadows
nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate,nothing so childish - at a better pace,
slower and more calculated,no chance of escape,
now self-employed, concerned (but powerless),
an empowered and informed member of society(pragmatism not idealism),
will not cry in public,less chance of illness,tires that grip in the wet
(shot of baby strapped in back seat), a good memory,
still cries at a good film, still kisses with saliva,
no longer empty and frantic like a cat tied to a stick,that's driven into frozen winter shit, (the ability to laugh at weakness),
healthier and more productive
a pig in a cage on antibiotics.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Random thought of the night

So as many of you know I have a dog named Rosie. She gets treated like a human in many ways and I really am ok with that. Primarily because so many people tell you that when you have kids you will no longer care about your dog. Well all of you were wrong.
So, back to my story. I tell you I have a dog because Rosie has made me go out side twice since 11pm and its now 12 am. If you are in a warm place in the world today it is 30 and feels like 20 outside right now.

As I took Rosie out I saw how beautiful the sky is tonight. Then I was baffled at how freaking cold I was. So I got Rose to go the bathroom and went inside.

Inside there is a fire(thats a picture of my fire), inside there is a heater, blankets and the list goes on. I just felt lucky tonight. I love my wife and kid. I love my job and where we live. I don’t deserve all that I have and all that I get to do.

That’s it I just feel lucky tonight.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Question/Quote of the day:

neither were said by me but I found this very funny.
M: what does it mean to be a man?
Many attempts to be religious occur then this...
N: Well as I am thinking, I want to break it down to its most simplistic state and this is my thought...I have a penis.
Many laughs followed.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Ramble of the day

1) Sad tonight. Our dinner was a bit less that good, which led to us not finishing it. So I ate after 7:30 for the 1st time in a month, I had some great cereal. I take that back. I did eat one time after youth group one night.
2) My boy loves my guitar. How could he not? Have you seen that thing?

3) He(levi) knows me. I mean really, my boy knows my name. my name is daddy by the way he calls me Daddy.
4) I might have started every song this Sunday flat. I say night have because I am not sure if I did or not. But I felt like I did. It was my most frustrating Sunday for me. Even tho it was super frustrating to me I am convinced that Jesus being worshiped and honored is not based on my performance. THANK GOD FOR THAT.
5) WHY? Why do we keep plastic bags from the grocery store? Growing up my mom kept them in a wooden box thing in the kitchen. We currently keep them in the bottom of the pantry. We use just a few a month for our bathroom trash cans, so why do we keep probably 100? Today Camille came back from the grocery store and laid down because she wasn’t feeling well. As I unloaded the groceries, I took those plastic bags and placed them in the bottom of the pantry. I just couldn’t make myself throw them away. Strange I know.
6) I love watching Levi drink water. It is the first thing he has done that really seems like a real person.
7) I don’t even care about college basketball this year.
8) The Taylor is in the shop. I hope its not gone for long and that it sounds a bit better when I get it back.
9) Meredith Bluster is legit.
10) Les you’re my boy, I love leading with you.
11) We are about to see God do some awesome things in our church.
12) Rascal Flatts SUCK. The totally jacked up “hotel California” last night
13) Grammy’s were so so
14) Jimbo nice job. I am proud of how far you have come.podcast
15) Al I can’t wait to see you next weekend and Kasey this weekend.
16) I got my MPC last week and it was as good as my memory says it was.
17) I hope to get out and play some golf soon with Chris.
18) Still ODed on Watter, why you ask: Water Keeps Things Lubricated, thats what the web tells me, click here.
19) I had a dream about being back in college. I loved college. Here is a picture of some of my great friends while on a trip to Indiana. And yes I know I look strange in this picture.(this is Brent, Miranda, Me, and Tiffany)

20) Happy Birthday Sarah Catherine!!! This is Levi and his cus.

21) I am going to end this blog by sharing a thought from this weekend. ”Most people must come to a place of intolerable dissatisfaction before they truly desire to change.” I think I am there. CrossRoads resources: PowerPoints and Podcast

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

thoughts for today

So maybe this blog will tick a few folks off but here it goes.

