Saturday, July 24, 2010

birthday party

Naty is in Dallas at a Mary Kay seminar for the next four days and I'm home with Gaby and Marcus. We miss Mommy but are having fun too. This evening we went to a birthday party for a little boy in our house church. He just turned 1 year old, but that didn't make the party any smaller! Our friend Quimi came as "Fosforito" the clown for the night and everyone had a ball.

As usual, Fosforito did a great job making the kids look good and the grown ups look really silly!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU KEVIN! Here is the birthday boy with his parents, uncle and aunt.
I couldn't believe how many people showed up... if you party, they will come!

Will little Kevin remember any of this? Not a chance, but most of the rest of the people there will and they'll likely remember how Quimi turned our attention to God and the importance of family as well. My friend has an incredible ministry and I pray that God continues to open more doors for him to share.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

family pictures

Two weeks ago we had some amazingly wonderful weather so we called up a friend to take some family pictures for us. I hope you like them.

Marcus is in the picture too, he just fell down at the bottom of the hill. Can you find him?

We love Columbus and we are so grateful for every moment that God gives us to share with our friends and neighbors here. God bless Columbus!!!

freaked out

Naty was a bit freaked out by a toy that Gaby and Marcus made at Bible School! Enjoy a good laugh!

Monday, July 5, 2010

great stuff!

I never thought I'd see this. Here are my current top three authors in an interview talking about incarnational missional living in the city. It doesn't get much better than this! Enjoy it!

The Ideacamp at Exponential 2010 with Shane Claireborne, Neil Cole and Alan Hirsch from The Idea Camp on Vimeo.

Friday, July 2, 2010


Foreground: pile of leaves headed for compost
Background: skinny, naked looking but (hopefully) soon to be fruitful tomato plants.

Yesterday I pruned my tomatoes for the second time this year. It's my third year with a garden here in Ohio and last year my neighbor told me that I should prune my tomatoes and I'd have a bigger harvest. He was right! I did it last year and had more tomatoes than ever before, now I'm hoping for a good harvest this year. With tomatoes, fruit is what you want, not leaves. So, all of the vines that are just leaves and are heading toward the ground, you cut off allowing the plant to devote more energy and life to the vines that have tomatoes on them.

Jesus talked about the same thing in John 15, one of my favorite and most challenging scriptures. Vines that don't bear fruit are cut off, collected and burned, in my case, put into the compost bin. How fruitful am I? Are you? What can I take out of my life that isn't bearing fruit to be able to focus more energy on things that are productive?

Naty and I have been asking which of our disciples seem to be the most fruitful. Who is putting faith into practice and sharing with others. Those are the people that we are investing our time and energy into. It's hard when you have so many friends to just focus on a few, but Jesus seemed to do that too. When the pile of leaves heading to the compost looks bigger than the tomato plants left in the garden you have to wonder what you're doing. When there are more friends that you haven't seen in a month than the ones that you have seen, you wonder what you're doing too. We are trusting that God is the Lord of the harvest and his Son's ideas about farming and discipling are the ones worth following, no matter how much it hurts to snip off what look to be lovely vines or relationships.