A Great Post

March 7, 2008

Here is a great post from Brody (who’s not on my blogroll by the way) that you’ll want to check out.  Really good stuff.

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For the afternoon blog, instead of a funky video with my big mug, may I interest you in this little recap of Sunday Morning @ Fellowship?

I hope you’re having the most amazing day ever. I’ll also include some pics of several of my friends from Fellowship and around the world. I owe you a dollar if you can tell me the name of every single face on this blog.  Let me know here.

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So its been a great couple of days in my life, and I have accomplished a lot of things I wanted to accomplish this week.  Still have more to do, but good things have happened.  Amidst all the craziness with Carie’s school yesterday, last night we both went out and had a good time, but not with each other.  She hung out with a few friends from church, and I drove into Boston and had dinner with Jeff, and Michael and Will from Oak Leaf Church in Cartersville, GA.  They have a great church that is doing some amazing things for God in the Atlanta area.

I took them to Fire and Ice, and you can see Will’s reaction F&I here.  I enjoyed picking their brains and I learned a lot from our conversation throughout the evening.  The main thing I took home with me is that Fellowship Church is on the right track as a church, and I believe the best times are ahead of us, if we maintain focus and continue in our passion to lead people into a growing relaionship with Jesus Christ.

Who have you met recently that you’ve looked up to from a blog or because of your profesions or from a celebrity standpoint? 

Until next time…

p.s.  One time a long time ago I met Louie Giglio backstage at 7:22 and totally stuttered my way through talking to him.  He musthave thought I was a total dweeb(Is that a word anymore?)

First, I want to start you off with a wink. 

 Now, What do you do when someone vanishes from your life?  I don’t mean you lose touch with someone who lives 1,000 miles away.  I mean someone who’s in your life everyday, and decides to stay away for good. 

This is a typical happening in churches, and I’m baffled by the amount it happens.  One minute someone’s hanging out, the next, they can’t bare to give you a call back.  Or email.  Or even a simple facebook back.

I don’t blame anybody for this phenomona.  It is as much a person’s right to defriend someone than it is their right to befriend that same someone.  I just wonder what you might do about it.  To me, it used to hurt.  As time goes on however (and unfortunately), it gets easier.  Easier to forget the  neglect and the possible criticism.  Easier to blaim it on baggage.  But who can know all the reasons why someone makes a decision of abandonment?

Years ago, I made this really stupid decision and abandoned many of my friends based on this decision.  But this one family would not let me neglect them.  Would not let me forget them.  And they were always there for me.

Uuugh! 

If you have someone in your life who has “disappeared,” what is your response?  I’d like to know.

Until next time…

The Answer

February 1, 2008

The game was great last night.  I mentioned here that I was invited to the Celtics-Mavs game last night.  I of course had a decision to make.  The Celtics game was great, and Rajon Rondo was the hero in a 96-90 victory for the C’s.  This was an important victory for the Celtics, who had lost a few games to some mediocre teams in the last couple weeks.  And they did not disappoint.

However, I was not in attendance last night.  I chose to attend my life group. I love the Celtics like I love pizza, roller coasters, and any other of my several sports teams.  But I really love my life group.  Like I love my family.  Ya know, my mom, my dad, my sisters,etc…?  We had planned a special event of nothing more than hang out time, but I wanted to be there for it. 

You see, as much as I like the Celtics, they won’t be there for me if I have a family emergency or if I’m going through a hard time with any number of emotional, spiritual, or relational struggles, or if I just want to hang out with friends.  They might make for a good 2 hour event, and I’ll certainly go again if I’m asked in the future, but priorities are priorities and I’m committed to growing spiritually through the relationships in my life – not the least of which is this group that has been meeting together for the last year.

This weekend at Fellowship, we’ll be continuing our series on “The ATOM Bomb” by addressing the principle of Transformation.  I’m excited to share what I’ve learned in the last few years about this subject that I’m pasisonate about.

What relationships are transforming your life?

Until next time…

Blogalicious (2 of 2)

December 7, 2007

Today marks the 2nd of my 2 blogs on other blogs that I read on a regular basis.  For a commentary on which blogs I read from people I know, click here.  Today I’ll talk about blogs I read from people I don’t know, but who influence me big time in my professional life.  But before I do that, please allow me to say that Sunday’s service at Fellowship Church is going to be amazing.  I’m so pumped that I’m a part of a church that desires to be challenged,and not a part of one that simply wants to come and sit on a weekly basis and who can’t “feel the chains on their souls.”

