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A New Website…


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This site has been live for at least 5 or 6 years I think. I can’t even remember, it’s been awhile. So, I believe it’s time for a new website!

I’m gonna try and do this myself. Dangerous I know. I have the summer off, for the most part, and I’m obviously not an avid blogger (though I want to be a bit more active) so I am hoping I’ll have a little time to do this.

I also am hoping that this will bring inline the web guides to my books with the context and function of my website and blog. Also, some kind of connection with the family website I’ve set up, sharing our family journey and our plan for the future. I will probably need some help integrating my blog and website and all that good stuff but the goal is to do this by the end of the summer. We shall see.

If you happen to read this and have any ideas, helpful suggestions, or expertise to offer let me know. I would be grateful for any of the above!

Grace and peace

 

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Learning to Prayer


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My time at Nashotah House has begun!

This week is orientation. All week, all the time! It’s a lot, but there is a lot that goes on at this place. Most notably, every day starts with morning prayer at 8 am, then bells ring at 12:30 pm for mid-day prayer, and then we gather again for evening prayer at 4:30 pm.

Everything revolves around this rhythm of prayer. Our life, our community and our learning all are rooted and sustained by this practice of prayer.

If nothing else is formative at Nashotah House, I know beyond a doubt this will be (even though I am quite sure many other things will be as well).

I thought I would share a prayer all the students and faculty pray every day at evening prayer.

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Bless, O Lord, this House, set apart to the glory of your great name and the benefit of your Holy Church; and grant that your Name may be worshipped here in truth and purity to all generations. Give your grace and wisdom to all the authorities, that they may exercise holy discipline, and be themselves patterns of holiness, simplicity, and self-denial.

Bless all who may be trained here; take from them all pride, vanity, and self-conceit, and give them true humility and self-abasement.
Enlighten their minds, subdue their wills, purify their hearts, and so penetrate them with your Spirit and fill them with your love, that they may go forth animated with earnest zeal for your glory; and may your ever living Word so dwell within their hearts, that they may speak with that resistless energy of love which shall melt the hearts of sinners to the love of you.

Open, O Lord, the hearts and hands of your people, that they may be ready to give and glad to distribute to our necessities. Bless the founders and benefactors of this House, and recompense them with the riches of your everlasting kingdom,
for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Know that Andrea and I are also praying for you—our friends and supporters. This will be a challenging chapter of our story, but one we are excited about because we know it will shape and mold our family for the ministry God has before us. And we know we have a great team of friends who are praying for us and supporting us every step of the way! Thank you!
Grace and peace
Erik

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RHYTHM :: Life, Love and blogging…


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I had an amazing time at camp this past week! Our theme was RHYTHM and I look forward to sharing more about that with you! I had a few people at camp ask me about my blog… WHAT?!?!  I didn’t think anybody even read this thing. I’ve been trying to hit my blog once a week for the past few months. Don’t look back to far, you’ll see my failure!  But i’m gonna keep trying to hit this about once a week. Some times it will be more and sometime I might even miss a week (don’t give up on me — i’m giving you opportunity to practice Christian love, patience and persistence.)  😉

I’ll be blogging on ministry, music, life and other thoughts and pondering.
I have a couple writing projects that i’m working on and starting to work on. I’d love to run some of that by you!

Basically i’m always thinking, working and creating.
The more voices, the better the conversation! So let me know what you think.

The next few post will about about camp. And some of the things I shared there. Our these was RHYTHM. So much fun!!!


Stay tuned for the conversation! I’m loving it!!!

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The Computer Apocalypse…


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Well i’ve been on track to keep my commitment of blogging once a week. But then the computer apocalypse happen!

That’s right, the computer apocalypse.

There are no zombies in this story. Arnold Schwarzenegger, skynet and killer robots are also not involved. But it’s pretty apocalyptic in my world anyway.

About 8 months ago my hard drive crashed. I spent $700 to save a very minimal amount of data off my crashed computer, probably recovered about 30% of my data. The end was near. Apple replaced my hard drive for free because i was covered by AppleCare. With my computer running well and a mix of data recovered by the extorters at TaylorMark and an old backup i had on an external hard drive we were up and running and falsely confident.

