Friday, June 27, 2008

New Sermon Series

Next week I'm starting a new sermon series -- Holy Google. Using the ultimate search engine – the Bible – to find answers to the congregation's queries about life, theology, spirituality, etc. The sermons will be chosen according to those topics receiving the most votes. I have done something similar in the past. It's always interesting to get a glimpse into people's hearts & minds. I'm looking forward to it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This Coaster Rocks

I rode this three times yesterday. The front row view is awesome!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


We saw the Ironman movie today. It was great. I was not really familiar with this superhero but I really enjoyed the movie. It reminded me of Transformers, which I also enjoyed.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Vacation Update

We're having a good time in our old stompin' grounds. Went to Joe's Crab Shack last night to celebrate Aunt Deb's birthday. It was my first time at Joe's. Food was good, but a bit pricey.

I was going to go running today, but when I walked outside I could smell and see smoke. The Great Dismal Swamp is on fire (story here). Video here. Will run another day when the wind shifts.

I'm meeting my friend Dave Willis for lunch at one of our favorite places.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


I began my vacation today. Had a relaxing day -- I took Tracy to breakfast, then played golf with my father-in-law, then I mowed grass. We leave early tomorrow morning for Virginia. We're looking forward to seeing some old friends and enjoying some time away.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Rob Bell

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Rob Bell (not that I have met him in person). At times he strikes me as an effeminate postmodern who likes himself WAY too much. At other times I find his teaching incredibly challenging. Our Sunday School class spent the last two Sundays watching Everything is Spiritual. It is excellent.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Last Day

Today is the final day of Camp. Last night several kids came forward at the end of vespers to express their desire to accept the Lord. One camper was baptized in Lake James last night and a few more will be immersed before they leave camp tonight. Preaching to kids is something that I don't do very much, but it was fun.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday at LJCA

It's another beautiful day. WTBW asked about the food. It is delicious. The cook has been here for years. She has a wonderful crew and the food is excellent. The kids (and faculty) are getting a little tired --I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tomorrow night. The guys in our dorm were funny this morning. Nobody wanted to get up. They all dressed in silence, with the exception of a few grunts. But after some sugary cereal, they are all wired once again.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Camp Wednesday

Camp is going great. The Dean has planned a good week. It's supposed to get hot today, but we are having fun. Every year I am reminded why I love Camp -- it can change a kid's life.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Camp Update

Our camp now has wi-fi. How cool is that? (It almost makes up for putting me in the ONE dorm that isn’t air conditioned). 6th & 7th graders — I think the guys in my cabin set a record for funkifying the place in the least amount of time. Usually it takes 2 or 3 days, but last night the place reeked. A pungent combination of sweat, feet, damp clothes, b.o., and axe. Oy!

But we're having fun so far.We have a small group of campers (only about 50 or so). Our camp serves the tri-state area (So. Michigan, NW Ohio, NE Indiana), but the Michigan kids are still in school this week. I pity the guys who will be working the later camp weeks.

We got some rain this morning, but it looks like things are going to clear up.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Time for Church Camp!

I will be heading to Lake James Christian Assembly after church services on Sunday. I’m serving as a “dorm dad” and the Vespers speaker for the week. There will be several dozen 6th & 7th graders there. One of the reasons why I love Christian Service Camp is that it had a tremendous influence upon me when I was young. Life-changing decisions are made at Church Camp. It was there that I became convinced of my need to accept Jesus as Savior. It was there that I decided to give my life to the preaching of the Gospel. It was there that I met other Christian young people, developing friendships that continue to this day.

Please pray for us this week.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Michigan Redneck Speaks to International Group

Yesterday I had the unique experience of speaking to several church leaders from India, Nagaland, and Nepal. The Leaders for Christ International conference was held at Great Lakes Christian College. I was pinch-hitting for a speaker who had to cancel. My friend Dave Thurman asked me to speak about Church Leadership and the Restoration Movmement. I was way out of my comfort zone, but these men seemed eager to hear what I had to say.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Don't Hassel the Hoff

What do you get when you put David Hasselhoff, flying children, weiner dogs, a batman cape, and a good hooga-chakka in a music video? Quite possibly the weirdest video ever seen! (Thanks Trey!)