31 10 2007

About 3 months ago I received an email about a teacher who was demoted because he brought a Christian speaker into his classroom. That teacher was my homeroom teacher at Enloe High. His name is Robert Escamilla. The speaker talked about his experience of being tortured by his Muslim captures. His reason for being in class that day was to give his perspective on life and religion. A Muslim parent heard about this and protested which led to ESCOs demotion. One of the many problems with this situation is this Christian speaker was not ESCOs only speaker. He has also brought in Muslims, atheists, satanists, and more. All these people were brought here to share their perspective on life and religion. But the Christian speaker is the one that brought the attention and the recent demotion. What is it about Christianity that creates such a stir in people. Is it good? Is it expected? I don’t think that people understand if you discriminate against one religion…there are many others that will follow.

Two Things I Love

27 10 2007

Two things I enjoy Blue Ray movies on an HD TV, and Starbucks coffee that stays warm for hours in its original cup. The Blue Ray looks so good you can actually see how much makeup is on the actors…it was amazing. Then the night got better. Jen and I went to Starbucks and went shopping, leaving our drinks in the car. When we came back…the Starbucks was still warm. Little things like this makes life grand.

Two Changed Lives

25 10 2007

My brother and I used to never get along…and now we are sitting in a leadership meeting together. He is one of my best friends. I have always looked up to him even though he is younger and much shorter. It is amazing what a punch to the face will do (literally). Life changes when you know God.

Patrick, ME, My Wife

Bob Dylan Sent Me A Message!

25 10 2007
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Thanks Pastor Micah I like my Squirrels crispy.

The Tale of the Paperclip

24 10 2007

The last 3 nights have been another great Leadership Advance for Living Word. You can get some great notes on Pastor Micah’s blog. This marks the beginning of our planning for 08.Over the last 3 nights I came away with some great incite. For me, one truth stands out above the rest. Through out the year there needs to be times where the team step back to look at the big picture to make sure we are still accomplishing what we set out to do. In the middle of the year you get so caught up in the surprises that you forget to reevaluate.

I don’t have many favorite things…but I do have a favorite paper clip. I’m not too thrilled about the normal smooth piece of bent wire. I like the paper clips that have notches in them. This paper clip not only holds the paper together, it grabs the sheets and doesn’t want to let go. Now you know when the owner of the paper clip sat down with his team, held up the shiny smooth clip that everyone knows and loves, and asks “How can we make this better?”…you know he got some cross eyes and confused looks. Some probably thought he was nuts. How can you make a bent piece of metal that holds paper, better? You put notches in it. Part of innovation and renovation is being able to step back and look at what you have and ask the questions that creates more work…or a different, better way of doing things.

The lights and the smell

19 10 2007

We had a fun night last night. Rode a couple of rides, had a funnel cake and some fries. Spent some time with my wife its what I love about life!

On the way to the fair,…

18 10 2007

On the way to the fair, will be back with some pictures later.
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