Fast forward 7 months and 28 days. My 3 year AppleCare expires. No worries, we’re running strong, my computer is backed up, i have a new hard drive! All is right with the world. (cue ominous music).

It’s approximately 10 days later. I’m in the trows of finish a book, it’s the day of my deadline. I’m about 2 hours from completion, i’ll be sending the manuscript to my publisher shortly but i’ve been working late nights and early morning, trying not to do any book writing on my church job time. So yea, i’m tired and in need of cafine, Starbucks here i come. I set up at St. Ar Bucks and begin to work when the pinwheel of death begins to show it’s ugly colors! (if ominous music still plays switch track to something like the deathstar music from Star Wars… “dun dun da dun, dun da dun dun”). At this point i turn of my computer, i mean it probably just needs a little refresher. I might lose a few edits from my last save but nothing big.

I give it a minute, take a drink of my Americano and hit the power button. Gray screen. Twirling powering up icon. Then a gray bar, it looks like i’m downloading something but i’m not, that’s odd, that doesn’t normally happen. BLACK. (the sound track should be something dissonant and chaotic, some kinda of apocalyptic trance music.)

The apocalypse has officially begun.

You know that book i had mentioned. Yea, it was saved. ON MY COMPUTER.
Now, it’s gone!

I sit back in my seat at Starbucks. This seems so surreal that all i can do is giggle. This doesn’t really happen to people does it? The day your deadline and dead is your computer. It’s so ludicrous that it’s kinda funny, in a “i want to cry” kinda way. But yea, everything is gone.

Luckily my wife and i had been emailing early drafts back and forth so i have the raw early edits via email but lots and lots of work was gone. It felt like someone had strapped a 50 pound bag to my back and asked me to climb a mountain. 

I’m sure my publisher thought i was telling him a “my dog ate my homework” kind of story. I was absolutely miserable. And the Apple store couldn’t fit me in for 3 days. The store closer to my house for 5 days. When i finally did go to my appointment, i was late and they couldn’t get me in because they were packed. I had to just drop off my computer and let them look it over.

So my my hard drive had crashed again. Fortunately the Apple store was able to recover some data before they replaced my hard drive. I recovered all the work i had done on my book. But those five days of recreating what i had done because i thought it was all gone were absolute hell. $160 bucks later hard drive #3 was in my MacBook Pro and we are rolling.

But that’s not all.
Fast forward 3 or 4 weeks.

Working on my computer, it’s late at night. My son has a little toy on the table, it’s a plastic blue ice cream cone. I’m reading some blogs, doing a little of this a little of that and i pick up said blue ice cream cone. The top pops off and bubble solution spills on my computer. Not a lot. I didn’t freak out at all. A little on my track pad, a little on my keyboard. I gingerly get up, grab a paper towel and dab up the bubbles. About 15 minutes later my trackpad starts responding weird. Buttons aren’t clicking, things are freaking out. I immediately back up my computer. I’ve learned. I turn off my computer after a succesful backup. I let it sit for a few. Then attempt to turn it back on. It’s still acting super weird, buttons aren’t working, my cursor is jumping around the screen, etc. I turn it off and go to bed. In the morning, BLACK! My computer won’t turn on AT ALL! (You know that apocalyptic trance music? Yea, turn it up until your ears are bleeding.)

I take my computer to the apple store. They have to send it away. $400 dollars later i am up and running again. New logic board, new keyboard, new font panel or something but i’m working. And i’m blogging. And i’m hoping the computer apocalypse is over. I’m a Christian, i just want some resurrection life!

Sorry for the long blog. It’s all true. Not an ounce of exaggeration unfortunately. I guess i needed to vent. But hopefully i’m back on. Blogging at least once a week. I got a list of stuff to catch up on so who know, maybe eve a little more.

