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The Chicken

A joke a friend sent me…

Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered.

Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts that they were able to give to their elderly mother who lived far away in another city.

The first said, “I had a big house built for Mama.” The second said, “I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house.” The third said, “I had my Mercedes dealer deliver her an SL600.” The fourth said, “Listen to this. You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can’t read it anymore because she can’t see very well. I met this priest who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty priests 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it.” The other brothers were impressed.

After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank You notes. She wrote: “Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.”

“Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks.”

“Michael, you give me an expensive theater with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people , but all my friends are dead, I’ve lost my hearing and I’m nearly blind. I’ll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.”

“Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you.”

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Baptism Photo Album

Click here to view the online photo album from the baptisms at the Deschutes on August 12th.

There are a lot of amazing pictures so put the slideshow settings on “fast” and make sure you see them all!!

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Family Camp Video

Here is the Family Camp Video that we showed in church yesterday!!

Kudos to Paul Davis for the creative work!

Wishing We Did

Sometimes I hear things in the “Christian World” or in church planting circles that really bother me.

Today was such a day.

Its no wonder that what Jesus prayed for on the last night before his crucifixion (recorded in John 17) was unity. If we all naturally played on the same team there wouldn’t be any need to pray that we would.

The truth, however, is that we don’t always pull the same way or act responsibly with regard to each other and other churches.

Here’s wishing we did…

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To Portland

The Wytsma’s are headed out to Portland today so that I can get the shots I need to go to Uganda… and we’re staying through tomorrow so that we can take the girls to the zoo!!

I’m really excited about a little family trip before Mary Joy starts school in two weeks (yikes!!)

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The Grandparent Video

Here is a short video from Family Camp of Esther on the “Giant Swing.”

It’s a rough cut so I’m calling it the Grandparent video — the kind that 4 Grandparents and 2 parents will watch a thousand times to everyone else’s one :)

Don’t Go to Antioch

Today I’m working on a brief article for an Antioch Magazine that’ll be coming out in September.

The title that I’m going with is “Don’t Go to Antioch.”

You’ll have to wait for it to find out what it’s about :)


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Additional Office Space

Today we got the keys to an additional office on the same floor as our current offices… it is a Godsend!

We’ve been working on top of each other for weeks and now we can spread out a little (and Brandon Reynolds can actually have an office… as seen below!!)

Baptism at the Deschutes

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Baptism yesterday…

These pictures remind me that every person is their own unique story and that nothing is more exciting than changed lives and seeing evidence of a love for God in people’s hearts!!

(We’ll collect all the pictures and have a photo album online soon)

Good Day

Today we baptized 16 people in the Deschutes River…

It was one of the most meaningful ministry events that I’ve ever been a part of.

On top of that, Tamara and I get a night on the town tonight. We are heading out with the Reynold’s and the Bittner’s to Greg’s Grill and then to see The Bourne Ultimatum.

Today is a good day!!

Benjamin Edwards

The best photographer I know now has the best website I’ve seen…

Check it out:

Family Camp Photo Album

Click here to go to the Shutterfly photo album that Kim just loaded up from Family Camp.

There are some spactacular pictures that people are going to want to order!!

Thanks to Greg, Tamara, Gary and Kim for capturing the memories!!

November 26th

It looks like I’ll be going to Uganda on November 26th for two weeks.

I’ll be going with Sisters Community Church who is headed to Gaba and Kapchorwa in Uganda to put on marriage conferences, work with their partner village and to meet and strategize with Africa Renewal Ministries.

It’ll be a great opportunity for me to see how conferences work (something that Antioch might be involved with in the future), how a village partnership looks years down the road and to sit in on discussions and brainstorming with Pastor Peter Kasirivu who founded Africa Renewal.

Lastly, it’ll give me a chance to work out the details with the Africa Renewal team for Antioch’s upcoming trip in February to Uganda.

Lots to look forward to!!

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Back and Forth

We’ve been working on a little experiment in the Wytsma home by putting Sara in with her two sisters in their bedroom – all three girls together.

There’s been a lot more playing than sleeping the last two nights!!

Sara is on cloud 9 and reminds me of the kids that would never go to sleep when I was a camp counselor. We’ll see how it all plays out, but in the meantime there’s a lot of back and forth.

The Blob

So if you didn’t make it to Family Camp… here’s something you missed!!


Someone sent me this quote today:

“No local church can afford to go without the encouragement and nourishment that will come to it by sending away its best people.” – David Penman

It echoes the mantra that we attached to the name of Antioch… that we would be willing to take the best of what God gives us and give it away.

We developed the saying from the example we see in the original church at Antioch (written about in Acts chapter 13) who took the best of what God had given them — Paul and Barnabas, and gave them away — sending them on mission to help others.

This value (what we call “missional”) is reflected in Antioch’s core commitments.

It is a pretty freeing thing to try and hold everything with open hands… even if it isn’t always easy.

In the end, we’ll have done well if we have been able to focus more on the Kingdom of God and what we can give than merely caring for our own church and what we can get.

Family Camp

The Family Camp shirts just came in (as modeled by Brandon Reynolds)!!

Family Camp fun starts today at 4:00 at Camp Tadmor!

Intern Goodbye Party

The staff just said goodbye to our summer interns with a little help from the Westside Bakery.

Caitlin leaves in the morning and Rachel heads to China in two weeks.

It was a blast having them on board and pioneering a program that we hope to have 15 – 20 college students in next summer!

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