To Capitalize or not to capitalize

I’m noticing all the cool bloggers never capitalize anything. Are their shift keys broken on their keyboards? Are they all fans of e.e. cummings? Something just looks weird when i type “i” all by itself. I don’t know if i can force myself to do it.

What about you? Do you capitalize? Why or why not?

To Capitalize or not to capitalize

Getting More Settled in Oklahoma

What’s another sign of me getting more settled in Oklahoma? I’m now able to get both of the cars in the garage. I wish I could say that I’m able to get the car in because I’ve completely organized the garage, but…that would be a lie. The truth is that I’ve pushed all the junk off to the sides just enough to get the car in. Someday, I’ll get around to organizing it.

So now when I leave in the morning, I won’t have to face situations like this anymore…

Frozen Car

Getting More Settled in Oklahoma

Customer Service Experiences Needed

Hi everyone. I need your help. I’m giving a presentation next week on customer service and would love to share examples from you on good and bad customer service experiences. What was a memorable customer service experience that you had recently? What made it memorable? How was the conversation you had with the cable company? How was it interacting with people at the DMV? Did you have a good experience getting your car’s oil change? What could have been done differently to make it a good experience? You get the idea.

I’d love to hear from you soon. Comment away…

Customer Service Experiences Needed

More About the South Tulsa Campus Launch

It was a lot of fun helping out last weekend with the launch of the 13th LifeChurch.tv campus. Moving carts and plugging in things brought back some fond memories. It reminded me of the setup that we had to do at my previous church. That church was a portable church for 10 years. While some things were the same between the two setup experiences, some things were very different. The excitement and the camaraderie between the volunteers were similar. But the amount of volunteers and technology used were far greater at LifeChurch. The South Tulsa Campus team was able to mobilize over 200 volunteers to help with the setup. The pictures below will give you a sense of how much technology is used for the weekend experience.

While it was fun to reminisce about the past, the most fulfilling part of the weekend was seeing people raising their hands at the end of the message. Those hands being raised signified people committing their lives to God. That’s what all the setup and technology is for…changed lives!

STO Launch Pic 1

STO Launch Pic 2

STO Launch 3

STO Launch 4

More About the South Tulsa Campus Launch

Exciting Times at LifeChurch.tv

There have been a lot of neat things going on at my church since I started six weeks ago. In December, the Fort Worth campus moved from the school they were meeting in to their permanent facility. It’s a great location that’s near a major highway. Their previous location was hidden in a housing development. Since the move, the attendance at the campus has grown quite a bit. The Fort Worth campus is the largest campus outside of Oklahoma.

South Tulsa Campus Sign

This past weekend, I was in Tulsa to help with the launch of the second Tulsa area campus. The original Tulsa campus was bursting at the seams with 3000 people on the weekend. So, a second campus was launched out of that. Several hundred are now meeting at a school in Bixby, a suburb south of Tulsa. It was neat to see a school transformed into a church. It brought back fond memories. More on that tomorrow.

And also this week, I just learned about a family from here in Oklahoma who felt God was calling them to establish a LifeChurch presence in England. So without any financial assistance from the church, they picked up their family and moved to London. You can read more about their story here.

As you can see, God’s doing some really cool things here. It’s an honor to be a part of it.

Exciting Times at LifeChurch.tv

Weight Loss Update

Did I make my goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of 2007? Nope. I ended the year with an overall weight loss of 41 pounds. I went from 223 lbs. to 182 lbs. Am I disappointed? Not really. My body mass index (BMI) went from 33.9 to 27.7. I went from being obese to overweight. My fat percentage dropped and my pants size went from a 38 inch waist to a 34 inch waist. I thank and praise God for helping me to lose this much weight.

Even though I’m very pleased with the weight loss, I’m still a little dismayed. By Thanksgiving I had made it down to 178 lbs. and was in striking distance of reaching my goal of 173 lbs. by the end of the year.

But December was a crazy time. That’s when I moved from Illinois to Oklahoma and I started my new job. With all the stuff going on, exercising and eating right were not in the forefront of my mind. Unfortunately, I didn’t stay disciplined.

But with the new year, I’m renewing my commitment to treating my body as God’s temple. I’m setting an ambitious goal of losing another 18 pounds by the end of 2008. If I can do that, I’ll have reached my ideal weight of 164 lbs. Will I make it? Who knows. But I’m going to try. I’m going to ask God for strength and perseverance and we’ll see what happens.

Weight Loss Update

Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008

2007 was an incredible year for me. I can look at the past year and see that it was a major turning point in my life. The last major turning point for me was in 2004 when I went into full time ministry. Back in 2004, after answering God’s call to full time ministry, I knew that my life would never be the same. I had no idea that three years later, God would call me to leave everything and everyone I knew to be part of a church in Oklahoma. This past year was exciting, sad, thrilling, and scary. It’s strange, but I’m thankful for every part of it; even the painful parts. I know that God is using that pain to teach and shape me.

At the beginning of 2007, I had no idea that I’d be living in Oklahoma by the end of the year. So, I’m not even going to try to guess what the end of 2008 is going to look like, but I know that it is going to be a wild ride. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

BTW, Some of you maybe wondering if I made my goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of 2007. Stay tuned. More on that tomorrow….

Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008