Grace and peace
Erik

 

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A new blogging goal…


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That kinda sounds like a replaced a curse word with the word “blogging”   — “A new *&$%@#% goal” or “A new blogging goal”. I didn’t mean for it to sound like that way but actually, it’s fitting. Blogging is a torn in my side. I like it, i love, i hate and often i feel like it hates me. But whatever, i’ll keep blogging. I do feel like it has some value and for me, a wanna-be writer, it’s great practice. And for you the reader, just enjoy or don’t but don’t be an editor. I’m gonna mispell stuff (get it) that usually means my wife (who is a professional editor) didn’t read the post. I’m ok with that, if you’re not… well you should probably just go read someone else’s blog.

SO…

My new blogging goal is to write at least one post a week.
I also hope to just toss up little bits of interesting inspiration as they come across my plate. We’ll see how that goes.

I’m currently working on my 2nd book, which is a devotional for the season of Advent. It’s a follow up to the Lent devotional i wrote this past year. I’m realizing that this writing muscle is not something i have really built up, despite my many years of lackluster blogging. So this is my small attempting at working out. And God knows i suck at working out. But i’ve made a goal (something i don’t often do) and i’m gonna give it a go.

So here goes!

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A New Year…


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Well it’s a new year and i make NO blogging promises!
For now i’ll just share a few things…

#1. I updated my bio pic on this website. Showing off my family is awesome! They make me look good for sure! Little Reese is so cute it’s hard not to be captivated by her. Jack is a little GAP model. We actually considered looking into that kind of thing but it’s seems weird and who has the time to go to casting calls and crap like that. Then there is Andrea… i did well! As for me… as usual i probably bring down the average. I’m used to that.

#2. Blogging… like i said, i make no promises but i will be blogging a little more at least. I was invited to participate in a blogging community called Emerging Evangelists. Despite the name it’s actually a cool community of young guys and gals who are passionate about the gospel and proclaiming it whenever they get a change. I think it will be a great opportunity and they are some great folks to be connected with.

#3. My book is getting published this month (you can pre-order a copy RIGHT NOW). This is kinda lighting a bit of a fire in my belly to write. I feel like i have some momentum and want to take advantage of that. I have 2 project that are stirring in my mind and heart right now. We’ll see how that all comes together.

#4. Church ministry, which is my priority right now is going well. REALL busy as we get ready for our DNow event in February. It really is challenging to remain creative and inspired. There are times when it really feels like a grind but more often it’s really rewarding to be connecting and equipping folks to do the work of Christ among students. I want to figure out healthy rhythms of work and rest, productivity and sustainability. I think these things are real challenges for those of us in local church ministry. I’d like to explore those things with other youth workers for sure.

I guess that’s a few things. More to come… at some point.

Grace and peace

 

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Good intentions…


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So i am full of good intentions. 
Blogging… i fully intend to blog and then get busy with more important things and 6 months go by like a blink and i realize i haven’t blogged since that last post when i said i was going to blog more. CRAP!

More recently, as i mentioned in my previous post i attended a spiritual retreat with my family and Ion Morgan Cron was the retreat guide. He spoke about and lead us in times of silence, reflection and solitude. I have FULLY intended to water the garden of my soul with these practices since i came home from the retreat. But intentions are not actions and i have fallen short in the action part. I even found an app that’s a meditation timer with all kinds of cool bells and whistles. Literally church bell that start and end your meditation time. I’m telling you, i’ve got some great intention.

Spiritual Director!

However, i realize how much i need this sort of intention and action in my life that i’ve decided to take the next step and find someone to help me slowdown, reflect on somethings and keep me accountable to put actions to my intention. So i found a spiritual director here in Dallas and met with him for the first time the other day. It was really interesting and it’s exciting to have someone in my life devoted toward helping me on my own spiritual journey, guiding and directing me into the things of God.

Putting actions to my intention is important. I look forward to sharing a bit of both.

Do you ever have the best intention and not the greatest follow through? Or am i all alone here? Would love to hear about it and how you overcame the valley of good intentions! Share your story, Leave me a comment.

