Friday, December 14, 2007

Freaky Glowing Devil Cats

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Bred in the depths of hell, there is a beast that waits inconspicuously throughout the lands, laying in wait for the moment to devour their keepers and take over the world. Beware your cat. Scientists in South Korea have cloned cats that, when exposed to ultraviolet light, glow an eerie red. It's only a matter of time cats breathe fire and shoot bolts of lightning from their eyes. It's time to stop fooling ourselves. These things are evil.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

A Few Days Off With Fewer Teeth

I don't have much to report currently. On Thursday morning I had an appointment to have four wisdom teeth extracted, so I have had an extended weekend. Most of it has been spent watching TV or sleeping and not chewing any food. My wife has been wonderful, making me smoothies and mashed potatoes and putting up with my extra snoring. I have found out that the drugs they gave me work pretty well in taking away my pain but help in making me nauseated. I have extra chubby cheeks and won't be leading singing on Sunday, but the extra time doing nothing has been relaxing, even with the throbbing pain in my jaw. I have yet to find out if I will have any bruising. I'll make sure to post some pictures if it happens to any comical extent.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Used Book Store: The Public Library

On our way home from my dentist appointment the other day my wife and I stopped by the public library to return a book. I mentioned to her that they have a used book store where they sell all the donated books they don't want or need. We ended up leaving there spending $11 on five hardcover books ranging from Stephen King to Mary Higgins Clark. All of the books we bought were in great condition and most were books that we would have probably bought at another used book store anyway. The best part is that most of these hardcovers are first editions. While that doesn't really mean much for most books, it does make a difference for the first edition copy of Stephen King's It that is now sitting on our shelf, which may be worth $40-$60. Not bad for a $2 investment.

You might be able to check out books for free at the library, but if yours also has a used books store inside, you might find some good deals in there. Just don't come to Salem and buy all the ones I want.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Wife Rocks

One thing I'm very thankful for: my wife. And here's a few reasons why:

  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes & gravy
  • Corn bread stuffing
  • Green beans
  • Pumpkin pie cheesecake

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Debate Is Not Over

Thanks to my brother for posting this John Stossel report on his blog. I just thought I'd put out this viewpoint on Global Warming that doesn't get much airtime.

Speaking of Global Warming, did anyone see Al Gore on 30 Rock last night? I don't think he was acting. I'm starting to think he might really be nuts, and I think that Nobel Peace Prize might be messing with his head even more. The show was pretty funny and ironic considering the source (NBC) and the subject (GW). It was a part of the whole NBC "Green Week" promotion they are doing, and the show was about the same subject, with David Schwimmer playing a character that promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but goes way over the edge and takes himself too seriously. Enter Al Gore. I'm glad we can talk about and promote environmental conservation, but the debate on Global Warming is not over.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Reporting From Iraq

No, I'm not in Iraq, but a friend of mine is. He's a native Oregonian. These are the stories you won't see on the news.

Eric's War Journal

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Cat = Bad / Dog = Good

I have said it before that cats are evil. How much more proof do you need? Here is some more evidence to support my hypothesis, but it also shows that while cats are bad, it also shows the goodness of dogs. You can't make this stuff up.

Cat Starts Fire, Dog Saves Family

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Confused People

In the past year I've heard a lot of people speaking of the church in negative terms. Apparently, there is free reign on insulting the church. The only problem is that these people think they can do it apart from the body. Christ's body is the church, and God is revealed now through the church, not apart from it. Just look at what Paul says to the Ephesian church:

[T]hough I am the very least of all these saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for all ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confidence.

~ Ephesians 3:8-12
Did you read that? The wisdom of God is made known through the church! This was His plan. Really? Can you believe that God planned for His wisdom to be made known through a bunch of messed up, confused people? I love what Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon have to say about this and the role of pastors (ministers) in their book, Resident Aliens:
A pastor finds the guts to speak the truth because he or she has found this biblical basis for pastoral care: Jesus Christ, "in whom we have boldness and confidence." Lacking such confidence, pastors become fearful creatures. After all, pastors have a front row seat to observe the lies by which people live, the shallowness, the quiet desperation, or raging anger by which people react to a life without significance. Self-protection makes cowards of us all.

