all about the mind dump

This blog has become a bit more about clearing my head than challenging anyone or really journaling. I’m not sure that I completely like that, but I’m finding that with Twitter and a lack of time, I am not feeling the need to get as much off of my chest.

Another problem is that I’m having a hard time getting a target to write to for this blog. Without a target, we aim all over the place, unsure if we’re actually accomplishing anything. That’s how I’ve been feeling.

I’ve thought about directing this blog in a few directions. Maybe men, maybe parents, maybe leadership, maybe social justice, or maybe just at church leaders. But, it’s not clear right now.

So, until I get a good target to shoot at, I’m going to keep up with some mind dump stuff. Here goes:

– I think that I pinched my sciatic nerve. It hurts. I biked 28 miles and ran 6 on it on Saturday and was okay. I ran 6 today and was limping as I ran. I even yelled out in pain. I’m still not calling this an injury, but I’ve been asking a bunch of people about what I can do to fix it.

– The NLC team that went to the Dominican Republic got back yesterday. I talked to Lindsay Kistner, who led the team, and she said that it was her favorite team to date because how God moved in their lives. It was pretty drastic. That led to a lot of life change in the DR too.

– I’m going with NLC to Kenya the first 2 weeks of September. I’m pretty pumped about it and also intimidated by it. We’ll be training pastors while we’re there, which will be amazing, but I don’t know what to expect, so it’s a bit intimidating. The missionaries there are awesome, so I know that it’s going to be an amazing trip!

– I’m still laughing at Scott Drummond’s #1 picture from the top 10 Vintage Pictures that we showed on Sunday. If you weren’t there, check out my facebook in the next few days and I’ll have them up.

– Annie’s more than half way through this second pregnancy. One of my favorite things is to lie with her while she sleeps and feel the baby kick.

– We still don’t have a name for the baby. We’re open to suggestions…if they’re good. Jack and Harry are out.

– I joined a new gym last week. I’m hoping that it’s a good one. We’ll see. They call themselves the, “Judgement Free Zone,” although I feel that they’re more judgemental. It’s kind of weird.


mind dump – 6/15/2009

– Today is Matt Keller’s birthday! He loves his birthday. Make sure that you send him an e-mail at to wish him a good one. If you don’t do it today, no worries, he celebrates the whole month of June!

– Yesterday we showed a video for service with Craig Groeschel. It was awesome. Video church definitely works.

– Yesterday, we had a celebration for all of the people serving the community through nlc’s connection groups and other events. It was awesome to see so many people who are giving their lives to serve the community!

– I take Fridays off. I’ve thought of taking Mondays off, but I don’t think that it would work. I acquire a to-do list on Sundays that I need to work on right away…that would make my day off ineffective.

– Youth camp starts this week. Will Hutcherson is doing a great job as NLC’s youth pastor…he’s one of the most gifted youth pastors that I’ve ever met.

– I’m glad that I’m not going to youth camp. The one time that I did go was for a short stint where I was the youth pastor at NLC and I led the charge to pull pranks on different students. The manager at the place where we were staying told me that because of that, we were one step away from getting kicked out. I don’t do a very good job at being as strict as I need to be.

– Half of our staff is out of the office this week. I’m anticipating a lot of work getting done.

– Scott Drummond and I weighed in last week at the same weight: 205.1 lbs exactly. I think that he’s got me this week if we weigh in. He’s an animal!

– It is stupid hot outside and the humidity is brutal. I went running at 6 a.m. this morning and I sweat a lot.

– My battery on my car is almost dead. I need to run and get a new one.

– I feel like my marriage is as strong as it’s ever been. I’m having so much fun with Annie. She’s a great wifey.

– Karston is huge. It’s hard to believe that we’re going to have 2 kids in October. Can’t imagine what that will be like.

nlc prayer ideas

The first Monday of every month, NLC fasts and prays together. If you’re joining us in that journey together, here are some things that you can be praying about today:
1. For God to impact SWFL through the local churches that make up the area.
2. NLC’s supported missionaries in: India, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Kenya, & the Philippines.
3. That God would expand NLC’s influence with churches and church planters across the world.
4. Wisdom as it concerns future facilities.
5. A greater spiritual depth with everyone at NLC.
6. NLC Orlando as it prepares for it’s relaunch in September of this year.
7. The r9 church planters who were at NLC as they prepare to plant churches across the U.S.

mind dump – 5/29/09

It seems like this blog is turning into a bit more of a way for me to clear my mind, but that works pretty good for me right now. So, here goes:

– I did a half-ironman a few weeks ago. It was pretty awesome and hard and great and horrible. It took me 6 hours and 26 minutes. I was 26 minutes slower than my goal, but I’m surprised at how much it doesn’t matter. I’m really just glad that I finished. I’m surprised at how it was like a marathon in that way…it’s just good to be done.

– Scott Drummond just bought a road bike. He’s going to give triathlons a shot…I hope that he likes it. He sold his motorcycle to buy the bike.

– We’re having a BOY! Annie is 18 weeks pregnant and we found that out today. Now, it’s time to find a name.

– It’s awesome to see God open doors for us to invest in church planters. There were 10 church planters and most of their wives in town for r9 last week. It’s a week of intense teaching and training with future church planters.

– Karston is huge. He’s growing up too fast. I feel like I need more time in the day, just to spend time with him.

– I wonder how long before the fad of Twitter falls to the wayside. What is next?

– I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can unite churches in our community to meet the needs of those in the community. How do we do it nationally? How do we get the walls to break down enough with pastors and denominations to make it happen? I’m thinking a lot about that right now.

