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The Matsiko Ugandan Kids Choir is joining Antioch this Sunday for a short performance at the beginning of the service. After singing for the main church service, the choir will perform for the older kids in the Antioch Kids Ministry as well as answer questions and interact.

The choir was featured in the Bend Bulletin on Monday and are singing throughout Oregon this week.

We were blessed to have the opportunity fall into our laps and are excited to host them this Sunday!!

Kids Ministry

I came across this statistic today from pollster George Barna.

Barna writes that “only one out of every five senior pastors considers their church’s ministry to children to be one of its most important efforts.”

Sounds pretty crazy, right?

Anyway, one of the things I think the world can use a lot more of is self awareness. So the challenge for me in this is to realize that we often resemble in real life a lot of things that look shocking on paper.

I want to make sure that I don’t simply assume that kids are a big priority… I want to make sure that they are.

This quote will give me lots to think and pray about, and I hope I don’t ever find myself on the wrong side of the statistic.

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Posted in: Antioch Kids

Psalm 42

This morning Dennis Keating preached on Psalm 42 at Antioch.

It was hands down one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard on suffering, doubt and waiting on God.

I thought I’d pass along the link to the webcast… just click here.

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Posted in: pain, sermons, videos


So here are some random Friday morning thoughts:

  1. I wish I could still sleep like I did when I was in high school… I’ve had way too many sleepless nights lately.
  2. I had a great talk with Dennis Keating yesterday. Dennis is the pastor of a large church in Southern California and is speaking at Antioch on Sunday. Something Dennis said really resonated with me… he said that it seems like the best thing to do in Bend is “teach on Ephesians chapter 4 like seventeen times in a row.” Ephesians 4 talks about the church. I think there was a lot of truth in the overstatement. There is so much confusion out there about the BIBLICAL picture of church and if we don’t catch the same vision for church then it’ll be hard to stick together. Clarity is necessary for unity.
  3. Does anyone else think that there aren’t that many good movies out right now?
  4. Mentors: In the last couple of days I’ve connected with several of my mentors for various reasons. It’s nice to have guys out there to bounce ideas off of and to get advice from. The guys that I consider mentors are Luke Hendrix who lives in Vancouver and is the Executive Pastor at Imago Dei, Tim Kizziar who is the Lead Pastor at Sisters Church about a half hour north of Bend, Dennis Baker who is a church consultant and part time Bend resident (when the weather is good!) and Rick Gerhardt who is an elder at Antioch and helps me remember to think biblically and to trust God rather than always trying to fix my own problems. At the top of the list would also by my dad, but his title is “Pops” not “mentor.”
  5. Tamara is moving into her second trimester with baby #4 (sure to be a girl).
  6. I’ve always wanted to do a thorough study on heaven and the afterlife and kind of think its time to start. If I could just get some better sleep maybe I’d actually be able to read one more book a week :)
  7. This Sunday we’re beginning to take sign ups for Family Camp. Family Camp is probably one of the top three events of my year!! Which reminds me, last year some lady left the church because we had paintball (people shooting each other) in the Family Camp video. Anyway, we’re still going to have paintball.
  8. Lastly, it’s Friday… pretty sweet!!

Worship Night

Antioch is having a church wide worship night tonight at Summers Hardwood Flooring.

So here’s the truth… I wasn’t too stoked on going, but the more I’ve been hearing the tough stuff going on in people’s lives over the last two days (life is messy), the more I’ve begun to really look forward to just spending some time with people worshipping God. Sorry if that sounds cliche…

To me, something like this is a success if people walk out having connected with God. In other words, I define worship as successful if it becomes prayer.

4 Coffees

One of the best things I do is meet for coffee with people.

There’s nothing like sitting down 1 on 1 with someone and connecting, discerning what the Holy Spirit is up to, dreaming about ministry and possibilities, getting things done (always a favorite of mine), networking and sometimes just listening to each others stories.

The one part I don’t like about it is too much coffee.

Today, I had four amazing coffee meetings that got me amped about being in ministry, but pushed me way over my coffee limit!!

Nothing like having to snap out of a caffeine hangover to meet the energy of 3 kids under the age of 7!!


Posted in: journal


Sometimes things are better when they are said simply.

I love this from Saint Ignatius:

It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.

World Relief Talk

Last night we got to hear a presentation from KK Lee.

KK is the technical director for HIV/Aids in Asia for World Relief.

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a good testimony and last night I was blown away. KK lived for 21 years in Malasia with an unrepaired cleft palate and couldn’t even speak. At age 21 he received a surgery, learned how to talk and then embarked on an 11 year backpacking trip around the world. During that time he learned to speak, read and write four different languages and obtained a college degree in Florida in just 2 1/2 years while working two jobs.

Dan Brose introduced KK as a real life “Forrest Gump” because of all the amazing things that he’s simply stumbled into in his life.

Anyway, it sure was nice to hear a story that puts my own problems (I just mailed my taxes off) into perspective. It was also an amazing reminder that little things like a surgery for someone in a poor country can make such a huge difference.

Linda @ Moody

So Linda Janney is at Moody Bible College repping the intern program with Moody students all week.