We believe that pastoral fear can be overcome because the people Jesus calls to be the church, for all their infidelity, are still capable of hearing the truth. A ministry built on fear of the people can never be a happy one. Undoubtedly, people come to church for a host of wrong reasons. But the pastor is able to help them find the words to acknowledge, sometimes to their own surprise, that they are here because God has willed them to be here, despite all their wrong reasons. People may come to church to get their marriages fixed, or for help in raising chaste, obedient children, or simply to be with a few relatively nice people rather than to be alone. The pastor is essential for helping us cut through our wrong reasons for being at church and helping us to see that God is a relentless, utterly unscrupulous, infinitely resourceful god who is determined to have us, good reasons or bad.

~ Resident Aliens, Stanley Hauerwas & William H. Willimon, Abingdon Press, 1989
So there are a lot of messed up people who go to church. This isn't news. It's not even a new idea. Jesus' own apostles were confused about what he came to do. After feeding the five thousand, the apostles were confused. They saw Jesus feed people and wanted more signs, but Jesus put them straight, and so He puts us all straight. The church is here to point to the Son of God, even if we don't do it very well.
Then they asked him, what must we do to do the works God requires?"

Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

~ John 6:28-29

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hours of Photo Fun!

Today my work schedule began its transition into busy (yes I worked today). From here until about mid-November I will be working overtime hours, which includes extra hours during the weekdays and even Saturdays adding up to 45-55 hours per week. Thankfully I have been there now a year and can finally go to the dentist with my new coverage. I also received a raise last month, so those overtime hours will mean even more.

During the summer we aren't as busy, so I had some time to work on some personal pictures and print them myself. I'm not much of a photographer, but my wife is, so I printed some of hers, and now we have some loverly new photographs hanging on our walls. Check out some of these photos on her blog. We have talked about opening a photo studio or something with her taking the pictures and me doing everything else. Maybe someday.

Back to my work. Sometimes weird things happen there. I edit a lot of school photos from all over the country and a couple of times I have edited pictures of people I went to high school with that are now teachers. This week I edited photos for two of Arnold Schwarzenegger's daughters at two different California schools. Thanks to me, he'll have some great pictures of his daughters hanging on his wall. You're welcome Arnold.

And also check out the pictures of the Martin baby!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Three Years And Running

Another year is put down in the books of this illustrious web log. What more could I possibly do to inspire, cause people to chuckle, and bring change to the world?

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Being A Good Steward

Recently the wife and I made some deciscions on how we should be budgeting our money. We decided that there are ways that we could be saving extra money here and there that we otherwise would be wasting. We also decided to put some of the money we save into a savings account that could be used for the future, for emergencies, or for opportunities to serve others who are having emergencies of their own. Several months ago we moved closer to work and we carpool to save money on gas. We started drinking more water instead of buying beverages and eat out only once a month or less. We also live close to many stores where we do shopping and end up walking there instead of driving. Even more recently we decided to spend less money on DVDs and entertainment. We hope that by making some minor changes we are able to eliminate our debt quicker and put our money toward doing Kingdom work.

We think of all of the people we know that are doing mission work, church planting, or are going through a lot and could use some serious help paying bills and taking care of their families, and we are called to do something and give to those we know who are in need. We pray these small changes are a good first step in using our finances as a tool for God and keeping them from ruling us. How can you make changes in the way you spend money and save in order to help others and be a good steward of what you have?

Having money won't make you happy. As Jason said in his sermon this morning, doing good works won't bring blessings, doing God's work is the blessing.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Former 49ers Coach Bill Walsh Dies

I meant to post this yesterday, but ran out of time. Bill Walsh, the NFL coach that lead Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers for 10 years, with 6 division titles, 3 Super Bowls, and is the creator of the west coast offense, and arguably the most influential coach on football as we know it today. He died after a battle with leukemia at the age of 75.

