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I haven’t ‘blog’ blogged in quite a while. Mostly just family updates & some design stuff… Not sure whats up with the blog funk. So here’s just a mind dump:

  • I’m all about Facebook all of the sudden (are we friends?)
  • I can’t twitpic right now because of our plan & it’s driving me nuts!
  • I love my new job
  • I’ve been to church (worship service) 2 weeks in a row with my wife & kids, first time that I can remember
  • My RSS feed is broken and I don’t know how to fix it. I think Google broke it when they took over Feedburner (at least that’s the story I’m sticking with)
  • As expected, the new U2 album is VERY strange, as expected…
  • I’m excited about spending two weeks on the road with my family
  • I’m realizing I’m addicted to making things happen & need to learn how to slow down
  • Quote from staff meeting today that is resonating with me: “nothing is THAT important” (in response to checking email obsessively, which I do). Our lead pastor checks his email 3x a week!
  • Learning about Tim Keller
  • About half way through Mad Church Disease (thank you Anne)
  • I’ve been listening to 100.3 the Sound from LA – AWESOME radio station (old school)
  • Been missing a lot of my Life Church friends
  • My son is now 6 and a half. It seems like just yesterday Jen and I were dreaming about him going to Kindergarten!

That’s about it for tonight…

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Last night was a great night. Jen and I joined Rich & Tammy, and Chad & Sarah at Skosh Monahan’s for some great food and a great time of just hanging out and talking life. Before we knew it, it was time to head over to Mariners Church, where we were going to check out Anne Jackson & Shaun Groves.

I’m not really sure how to explain the night. It was raining – which is weird for SoCal. It was cold. The lights were low – people seemed to be talking in hushed voices. There were couches, pillows on the floor, snacks & coffee – very casual. Once people started getting settled the ‘official’ program began.

Shaun sang some really cool stuff – I admit, I’m not really familiar with his stuff, so it was a bit foreign – but that was refreshing. He was playing some kind of open tuning and just sounded really cool. I really liked his version of Amazing Grace – whatever that was.

Daley Hake was doing his thing. Jen thought he had the coolest hair. I must agree.

Anne read from her book & shared some of her stories. Then a video from Compassion. Then Shaun shared about his story a little. It was a refreshing time – very mellow, very touching.

I’m super thankful for the time that me and Jen could just get away and hang out & meet some very cool people. It was great to hang with the Kirkpatrick’s & the Markley’s. It was also great to see the Eller’s (he’s the guy who brought us dinner when we were at SD Children’s Hospital with Macy). We got to meet a bunch of other twitters and bloggers and it was just a great night over all.

Speaking of Steve, he recorded a little video of the night on his new Kodak – awesome! Check it out:

Mad Church Disease Reading and Shaun Groves Concert from keydin on Vimeo.

I got to meet Mike Foster (Deadly Viper) – felt kind of crummy because I totally didn’t put the pieces together – but he was really cool regardless.

I also got to meet Crystal (PinkHairedGirl – she didn’t have pink hair), who I’ve always heard about – now in person, cool.

And, of course, Anne signed her book to me and Jen. Nice.

Here’s some pictures from the evening – I left my good camera in the car, so these are just Treo shots. I took a bunch of pics of the facility because it was insane – and it was their youth building…

So, what did we take away from the night?

  • We’re blessed to know some very cool & genuine people
  • We were challenged by the idea of valuing ‘rest’ (it’s been a lesson we’ve been learning for the past few years)
  • We were encouraged by the message of simplifying life – something we’ve been doing over the past year.
  • We want to do more to give. we want to teach our children the value of giving. we want our lives to be a part of something bigger than McMansions & cars & TV & phones…
  • I made a bunch of new FaceBook friends
  • We’re going to sponsor a child for sure & share together as a family what it means to give and help others.

I want to encourage you to read Mad Church Disease if you are or ever have been burned out. I talk to far too many people who are in the church or in ministry who either are burned out or on their way – I think this might help.

And lastly, here’s a little YouTube of that song that Shaun did called ‘Here I Am’ – and yes it must be from a while ago cuz his hair is really long!

mad-churchThis Monday (yes, it’s a holiday) night, we’ll be heading out to Irvine to Mariners Church to hang with Anne, Shaun, and many Socal bloggers and twitters for this FREE event!

I’m looking forward to:

  • Have a fun night out with my wife (no kids! anyone know a free babysitter?)
  • Meet some bloggers and twitters that I’ve been talking to online, in real life!
  • Hear some great music
  • Meet the famous Flowerdust face to face
  • Get a free book?

Who’s coming? Let’s do a role call here at betterthanblank… leave your twitter link and let’s do some #madchurchsocal twittering.

Continuing with talking about generosity, I’m very excited to take part in this project: 50,000 Shoes. Last week or so Anne Jackson asked us if we wanted to be a part of a “the worlds biggest blogging charity challenge” – I was in.

So here’s the deal.

  • Today, 300 million people look down as they walk from school, or to their jobs, or back home and have NO SHOES. That means no protection from glass, rocks, metal, disease, and the elements.
  • Nashville-based Soles4Souls gives shoes to people who need them (we’re talking 3.3 million pairs to over 60 countries).
  • We’re trying to donate 50,000 pairs of shoes over the next 50 days.
  • For only $5 YOU can send 2 pairs of shoes off to meet a real life need.
  • forbes.com and cnbc.com have already picked up on this.
  • You can join the FaceBook group here.
  • We all need to spread the word throughout all of our communities to make this happen. Blog, twitter, email, call, write, share, talk, facebook, whatever you do – just get the word out!

So go to 50,000shoes.com today and send some shoes off to someone who really needs them today. Then talk about it & spread the word. What a great way to be generous and watch us accomplish something amazing together! Thanks Anne!