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Church planting, Scot McKnight and blogging


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Last week my church hosted the Anglican 1000 conference, a gathering of current and future Anglican church planters in North America. It was a great time of vision and training for the ACNA and their church planting initiatives.

Being a future church planter myself (at least I think I will be) it’s always great to be around innovative church planting leaders. It’s inspiring and motivating! Church planting is a hard work—they often say the hardest work—and also the most rewarding. I’ve always sensed this and therefore have embraced what I believe to be a call to church planting with fear and trembling, along with patience and prayer. We shall see when God opens the door and leads the way for my family and me to enter into this venture. For now I will just hang around church planters, glean good ideas and be inspired by their faith and determination.

Being the host of a conference was a very different experience. My church was busy and the staff I work with had a lot of duties as well as name tags that you would have thought said, “Ask me anything, I have the answers.” Which was awkward for the new guy, only having worked at Christ Church for 5 months now, because there were a lot of questions I didn’t have a clue how to answer. Luckily I know people who know the answer, which is half the battle, right?

One of my duties, which I rather enjoyed, was to be a chauffeur. I was able to drive around a few of the speakers—you can listen to their talks here. I would recommend any of Scot McKnight’s talks and also David Taylor’s talk was amazing. Really, they were all pretty good, Fr. David Roseberry, Mike Breen… all of them!  But my primary assignment was driving around Sir Scot McKnight. I was excited about this because the word on the street was that Scot is also a pretzel, a Freeport pretzel. This was my high school mascot; everybody gets a chuckle out of that.  And sure enough, Scot McKnight was also a Freeport pretzel. Gave us a lot of good conversation, talking about good old Freeport.

Scot was great! I enjoyed talking with him and picking his brain a bit about blogging, writing, traveling and speaking, as well as theology and ecclesiology kinds of stuff. Always fun to chat with fellows who are far smarter, well read and well traveled than yourself. Scot was very gracious and I really enjoyed chatting with him.

One thing we talked about was blogging. Scot blogs about three times a day and plans out much of his blogging at least one week in advance. WOW! I struggle blogging once a week. But aspiring to write and speak more in the future, I realize how valuable a blogging platform can be. So once again I’m inspired to do a bit more blogging. I know I say this and blog about blogging once every 6-8 months, so here it is again—my hope to blog a bit more. I have about two pages of blog ideas, now I just need to write them and schedule them out.

Here’s to blogging and inspiration.

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Welcome…


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Welcome to my new website and blog. I would love to hear what you think so leave me a comment or send me a message from the contact page.

Don’t forget to sign up for my news letter, twitter feed, and be my friend on facebook.

I think that covers all the bases!

Thanks for stopping by.

Grace and peace
erik

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Bible reading in the new year…


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Screen Shot 2011-12-17 at 3.03.24 PMI’m sitting at Starbucks today… i mean 5bucks (a clever nick-name some friends came up with)… sitting here getting ready for my Sunday School message tomorrow and since i left my bible at home i’m using the YouVersion online bible. I have YouVersion on my phone, iPad, and today i’ve been using my computer to read it. LOVE IT! Honestly i haven’t used YouVersion all that much but today i saw their bible reading plans. BRILLIANT!

So i’ve decided to make my first New Years Resolution… READ THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS!

YouVersion has a reading plan that takes you through the entire bible in 90 days. So i’m going to do it! Starting January 1st i’ll be reading, i think it’s only 3 or 4 chapter a day. Which i’m ashamed to admit is more than i read currently. I’ll be posting here on my blog about my progress and you can also follow along on YouVersion. But i’m excited about it!

I’m sure i’ve read pretty much all of the bible at one time or another but i’ve never just read it all the way through like this. I’ve never done this primarily because i don’t think it’s the best way to read the bible but i think this is going to be good for me! And i’m excited about it. Remember, it’s more about quality than quantity when it comes to bible reading but if your up for the challenge why don’t you read along with me.

Grace and peace
erik

PS :: I think this is going to be a great way to get ready for Lent and then Easter. And since this is 90 days it should take us right up to that time of year! PERFECT!

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