Bill Walsh Dies at 75

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Everything Simpsons

Thanks to James for sharing this website and for trying to remind me that something having to do with The Simpsons might be happening this week. Now that I think of it, The Simpsons Movie comes out the day before my birthday. I wonder what I'm doing this weekend. Anyway, here's me as a Simpsons character.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

My 7-Point Pledge

Al Gore, here's what I pledge:

• I pledge to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.
• I pledge to love my neighbor as myself.
• I pledge to put no other gods before the Lord my God.
• I pledge to care for the city in which I live and the people around me.
• I pledge to work together with my wife, my church, my friends, and my family to help others come to know the love of Jesus Christ.
• I pledge to try to be as much like Christ as possible.
• I pledge to be a bringer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever I go.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Why Do The Nations Rage?

1 Why do the nations rage?
Why do the people waste their time with futile plans?
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from this slavery.”

4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, my holy city.”

7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the ends of the earth as your possession.
9 You will break them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’”

10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of your pursuits—
for his anger can flare up in an instant.

But what joy for all who find protection in him!

~ Psalm 2 (NLT)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Where God & Culture Meet

When the Cascade Hills coffee shop ministry Summit was closed for retooling over a year ago, the blog was left to collect dust as well. It was the digital version of the ministry created for people to come and join in a discussion about God and how He can be seen in cultural artistic forms such as movies and music, and was a place where no question was off limits, especially for those who had no relationship with God. I liked the online form so much and the idea of looking for God within our cultural forms that I decided to resurrect the blog. Call it Summit 2.0 if you like, but I like to think of it as a place where God & culture meet.

Monday, June 18, 2007

A New Blogger

She finally gave in.

I think I like her header better than mine. She took the picture. I made it fancy.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Standing Out As Living Sacrifices

Jason gave me some things to think about as he read from Paul's letter to the Ephesians this morning at our Cascade Hills worship encounter. The sermon series is about being at the forefront in the storm in our lives as we follow Jesus throughout our lives, taking on challenges with Him at our sides, not hiding from the rest of the world. (To listen to the sermons, including this morning's, you can download them here.) Today, we looked at being a united body of imperfect followers of Jesus, united but each having different gifts useful for living a life as a witness to the love of God.

A few months ago I read a few books that all seemed to be talking about discipleship, and I wrote about them. I relayed some thoughts about giving up to God everything we have and following Christ, letting the world see by how we live our lives. You may be thinking to yourself, "What does that mean?" I've been thinking the same thing, and while reading a Leonard Sweet book called SoulSalsa I came across some insights into what it means for me as I go about my life, and they came back to me as I heard this message this morning.

"The challenge of discipleship is to make one's own life a sacramental, a sign of love and grace, a sacred gesture inserted in a world flaunting other gestures."
When we are practicing discipleship to Jesus Christ effectively, we stand out from the rest of the world. It is something that is inevitable, and this is what it means when people talk about living a life of worship. Our worship is not exclusive to Sunday morning, but our true worship is in how we live our lives. I couldn't help but think about Paul's words for the church in Rome.
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
~ Romans 12:1-2
If you go on reading from there, you will hear the similar message from Ephesians 4 about unity and talents given to individuals, and continuing through Romans 13 about how we should live in the world. Paul wrote to a specific audience in the first century, but it is amazing how we continue to face the same struggles, which is why the Gospel of Jesus means as much today as it did then. As we live according to the Scriptures we proclaim to the world what God has done and at the same time worship Him in spirit and truth.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Man Can't Give Away Books, So He Burns Them?

Mo. Man Burns Books As Act of Protest

A Missiouri man who owns a used book store has a warehouse full of books that he can't give away to a library or thrift shop. So to protest the "diminishing support for the printed word" he burned many of them, until the fire department showed up.

