My poor little neglected blog…..

I am ramping up for the most busy, stressful, exciting 3 months of my life.  But I think I need to blog more to get through it.

I still haven’t shared much from my retreat. Kinda processing.  Kinda moved on.

I may go way back to share more of my story.  I left off around the time I returned from Italy and before I went to Harding.

I have been reading my journals/diaries from HS and college and laughing at myself.  May share some poems or stuff from way back.

I will prob blog more about psychology/mental health stuff since that will be a focus in my life the next 3 years and until I die.

And talk about transitions.


Random Thoughts of Hodgepodge Miscellany

National Championship Game:
Brother in Christ, Colt McCoy is awesome, but I have been a fan of the REAL UT-Tennessee (and therefore, SEC) since the days of Andy Kelly.  It’s still weird to root for Bama, so I guess I just hope it’s close and exciting.

People’s Choice Awards
I accidentally/unfortunately watched the last 20 minutes and have two observations:

  1. there sure was “a lot of love in there”–the latest and lamest expression to evoke applause from the crowd. If someone was playing a drinking game (sadly, that’s what kids do now) and took a shot each time Latifah or someone yelled that, they would have been passed out before it ended.
  2. Is Johnny Depp really as goofy as he appeared, or did he just really not want to be there because it wasn’t the Oscars??  Or maybe he just couldn’t recover from Sascha Baron Cohen?

My Son
My boy threw his cup of hot chocolate over his shoulder last night and made a big mess.  This was a few minutes after getting home from school, soon after hitting his sister.  I was furious.  Haven’t been that annoyed in a long time.  The strange thing is, I didn’t even come close to yelling.  I am just not a yeller (which means, I will never be an ‘old yeller’).

Plus, I don’t recall the last time he was spanked.  My wife doesn’t even like me to joke about spanking in public up here since some people and the social services seem kinda extreme in the other direction.  So, we really don’t spank even though we would like to.

So, I made him meticulously open and wipe each drawer.  Then we put all the toys in the bathroom sink so he could wash them off.  The main way I expressed my anger was by throwing away one of his Christmas presents.  It was a small and inexpensive one (hot wheels loop) that I figured we could buy again sometime this year.  It was in the toys that got dirty.

When my wife (at the grocery during this whole thing) got home, she dug the toy out of the trash.  I had cleaned out the fridge, added food to the trash, tied it and took it outside.  She still went after it.

But not to give back to the boy, she was fine with that.  She was not okay with losing the $5. That’s my wife.

Oh, by the way, the reason he tossed his hot chocolate….there weren’t any marshmallows in it.  Now you understand my rage.

Taylor Swift
If Taylor Swift sweeps the Grammys this month, I may just give up music all-together.  I don’t understand the phenomenon.  I just really hope that in 15 years she isn’t making out with Miley Cyrus on MTV’s Music Awards, or Pay-Per-View.

Air Travel
Do you think the security mess will be cleared up by March when some of us fly to Tulsa?? Me, neither.  Oh well.  Maybe I should just start walking now.

Culture Wars
Now that the holidays are over, I just don’t know where to express my angst against all that is wrong with America.  I guess the sinful game of President-bashing is still going on.

Sherlock Holmes
I was hoping to see the film this week, but it might be next week.  I enjoy going to movies by myself to zone out for a couple of hours.  I never go to a movie expecting Citizen Kane or The Godfather, just to be entertained.  Some are more entertaining than others, and make you think.  That’s appreciated but not necessary for me.  I may be a snob about some things (mainly Italian food), but film is not one of them.

Congrats to all who got snow.  We may get 1-3 inches here.  It might affect the commute if it hits in the morning, but otherwise, that amount will be clear before the day is over.  The shovelling isn’t even that bad for that amount.  It’s all relative.

I still have some Christmas money left over and I know I am going to see Sherlock Holmes and probably eat out at the Indian food buffet.  I may just go ahead and buy books that I want to read someday.  I keep hearing about “The Crucified God” by Jurgenn Moltman and “The Wounded Healer” by Nouwen.  I really want a commentary on Deuteronomy by Brueggemann, but since I don’t have plans to teach/preach on Deut anytime soon, it’s hard to spend $30 on that.

Speaking of books, I put those books I tried to sell here on Ebay, and nobody wants them there either.  I guess I am asking too much.  I will probably give them away.

I do intend to pick up my “How I Got Here” series soon.  I am still enjoying “Introverts in the Church” a lot and will share more in the next week.  I also received a copy of “How People Grow” by Cloud/Townshend and it looks great.

