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Sunday, March 29th, 2009

March 29th, as far as I know, doesn't have a significance in history. There's no place that I can easily think of where a prime numbered date of the third calendar month stuck out in people's minds for any reason. Julius Caesar wasn't warned about the "twice ides minus one" of March. Which makes sense, since he was killed on the 15th. He wouldn't have seen the 29th anyway.

But where I'm concerned, March 29 is a big deal. My church, New Testament Fellowship Church, is taking its Southeast Campus in O'Fallon, Illinois to Sunday mornings. And because we're still in a temporary location down there, we can't do a video or streaming message like a lot of other multi-campus churches do. Our pastor is going to do a 9:30 a.m. service at our established Northeast Campus in Alton, then hightail it to O'Fallon to do a service there live at 11:15 a.m. In the meantime, the 11:00 a.m. service in Alton will be live worship, but the message will…

There Is No Box (or, FX Stole My Idea)

Oblivion can bring about revolution. Allow me to explain.

In my position, I'm compelled to operate as much in the realm of creativity as I possibly can. I've been reading a book by Ed Young, pastor of Fellowship Church in Texas, called The Creative Leader. So far, it's an engaging, critical read that I need to study in great detail as I go from chapter to chapter. There are few surprises that I've found so far, at least for me, but I've also found that what's written in this book needs to be communicated to people in the most sincere sense of urgency. I don't know if this entry will be seen by many, but I want this to have a legacy-type impact, regardless of who reads this.

When I was younger, I always believed that as my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ was the most creative being in existence. I mean, He created the world, the universe, and everything that ever was, is or will be. It all came into existence because the Word spoke. And if I'm a chil…

Kim.

Kim is a woman in our church.

Like many people in our church, Kim is blessed with an overabundance of word useage per day. Get her in a conversation, and you'll have a hard time getting a word in edgewise, but you'll find that with Kim, you don't really mind.

Kim is a mother and grandmother.

Kim is a wife.

Kim is a former drug addict who celebrated 9 months sober last week.

Kim has a husband who is serving a prison sentence for drug possession.

Kim lives in a trailer that needs some fixing up.

Kim serves as a coordinator in one of the child care departments in our church.

Kim has the same income now that she did last year at this time, yet she has more money to work with. This is because since she committed her life to Jesus, Kim has been tithing.

See Kim tithe. Tithe, Kim, tithe.


I'd like to talk about tithing for a moment. Those of you in the know already know what I'm about to tell you, but for those that aren't, here's what I want to say: if you're ser…

Watch . . . watch . . . wrist.

There are times I wonder if I know what I'm doing in life.

Okay, enough of the heavy stuff.

My friend Tim and I are planning on heading down to south St. Louis County tomorrow night to see Watchmen on IMAX. Unless you count the screen at the St. Louis Science Center, this is the only IMAX theater in the metro STL area, and we're planning on making this trip out count. We had gone last summer when The Dark Knight was showing -- he had already seen it at a local theater, but said that when comparing it to watching it on the IMAX screen, the regular movie experience simply could not compare. So when we discovered Watchmen was going to be shown in IMAX, we made plans.

Actually, we just made plans an hour ago. Our friend Adam, whom I work with, would also like to see it, but tomorrow is his birthday and he's already been tagged by a couple in our church that want to take him to dinner to celebrate with him. Ah, well. He was bummed, but he told me to take notes.

I don't kn…

Dora and Billy Must Know Something

My wife has worked in child care in one form or another since she was 15. For nearly 25 years she has helped to shape minds, care for young babies, teach right and wrong, be a surrogate parent, and otherwise wrangle groups of kids into a somewhat cohesive, comprehending mass of eager youth. Which, from both what I remember as a kid and what I've seen as an adult, is no small task.

Her last job was working as a nanny for twin boys whose mother died of cancer while she was working with them. Yeah, I know. But she fell in love with those two rambunctious, high-voiced little troublemakers, and she would often tell me stories of their escapades when she came home from a 12-hour workday. Dylan and Clayton weren't just highly motivated by an unending reservoir of energy, but they were so full of life and joy that Julie's thought of not working for their parents was foreign for a long time.

One of the things I'd heard about, but never watched myself, was Dora the Explorer (…

The 25 Most Important Albums (To Me) Of All Time

Amidst the countless posts of Random Things and Stuff About My Peeps and all the other mindless, anonymity-destroying notes that people post on a daily basis, a friend of mine posted this on Facebbok. Except this one actually piqued my interest (BTW, people, please learn how to spell “piqued”...).

“Think of 25 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 25 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea?” Well, this is an appropriate one for me. If someone had asked me to pick my SINGLE favorite album of all time, I'd be in trouble. But there are many albums (younger people, ask someone older than you what an "album&q…