Maybe someone should just give this guy some business pointers. Since he owns a used book store, he should try selling them there! If he can't sell them there, someone should tell him about Ebay. It sounds to me like he didn't try hard enough. There are plenty of people who would like free books. It sounds to me like burning them was a way of drumming up business for himself.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Gas Station Owner Closes For 24 Hours

Fed up station owner shuts off gas pumps

An owner of a gas station near Milwaukee, Wisconsin shut down his pumps for a day to protest the high gas prices he has to pay in order to sell gas, saying he basically doesn't make any money on gas sales, which I believe. I understand the gesture, unfortunately anyone who has taken basic economics will be able to tell you that this won't accomplish much economically. If people really want lower gas prices, I have a solution: stop buying gas. Period. Ever. I understand that people need to drive their cars to get to work or to travel, to do anything, or so they perceive. The problem I have is with the other people in the article. One person drove ten miles to buy a soda to encourage the protest. What about the gas they burned to get there? They will still be buying gas when they run out. What about the person who said they drive over a hundred miles a day? Either they're getting reimbursed for their miles (if it's for work) so they're not paying for the gas themselves, or they simply live too far away from work.

I know my solution is a little extreme, but the exaggeration proves a point, and I'll level with you now. It comes down to a dramatic change of lifestyle. Simply put, people rely too much on their cars. They just drive too much. And here's the economic impact: if people drove less, the prices would go down. It is a matter of supply and demand. If demand is lower, so will be the prices. My wife and I moved closer to our work so that we wouldn't be driving as far every day. We now live really close to a lot of shopping places, so now we end up walking more instead of driving. Our neighborhood isn't any worse or better than the one we were in before, but we save money. My wife and I only have one car, but we work close enough to each other to carpool. Think of the next time you feel like driving somewhere close enough to walk to, and walk instead of driving. Or maybe you have two cars and only need one. Instead of going out all the time, stay at home, go for a walk, or do something closer instead of driving around town just to get some coffee. There's enough coffee shops in the world that more than likely there is probably one within walking distance to you.

The basis for this guy's protest is that one day will make a difference, as if it were some sort of magic bullet. It is the same instant gratification that people have that don't want to put in the work to actually change themselves to obtain anything. It is the sense of entitlement that our culture has that calls for everyone else to change for me. Jesus said much about putting stock into possessions and money. Here is one instance which fits perfectly.

10"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own? 13 "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." ~ Luke 16:10-13
It comes down to this: you drive an SUV a hundred miles a day, you pay more for gas. You can do no more complaining until you change your lifestyle.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Photoshop Art

Who says you need to have a camera to create art with Photoshop?

Friday, April 20, 2007

Change It To Jack

I can't help being a shameless promoter of good music. Some guys from the college I graduated from started a band a few years ago. Just in the past couple of years they have put together some really good music, played some local gigs, and really have created a name for themselves. They're in the process of releasing their first album, possibly getting signed with a label, and are in a contest to be a part of a huge Christian music festival. Their name is Change It To Jack.

There is a contest for unsigned bands to have the opportunity to perform at Creationfest, which is a huge Christian music festival held at various locations across the country. The band with the highest ranking will have the opportunity to perform onstage a set at an event featuring the biggest names in Christian music. All you have to do is go to this website, find Change It To Jack, take a listen to their music and rank them. I'm saying you should give them a 5 out of 5 stars, since I really do think they are the best band on there. You can only vote once, so make it count. They're already up there in the rankings, so voting will give them a chance.

Vote for Change It To Jack

Change It To Jack on MySpace
Change It To Jack on Shoutlife

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Money Problems Your Own Fault?

Don't just go by the title of the thread. Read the article before you respond. I've been saying a lot of this (not all of it) for years now.

Money Trouble? It's Your Own Fault

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Is It The Best Buy?

This guy must have Best Buy stock.

Best Buy a bargain?

