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mindless musings of a semi-creative guy

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I was doing some researching on theming and blogging on the Joomla! CMS when I stumbled across this sweet video nugget. See for yourself…

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Creativity, Music, Randomness | , , , | 4 Comments

Work, Church, Budget, Volunteers, Money, (No) Sleep, etc.

Life has been crazy lately.  Now, I don’t want to freak out thinking I’m the only one in the world that has been working hard.  There are definitely people out that that work harder than I do/have.  But….I’m tired.  I’ve been tired.  And this journey has just started.  But…I’m excited.  And I continually become more excited about the possibilities and the look I see on people’s faces when “they get it”.

We had another good meeting tonight.  I’m realizing that as a leader, you need to have your crap together.  Not only do you need to explain yourself to people, but you also have to explain yourself regarding questions you haven’t yet asked yourself.  And, you need to be able to say “You know….I haven’t really thought that through” or “You know what, you’re right.  What was I thinking?”, etc.  I’m learning that.  And those types of questions are tiring.  You have to think.  You have to justify spending $80,000 on a remodel to start a new Family Ministry.  You have to justify moving Adult Sunday School into a Small Group setting in order to free up space in your environment and volunteers.  I definitely think we are on the right track with all of this.  But it is tiring.  But as tiring as the guy collecting cans to recycle in order to get enough money to buy a meal for dinner; thus, I’m not really complaining.  Although, I suppose I am or I wouldn’t have posted this….

Now I feel bad….

Things are going well.  I’m as excited as ever about what’s to come.  And I see the mountain of work before me as a huge challenge…but one that I look forward to hiking up.

In college I went on a few Spring Break trips.  Now, these weren’t the Girl’s Gone Wild types of trips.  Instead, it was quite the opposite.  We went backpacking…with 3 other guys.  It was a dude-fest…in a non-homosexual sort of way.  We had a lot of fun but it sure was a challenge.  Now, I hate running…and really don’t even like walking…but hiking, now that is something I can do…for about 4 hours.  The problem was that these trips were 5-6 days in length…in the back-country…away from civilization…no phones…no email…no vehicle…only you, the trail, and your hiking buddies.  No wife to cook you dinner.  It was a blast…and an amazing up-hill climb at the same time.  The mountains just seemed to continue…and it seems we were constantly walking uphill.  It was torture.  It was horrible.  But I would do it again in a heart beat.  At the time, I would trade it for anything…especially a warm beach with the ocean…and beach volleyball…and a pool…and parties.  But now…I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything…

God has  a plan in all of this.  I just pray we are faithful to follow it…and listen to it…and heed it.  You can’t go wrong following God.  So, the uphill climb sure seems like a long way up.  But eventually we will get there…and see the valleys below…and the peaks across…and the view that can only come from climbing up.  What a sweet view it will be…

Just to leave this post on a solid musical note, check out the YouTube video below.  Imogen Heap rocks it solid.  Love it.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Church, Family Ministry, Music, Personal | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How He Loves Us

…via RagamuffinSoul

I know…it can be pretty lame to post someone else content on your site. But here it is anyways… Tonight we settled in for another round of worship practice. It went well. My feet hurt half as bad as my fingertips do. And they (feet) hurt something fierce. I’m looking forward to third service Sunday. Anyways, on to these clips. Thanks Los for the original post. This song is so powerful…nearly brought me to my knees.

Even more powerful is the backstory…

Oh, how He loves us…

March 21, 2008 Posted by | Church, Music | , , , | Leave a comment

a boy and some new toys…

So, I was asked to play lead guitar for our spur-of-the-moment contemporary Easter service this weekend. I’m better versed with my Taylor Acoustic in my hands…but can’t hardly turn down the opportunity to play with old friends. Oh, my my beautiful wife Sara will be helping with backup vocals. We used to play and sing together all the time, but haven’t really had the time or opportunity to do that lately…so we’re looking forward to it. The only catch was that I sold my Electric guitar a number of years ago when I bought my first acoustic guitar. That posed a bit of an issue as the only other electric guitar around was being used for at least one of the songs. So..to the music store I went with a budget. Here’s what I came home with…

Fender American Standard Stratocaster®
American Strat

Line 6 X3 Live POD

Anyways, I’m stoked. That Line 6 X3 Live rocks! What a powerful piece of equipment. And I’m pretty impressed with the way the Fender handles also. Should be a good time. Will post pictures if time allows…

March 19, 2008 Posted by | Church, Music | , , , , , | 1 Comment

john mayer and a semi-spring afternoon

I grew up listening to classic rock.  My heroes at the time were ZZ-Top, Eric Clapton and Journey.  As I grew older I hung onto Eric Clapton and dreamed of the day when I could play his Unplugged album start to finish myself.  Well, that day never came…thus far.  But, I have added some great musicians to my top-ten lists and rivaling Eric at the top if John Mayer.  Not only does his face seem to make love to the microphone when he sings, he’s also a dang good guitar player.  But…what if I want cake and want to eat it too?  See below…

These guys rock…in a very smooth/talented way…

March 10, 2008 Posted by | Music | , , , | Leave a comment