Friday, May 28, 2010

Comedian Mitch Hedburg on Letterman ... One Funny Dude!

Comedian from Wales Complaining about his Lost Luggage in an Australian Airport

Meeting Up with Friends After 17 & 23 Years Apart!

This month we have had the privilege of meeting up with a couple of friends we have not seen in many years. The first we met up with was James Krechnyak who is a good friend of Adriana and mine from our time at Elim Bible Institute. James is now a missionary living in Ireland. He was passing through NYC and we were able to connect for lunch, seeing each other for the first time in 17 years! His eldest son was also tagging along.

Then yesterday I was able to meet up my childhood friend and neighbor Aaron. He was also traveling through NYC and we were able to meet up in Jamaica before he caught the train to JFK to fly home. Aaron and I hadn't seen one another in 23 years, since I moved from Plano, Texas to Lima, New York in 1987. I was 11 and he was 10! He and his family now serve overseas as well doing incredible work in north Africa.

Oh yeah, and both of these reconnections were made possible through Facebook! God is good! Oh, and one more thing ... I do have another shirt. It was totally coincidental that I was wearing the same one for both reunions. :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

McGill Leadership Quote

"Every leader takes people to a place where they don’t want to go. If people want to go there, you’re not a leader, you just happen to be on the front of the bandwagon."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

3 Days in Bed, 3 Books Read

Due to a minor medical procedure I had to spend 3 days on bed rest. I decided to crank through some books while down. Here are the books I read. Each was very good!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Contemporary is the New Traditional

Found this great video on my friend Josh's blog Great stuff! Enjoy!

"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.

Great End-Of-The-Year Gift for Your Volunteers @

Pick up my book What Would You Do? @ A great end-of-the-year gift for your youth ministry volunteers!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Reminders for TONIGHT & Attack of the Ice Machine!

Are You ... Turning A Blind Eye? ... Fooling Yourself?

"Communities or neighborhoods developed around particular 'life-styles' help assure that the people we and our children encounter on a daily basis are much like ourselves in education, race, and socioeconomic background. Many of us drive to work each day from carefully defined neighborhoods to carefully controlled work environments, and can effectively avoid encountering most strangers, particularly those that might be troublesome. For many of us, it takes intentional effort to intersect meaningfully and personally with strangers different from ourselves.

"At times we deliberately turn away from vulnerable strangers, choosing not to see them, quietly steeling ourselves to resist their intrusions into out lives. . . .

". . . News reports and documentaries broadcast the most terrible details of the lives of refugees or famine victims thousands of miles away . . . We are saddened, sometimes overwhelmed, and wonder at such desperation. However, these people and the reports about them rarely make any claim on our personal response and we quickly move on to the next report or family task. . . .

"A steady exposure to distant human need that is beyond our personal response can gradually inoculate us against particular action. It can also delude us into thinking that by simply knowing about it we are somehow sharing in the suffering of others."

(Pohl, Christine D. Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, pp. 90-91)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Complete N.T. Resource OVER 4,000 SOLD!

Just received word that The Complete New Testament Resource for Youth Workers which I had the privilege of working on has sold over 4,000 copies and is heading to another printing! Today it was featured in the YM Bookstore and they also offered 2 Free Lessons for download from I & II Timothy. Volume 2 is expected out later this year or in the beginning of 2011. Be sure to get a copy for that special youth worker in your life (if you're a youth worker, that would be you and your team!)

The Baptist Dog

A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted.

The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. "Fetch the Bible," he commanded.

The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner.

"Now find Psalm 23," he commanded.

The dog dropped the Bible to the floor, and showing marvelous dexterity with his paws, leafed through and finding the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw.

The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.

That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed.

One man asked, "Can he do regular dog tricks, too?"

"I haven't tried yet," the pastor replied.

He pointed his finger at the dog. "HEEL!" the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl.

The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, "Good Lord! He's Pentecostal! "

The Real Story Behind My Recent Hair Loss ... PI Announcements April 28, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

Louie Giglio Talks About LAMININ ... MUST SEE!

Planet Impact Student Tiffany Davila in Hauppauge Idol singing "We Are Broken" by Paramore

AWESOME TIFF!!! I love that the announcer turned you into an Italian "Davalia." LOL!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Great Message by Shane Claiborne

If you only have a couple of minutes, watch from about 42:55 on.

NT Wright on Genesis