Loser Test

I am 16% loser. What about you? Click here to find out!

16% are cooler, and 84% are more of a loser than you.

What does this mean?

Definitely not a loser - You're cool by us

I've been called cool by an online test, I feel so special! ;-)

Thanks Jasper!


Flash Mob Missions!

This is a project that a friend of mine is doing and I wanted people to know about it and consider it. if you have questions, e-mail Roger. His e-mail is found on the Flash Mom Missions site. Thanks!

Who: Anyone from anywhere

What: Tsunami relief work

When: October 15th - 23rd

Where: Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand

How: This site will give you everything you need!


What is a flash mob? A flash mob is a large group of people who gather in a usually predetermined location, perform some brief action, and then quickly disperse. Typically someone will get an idea for a flash mob, let's use having a pillow fight in a public area as an example (this actually happened with about 300 people one day in Trafalgar Square London. It lasted twenty minutes.) A person will get an idea, set the date, the time, the length of the mob gathering and the place. They will then email or text message this information to a large group of people, who would pass it on to friends, who then pass it on to friends and so on and so on. After receiving the electronic message those wishing to participate in the flash mob would make their own arrangements for travel to the designated place and participate in the mob.

I recently traveled to the Tsunami torn island of Koh Phi Phi, in southern Thailand. I was amazed at the amount of need that still remains on this island. Part of this is due to the fact that currently the Thai government is not helping with the rebuilding efforts on Phi Phi. These wonderful people not only need others to come physically rebuild their homes, but they also need their world family to come spend money to help restart their economy.

Everything you would ever need to join this flash mob can be found at:


These people need our help. During this single week, one or two of us could make a difference, 30 to 40 of us could make an impact or 150 to 200 of us could change the world. Join a gathering of like minded folks in something that may seem so complicated and crazy, but is truly simple and important!

If traveling to Thailand is not on your heart, there are other ways to help. Add the website above to your blog if you have one or please share this email with friends and family, by using the copy & paste function to send it in a new email. Please do not use forward. The more people this gets shared with the more help those on Koh Phi Phi will receive!


Giving the Wrong Grad Gift!

Click HERE for a good laugh from our friends @ Interlinc.


Brother Bob is Back!

I was sick last night, woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep. So I started flipping the channels and I rediscovered Brother Bob! I was amazed to find out that he was still on TV. His new schtick is "How to be RICH & Have everthing You''ve Ever Wanted" and you even get a Bonus CD or Cassette absolutely free! (I went with the CD)

Same song and dance as before. I visited his church in Dallas one time back in 1992. I was there for a month before my wife moved out. Had to get a job, find somewhere to live and all that. I vistied to Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dr. Tony Evans' church, we're distant cousins. As I was driving back to where I was staying I recognized the name Brother Bob's Church. I did a U-Turn parked and went inside. The whole auditorioum was set up for the cameras. I wanted so desperately to stay and watch the show but I could only stay for about 10 minutes. I can not explain it in any other way but to say that I felt a check in my spirit. That's not too common verbage from a Dallas Seminary guy, BTW. So I left and never returned.

I love getting the trinkets of the Word Faith teachers. I actually have that poster of Brother Bob. I also have a "green hand of prosperity prayer cloth". Go ahead get some free stuff, at least you won't be sucked into sending them money but it'll cost them more money to send you things. Brother Bob's Freebies! You Gotta Collect them All!

For a more info on Brother Bob's return read THIS.

For more info on Brother Bob's original downfall read THIS.


A Blessing by Mail

Last week a package had arrived for me from NavPress. I was caught of gaurd because I hadn't ordered anything but I opened it and was thrilled to find a compliminary copy of Rick Bundschu's "Don't Rock The Boat, Capsize It: Loving The Church Too Much To Leave It The Way It Is"

This is a great book. I hear Rick's voice and one reviewer on Amazon wrote "It's a bit Mike-Yaconelli-esque as he refers to the wild things that congregations can do for God" Here are two of my favorite quotes:

There is a word so dirty that when you say it in church the reaction is immediate, hostile, and horrified. A word that when uttered has cost many a minister his job and has been the tcatalyst of banishment for other believers. A word so feared that if it must be used it is couched in euphemisms or coded language. That dirty word is change.

Maybe we need to work less on the nuances of theology and more on our imagination. Maybe we need to have fewer meetings and more play time with each other. Maybe we ought to believe that each of uscould actually bewhat we dream---and mabye we dhouldencourage and believe in each other's dreams. Maybe we should start by encouraging our adult people to dream.

