Monthly Archives: May 2009

Catching Up to be Gone

I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks now.  No good reason, time just seems to be flying by.  I thought I’d share a few quick updates regarding things I’ve been doing and enjoying over the last weeks:

  • I’m loving the new DMB and have been enjoying it on Pandora.  I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s release.
  • I’m still enjoying running.  Ran an 8k on Memorial day in 50:38.  Heather ran a 2 mile on 21:17 the same mornng. 
  • Will be attending KS East‘s Annual Conference June 3rd – 6th and am looking forward to my first session back after being gone for some years.
  • Am getting excited about a coming family camping trip to Arches National Park, June 7th – 15th.
  • And, of course, I’m enjoying Hannah.  She’s been having fun helping in the garden.

hannah garden

Depending on what internet access looks like at annual conference I’ll plan to blog a time or two while there.  Once we leave on vacation though I’m disconnecting from email, twitter, facebook, blogs, the web in general.  I’m looking forward to it!


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The Church and the Grocery Store

I’m helping lead a retreat this weekend for young adult leaders in the Kansas East Conference.  Part of our discussion will use this video as a starting point.

I hadn’t seen it until this week, but am struck by it’s message.  It has also caused me to reflect on a couple of posts from the past year about a new grocery store and a new church in downtown KC.  I continue to find myself feeling hopeful about church renewal and the future of KC.


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40 Days of Prayer for the United Methodist Church

I am very excited to be a part of a prayer campaign for renewal in the United Methodist Church.  The campaign grew out of an idea that Ben Simpson had in March and has evolved into something that is very exciting and has a great deal of potential.  Beginning on May 18th, a prayer will be posted to the United Methodist Young Clergy site each day for 40 days.  These prayers are being written by young United Methodsit Leaders from around the country with their aim being to call upon God’s guidance and direction for the future of the United Methodist Church.  You can sign up to receive the prayers daily using the RSS feed.

I invite you, regardless of age or denominational affiliation, to consider joining us in this campaign to pray for the future of the United Methodist Church.

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He Lives – For Warren, RIP

Less than a month ago I had the privilege of helping lead an Easter worship service that was a joint venture between Resurrection and Grand Avenue Temple.

This evening I learned of the tragic death of one of the participants in that service.  Warren, a member of Grand Avenue Temple, a man who was currently homeless and living under a bridge, was recently killed.  All of the details have not yet been released, but his death has been ruled a homicide.  Funeral services are being planned for Friday.

During Easter worship Warren sang, “He Lives” during a time of transition from the darkness and pain and death that is Saturday to the promise of resurrection on Easter morning.  It was powerful!  On Saturday during a run through of the service he visited some with musicians from Resurrection about how honored he was to be a part of this service.  He confessed that he was quite nervous, but spoke about how powerful it was for him to be waking up on Easter morning from his spot under a bridge and stepping into a worship service to sing of the power of the Easter message and Christ’s resurrection.

Beyond logistical conversations about the service, I never had much chance to visit with Warren.  With that in mind, I hesitate to speculate too much about what it might have meant to him to sing on Easter morning.  However, based on what I saw on Saturday and Sunday I am comfortable to speculate this much.  Warren understood that in the resurrection there is a promise of a better life, an abundant life, a life that is intended to be both here and now as well as a life that is to come after this one ceases.

Understanding the power of the resurrection and experiencing it as a part of the Grand Avenue Temple community, Warren lived it out in remarkable ways.  Warren modeled the power of the resurrection, this call for abundant life.  He showed that no matter who you are or what difficulties you face in life, it is important to be involved in a faith community where you can both learn and grow in your faith and serve others.  He understood that we have all been given gifts and that we are called to share them with others so that they might bring honor and glory to God.  He understood the importance of not letting your nerves or inhibitions stand in the way of who God is calling you to be and how God is calling you to serve.

I will always remember Warren’s role in Easter worship and the ways in which it blessed me and as I do I will continue to reflect on the words of that song that he sang, on the powerful ways in which he lived his life, and on the power of the resurrection.

I serve a risen Saviour; He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him He’s always near.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair.
I know that He is leading, thro’ all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian! Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart

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My First 10k

I ran my first 10k on Saturday.  It was the Heart and Sole classic put on by the Olathe Running Club.  It was a beautiful morning and a nice race.  It was good to run with Ben and Andrew.  Here’s a pic of us before the race.


The 10k course was two laps around the 5k, here’s us making the turn for the second lap.


Going into the race I had two goals – 1) to finish the race without walking and 2) to finish it in less than an hour.  Here’s me sprinting to the finish line just moments before my 57:41 finish.



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Avoiding Swine Flu

I received the following in an email this morning.  If you’re trying to avoid swine flu, don’t do this.


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