Sunday, December 10, 2006

But Wait . . . That's Not All

I know it sounds like an infomercial but. . .

After I get back to the church the cell phone rings . . . Caller ID says it's Gina. For a moment I consider not answering it. I could not imagine that it is good news.

She tells me that our 4 year old wet the bed, during his nap. On the hotel bed. Been a while since he did that. Then she says, "gotta go, Phelicia is throwing up again."

So I go by Wally World to get some Pink liquid chalk and tums. I get back and they are hurling again. I tell Gina that I will take the 2 that aren't sick back to church with me just to keep away from the sick ones. Of course, with no nursery they dicide to play tag in the worship center while I am speaking. Gina calls after the service to say the sick kids have both continued their vomiting and I finally head home by way of Wally World to get some pedialyte.

Hope we have a better day tomorrow.

By the way props to Pastor Tom and Celebration Church of Wilkesboro, NC. They really took great care of us and have made us feel like a part of their church and their lives. Blessing Bro.

Never a Dull Moment - Why My Wife is My Hero

I am amazed that I have a moment to blog.

Yesterday began our 'Christmas Vacation' adventure with packing to leave for Texas. It started by us speeding to Raleigh for Gina to run a road race (5K Jingle bell run for arthritis). Don't ask me why I let Gina talk me into this the day we were leaving... but she won again and won a gift card for athletic gear at a local athletic store! She even got a red "Hero" hat becuase she has struggled with some arthritis herself.

Anyway we then went back home to finish packing to leave no later than 2pm. As usual 2 and 1/2 hours later than planned, we left -5:30pm. After turning around 3 times to get something we forgot at home, we arrived in Wilkesboro at 9:30. Pastor Tom Bartlett came by the Hotel shortly after we arrived to make sure everything was okay. We were having a great talk in the lobby when Gina came down for a few minutes to get the keys to get something out of the car. She left the kids in the room watching a movie thinking they would be okay... big mistake. Calean started crying, so Levi thinking he was helping left the room to find mom or dad. When he left, his other siblings escaped not seeing where Levi went because he ran down the stairwell. Then Caelan's cry turned into a scream along with his other two siblings who wandered up and down the hallway crying and screaming waking all the guests up. Gina finally went back up,and found the chaos apologizing to all the guests and hoping noone would call social services. In the mean time remember Levi, well the stairway only led outside, so we found him when a security guard brought him back in from the parking lot.

Crazy Hunh? It gets better.

The next morning the pastor picks me us at 7am so that I can go to the early service and leave Gina with a car... and we left her with a map. I had a great time sharing about our our recent trip to France and the way God is working to prepare the way for us to plant a church. After the first service Gina calls on my cell phone. She has had a rough morning not able to find clothes and shoes, having to use hotel shampoo on the kids and buring all their eyes, and then getting lost becuase she couldn't figure out the directions that the pastor made for her (they made perfect sence to me). We finally got her there and she hands off the baby whom she later said had thrown up this morning (part of that rough morning thing). We figured he just had something bad to eat so we put him in the nursury. We shared about Team France again in the second service. It was great. We really got to give the people a feel for what we are doing.

Then we went to lunch with several families (difficult enough with 4 kids). I am talking about our ministry to some potential interns and a young French lady who recently moved here. Gina is busy taking kids to that toilet, so when she gets back and I tell her that Caelan smelled a bit ripe she says go ahead and take care of it. Being the knight in shining armour that I thought I was being, I took him to the car and whoa what a mess. He had diarrhea on himself and his cloths from top to bottom. I carefully cleaned him up standing outside in the parking lot. Then since all of our baggage was at the hotel, I got lucky finding a stray shirt in the car and a pair of his brother's swim trunks thrown in at the last minute. I am really proud of myself for suffering for my wife. I walk back in and set him down with her and told her I would be back after I threw some things away. Before I could take a step Caelan threw up all over himself his chair and the floor. Gina took him to one bathroom while I headed for the other to get wet paper towels to clean the mess. We basically didn't get to eat. So we said "see ya tonight" to everyone and left with our untouched doggy bags.

We finally get back to the hotel. Rest at last. As Gina is about to walk in the door with the kids Phelicia decided to throw up her lunch in the well landscaped flower bed beside the door. Sorry Hampton Inn. So after 3 trips to get stuff out of the car everyone is almost asleep. Now I have to get ready to go back up to the church.

Pray for us. We could us it this trip.

Also, you now know that my wife is my hero for more than just her running.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Ethos Conference in NYC

I am a little slow in getting around to blogging on this, but I had an awesome time at the Ethos Conference in New York City last week.

Here are some thoughts that stood out to me:

We need to be able to lead without worry about others getting the credit. 1Chron 11:4-...Joab leads the charge on the city; David names the city and lives in the palace.

We need more inovators in our churches. Even fast growing successful churches are built primarily on "early adopters" and "early majorities" Erwin said that movements are never fueled by the majority.

Mosaic uses creative names for everything. The paid staff all have superhero names. There teams are called tribes. The staff positions are creative names like navigator instead of executiove pastors. Erwin said, they don't care if the church people know what they do and the don't want the non-church people to know what they do.

No one is particularly interested in your spiritual well-being if you are not interested in it yourself.

Most ministry leaders who fall morally had an accountability group. We learn to lie.

Bible knowledge does not change your life. Stalin memorized the book of Matthew.

Knowledge with out application leads to liberalism.
Experiencials always need to create a new experieince.
Liturgicals get deep from religious rituals. Jesus did not die to create ritual.
Mystics live in relationship to invisible realities. Erwin consideres himself a mystic. He said that if you think his books are mystical you should try reading the Bible.

Ambition and Humility are not opposites. We don't have to say selfless love but we do have to say selfless ambition.

Don't let arrogance feign as ambition or apathy feign as love.

Character is usually defined as stopping doing things that are counter to God but long term character is built by replacing something with something.

If we eliminate one passion without replacing it with a new one we will return to the old one.

The Bible is all about freedom.

People have not stopped listening. They have stopped listening to people who have nothing to say that matters to them.

Three intinsic cravings that all Humans have:
1. Intimacy
2. Meaning - We need for things to have meaning. Words in a foreign language have no meaning to us. Sometimes we givine meaning to meaningless things and sometimes we make meaningful things meaningless.
3. Destiny - when you no longer believe that tomorrow can be better than today, you move to dispair. Every great story or film connects us with a love that leads us to a better future.

Gina Wins Again

Since I seem to be blogging a lot about Gina and her running accomplishments, so I will keep it brief.

Reindeer Dash for Cash, Greenville, NC
Dec. 3, 2006
10 Mile Run

First Place Overall Female
64:12 - 6:26 pace

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Why Jesus Loves Futbol (soccer)!

Away in the manger
no crib for a bed.
The little Lord Jesus
lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky
look down where He lay.
The little Lord Jesus
asleep on the hay.

I love Christmas time and I love manger scences. Notice the frame that my wife used to make our manger, while I was in New York last week.

So Jesus was born in a soccer goal. Pretty creative, I must admit.