26 August 2006

Quite possibly the coolest pajamas ever ... what a beautiful find...
Armor of God PJ's

Never, Never, Never Give Up

Quite a day, our football season opener game was today. What a game! It was a fight... until 2 minutes into the fourth quarter the game was scoreless. We pulled it out 8-0. I was so proud of our football team today. The guys never gave up, they worked hard every minute.

It's a great reminder especially in ministry to never give up, go hard - always, never, never, never give up.

...never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Winston Churchill, The Churchill Centre

21 August 2006


I learned a new phrase today. It came to me as I was "in the office", "taking care of business". There is a little coffee shop in Wheaton called La Spiaza. What a find! If you are within driving distance, it is so worth it. I had too much water on the way up and had to visit the restroom. On the wall was a few inspirational quotes, obviously about the necessity of coffee in life. Its always nice to have something inspiring to read in the bathroom. One in particular caught my eye... P C B. Pause for Coffee Break. What a great thing, no, not coffee (yes I enjoy coffee more than most) but the pause. Life is so hectic and crazy, void of a simple thing like a pause. So, I decided to take the advice of the info on the bathroom wall, which isn't something I always recommend, but I took a pause for a coffee break. Take time to pause, reflect, enjoy; good friends, good coffee, good (insert your own "something" here, just pause. And if you are in the neighborhood, visit the bathroom at La Spiaza (114 N. Main, Wheaton) and be inspired and maybe get a cup of coffee.

14 August 2006

Daily Doubles

For the few days there has been football, football, and more football. I have been coaching on a local high school football team. It has been so great to get around football life again. It has been incredibly busy and tiring, but extremely rewarding. Mixing teenagers and football great things are bound to happen.

I had a realization during practice today... Life would be so much fun if it were done through the rules of football. If everyone were wearing full football gear (helmets, shoulder pads, etc.). What if you could just level someone? But what if the same team emphasis and spirit was evident around us? What if you could trust your team? Maybe all of these leadership books, seminars, conferences, yada, yada, yada... What if all they have done is complicate a few simple team rules? Trust. Who do you trust? Passion. Do you love what you do? Do you want to be ON the team? Character. Will you have the integrity to do it right the first time even if no one is looking? I am sure there are more, but if you have ever been on a team you know the incredible value of a team as a WHOLE, not the parts but the whole.

What if working as a team could really be this easy? I suppose that lies in the hearts of the players...

09 August 2006

OK Go - Here It Goes Again

this has to be the most creative use of a treadmill ever.

07 August 2006


I like my new nickname... What is your racing nickname?

05 August 2006

Just saw Talladega nights with Dallas. Hillarious. Too many one-liners to remember.

02 August 2006

Appalachian State University is HOT HOT HOT

Since it has been sooo hot lately I thought it would be nice to share some hot humor...
Baseball, sweat, and Church

A great night Monday... I visited the home of the Chicago Cubs with my dad, grandpa, and uncle. First, wow, it was HOT! As we were driving in on 55 the temperature read-out in the truck was 105. As most people know Thorntons are know for being professional sweaters. We have great skill in the ability to sweat. We had great seats to see the Cubs get totally crushed. I could care less if the Cubs win or lose, but it was even painful for me to watch the horrible pitching. I would take a Dodger Dog anyday over Cubs baseball, but that is beside the point. The final score was Arizona 15, Cubs 4! The Cubs pitching was some of the worst! It was a homerun derby for Arizona, if they werent getting hit by wild pitches. In all of this I realized: Cubs fans must be on something... it was the 9th inning and the fans were cheering like there was going to be a 2 out rally of 11 runs! I realized that everything about baseball is over-priced, tickets, food, parking, etc. 39,000+ people paid to come see the Cubs get whooped, that is crazy.

I highly doubt that any of these things will ever transition into church... people coming when it is over 100 degrees to sit outside for 3 hours and pay for a ticket to get in. The one I hope catches on in churches is the amazing loyalty that the fans displayed. The home team was down and seemingly out, but the fans never gave up on them. The Church seems all to willing to give up when we get "a run down". Too many people are all too willing and ready to throw in the towel and give up. Why is it that we have lost our will to fight? And I dont mean fight each other!?

Oh, one other thing that will maybe catch on in churches... there is a respect for players that do well and maybe even cheer each other on to do great things. Just a thought.