I watched a documentary on Woodstock the other day and I have some serious issues with the festival and even more folks that attended the festival in 1969. Here is my list of issues:

1) I grew up thinking it was the greatest music festival of all time. And maybe if you cut out half of the performers it would have been. Because I was blown away by many of the folks that played and I almost laughed at others.
2) Is “The Who” for real? Does their music match their own response to it? This is not a shot at their music because they sounded great. I struggle to imagine playing the song Summertime Blues then braking my guitar.
3) The people RUINED a freaking farm. And yes these were hippies that were supposed to love the earth and hate polluters and the left all of their CRAP on a field for someone else to clean up. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I could really go off on this one forever.

4) It is sad that the documentary was so poorly shot. The angles are horrible. Hendrix is playing and the show his back? WHAT? I also would have liked to seen more of him.

A few things I loved:
1) Joe Coker freaking rocked, I hadn’t seen him live when he was young, I was shocked how much I liked him.

2) I was so sad I missed Joplin. Some how I didn’t get her on tivo.
3) Crosby Stills and Nash- sounded AWESOME.

4) It would have been neat to sit on the side of the stage and watch many of the performers but I wouldn’t have wanted to walk off the stage.

All in all I enjoyed watching most of the Woodstock documentary but I was shocked by the actions of all the hippies. I always thought they were peaceful and loved the earth But I see even clearer that we are all the same: selfish people who see ourselves as #1.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Ramble of the day

1) I picked the Colts by 14 and they won by 12, I was close.
2) I might be in love with Tony Dungy. Well not in love with him but I have some MAD respect for the man.
3) I am excited about this weekend with Les, Meredith, Daniel and Justin. We are gonna bring it.
4) Apple won the battle with the Beetles on the Apple trademark, I can’t imagine how much that cost.
5) Veggie tales is much easier to watch than I thought it would be.
6) I make great pancakes. Seriously I do.
7) I ate some buffalo dip last night and it was that good, nice rec. Matt
8) Camille is meeting all kinds of old friends through this blog world.
9) Laura Susan and Springer I want to give you guys a shout out.
10) BTM sorry you lost your wife to Spiderman.
11) I might be addicted to “need for speed”
12) I am still drinking a ton of water!
13) Throat still hurts
14) I have been ill all night, and by ill I mean I have been in a bad mood. No good reason and not fair for Camille, Levi or Rosie.
15) I get to eat MPC Thursday, It is a fast trip, we are visiting someone having their baby this Wednesday then eating our favorite pizza.
16) My Taylor is about to go into the shop to get fixed. Its is LONG over due and now its being taken care of.
17) Cameron’s B-day party was fun.
18) On day I will have $ for a studio. One day.
19) I still love the sound of my Breedlove.
20) I am excited about crossroads this weekend.

I guess I better stop now.To end on a good note: Regardless how bad of a mood I am in I am so glad that Camille loves me anyway. And Levi, well he still gives me this smile. I don't deserve my life.

Friday, February 02, 2007

nothing to say...but maybe something

So I haven’t written in a few days, for a couple of reasons really. I am still sick, well our entire house is sick and I haven’t had much to say…at least I have felt so bad I didn’t want to post.

The question is do I have anything to say tonight? I am not sure really. Do I ever have anything worth reading? Probably not. So tonight I will just give you my thought on leading worship in a church.

This is the strangest thing I get to do, lead music for a worship gathering. Its not just get up and play your songs and walk off. Which I will say I think most folks that lead music in a church view it as just that its their “gig” or their “show”. For me it is so much more. I am not making my self more important than I am, I wanted to say that b4 what is to come. A few month ago I wrote about music being “magical” and that something happens when we sing or play music. I think something even greater happens on a Sunday morning when God’s children sing songs to and about His greatness, mercy, kindness, patience, and the list goes on.

What makes leading songs on Sunday for People to sing along to is that the magic that happens as you sing is weird. It is weird because some people are being consumed by the word they are singing, some people give you the eat crap and die look, some give people want to engage but they afraid to, some don’t know how to engage, and even more sing these words with as though they may be their last. So I stand on a stage with my guitar and see all of these different reactions to the music that I am playing. What a strange place to be. I know that some guys in my position get big egos and I really struggle to see why.

I think it is very intimidating to know people are watching you worship and care about your attitude toward the God you are singing about. I guess with me not being a performer it makes this job harder for me than for guys that love to perform.

I need to stop this post because people wont read long blogs. So I will stop now. Good night.