10/11/17 : Feelin' Blessed!

There are so many things to look forward to right now!

This weekend I'm going up to MN for the alumni weekend at my Alma Mater, Maplewood Academy. I love that school, I love the town, I love the people, and most of all, I want to play in the alumni basketball game and make sure the high school team doesn't win. 

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Then next week I'll be spending in Florida with my wife (half for business, half for fun!). There's some guaranteed relaxation time in there at SOME point. Regardless, Imma get mine (rest, I mean). 

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At the same time, I'm working on some exciting new projects at Union College that actually make me enjoy getting up in the morning! I rock into the office like this daily. 

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That's all just October!! 

In case you were wondering, marriage is still the coolest thing in life. My wife is awesome, she's super hot, she's super smart, and she's nice to me. Four days ago she said, "I wonder which of us will get really sick first, to the point where the other person has to take of everything..."

She's super sick today. To which I say...

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Just kidding... it actually makes me feel horrible every time I hear her sniffle. So please, if you're reading this, shoot up a prayer for that lady because she has midterms and grad school has her feeling stressed. 

Did I mention the NBA starts in one week? 

The Greatest Dunk of All Time

The Greatest Dunk of All Time

9/14/17 : 98%

A few years ago I took a leadership class with a young lady named Morgan and we took a personality test by Myers Briggs. It's pretty well known, and you end up with 4 letters that describe you and tell you all about yourself. My first letter was "E" for "Extroverted". It turns out I am 98% extroverted.

Today marked the first day of the first Preview Days of the year. We have some really fun prospective students visiting this weekend, and it's already been a blast. All day long I've been talking to people I know, people I don't know, current and prospective students, my wife, my boss, my friends, etc. Lots of talking and people. I never got tired. 

Now I'm home. Its almost midnight. There is no one around except my wife who allows me to be chill and "turn it off". I'm tired. 

So I'm going to sleep. I had to leave you with this video though. This is a compilation of great commercials. 


The "more more more" girl is Morgan when she wants a "vamped up Fall wardrobe". 

 

9/10/17 : Project Impact Photos

I wrote last week about Project Impact and how excited I was for that day this year. Unfortunately, I had to catch a 7 am flight out of Denver in Omaha, and wasn't able to participate in the community service. When I landed I could barely talk because of a cold I picked up earlier in the week, and my back was stuck in a bent over position because of a flag football game. I was so pumped about this worship event that we were opening up to the community, but it was all done on such short notice the pieces weren't all together yet. 

Needless to say, the event happened, and I was blessed. A church from Omaha came out to run AV production for us on our very meager budget, the band was put together from various musicians around Lincoln as well as past and present Union students, and despite my inabilities and illness, God blessed! Throughout that day I saw the entire body of Christ at work, from His hands to His feet, and His heart to His voice. 

Anyways, Tim Floyd (Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Mid-America Union of SDA's) went to every event and took pictures all day, which he shared with me! Here are some of my favorites from Project Impact 2017. 

God is good!

9/7/17 : Worship

What does it mean to worship God? 

I think Christians tend to put "worship" in a box that consists of singing songs of praise, or praying. The [practically] exclusive context in which I hear the word "worship" used, is in reference to singing. 

I just want to start talking about worship in a context that is more inclusive of what it is: a lifestyle.

Serving others, praying, singing, preaching, working, learning, breathing! Everything done to the glory of God and in acknowledgement of His presence, grace, and love is worship. 

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Today was Project Impact at Union College, and something like 750 people gathered on front campus before going into the community to serve. I think it is my favorite call to worship that our entire campus takes part in. We literally shut down the campus and worship God through serving the community for about 5 hours in the morning. 

I'm not super satisfied though... this is an aspect of worshiping God that needs to be more prevalent in Christian churches and organizations. I firmly believe that the reason more people don't know, believe in, and worship Jesus is because all they see is some singers, preachers, and church-goers, but not enough people who are making the world a better place. 

I have never been super involved in outreach, or community service. I need to. If I'm not doing what I can, when I can, to make the little corner of the earth I live in a better place, then I'm not truly being a Christian. 

I just wanna worship. So I'm gonna. Starting tomorrow on my way to work. I'll listen to this. 

Then I'm gonna work, and I'll do my best to glorify God there! 

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What are some other tangible ways to worship?

#hmu

PS this was done yesterday but didn't get posted.

8/31-9/1 : The Value of Christian Education

Twice in one week I've missed now. I asked Morgan tonight, "Why did I choose blogging to do every day for a year?" 

Last night, after Union College's first home volleyball game, Morgan and I drove to Hutchinson, MN to 1) see my new nephew Lincoln and to 2) tell Maplewood Academy students how to make smart decisions for their futures (like going to Union College). Around 12:20am we passed the state sign for Minnesota and it felt so wonderful. There's nothing quite like the place that you grew up. 

So I got to meet little Lincoln (more on this tomorrow--he gets his own day), and then I went and shared this handout with all the students. This is my favorite piece to share with prospective students, teachers, parents, and pastors because it is what keeps me passionate about my job. 

Sorry its blurry. If anyone wants to show me how to include a PDF, let me know. 

Sorry its blurry. If anyone wants to show me how to include a PDF, let me know. 

There is a difference that is made when you choose an education that is tailored towards a life of service to God and our fellow earthlings. 

8/29/17 : Project Impact: Worship

Next Thursday, September 7, is Project Impact at Union College. Project Impact is the longest running annual community service event by a college/university in the country. That is a mouthful... but its true! Something like 30 years now Union has been cancelling classes one day a year and spreading throughout Lincoln, NE to serve the community. 

I believe worship is a lifestyle, not just an act that you perform once or twice a week, and serving others is an act of worship (Matt 25:40). So this year, to close out this campus wide day of "worship", we're going to come together and invite the community to continue worshiping with us in praise.

I'm super excited for this event, as I love the opportunity for Union to tie Christianity, service, and acts of love among humanity all together. So anyways, if you are around Thursday morning, come to Union College and gather under the clock tower. Get off work or whatever you gotta do, and come serve the community in Lincoln. If you're free Thursday evening at 7, the doors will open at Woods Auditorium for Project Impact: Worship. Come worship with us there! I'll post videos of the set list so you can listen, learn, and then come love on Jesus through them. :)

 

Maybe on or two more. Who knows.... :)

Day 45: Don't "Blair Walsh" This!

Ironically, the thing I've written the least about the past 45 days is probably the thing in my life that dominates the most of my time and energy. I'm surprised when I read those words, because honestly I can talk for hours and hours about Union College and Christian education (and that's probably why I get paid to). 

Today was kind of the last day of "summer" for us in the enrollment office. There are already a bunch of students back from whatever their summer adventure was, but tomorrow truly marks the beginning of a new cycle. All year long I recruit new students, pushing a campus visit, giving tours, talking about finances, and sharing my experiences in hopes that some young kid will relate to them in a way that can help him/her make a decision about college. For the past few months, I've been praying and hoping that enough of them end up deciding to come to Union that we can actually grow (which is unusual in Adventist higher education right now). 

Now, we get to see the fruits of all our labors! It is pretty stressful. In fact, I'll compare it to being a kicker in the NFL. You practice, warm up, stretch, and maybe kick a few extra points or field goals, but then all of a sudden the game is on the line, and everything depends on you. Check out how dramatic the difference is between making the kick and pullin' a Blair Walsh:

Needless to say, I'm praying for a game winner at Union College. I know I will write again sometime about the various reasons I will support Union and Adventist higher education 'til I die, but in the meantime just know that the college deserves a win and I hope that our enrollment team can give it to them.