He speaks of Best Buy as the second coming. Their profit says they've been doing very well, especially compared to their competitor Circuit City. He attributes it to their focus on customer service and to their knowledgable employees. I attribute it to their brand name. People buy from places they know.

Having worked at Best Buy for about 6 months I like to think I know what I'm talking about. From the first day of training they spent so much time on their "Customer Care" shtick that they never actually trained us on the products or how the store runs. They left the seasonal people to fend for ourselves and just figure it out. The rub I have is that "Customer Care" amounts to common sense and helping customers, which would have been more helpful if we knew more about the products we were selling. The prices weren't necessarily all that much better than Circuit City, the stock wasn't all that different, and the employee knowledge might even be less than at their competitors. When it came down to it, they laid me off for my guess is that they had to pay me more because I have a college degree.

You'll notice that the article says their computer and printer sales weren't that good, even though they have the Geek Squad, which is a sort of personal tech support for the average computer owner. Again, untrained (or undertrained) employees don't know enough about computers, while anyone can sell a video game or TVs ("this one is big" or "this game is fun"). People want to buy computers from people who know what they're talking about, and Best Buy isn't it. If you know what you want, go ahead and go to Best Buy, but if you have questions or aren't sure, you're better off figuring it out for yourself.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

New Toy

We're back from our vacation. It was great. I did nothing and it was everything I thought it would be.

On another note, with my brother beating me to the punch by one day, after church today I got a new black 80 GB ipod! I already have over 31 GB of music and almost 1 GB of video podcasts loaded. I'm looking for more stuff to add, but also looking into a way to rip some of my dvds to load onto the ipod for viewing pleasure whenever I feel like it. You may now drool, but don't short out your keyboards.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Much Needed Vacation

It's almost here. We've been planning this for several months now. We've gotten approval at our jobs. We have the place picked out and ready for us. We have stacks of books ready to pack. We're finally taking our vacation.

We have set apart next week around our one year anniversary and have been saving up our vacation days at work in order to make a full week of it. Thanks to the wife's grandparents we have a timeshare in Leavenworth, WA to ourselves, where we can enjoy Bavarian food and relax with plenty of books without having to worry about work or meetings or anything.

If you need to contact either of us, you'd better do it now, or else you won't be able to get us for an entire week, for we will be shutting the cell phones off, the internet and email will go bye bye. From Friday evening the 23rd through Saturday the 31st the Lewises will be unavailable.

Don't miss us too much.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Come, Follow Me"

The last couple of books I've read (besides Harry Potter) emphasized the importance of being a disciple of Jesus. Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship gave thorough explanation about what it means to be a disciple in theory (if that's even possible) and in practice, while Brian McLaren's More Ready Than You Realize looked at discipleship from the point of view of evangelism, where we show people what a disciple of Christ looks like by following in his footsteps of displaying love and acceptance to the poor, the doubting, the outcasts and the sinful.

Both of these books gave me some incredible insight into what a dedication to following Christ looks like, and what we are called to be, from the personal and self-sacrificing to the outreaching example of love as His people and Bride. The community that I am a part of calls its members to follow in Jesus' footsteps, to give up everything and step out in faith, dedicating every part of our lives to His glory and service. There are many people in Salem, Oregon who are hurting from drugs (especially meth), broken homes, poverty, misguided ideas, racism, hatred, and selfishness. What an honor to be the bearers of love, especially when we are counted among these!

I am amazed at how often I talk about how important it is to be a follower of Christ outside the couple of hours on sunday morning, yet fail to do so all the time. How often do we try to pick the nets back up, to go back to life as we used to live? It seems so much easier sometimes to trust in our own abilities than to rely on what appears to be uncertain providence. We have a God that sent us an example of how to love, serve, speak, and live. All He asks is for us to follow Him. Of course, first He says we must drop everything we have, everything we are holding on to, which doesn't make sense to most people. When we find our hands empty, however, we are then free to grasp the reality of God's Kingdom of goodness, grace and power. It is my prayer that we are all people without nets, who will follow Jesus Christ, telling and showing the GOOD NEWS of what God has done!

