Monthly Archives: March 2007

TJ – the tooth-cutting animal

TJ is 8 months old today.  He cut his first two teeth (the two bottom ones up front) the week we moved to Pittsburgh.  Today I have just about lost count.  There are at least 7 visible and another that will break through in the next couple of days.  Amazing.

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To the park

I spent a couple of hours out at North Park this evening with Amber, TJ and the dogs.  It is a huge park — something like 3,200 acres or something.  We walked around a bit and just talked and hung out.  I grow to love this area more and more as time goes by.  More than that I love my family more than ever. 

 I realize more and more how messed up I have let my priorities get in the past.  Iron City Church will not ever become more important to me than my family.  How screwed up is it that we pastors tend to have the biggest messiah complexes?  What is that all about?


One of my main reasons for starting this blog is to remind myself of God’s faithfulness through this stage of my life and beyond. Since I just started, I need to bulk mail a few of the ways that God has done His thing so far. Pardon the unusually long post while I brag on God a little and record some things:

  • He used uncomfortable circumstances and closed doors to motivate us to move on from our last church to answer the call to plant a church. This was huge because of our attachment there. This was the church that:
    • excited my amazing wife to move to Georgia from North Dakota (long before she was my wife)
    • moved me beyond half-hearted marginal Christianity and gave me a passion for church planting (11 years ago — long before I ever dreamed I’d get to do this)
    • married us
    • gave me a youth pastor job, ordained me, and suffered through letting me learn to preach (with my highly spiritual business admin/computer science degree and zero pastoral experience)
    • saw our first child born
    • experienced some awesome things happening in the youth group I got to lead
    • where some of our dearest friends still remain
  • We moved to Pittsburgh on December 1, where

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