Tron 2 is Coming!

I just found out that a new Tron sequel is coming and the preview footage is great. I always loved the glowing suits and the Light Bikes. Check the trailer HERE.


A beautiful meditation on fathers

A friend sent me a link to this site today and it moved me very deeply. It's a photo journal of a son dealing with his father's Alzheimer's and the misty memories that are becoming more shrouded by the day. Take a few moments and visit.

Let's define before we discuss

"Some of the most emotionally powerful words are undefined, such as "social justice," "a living wage," "price gouging" or a "fragile" environment, for example. Such terms are especially valuable to politicians during an election year, for these terms can attract the votes of people who mean very different-- and even mutually contradictory-- things when they use these words. "

- Thomas Sowell


The bulls@#t most designers put up with...

I know...another video but this thing is on the money and hilarious.


The Dark Knight is EPIC!

The Dark Knight is nothing short of film brilliance. I had the privilege of watching the movie on the IMAX screen last night. In almost every way is screams EPIC...the twisting and turning story, the haunting and mesmerizing performance of Heath Ledger, the visceral score by Hans Zimmer and James-Newton Howard, and about all else one experiences. Hands down one of the best films I have seen in a long time...

It rightly deserves the success it has achieved...over $222 million in 6 days. I'm looking forward to seeing it at least one more time in the theater. Thanks Christopher Nolan for making such a rousing and compelling film.


$3 of God, please

"I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please, not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please."

-Wilbur Rees
(Thanks Trey Taylor)

Back from the beach!!

Just got back from the Fenwick Island, DE beach from some fun in the sun. My boys had never there before so they were riveted by the ocean and sand...I think we could have been there for weeks and it would have still been a joy to them. Nolan loved racing the outgoing current with the incoming waves...laughing the whole way in. He also loved to be buried...over and over. Soren loved standing in the cold surf as it raced the grains of sand between his toes...nature's tickling machine. We ate some of the best lump crab cakes with Mojito's I have ever tasted (thanks Trip Advisor). And I almost finished a splendid book in every regard, "The Road" by Cormac MacCarthy. But I'll write more on that later.

I'm slowly posting photos from our time. I left my battery charger at home (boo!) so only captured the first 2 days. Trying some little experiments with the photos...let me know what you think.


Please pray for a friend this morning

Our worship leader, Andy Reider, and his family are grieving this morning the loss of Katie Reider. I am literally speechless...this is the Reider family's second death this year and I mourn for them. They are an amazing family, and Katie was a spectacular musician. Please pray for their family as Katie leaves 2 young children behind.


Extreme Home Makeover Photos :: Demolition Day!

I'm posting this 48 hours after they knocked down the house and they've already built the entire exterior of the NEW house! Did you hear that...they knocked the house down, dug up the existing foundation, leveled the property, poured a new foundation, framed, shingled, windows, stone work in 48 HOURS!! Check out more photos HERE.


Extreme Home Makeover Photos :: Braveheart Parade

I will post photos throughout the week of the Extreme Home Makeover. You can always look at my Flickr page as well.


Extreme Home Makeover picked a great family!

As I wrote earlier today, Extreme Makeover Home Edition is in our neighborhood this week. The family getting the makeover, the Aker's, have an amazing story. Take a moment and read it HERE...they are dealing with 2 girls who have Type II Spinal Muscular Atrophy and a father and son who have Crohn's disease.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition is HERE!

I found out yesterday from a friend Extreme Makeover Home Edition was coming to Cincinnati and it's going to be right around the corner from me! I'll post some photos soon...the bus with Ty and the crew was arriving this morning. As I drove to work PA's and Police were all over the street getting ready to close it for the week. I had a huge smile on even though my wife told me I was the grumpiest she'd seen me be in the morning (and I was). So sorry, beauty...but it's great to see people getting a gift like a new home!

The greatest handicap the Church has is...

"The greatest handicap the Church has is the unsatisfactory lives of professing Christians and the greatest argument for Christianity is the genuinely Christian life."

- Unknown author


"All efforts of worth and excellence..."

"All efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in -- it stirs up to overcome. God's grace produces men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus, not pampered, spoiled weaklings. It's always necessary for us to make an effort to live a life of worth and excellence."

- Oswald Chambers


Happy 9th Anniversary, my beauty!

It has been quite the adventure so far and I'm sure this is only the beginning. You're an amazing wife, mother, friend, lover, sister, friend, teacher and woman. Thank you for putting up with all my imperfections and embracing my strengths as we journey through this life together. I wouldn't have it any other way!



"Every man concentrates his life on something; the Christian concentrates his on obeying Christ and helping men."

William Barclay commenting on 1 Timothy 5:9-10


Not going to upgrade to new iPhone...not going to be a celluar share cropper!

I bought an iPhone 1.0 at Christmas and had dreams of possibly upgrading this summer to the new 2.0 version with its sweet new features but that won't be happening.

Why you ask? It happens to be that I will have to sign a BRAND NEW 2-year contract regardless of how far into my CURRENT 2-year contract I am. AT&T tells me this is so because the phone is a subsidized or discounted price. So I ask...can I simply upgrade by paying more for a new iPhone? Silly me, of course not...that's not an option.

Boo Apple...Boo AT&T!! The answer to increasing demand and sustainable loyalty to the iPhone is not to get your customers perpetually "enslaved" to you by signing new contracts any time they want to upgrade. Basically I would become a celluar share cropper...never really owning my phone completely. This is very frustrating for a very loyal Apple customer and supporter.

The Church's Greatest Opportunity

"The Church's greatest opportunity is to increase its influence with the most devoted followers of Christ. They are the best equipped and most motivated advocated for Christ, providing them with increased coaching and encouragement could reap great gains for the kingdom."

- REVEAL study insight