– I think that local churches have individual callings as a whole. I think that a church in town has the calling to give a ton of money away in missions and send out a lot of missionaries. Another church’s calling is to unite the local churches in this community. I think that our calling is church planting. This is all just a guess though.

– I need to get more sleep. I’m not doing a great job at that now.

– This economy is putting a magnifying glass on marital problems in our community. This is going to be a time where marriages have to confront mediocrity and focus on getting strong.

may mind dump

It’s been awhile since I posted, so I just wanted to throw out a few things that are going on in my mind and world. The counselor that I went to for about a year told me that there is just something therapeutic about talking…it’s the same with writing.

– The 30 day challenge of eating well went pretty good. It was harder than I thought it was going to be, but I stayed pretty close to what I was hoping for. I traveled 6 days during the month and that’s where I strayed the most.

– Eating 7 times a day is pretty difficult.

– Matt Keller is seriously one of the coolest guys I know. His heart for helping church planters and pastors across the nation is amazing. God’s going to use him and NLC to impact thousands of people.

– I had coffee with a guy yesterday who said that he wants to help 1 million people know Jesus in his lifetime. We’re teaming up to make that happen and work to solve some of the world’s big social justice issues…pretty amazing.

– I’m going to Kenya in September with NLC. We’re going to be training pastors there on community outreach and general church stuff. I’m pretty excited about it.

– LeAnne is 13 weeks pregnant. Her due date is October 30. I think that we’re more excited about this pregnancy because we’ve realized how amazing being a parent is.

– Scott Drummond and Will Hutcherson are both on twitter. Follow them if you’re on. They are @scottdrummond1 and @will_hutch. I’m @nextlevelmike if you’re not following me.

– I had one of the most amazing days on Monday. As a church, we prayed and fasted together, and I feel like I connected with God on a deep level. It was great and I needed it a lot.

– I really think that God is bringing Summit Church and NLC together in a cool way. I have a feeling that there is a lot more for us in the future together. The leaders of Summit are amazing guys.

– I’m doing a half-ironman a week from Sunday. I have a wedding the night before, so I have to drive to Orlando in the morning, back to Ft. Myers, and then back to Orlando that night. It will be a lot of driving. Hopefully it helps to rest my legs.

– r9 starts next Friday. A bunch of church planters are coming to town for 7 days and we’re going to download everything that we can about church and church planting into these couples. I had a guy from last year’s r9 say that it was the event that has helped their church be what it is today…pretty cool.

– God is moving in a big way at NLC…I can’t shake the feeling.

30 day challenge eating plan

Here’s my eating plan for each day for the next 30 days. I just sent it to Ryan, the trainer at the gym that I go to, “PTO.” He’s going to tweak it for me.

Sarah Keller developed this diet for me…she’s lost 25lbs since January 5th.

Here it is

5 a.m.
Fiber One Bar or Protein Bar (with Protein and Carbs)
–    At least 6 Grams of Protein and less than 35% fat

7:30 a.m.
3 Eggs (2 Egg Whites, One Yolk)
Breakfast Meat (Turkey Bacon or Lean Sausage) – this was mine, Sarah didn’t tell me to add this
Whole Wheat Toast
Vegetable (in eggs) or Fruit

10 a.m.
Cottage Cheese
Fruit or Vegetable
Kashi Cereal (Go Lean) – Protein of 9g and Fiber of 9g+

12:30 p.m.
Chicken/ Salmon/ Turkey
Brown Rice/ Whole Wheat Bread/ Whole Wheat Pasta
Vegetable: Broccoli, Lettuce, etc.

3 p.m.
Kashi Cereal (Go Lean) – Protein of 9g and Fiber of 9g+
Or EAS Drinks

5:30 p.m. –ish
Chicken/ Salmon/ Turkey
Brown Rice/ Whole Wheat Bread/ Whole Wheat Pasta
Vegetable: Broccoli, Lettuce, etc.

Cottage Cheese or String Cheese
Apple or Banana with Peanut Butter
Bowl of Cereal and Peanut Butter – this is mine, not Sarah’s

Rule: Stay away from “bleached” or “enriched.”

30 day challenge

In February, Matt threw out the idea in the Piggybank series at NLC to do a 30 day spending freeze challenge.  That idea seemed right for Annie and I, so we decided to do it.

So, for the month of March, we did a spending freeze. No spending on extra. That was the goal.

I’d like to say that we stuck with the challenge 100%, but we didn’t.

What we did find out, though, is that it changed the way that we thought about spending money. We found that we were way to lackadaisical about the way that we would spend. I would go to Starbucks or lunch somewhere without thinking about the money that I was spending. Doing the spending freeze forced us to PAY ATTENTION to the money that we spent.

The 30 Day Challenge, more than helping us to save in a month, changed our hearts. It made us look at the way we spent and the way we thought about spending and why we felt the NEED to spend and as those things were revealed to us, it was as though God was able to work on them.

I liked that 30 Day Challenge so much, I’m doing another:


For the month of April, I’m eating healthy. That’s right, no ice cream every night (just during the 1 alloted time during the week) , no fried food, and no doughnuts on Sundays at NLC. If you know me, you know this is kind of a big deal. I am very disciplined in exercise, but not in eating.

I have a daily menu to help me to stay on track, and I’m going to stick with it through April.

My hope through this is that the reason for my NEED to eat bad stuff will be revealed to me and as that happens, hopefully I will be transformed by God.

If this works like the financial challenge does, there might be something to this.