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
~ Matt. 4:18-19

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

More Proof Cats Are Evil

Upset Cat Goes On Biting Rampage

This woman's cat caught sight of another cat and freaked out, attacking and biting its owner and sending her to the hospital. I've given previous evidence that cats are evil, but this is just another example.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Lost Tomb of Jesus

James Cameron made a "documentary" on finding this tomb in Jerusalem and is assuming it belongs to the family of Jesus based on the inscriptions on it. The scholars are saying that the inscriptions are accurate. The "human residue" they use to extract DNA evidence is supposed to prove the relationship between Jesus and Mary and the tomb is also supposed to prove they had a child. One of the problems is these names: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Judah (Jesus & Mary's son) are all very common names at the time. I guess I'll have to wait and watch it to see what claims they make. Just looking at their interpretations of the Bible on their website makes me think they're not being very intellectually honest.

The Lost Tomb of Jesus on The Discovery Channel

I put "movies" as a tag, because this is there with Da Vinci Code as far as historical accuracy from what I see so far. I'm still trying to forgive James Cameron after T3, and there's the unforgivable Titanic. This won't make me stop watching The Discovery Channel, though these days it's usually only Mythbusters with the occasional Dirty Jobs. I think this will bring plenty of controversy and debate, but then again so did Titanic.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Scottie Pippen Planning Comeback?

Scottie Pippen Planning NBA Comeback

Apparently "retirement" means nothing anymore. I guess if you can still compete, have the desire, and have a team willing to pay you, why not? He says that he would only play for a contending team, which makes me wonder if adding him would really help any of those teams attain some sort of edge by adding him. Scottie Pippen has played for six championship teams and they have been in Jordan's shadow. Perhaps Jordan, Rodman, Kerr and all those guys should start their own team and play until they all need walkers and oxygen tanks.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Father-in-law

I haven't posted an update on Kori's dad recently, so here it is.

Randy had a pacemaker put in and can't drive for 6 months, and he'll have to have a drastic change in his work. The great news is that he is home and doing much better. God listens and answers the prayers of His people. We are thankful for those around the world who interceded on his behalf.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Moving

We finally found a new place to live. We've been looking for a place closer to our jobs in order to save money and wear and tear on our car commuting, and want to get out of living in an apartment complex. We found a BRAND NEW duplex on a dead end street in a new development. It's close to the mall, and you can hear the freeway outside, but since it is brand new, and they were so well built, you can hardly hear anything from inside. Now we won't be living on top of people, or underneath people, and have easy access to the freeway to be able to get around town. I hate moving, but I'm pretty excited to no longer live in an apartment.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

WorshipForum.com

A couple of weeks ago WorshipForum.com went down and was non-functional. It's back up again, and hopefully it will be well used as a resource and tool for worship leaders and thinkers to come together as people who point to God, and encourage others to do the same.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Asking For Prayers

Last night, at about 9:30 PM, my wife's father had a heart attack. He suffered a heart attack about 7 years ago and this would be a second. He was on the road in rural Nevada loading equipment for his job, which fortunately keeps him working in hospitals. They flew him to the larger hospital in Reno and his tech called Kori's mom. Her mother and sister were staying at our place and were going to fly her sister back to college the next evening. We drove her mom and sister to the Portland airport for a 5:30 AM flight to Reno and came back to Salem to figure out what to do next. We then drove back to Portland for Kori to fly to Reno. I'm staying in Portland at least until Sunday and waiting to get more updates on his condition.

Please keep my wife, her family and I in your prayers. Especially pray for her father, Randy.

UPDATE:
Randy began responding to questions by nodding and shaking his head and giving a "thumbs up" a couple days ago and the past day communicated in writing. This evening he was taken off the ventilator and Kori was able to briefly talk to him on the phone. Thanks to everyone for your prayers. Our Father hears us and answers!