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Church Planters

I hung out for 4 hours last night with two new church planting friends… Tim Bach and Lonnie Chapin.

Tim and Lonnie are professional musicians and are looking to plant a church in a year or so.

I always love hanging out with other church planters. There seems to be a common DNA and it’s fun not having to explain all your feelings and reasons for doing things.

Church planters keep me excited about the state of the church in America. And, as I e-mailed someone earlier today…

“The church is a lot like Noah’s Ark… it stinks a lot of the time, but if you get out, you will drown. Hopefully enough of us disenchanted folks will have the humility to not shoot her full of holes and the pride to work hard enough to make her seaworthy.”

Deschutes River Trail

Here’s a picture of Tamara yesterday evening. I snapped it on the ol’ Blackberry while we were hiking down the Deschutes River Trail.

I’ve been carrying a lot of stress lately and I’m pretty excited about our plan of taking every Sunday evening as a “Date Night.” Hiking the trail from our house down to The Old Mill is also part of our new Sunday evening plan.

Long live “Date Night” and thank God for babysitters!!!

Golf Pics

Great Oregon Divot

The 2nd Annual Antioch Golf Tournament was today… and the weather couldn’t have been better!!

There were 22 teams and the whole course at Aspen Lakes was ours for the better part of the morning and afternoon.

It’ll be a few days before we’ll know how much we raised for our Uganda partnership, but by all counts it was a huge success!!

P.S. I think my team only used one of my shots all day… pretty embarrassing stuff :)

Worship Pastor

We’re currently in the search for a full-time Worship & Music Pastor for the church.

It’s funny how easy it is to decide to find someone in contrast to how difficult it is to actually find someone.

Anyway, it looks like I might be flying down to San Clemente in two weeks to meet with a couple. The irony of it all is that the wife was in my college group years ago and that they are currently at the same church Kirk and Amanda Patterson used to attend (and that’s where the weird coincidences begin!)

I’ll save more of the details for the future… the bottom line is that in the middle of a series on prayer I find myself more and more in need of it.

If you want, I’d love for a bunch of people to join the Prayer Group on our new networking site. If you do, you’ll get prayer updates and be able to leave comments & praises.

Lots going on!!

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Podcast Group

Good news!!

We’ve set up the Podcast Group on the new online hub.

See the instructions below to sign up and then look under “P” in the group’s section for the Podcast Group. Once you see it you can click on “join”.

Once you have joined you will be able to access uploads, leave feedback and stay connected on new posts.


Time to jump on!!!

Antioch has set up a new church networking hub through OIKOS. “Oikos” is Greek for ‘house’ or ‘home’ and is designed to bring a church community together through effective use of technology.

There are a million ways we will be able to use Oikos, but the best way for me to communicate those is to get EVERYONE to SIGN UP and GET GOING!!

Simply log in as a guest and then request membership at the top right. Once you are in as a member make sure to set your own personal profile and watch all of the tutorials. There are so many neat features and fun things to do that it’ll take a week to get to the bottom of it!!

Good stuff.

Apologetics Conference

We received confirmation on all the big pieces of an Apologetics Conference we’ve been working on yesterday (funny how things usually happen all at once!!)

The date (November 7-9, 2008), the location, and all three of the speakers.

I’m pretty excited about the lineup of speakers since two of them (J.P. Moreland and Scott Rae) are old philosophy professors of mine. Moreland is one of the preminent Christian thinkers alive today and Scott Rae sits on more medical ethics boards at major universities than I can remember. In addition, Craig Hazen who chairs the Masters in Apologetics program at Biola University, will be coming.

It should be a pretty sweet conference!!

Kudos to Rich Waller who has been doing a lot of legwork on this!!

Quote of the Day

I like what C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham says about friendship in his biography on Lewis called Jack’s Life.

Gresham writes, “Now friendship in those days was a bit different from what it is today; friends did not have to agree on everything and often agreed on practically nothing.”

He goes on to say, “In today’s world we seem to have lost the real meaning of friendship. If someone disagrees with us, it is fashionable today to dislike them for it. This is silly and robs us of the best kind of friends we could find, for if we are always agreed with, we can never really have a serious conversation; we cannot learn from someone who agrees with whatever we say.”

