Monday, April 30, 2007


PDX Leadership retreat

Saturday I headed to the Doubletree Hotel for the second weekend in a row. Last week was an event planned to help our 30+ interns know what they are doing next year. I enjoyed getting to know them. Some are going to East Asia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Croatia, and a myriad of other places. One team is going to Reno, Nevada and it is this team that I spent the most time with. I'm looking forward to spending more time with them in the future as we trust the Lord together to see the 24,000+ students have the opportunity to hear the gospel.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of being with 50 student leaders for our campuses in the Portland Metro area. It was fun to hear their heart and see their willingness to proclaim Christ in their words and deeds. I gave a talk on living out your faith in the midst of this world and what does it look like to have a personal ministry.

Was able to converse with 6 students at length from Portland State, University of Portland, and Lewis and Clark specifically. They continually remind me of why I do what I do and I am blessed.

Monday, April 23, 2007


Smells Like Teen Spirit

A couple of weeks ago, I was tired of hearing Love Me Do by the Beatles on my phone. Mark Lovejoy and Keith Phinney were the final say on what song I would hear all the time.

The vote was Smells Like Teen Spirit. I actually like it better 'cause it is a quieter song but to be honest I couldn't remember who sang it. Carla and Terry helped me out today and reminded me that it was Nirvana. (it was their first real hit on the charts)

Friday, April 20, 2007


New Game: Ticket to Ride

Last night I was celebrating a friend's birthday and we played a game called Ticket to Ride. The board is an image of the U.S. or you can get other games for other countries. The cities are connected by potential train routes and your task is to finish the routes before the end of the game.

I wish I could say I won... actually it would have been great if Shasta won since it was her birthday, but alas neither one of us did. Oh, well... I've long ago learned and continue to learn that most of the time I will not come in 1st. But I can always try.

Monday, April 16, 2007


A Honken Pizza

While traveling to a new campus, you do what we call "decoding" a campus/community. Some things to look for:
~ where are the students hanging out?
~ are their affinity groups that hang out in a different location?
~ what makes this campus unique?
~ what unites the campus together?

This past week I got the chance to understand and know Eastern Washington University as well as the surrounding community of Cheney, WA.

Every campus has a nearby pizza parlor, but I never have seen this before... the sizes were small, medium, large, GIANT, and HONKEN. So, of course we had to order the Honken pizza and experience it! Making memories with the students and I'll never forget the Honken pizza moment!

As a side note: the pizza maker does not shout for joy when a honken pizza is ordered. They moan and groan pretty loudly. It makes me wonder, "Why put it on the menu?"

Friday, April 06, 2007



Going to a play with Krista
Celebrating Easter
Then going to Spokane to be with our local leaders whom I enjoy tremendously
Going to Eastern Washington Univeristy to visit students. I've never been there.
Going back to Portland...

That's life in a nutshell.

Thursday, April 05, 2007


Loucks Sesame Snaps

Carla came into the office today carrying a surprise for me from a mutual friend, Erin.

Loucks Sesame Snaps

I have never heard of them but apparently Erin saw these and thought of me... (in case you didn't notice... "Loucks" is in the title of the snack).

So at lunch I had the snack... they are pretty good. It is like a peanut brittle bar but with sesame seeds. It makes you thirsty when you eat it.

On the package, it says, "A nutritious snack"; however, when I looked at the nutrients it definitely isn't.... hope deceit isn't in my genes and I just didn't know it!

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