This morning I got this snazzy little pic with Caitlin Walsh in it (Caitlin was our first intern last summer). Tons of fun :)

Talk on HIV/AIDS in Asia

We’re blessed to have the World Relief Regional Director for HIV/AIDS in Asia joining us this Monday for a talk and Q & A. Anyone is welcome to come!

Below is the little event blurb:

Join us Monday evening, April 14th from 7-9 pm at Summers Hardwood Flooring to hear KK Lee the Asian Regional HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor for World Relief. Lee has a BA in Entomology and Horticulture and a Masters of Divinity.

Prior to joining World Relief, KK was a Project Supervisor for Cedarfund (HK) based in Xishuangbanna and Kunming, Yunnan, China. As the Project Supervisor, he managed integrated community development projects and led HIV/AIDS prevention education projects in high schools.

Come out and listen to him share his experiences in Asia.

Staff Birthday Lunch

We normally take staff out to lunch when it is their birthday.

I wasn’t too excited that we were going to Kip’s favorite (El Caporal) today, but I was glad that I got to see the Mexican Happy Birthday sung to both Kip & Courtney.

The hat really made it for me :)


Posted in: Antioch, kip


Another church in town graciously gave us a van that they no longer needed.

Kip and the High School group are breaking it in this weekend with a trip to Seattle.

Here she is in all her glory!!


Here are two pictures from Antioch’s 1st Marriage Retreat that we had in Lake Oswego this past weekend.

I was amazed that we had 88 people come to a “marriage conference”!!

Brandon Reynolds did an amazing job setting it up!

Yellow Bean Project

Below is the text of an e-mail from the young business man from Bukwo that John Courtney, Kim and I had the pleasure of meeting and working with while in Uganda. Antioch funded an entrepreneurial project of growing a lucrative cash crop of yellow beans in Bukwo that Martin was going to administer.

Martin is amazing. This excerpt is only half of the e-mail that he sent with detailed records, names and rules for the farmers in the project. A third of them live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and a third of them are widows.

We’re pretty excited to see what Martin will be able to accomplish through the yellow bean project!!


Praise God John!

How are you and your wife? Hope you are fine and doing well. I am fine and ok too. I came from Bukwo on 31st March 2008 and am now in Kampala for a week trying to prepare for my exams due next month.

I managed to purchase 450 kgs of yellow beans at a rate of $1 per kg, seeds preservative chemical 8kgs at $6.25 per kg totalling to $50, facilitation during training $ 31.3, transport to Bukwo plus loading and offloading expenses $78.1 and hired a fully prepared 1.5 acres of land for the church to grow some of the beans at a cost of $90.6.

We managed to identify majorly the needy people from the church, IDP camps and widows who had land ready for planting but had no access to any kind of seeds.

Total of 45 people were selected to pioneer the yellow beans project i.e. 15 in the church, 15 IDP camps and 15 widows.

I named the project “Torasis Church Farmers Project (TCFP) Bukwo“. I also drafted beneficiaries’ membership form, which aimed at capturing the necessary information ranging from personal, educational, religious, employment/occupational and farming information. Passport photographs was also taken and attached to the membership form.

The membership form contains 12 simple rules and regulations governing the project.

Approximate total of 18 acres of land contains yellow beans. We are expecting a maximum output of 10 tonnes and minimum of 7 tonnes in June 2008 upon the success of the pioneer project.

Otherwise I will be in touch with Pastor Fred and also give him this report and the receipts. Most of all everybody was excited about the yellow beans and they are really grateful and please receive their best regards and thanks be to God for your efforts and the Antioch Church at large.

We trust God and we are sure all will be well. Looking forward to hearing from you!


Thank You!

Martin Muneria


Posted in: Uganda

American Idol (Cruise Edition)

So Kim Hunt (Antioch’s Director of Arts) just got back from her one week cruise down around Mexico.

While on the cruise, Kim won the on-board American Idol contest (sounds like glorified Karaoke) and was crowned the cruise’s Miss Princess Pop Star!!

Unfortunately, Kim refuses to send me the picture for all of our viewing pleasure :)


Posted in: journal beta is live

Check out Antioch’s new webpage.

It’s been a year and a half since the web page has had a facelift.  In many ways it is the front door to our church since we meet in rented facilities.  It’s fun to finally have it freshened up! 
We’re still working out some bugs, but we wanted you to be able to see it and tell us what you think!!  


Posted in: Antioch, web

Old Mill Marketplace Space!!!

The college that was given to Antioch (High Desert Christian College) just signed on this amazing space in the Old Mill Marketplace yesterday.

It’s absolutely HUGE inside and will look amazing when it is painted, remodeled and has the espresso machine installed.

The main uses will be a bookstore for the college, the college, community education opportunities, a missions office, desserts and art sales / art shows to start with.

E-mail me at if you would like to help with the construction side of the remodel or would like to help furnish the facility!!


Posted in: Antioch, college

Little Girl’s Letter

So I got this killer letter from a little girl in our church.

She sent this letter in with $100 in cash. How cool is that?


Posted in: Antioch, journal

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