The book is mostly narrative, so if you combine "Blue Like Jazz" by Don Miller with "Messy Spirituality" by Mike Yaconelli and "Fearless Faith" by John Fischer and a dash of ecclesiology you get one great book that will cause you to think and imagine what the church could be and should be if we would only dare.

I liked it so much that I blogged about and I'm going to suggest that our church leadership reads it, so I guess NavPress' freebie paid off. :-)


One of the greatest Youth Ministry events, ever!

The Poverty Simulation is one of the greatest youth ministry events, ever! Most of the ones that are left this spring and summer are full but if you can go, you should.

It's kind of like "A Walk to Emmaus", the less you know the better time, you'll have so I won't share too many details. We were one of 2 groups that were there for the weekend. We drove 3.5 hours but the other group was from Kansas and they drove 8 hours to be there! That leader and the students would tell you, "Yes it's worth the drive"

The kids were stretched. Through it all most of them discovered how selfish they are and how they need to be more compassionate and caring towards the poor and that we need to care for "the least of these" in a better way.

On the way home we had a small wreck in Austin. Austin is notrorious for bumper to bumper traffic throughout the day and for wrecks. Traffic was clipping around 50-60 miles and then everything stopped. We had three vehicles for this trip. I was driving the one in the middle. The one in front of me had a trailer.

I saw the trailer slowing and then really slowing so I pressed the brakes and then pressed them all the way down. As I did, we hit a small oil spot and did a small fish tail and then the ABS kicked in. The Excursion with the trailer hit something and I knew I wouldn't be able to stop in time. I swerved and missed the trailer by about 1-2 feet and then immediately went back beside the car since there was traffic beside me. (It was one of those times where you hope that the other vehicles see you and move.) Right as I avoided the trailer got back besides the car to avoid the oncoming traffic, I heard a noise as an eighteen wheeler clipped my side mirror. The mirror (glass only) fell off but the holder of the glass was not damaged, at all.

When I finally stopped I was almost even with the car in front of me and the car behind me was still within 4-5 feet of hitting the trailer I avoided. So imagine the impact it would have been if I had hit them and my brakes were to the floor.

It was surreal, everyone was quiet because they said they were just getting ready for impact. After we stopped, two students in the back just said "Great driving Len"

We all pulled off at the next exit, to exchange insurance information and wait for a police form. The guy who was hit was not upset because he came within 2 inches of hitting the guy in front of him. The dad who was a few cars behind me on the way home got out and had nothing but praise for what happened.

We finally got home (an hour and a half late) and everyone talked initially about the accident but the weekend had the greatest impact. I kept hearing stories throughout the week from parents. (I called all of them to check in with them and to see if anything had been said.) My favorite story is about the student who went home and when they ate dinner that night, they prayed for about 11 minutes according to the dad and the mom was crying because of the attitude of the prayer.

It was a great weekend and definitely one of the greatest youth ministry events, ever!


Autographing Hearts

Autographs serve as a long-term memento of a moment in time. I have one autograph that will serve as a family heirloom. An autographed baseball. It's special for three reasons, it's the only baseball I've ever caught at a game, it was from the last game at Rangers Stadium and Hall of Fame Pitcher Nolan Ryan signed it.

A few years ago in San Antonio, my brother-in-law called me one day and let me know that Nolan Ryan was at his business so I grabbed the ball off of my office book shelf and a sharpie and made the five minute drive. I asked for his autograph, said something goofy I'm sure, and walked away giddy like a kid because I had met a childhood hero and I had his autograph.

I recently found this story that Babe Ruth shared, "Most of the people who have really counted in my life were not famous. Few ever heard of them, except those who knew and loved them. I knew an old minister once whose hair was white and whose face shone. I have written my name on thousands and thousands of baseballs in my life; he wrote his name on just a few simple hearts. How I envy him! He was not trying to please himself and win the plaudits of the world. So fame never came to him. I am listed as a famous home-run hitter. Yet, beside that humble, obscure minister, who was so good and wise, I never got to first base!"

Some of us have an autograph that we cherish and a few of us may have even been asked to autograph something but all of us have the ability to autograph our names on hearts. We are a country that is obsessed with fame and celebrities. It's easy for us, as everyday people, to feel as if we can't leave a lasting impression or we won't be known beyond our own little world. God may not call us to be famous, have a nationally known ministry or become a recognized expert.

He may call us to love a particular people in a particular place for a particular time for no particular reason but to walk in obedience. Those people include your own family, your neighbors, your friends and your church. You have the chance to autograph hearts and leave impressions that will be treasured for years come. Live your life well, love others and don't forget your sharpie.
I wrote this for our current church newsletter, figured I'd share it here. Use it as you wish.

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