Human Rights Series Promo

On November 4, 11 and 18 we will be focusing on what the scriptures say about human rights and spotlighting lots of different issues and ways that people can get involved.

No series has ever had so much of my heart wrapped up in it…

Anyway, Chris Kas and Courtney have been working on a lot of video to accompany the series. Here is the promo video that was in my inbox this morning.

Fun Times

We had a lot of fun at the conference in Atlanta as a team. Here are some of my favorite memories:

Tops was the “Guy” sleeping next to Kim (pictured below)…

My amazing driving on the Atlanta streets in a Mini Van with a terrified (and horrified) Gary in the back seat…

Reynolds just plain being himself…

The 6’5″ Irish guy with a 1″ diameter handlebar mustache who gave us directions at 6:30 a.m. at Starbucks… (not what you normally see in the South!!)

The blimp that floated around inside the Arena dropping free Mac coupons… (we didn’t get one!)

And, lastly, hanging out with Anthony Parla from Oasis Church who went with us…


I’ve been reflecting on my time at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta for the last day now.

The conference is designed for next generation Christian leaders, but it feels a whole lot more like two straight days of church with great worship and great preaching… I loved it!!

There’s nothing like getting away every now and then and being filled up. Working full time at a church can often leave you upside down — putting out more than you’re taking in (a good recipe for burn-out). Not this week. This week I got to take it all in!!

Francis Chan gave a message so powerful that I’m planning on showing it down the road at Antioch on a Sunday morning.

Craig Groeschel gave another talk that was as authentic and transparent as any I’ve ever heard. His prayer to God was “disturb me” so that he wouldn’t become a Practical Atheist — someone who says they believe in God, but lives life as if He doesn’t exist. Powerful stuff!!

I’ve never gone to a conference that I didn’t like, and this one ranked up towards the top!

No place like home…

After being awake for 22 straight hours, the team arrived back in Redmond at midnight last night.

After a short six hours of sleep, I was greeted by three beautiful faces bouncing around me on the bed this morning.

There’s no place like home!!!

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Rick McKinley

I just got confirmation today on the Blackberry while walking around in Downtown Portland that Rick McKinley is confirmed to come and speak at Antioch on December 30th.

Rick is the Lead Pastor of the Imago Dei Community in Portland. He has authored two books: Jesus in the Margins and This Beautiful Mess.

Rick was on my church planting board and I’ve heard him speak on numerous occasions. He is a great leader and teacher and I am excited that the Antioch folks will get a chance to be blessed by him…

Out of Office Reply

Tamara and I are heading to Portland for two days tomorrow right after church.

We were supposed to be heading to Napa, but that would have cut it too close on the return trip as I have to be on a plane Tuesday afternoon. Kim, Brandon, Gary and I are heading to the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Needless to say, you’ll get the “out of office” reply from me this week!!

I can’t wait to get some much needed time away with Tamara and then follow it up with quality time with the team… Week’s like this should come around more often!!

Prayer Series

This week at Antioch we are beginning a three week series on Prayer.

I’m really looking forward to it as it is one of those topics that always seems to be referenced, but never dealt with directly.

Anyway, I’ve taken on a side prayer commitment during these three weeks and am hoping to see God do some pretty amazing things!!

Ransom Wear

I met a new friend this week named Dave Rogers.

Dave spends all of his time travelling to India and surrounding areas helping people and villages start micro businesses so that they can be self sufficient.

His primary calling, however, is helping to buy women out of sex slavery and establish them in communities where they can rebuild their lives.

I’ve never heard of anything so solid.

Dave is the man!!

Good Friends

One of the differences between good friends and just regular acquaintances is seen in the area of encouragement.

I’ve never thought about this before, but in the last two days it has jumped out at me.

Good friends seem to have a knack for when to encourage you and how to encourage you. I think it’s probably what we mean by saying friends are “there” for you.

Yesterday another photographer encouraged Tamara with her photography in a way that was so deep and meaningful that it changed her whole outlook and confidence levels.

Today, I had one of my staff people at Antioch thank me for giving her the opportunity to be a part of the church – they were such kind words as she knows that I should be thanking her!!

So I’m praising God today for good friends and how they seem to always get it right and know just how to keep us going!!

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