Tuesday, November 27, 2007


The album I'm listening to most right now...

I love it!

Music really is good for the soul.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hume n' Beans

It's 11:14pm right now, and I'm sitting here in the Meadow Ranch coffee shop at Hume. I got here yesterday afternoon, and after one day up here I have realized something. I miss God.
It's kind of a weird thing to say for me, a pastor who teaches out of God's word every week... But it's how I feel right now. As I was sitting with 270 high school guys and their leaders, around a campfire, singing worship songs and taking communion, I realized how much I miss my God.
I'm not sure what this means for me, but I love Jesus, and want him to restore my heart.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

breakfast pastries

Ever since my office got destroyed by the fire I have been visiting many of the fine eating establishments in our area, using them as a temporary office space. -(hilarious movie)

In these visitations I have sampled many of the pastries that these "cafe's" have to offer. I must say, I have been quite disappointed with the lack of flavor and attention to detail that I have been presented with over the last couple of weeks.

If I find a place with good bagels... they have bad toasters. Good toasters- bad bagels. Muffins are drab, and lack the abundance of blueberries that are necessary for a delicious breakfast experience. (Even the muffin-tops aren't what they used to be ;)

But I have found my pastry of choice! Amongst the coals, I have found my diamond!

The Tart Cherry Scone at Panera is excellent! Topped with a dusting of powdered sugar, these scones are fantastic. Not to sweet (like starbucks) yet with the perfect texture. It is loaded with delicious semi-dried cherries, and is the perfect compliment to a cup of hot coffee.
The $2.49 price tag is a little steep for my liking, but is quickly forgotten after the first bite. I suggest you try one, the are scrumptulescent!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Whats in a name?

Growing up in the O.C. we didn't really develop a nickname for our home town. Tustin was Tustin, Orange was Orange, etc...

When Natalie was going to Biola, there was the odd "Guada-la-habra", but nothing like we have down here in San Diego.

Since we moved down here, I have heard more nicknames for the towns I've lived in than ever before. Our first rental (yeah... we'll never own) was in Escondido. Within the first two weeks I heard "The dido", "Escon-ghetto", and "Sweats-condido".

To the north of us we have "Hot-mecula, or Temec-u-far" (Temecula)

To the south there is "Chula-juana" (Chula Vista)

And then there is the home town of Rancho Bernardo. Natalie and I didn't want RB to miss out, so we nicknamed it "the Nardo". The name stuck and was beginning to be widely used, but since the fires there have been some new names being suggested. There has also been a new town slogan that is circulating the web...

The suggestions for name changes include "Rancho-burn-hardo", and "Rancho Inferno". Both of these names were brought up by people severely effected by these fires... You've gotta love humor in the midst of tragedy.

This made my mind start racing with new ideas for names and slogans for our church (1/2 of which was burned down)
-Can you imagine the possibilities?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

What do we do now?

What do we do now? How can I help?...

If I got a dollar for every time I was asked these questions in the last week, I would be retired, driving a Ferrari, and sitting on my beach front house in Barbados.

This just goes to show that we are in uncharted territories, and that life has taken a significant turn down a road we did not expect.

A lot has taken place since the last time I blogged.

-I Met the fire fighters that saved our church:

(The told me that if I stand with my arms crossed, it would make me look buff)

We sifted through the ashes of Stan and Shana's house...

Since most of their stuff was burned, Natalie and some of our high school girls took Shana (15 yr old sophomore) to the mall for a shopping spree. I am so proud of how the kids @ rbbc have been there every step of the way.

We also:
-Set up a relief center @ our church
-Cleaned up multiple houses of their ash, burned fences, shrubs etc...
-Got interviewed by CNN, 700 club, local news, and more... (So begins my career as a televangelist)
-Had our first church service using only our downstairs facility
*If you are looking for church unity, just burn down the main sanctuary
-And last night had our annual harvest festival, where we had over 400 people from our community come and celebrate God's faithfulness with us.

All this to say -I am sooooo tired- It hit me Sunday after noon, and I have barely been able to function for the last 3 days. My emotions have been all over the place, I almost fell asleep (standing up) while taking Bo on a walk.

Where we go from hear is uncertain, but I know that this is our journey, and I know where it will end.

About Me

I'm a follower of Jesus, Husband to a beautiful wife, father to an amazing boy, and Pastor to wonderful people. I live in Alameda with my wife Natalie. I love food and have secret aspirations of being a chef. I would also love to live in the mountains some day, and have a closet full of flannels.