Tuesday, April 28, 2009




story just came out today! awesome job dad!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Prom 2009

Last night about 700 students hit the dance floor for my school's annual Prom. We took a risk this year, as I cut our budget more than $30,000 moving our venue from the luxurious Hyatt in downtown San Diego, to the SNCO Club inside our local Marine Base, Camp Pendleton. I just wanted to share a few pics, of what I view as my office..the dance floor.
Pop, Pizza, Candy, Fun..TVHS Dances are number #1 (on this side of the Mississippi.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My friend Ben had a good post on his blog about how the current downturn in the economy could provide churches an opportunity to "downsize" in order to more effectively minister in their communities, a profound concept, here's a (link). Christ Community is moving toward becoming an official church plant this year and we would covet your thoughts, prayers, ideas... Here's an article on us in the local paper.

"The common assumption within the North American church is that with the right curriculum, the right principles, and the right programs, values, and goals, the Spirit will act to produce the ministry outcomes we envision. This plug-and-play approach to ministry makes God a predictable, mechanical device and it assumes his Spirit resides within organizations and systems rather than people. In addition, this model of ministry requires a significant investment of money to pay for the buildings, programs, staff, and resources to run the programming. It depends upon the laity’s willingness to give their surplus time and surplus money to keep the church’s programmatic engines running.

But what happens when people have less surplus time and less surplus money—like in a protracted economic recession? Will the mission of the gospel simply have to wait until we can pay for more LCD screens and multi-media auditoriums? Or will we rediscover a different way of participating in God’s re-creative mission? This economic meltdown might prove to be one of God’s greatest blessings to the modern church. We may find that the gospel is an incarnate reality living within and among the people of God, not a program to be designed and marketed. And we may find that the reality of the Good News is transmitted via the human/divine medium of relationship, not simply the electric impulses of digital media."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

the glory days

This is a nostalgic throw back trip down FABULOUS memory lane. Remember when BHS owned division 1 football. For Jake and as many others who want in, NAME YOUR FAVORITE ALL-STAR BULLDOGS --- At least as many as you want to. My favorite Bulldog, an underDAWG, #32, John Blake...all business and wicked genius.

Friday, April 17, 2009

love dem Caps!!

Last night Cash and I went to the grand opening of Fort Wayne's new downtown baseball stadium, and the first home appearance of the Tin Caps. It was quite the night complete with a pre-game F-16 flyover (you know what I always say, "any fly over is tax payer money well spent"), and the unveiling of our new mascot Johnny Be Goode (who burst onto the field like a bat out of hell and danced as if his life were on the line while most of the crowd was in line at the concession stand...I saw you Johnny!). The stadium is incredible and the Gaines family will surely have many great nights there in the future. And so I'll make my annual toungue in cheek taunt and say Lets Go Tin Caps!! Screw the Lugnuts. By the way, the Caps are 7-0!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Even the least of these. . .

Have any of you heard of Susan Boyle's performance on "Britain's Got Talent" this past week? I'm not sure if it's my hormones or the video's emotional background music, but I cannot watch this video without crying. It really impressed on me how often we write people off as nobodies. You have to watch this!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

bo knows the white house

i always knew bo would be back. as first dog.
maybe molly would have been reincarnated as McCain's dog, thank the LORD.

dude has so much charisma and charm, he's near impossible not to like.
i'm glad he has a new buddy now.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Grey being Grey!!

So our baby boy loves sports as you will see, but listen to him tell mommy to stop messing with the paint. " don't touch that, mmmm, mmmm." He's got a little attitude as well to go along with the cuteness. Hope all is well.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Cristos en Estes!

This is a cute video of Caleb (and Eden sort of) breaking down some of the Easter story before we left for Florida. Praise the Lord! Have a blessed day!

Monday, April 06, 2009

And Then There Were Two (Norm and Wes)

So it's down to the final two. With the hopes of an entire state in desperate need of something to cheer about riding on the shoulders of that 2nd half wonder worker from Iron Mountain. With a forecast for 6 inches of fresh white stuff by tip off can the Spartys provide some warmth and sunshine to melt away the cold realities of looming Big 3 bankruptcies, a dismal real estate market, a mayor fresh from the slammer, etc. etc? Can they do this at FORD Field? Can they win one for those carrying pink slips out of the factories? Is this the Hickory Huskies vs. South Bend Central? Do you believe in destiny?

Okay, now that I've sufficiently gotten Jeff (wipe eyes) all in a tizzy with a lot of sentiment, let me get to the real match up. The ESPN Tournament Challenge has come down to the final two as well and it's NORM vs WES. Tar Heels put another hurt on the Spartans and Wes takes the crown. The Spartans pull off the hat trick and knock off their 3rd #1 team in the last week and Norm rides off into retirement adding this win to an already amazing career. Could it get any more poetic? Norm, the sentimental favorite whose legacy is already secure but is looking for the icing on the cake as he wraps up a 33 year career with the whistle and clipboard. Norm, who gets mad props for being the ONLY one to pick both teams in the final game. Norm, who is the only one to believe in the underdogs from E.L., who rubbed shoulders with the starting 5 and Lupe Izzo. Norm, who will surely be donning his throwback 33 jersey worn by none other that the one who took down the "Hick from French Lick" back in the 1979 finals.

NORM vs WES. This isn't MSU vs. UNC. This is Michigan vs. Indiana. I'll let Jeff throw down the smack on Wes who I know would like nothing better than to steal this one shining moment with a torturous MSU defeat. Rumor is he's had it out for the Green and White for years and will have Cash dressed for the game in Carolina blue. Will Indiana gets its revenge or will there be celebration and revelry (beware all couches in E.L...you may want to bathe in fire retardant)? Will cheers be heard from the Carolina blue house on Curdes Ave in the Fort, or from the late night shift on the assembly line watching the final seconds tick off in the break room?

Good luck to both of you. I'll be wearing my Spartan b-ball t-shirt sitting right next to my dad firmly planted on the bandwagon! Go State!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

March for Jesus 09'

Do you remember the chills you'd get as the generators fired up early in the morning on a chilly spring morning, as the driver hit play and we began the march down the streets of Detroit, singing "Jesus Lord of the nation, Jesus, Lord of all"...take a look and see if you'd be down for March for Jesus 09', perhaps a Detroit version and a Los Angeles version. Faith without works is dead- come on all, lets take it to the streets like the early 90's.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

open gym at staples center

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lace up the high tops, call devaney and hatfield - it's open gym at staples center in downtown los angeles thursday night.

meet at the 11th street entrance at 7:30.