Sunday, April 12, 2015

Going away...

It's been a long time since I updated this blog. So long in fact, the link between my domain host and my blog was broken and I didn't even notice. :( So, evidently, I had nothing to say.

With all that said, I'm going to be redesigning and re-purposing my blog around the ideas of coaching and leadership development. So, be patient and watch for the launch.

Neal

Monday, December 16, 2013

Shepherdettes and Shepherds


Children's Christmas Programs. Is there a better way to get in the spirit of Christmas?

As our 4th & 5th grade choir prepared to present their "Living Nativity" musical, they gathered in the foyer, each in costume and awaited their cue. Angels with tilted halos. Wise men with crowns of paper.  The only thing missing was a baby doll Jesus swaddled in a towel. There were, however, shepherds with little stuffed sheep.

Monday, April 15, 2013

VBS - A Tale of Involvement

True confession time. I have had a love-hate relationship with Vacation Bible School.On the one hand, there are the huge relational wins of VBS: kids and adults spend time together around the Word and many of the kids come to know Christ for the first time.

On the other hand,

Saturday, July 21, 2012

10 Ways Camp Natchamama was Like a Cruise

What a summer! Mission trips, swimming, basketball, wrestling and band camps, VBS and early school starts have conspired to steal our weeks of family leisure time.

Recognizing that the summer was rapidly drawing to a close, we reviewed our family calendar a couple of weeks ago and found that attending Camp Natchamama (our church's student camp) as a family would be our best chance for a family vacation.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gutter Guards

Have you ever bowled with gutter-guards? You know, the pop-up fenders that keep your ball in the lane and out of the gutter? I must confess, I have never used gutter-guards, though I'll also confess wondering if I could bowl a perfect game with them. Somehow, I think it would cheapen the experience, since I'm supposed to be capable of rolling a ball down the alley without that safety guard.

Consider extending this idea. How about "fairway guards?" Guards that pop up to keep your golf-ball in the fairway and out of the rough.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day 2011 - Wherever you are...

Louis (l) and Dad (r)
I will not be able to see Dad on Father's Day. While I'll be staying in his house after meeting #1 daughter on her return from Italy, Dad will not be there. I'm not absolutely sure where he's going to be. See, he's on a road-trip of his own...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan - A Summaview

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodCrazy Love is a book I've had on my "to read" list for quite some time. I wish I had gotten to it a lot sooner. Published in 2008 when Chan was serving as pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA, this book is not unlike David Platt's Radical in calling Christians to a lifestyle of total, sold-out obedience to a soverign God. Today, Chan's ministry is one of full-time writing and speaking and I'm greatly anticipating his next book, Erasing Hell: What God says about eternity and the things we made up, which releases in July.

I read this book because I am not immune to creeping staleness in my walk with God. There, I said it.