Oh Wait, How About NFL Playoffs for fun:
Jets over Bengals
Ravens over Patriots
Packers over Cardinals
Eagles over Cowgirls

Have a great Snow Day!!

Weekend Reading

Here are some insightful, interesting, and fun things to read:

Blaine Tucker hit one out of the park with “The Club.”  I loved this.  Blaine was in Italy right after me and married my wife’s roommate and our friend/co-worker from Italy.

18 Tricks/Tips for Memorizing Scripture

This is sad but likely to make it into many sermons.  Woman was dead for 18 months and no one noticed.

I don’t like this t-shirt at all.  Give the bucks to feed someone or leave a big tip with your church business card next time you eat out.

Lots of good stuff, as usual from Dan Edelen at Cerulean Sanctum.  Check out “Wicked Systems

Christianity is too Happy?!!?!?!? What?  You need to read what Jeff says.

An Evangelical Bailout Package by C. Michael Patton

Some Church Pet-Peeves from 2or3.  Me, too!

Some bloggers I recently discovered/met:

Jay Towell at Overflow

Carl Feril at Checking the Mail

And just for fun: Time’s top 25 Horror Movies (I had not heard of most of these.  One Disney classic is included but it is a serious list)

And no I did not write this post from my Blackberry.

Have a great weekend and a great Lord’s Day with His People.  Even if you don’t think you need to be there, someone might need you.  And God deserves it, anyway.

What’s Up With Me?

I’m good. I haven’t been blogging lately. Just in one of those blogging ruts. I do plan to share more of my story later this week, but for now just wanted to ramble on about my summer.

The next four months will be busy.  Here is what’s going on in my world:


  • Going to see the Wolverine movie as soon as possible, probably Saturday afternoon.  I loved reading those comics when I was young and glad Hugh Jackman has been playing him.
  • I am taking a Leadership class from May through December.  It is only one day a month but a full day.  Lots of materials.  I am excited.  I will definitely share more about it later.
  • We are going to spend a weekend in Philly in May.  Take the kids to the aquarium in Camden, NJ, and try to spend maybe a day seeing cool stuff in downtown Philadelphia.


  • I will be 33 years old on June 4th.  Jesus didn’t live much past that if he made it that far.  That’s wierd.
  • The men’s retreat in Kent, CT, every June is a highlight.  Beautiful area, good fellowship, just an overnight trip but refreshing.
  • Going to preach in upstate NY for my aunt and uncle’s congregation.  They live 50 miles in two directions from the nearest Churches of Christ and started meeting in their garage, and now have a building.  I am excited.  I have never been invited to speak anywhere and am glad to encourage this small congregation.
  • There is a Golf scramble fundraiser for our Bible Camp the end of the month.  That should be fun.


  • My wife’s older sister is coming to visit for a couple of weeks and we will probably take her into the city.
  • Camp Manatawny.  Our Bible lessons for junior high 2 week of camp is Philippians 2:5-8.  I need to write two lessons in the next 3 weeks but I love camp and can’t wait for that.


  • We are resurrecting a VBS program.  I asked one teen to help and she replied, “What’s VBS?”  That tells you how long it has been since this congregation had VBS.  Once I explained it, she liked the idea.  We are only doing a one-day program.  Lots of time and energy and prayer will be needed started now to make that a success.

French Fries Fast

Say that three times real fast.  I am going to attempt to survive the entire month of December without eating one french fry.  I think I can do it.  It will be difficult.  I love Five Guys Fries, and even McDs.  Pray for me.


I love my guitar.  I am building up callouses.  I like my DVD that is teaching me chords and basic songs.  I bought three books.  One has children’s songs.  One has hymns.  The other is 65 “3-chord” songs.  It’s amazing how many songs only have three chords.  Some of the chords are hard and they don’t always sound exactly like the guy on the DVD but I am still excited.


It’s beard season again.  I shaved my goatee a week ago and began the full beard.  I shaved my neck last night.  There will be updates with fotos along the way.


I am now picking the Giants vs the Steelers for the Super Bowl.  That would be much better than Geezer Bowl with Kerry Collins vs Gus Frerotte.


I forg0t our check for the offering today.  Marisa writes them when we get our paycheck, so they are ready to go.  So, we had set apart the funds in our heart, just not in our pocket.


It’s already December.  Yikes!  Christmas, then New Year’s.


I really want to go to Tulsa this spring.  I am trying to talk Marisa into coming.  Decisions, decisions.  Hope to meet up with some of you.  We will see.