Ths week we continue our Advent Conspiracy series, and the topic will be “The Dirty Truth.”  Josh Grohman will be leading worship, and I always love when he leads a band.  The music is so good.  So that’s this Sunday morning at 9:30 am and 11:00am.  Now onto our show…

Like yesterday, I have some honorable mentions.  Here they are:

Behind the leaf – This is a blog kept by the staff of Oak Leaf Church in Cartersville, GA. They are always informative, and have given me some crazy good ideas.

Pomomusings – Evidently Adam, the keeper of this blog is a senior seminary student from Princeton, who is a part of the emerging Presbyterian movement.  I know, that sounds like a headbanging baptist, but he’s very interesting to read, and it’s kind of exciting to see what he’ll be doing next year.

And now for my top 5!

5.  Elevation Church – This is a church in Charlotte NC that has gone from 7 families to 3,000 in attendance in just over two years.   They are doing some amazing things, and frequently share their ideas with us in this blog at www.accesselevation.com.

4.  Buddy Cremeans  – Buddy pastors a church in upstate NY (soon to be all over NY) and is doing an amazing job with this church he started about 6 years ago.  His stories are great, and I look forward to seeing whats happening at their church every week.

3.  Perry Noble – Pastor of a church (I have no clue where), but he’s always blogging and writing his thoughts, and more times than not, they are good.  Frequently he’ll walk through his bible studies and blog them or just record his favorite church signs.

2.  Mark Cuban – The owner of the Dallas mavericks is the guy who taught me all about RSS feeds.  How?  you might ask.  Because I read his blog and he’s always hsaring his thoughts on the future.  You could learn so much from this guy, it’s crazy.

1.  Michael Lukaszewski – I know why this guy didnt use his name as the web address.  And it’s pretty wild why he would be number one on the list ahead of Mark Cuban, but here’s why:  Everytime I read what this guy has to say, I am hooked. He’s always saying something that strikes me as what I need to hear, and so before I read any other blog during my blog reading time, he’s first.  I hope you enjoy his stuff as much as I do.

Thats it for another edition of my blog.  Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing many of you at Fellowship Church in Holden on Sunday morning!

Until next time…

Blogalicious

December 6, 2007

The last 3 days have been really hard posts on this blog,and I think it’s time for something a bit lighter, don’t you?  I really enjoyed blogging the book review, and will probably do more as time goes on.  Thanks to all of you who shared your comments back to me regarding the last several posts, including the mystery person who calls themselves, “Former Church Member.”  I love mystery.

Over the next two days I’m going to share some of my favorite blogs out I read.  Today I’ll share some blogs of personal friends who I like to read about their life and try to stay in touch with what’s happening and there always very interesting, and tomorrow I’ll share some work-related blogs that might be a help to you if you find yourself wanting more in the area of your professional life.

Keep in mind, I’m still relatively new at this, so I know that I have a lot more to go as far as blogs are concerned, and there are so many people out there with so many great commentaries on life, that I’m sure I will have missed some good ones, but if you don’t see somebody that you think I would be interested in reading on a daily basis, please let me know about him or her through a comment.  Thanks.

And now, my top 5 favorite personal blogs (from people I know):
p.s.  These people are all very good at blogging on a regular basis.

 Honorable mentions first
*Kev n Jen’s journal  – For some great artwork and pictures (including one of me last week), this is a great one.

*Duke Groupies Xanga – Dave always has something interesting to say, and it usually is offensive.  I love it!

5.  Jennw2ns’s journal – Jenn should be a writer.  Actually, I think she is, this is what she tells me anyway.

4.  Rainy Day Communications – After riding your bike miles and miles at a time, you’d think one would be too tired to blog, but apparently this is not the case (except for the last several days, Katie).  Last month, Katie posted a novel she wrote on her blog for National Novel writing month or whatever it is.  I’m in the novel.  Under the assumed name of Hary Potter.  (Just kidding)

3.  Brian Howe – when it comes to blogs, all the cool people go wordpress, and this includes Brian, who I did a little hanging out with in our younger years, and who now is a pastor in NY.  If you’re in the North Albany area, check out his church at northwaychurch.tv.  Besides this, his life is interesting to read about.

2.  Jeff’s deep thoughts – notice the wordpress thing again.  Jeff includes poems, really good poems, and really deep thoughts in his blog, and when he asks a question, you can bet you’re going to have to think about the question for a significant period of time.  If the answer was easy, he’d of answered it by now.  He’s also our small group director at Fellowship Church.

1.  Winn Collier – He blogs once a week, but when he does, it’s always pretty amazing.  He was a childhood friend, and now he pastors a church, writes books, including his newest tasty little treat, entitled,”Let God: The Transforming Wisdom of Francois Fenelonand he writes for magazines like Relevant, Campus Life, and Leadership Journal.

Check out these blogs.  They’ll all be worth your time, and they’re all really good people.

Until next time…