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Tagged Self-Disclosure

I was tagged by Ryan Day to participate in the following exercise in self-disclosure.

1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself.
3. Tag random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.

Here are my 7 things about me… We might want to call this 7 random facts about me….

1.  I met my wife Jennifer at Southeastern University – Lakeland, FL and was married at her home church in Columbus, GA in 1995.  Yes I married a southern girl!  Since then, we have had two beautiful children.  Samantha (8) and Hannah (6-who believes that she is 16.) A common side effect of youth ministry.

2. I have been in ministry since age 17.  When I was in high school I led worship for our junior high ministry in my home church in Sarasota, FL and was highly involved in multiple ministry opportunities.  What is interesting about that is Chris Connell who is our Associate Pastor at my current church where I am working was the junior high Pastor.  Who would have thought we would have crossed paths later in my life? 

3.  I love being with my wife and children.  There is nothing better in life then hanging out with my family over a good southern cooked meal and just being together.  I really  enjoy how our family can make each other laugh and just have fun with life.

4. My whole married life I have had a sibling or relative live in my house.  Right after I was married my middle brother came to live with us after having some difficulties as a teenager and after he finished high school he joined the military.  Not long after this my wife’s father passed away and her mother became chronically ill and has lived with us since then.  Currently my youngest brother, along with mother in law lives with us.  

5. I am an Associate Youth Pastor currently.  I basically take care of all the programing and oversee all the ministries within our department.  I also do a lot of the design stuff for our ministry.  I create t-shirts, brochures, logos, and anything else that we need.  I also lead worship for our ministry and give direct oversight to our small groups.  All I can say is fun! 

6.  I am a coffee consumer!  I originally started drinking coffee when I was a teenager.  I went to a dinner with my Uncle Allen and he got me hooked!  Since my addiction I have consumed massive amounts of Starbucks, Caribou and Fair Trade coffee- Larry’s Beans.  I enjoy collecting coffee from around the world.  My favorite coffee blend so far is from Ecuador and from the Galapagos Islands

7.   I am the most unique person I have ever met.  I am analytical, creative, relational – at times shy and withdrawn, musical, friendly, I am passionate – about life and God, a leader and humbly down to earth – about life and religion, I am authentic, genuine and yet complex at times because of my analytical mind, I am fun, realistic, romantic – at least my wife thinks so…. and I love to help people succeed at life, I am a good friend. 

I tagged Mark Carr, Micheal Moss, Paul Jenkins, James Halfhill

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Coffee Prayers

El Salvador

As many of you know I really enjoy a great cup of coffee.  I also collect coffee beans from around the world.  When I say collect, it isn’t the type of collection that you hold onto as a treasure, but one that you are able to share with friends, family or on special occasions.  I have started to buy an organic bean that Larry’s Beans distributes.  I get the beans from Coffee World, here in Raleigh.  I know we live in a Starbucks society, but after drinking a cup of organic beans you can taste the difference.  Right now I am drinking coffee from El Salvador.  What a great light taste it has with a hint of marshmallow as a sweet finish for every sip. Yummy! 

One of the new traditions that we are  starting as a family is praying for the country and any missionary we might know, according to were the coffee that we are drinking is from.  (Right know we are praying for the country of El Salvador and a friend of mine – Kevin Stewart.)  It really is a great way to teach your child about what is happening around the world, the locations of the country and talk about how missionaries are reaching people with the gospel message. 

Maybe the next time you grab of a cup of coffee you might think about that country, someone you might know and pray for them.  I think it is important for us to look for signs and ways to pause in our busy world and pray for what really matters, the people who we as a body are targeting to reach.

Emerging Adventures…

emerging

I found this picture at bob.blog and thought it was too great!  I love how some of our older generation is using this time in their life as a platform to reach our younger generation.  Many of us remember the little old lady that thought our Sunday School class and made a huge impact in our lives or maybe in the lives of some of our friends, but how do the older generation fit into today’s Emerging church? 

I was recently in a local coffee house and was online blogging.  As I was blogging, I watched as some senior citizens engaged in conversation with some young people who where probably in their 20’s.  One of the guys who was at least in his 60’s approached me in a conversation.  What a great opportunity for our older men and women of the today to embrace the many opportunities and share what God is doing in their life and reach out to our post-modern culture. 

I believe this is the key, to embrace many the opportunities that are available in today’s culture and begin to step out of our comfort zones and engage in conversation.  You never know how a kind word or showing interest in someone’s life could be the doorway that God uses to bring salvation to someone who doesn’t have a personal relationship with Christ. 

This principle isn’t just for our seniors, but each of us must begin taking advantage of our culture’s lifestyle and go to the coffee shops, malls, community events, even getting involved in your local community recreation center and engage in conversation.  Maybe, as we begin using what God has already given us, He will open a door for you reach someone who would never enter a church on a Sunday.

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