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I didn’t really get to watch much of the Superbowl this year. 6 & 3 year olds aren’t really into professional football. So I missed most every commercial, which by the way, is my favorite part of any Superbowl. I did unfortunately see the half-time show…

Anyway the other night we were watching some TV at grandma’s house and I saw this commercial and literally started crying! It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a LONG time!

Kudos Pepsi!

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.

1fq40-b8026a10ea08a26c537e168e3c12baa54993bb6dToday I headed up to Riverside to Grove Community Church for the SouthWest Church Planter Forum. Normally we’ve been meeting at Oscar’s in Temecula – today was the first time we met in Riverside, a little inconvenient, but worth the drive.  I love these gatherings for a number of reasons:

  • I believe in church planting (done right – although it’s messy)
  • There’s always a good group of people to network with
  • 2 words: Free Food
  • We always get a free book
  • It’s a good excuse to get out of the office

This is where I'll be for the next few hours... on TwitPicToday was especially cool for me for two reasons, well three actually. (1) My wife came (love that). (2) My new boss, Pastor Scott from RCC was there. (3) I got to play drums in a quasi ‘all-star’ worship band. It was Eric on acousting & leading, Travis on electric, Vince on Bass, Emily (Travis’ wife & my sister) on vox, and a girl named Stephanie on keys & vox. We did four songs:

  1. Gravity (John Mayer) yup…
  2. From the Inside Out
  3. Some new song…
  4. Mighty to Save

It was cool to play with these people, and so much fun to be back on the skins! Plus, I was able to make the sound guy happy, which is always a good thing!

Our speaker is a dead giveaway for Tommy Lee Jones on TwitPicDennis Keating (who is a dead look a like for Tommy Lee Jones) from Emannuel Faith in Escondido was our guest speaker today and he shared on 7 Leaks that will Drain Your Soul – here’s my notes:

1. Words without Practice.  Just saying something doesn’t actualize it. Be a TREE not a PIPE.

2. Business without a Purpose.  Just because ministry calls, doesn’t mean that ministry is calling. Why am I doing this? What am I good at?

3. Calendars without a Sabbath. It’s not the things you do in Ministry that kill you; it’s the things you don’t get done. A calendar that doesn’t have the time to fill you up will suck you dry. Rest, Reflection, & Exercise are no longer options.

4. Relationships without Mutual Nourishment. It’s easy in Ministry to be acquainted with too many People, but to be Known by too few. Take the risk of sharing in a reciprocal relationship honestly. Everyone needs a Titus.

5. Personality without Healthy Self-Examination. Ministry is easily Built on Unhealthy needs. I cannot play father to the world.

6. Discipline without Variety. We need to shock & awe ourselves every once in a while. Do something different; read a book, write a song, take a trip, meditate, anything different to break the routine.

7. Natural Giftedness without Spiritual Character. Pastors can go a Long way on “chutzpah“. Stay LOW before the Lord.

God’s power shows up best in dented people…

That was some pretty powerful stuff – I hope I can take it and get it deep in my soul. I want to plan on the long haul, ministry for a lifetime. One thing Dennis said was “Anyone can suck it up and do anything for a couple years”, he went on to say that you MUST view ministry as long term – something many people in ministry do not do.

What about you?


That’s right, we’re moving. Just across town though.

We sold off or gave away most of our furniture – which most of it had been given to us anyway. We garage saled whatever else we could, and we’re ready to move from a 3000 square foot home into a 1200 square foot condo – quite drastic, but we’re really excited about downsizing.

Anyway, many of you already know about this and have offered to help – so here’s the details.

  • We’re going to move on Friday, January 29th and Saturday, the 30th
  • On Friday it’s just going to be low key moving some boxes and stuff throughout the day…
  • On Saturday we’ll start at 9am & move the rest which isn’t too much, some kitchen furniture, beds, a dresser, a couple other small pieces of furniture & whatever is in the garage, bikes, storage boxes, tools, etc.

It should be a fun move (if there’s such a thing). Anyone with a truck is more than welcome – I’ll have some beverages both days & we’ll probably order pizza for lunch on Saturday. Call me, email me, or leave me a comment if you plan on coming or have any questions.

I thought this was pretty cool:

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday defended his choice of a popular evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, rejecting criticism that it slights gays.


Well, not gays getting angry thing… Apparently they’re pretty upset that Pastor Rick Warren promoted the Yes on 8 deal (which, by the way, passed). I think it’s kind of silly – all the anger that is stirred up by both sides of this issue – whatever you believe. If 8 had lost all the ‘Christians’ would be just as mad – so I don’t blame those who are angry – I just want to say that it’s time for everyone start being kinder. That’s all.