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Update from Jamaica!

01 Jul
July 1, 2012

Time is FLYING by here on the Jamaica mission trip! Yesterday we had the thrill of completing the house, dedicating it and giving the keys to Sheriffa and her children. It was a powerful and emotional time.

Since arriving, we have been going nonstop. Early, early morning breakfasts. Working all day in incredibly hot and humid conditions. Getting back in time for a brief dip in the pool, then dinner and group devotional time. We’re working our way through every passage referencing Christ and prayer – we’ve had some pretty amazing conversations already.

We’ve also been incredibly blessed in some very practical ways. We’ve been here five days now and no one has gotten sick, no one has had any health issues, and our team is enjoying incredibly unity. After three long days of heavy work on the house, with all the tools, and lugging, and lumber and everything else, we came away with no injuries! Praise God for keeping us safe!

Today we went to a Jamaican church, and then got some hard earned down time at a local beach before jumping back into ministry Monday morning. During the upcoming week we will be working in different orphanages and children’s homes, as well as doing some practical stuff here at the YWAM base.

I’ve uploaded a bunch of photos to our student ministry facebook page (where I’ve also been giving additional updates, as well as updates on our twitter feed); you can find them here!

Living in a whirlwind

19 Jun
June 19, 2012

Life feels like a whirlwind at the moment.

Over the eight days we will be sending 74 students and adults on mission trips to Maine, Boston and Jamaica. I can’t wait to see what God will teach us this year – videos like the one above from last year hint at the amazing things we see happen in our teams. There is quite possibly a million or more things left to do between now and the departures.

The school year has finished and we are caught in the contradictory feelings of grieving the imminent departure of students we have worked with for so many years and the excitement at beginning the journey again with the incoming sixth graders.

Ramping up for summer events, working on fall events, and reworking our volunteer structure add up to a lot of plates spinning. I also need to start aggressively recruiting for some of the new student ministry teams we hope to form.

Did I mention the student ministry assistant resigned? His presence will be missed! Thankfully I have a part time intern to help carry the load over the summer, but it does make me nervous about the fall – the level of administrative and volunteer training/leading required to pull off our student program isn’t sustainable in the long run without the assistant position filled.

Micah, Caleb and Noah have all been finished with school for a handful of days now, which means we hear the words ‘I”M BORED’ over and over and over and over and over and over … even when they’re clearly NOT bored. Sheesh.

I have a list of writing ideas I’m dying to get to. As soon as I have some free moments …

If Batman had been on Lost …

11 Jun
June 11, 2012

Love it. Batman definitely would have solved everything a lot quicker. (click image to see full size)

I miss Lost.

Argh

12 Mar
March 12, 2012

Some random thoughts …

I have a thousand ideas for blog posts, but when I sit down at my computer I am either too tired to bother, or I draw a blank. Sheesh.

On a side note, I have been enjoying writing lately. An article went live last week with Immerse, another on the way with Simply Youth Ministry, and a several others I finished that will hopefully be out there soon. On top of that, I’ve finally started working on some book proposals. This all feels really good to me.

I am one sore dude. I’ve been doing an hour at the gym, Monday through Friday, for the last several weeks. Part of pushing it has meant amping the settings every day. So it feels good to be a little sore all the time – it means something is going on, and I’m seeing a lot of changes in my endurance levels. Sweet.

There is not enough time to do all that I want to do. This is annoying.

Our Bearded Dragon, Pebbles, is one weird little lizard. Seriously. Every day at least one of us finds ourselves saying, ‘hey, Pebbles is being weird again.’ Why? Because he is weird. But also fun. Lately he’s been getting a little more comfortable so when we bring him out he ends up running all over us … and then tries to make a break for it so he can explore more of the house. However, he needs to finish growing to his full 24 inches before we let that happen. He needs to be bigger than the hiding places so we don’t lose him!

Alcatraz has been a disappointment for me. Terra Nova was cancelled which is a bummer. Fringe is probably in it’s last season. I need some new sci-fi … when are they going to wake up and bring back Firefly?

Favorite gym comic

03 Mar
March 3, 2012

It’s a trap!

15 Jan
January 15, 2012

This weekend marked a momentous occasion in the McNutt household. The boys and I watched the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Sweeeeeet. And thus concludes their critical lessons in awesome-ness.

Which paves the way for them to see The Phantom Menace when it hits theaters in 3D next month. I’m pretty excited about having a new annual tradition of going to a Star Wars movie together (they’re releasing all six in 3D, one per year). They don’t totally understand the reasons why I was so adamant that they were not allowed to see the newer Star Wars films until after they had seen the original masterpieces, but some day they will thank me.

And maybe they do get it. Micah liked being surprised to find out Luke and Leia were twins. And he thought it was cool that decades ago people would have been shocked to find out Vader was their father (my kids already know from all the other Star Wars cartoons and toys).

Anyway, it was a LOT of fun to watch it all with them. And they loved the Ewoks kicking the Empire’s butt.

Unfortunately, they’ll probably like Jar Jar.

My blog wordle

08 Jan
January 8, 2012

I created a Wordle for the fun of it (it’s easy, click the link) based on my blog. Basically, it takes all the words I’ve written in my almost 1200 posts and took the most frequently used words to create the above image. Then, it scaled the words’ size based on how often they’ve been used in my blog. In other words, the largest word is the most frequently used word out of my frequently used words.

It’s actually fascinating to me because I think of my blog as primarily a youth ministry themed blog with some weight loss posts as well, but it’s pretty obvious from my word use that my blog may actually be a weight themed blog with some youth ministry posts! And honestly, I know most of my readers/blog frequenters are here to read about weight related topics (that comes through loud and clear when I check out the stats on individual posts). At the same time, my observation has been that my ministry related posts are the ones that generate the most comments (not including Biggest Loser casting posts – which have generated tens of thousands of comments).

Anyway, I thought it was an interesting view on what triggers my ‘publish’ button on my blog. Weight is a word that is present in my thinking, speaking and writing more than I even realize. What about you? What words do you use more than you realize?

My Kindle hates me

03 Jan
January 3, 2012

It’s a new year and all that, so like many Americans I am trying to get back on the bandwagon. Daily weigh-ins, counting calories, (horror!) exercise … you get the picture. I officially started this morning (yeah, I’ve been back at this for a while now, like multiple hours).

Which brings me to my point: my Kindle hates me. Seriously. I’m pretty sure it wants me to fail. I have the most basic one which means its screensaver is actually advertisements – they change periodically. Up until now, they’ve been movie ads. But not today, not the first day I’m trying to get back on track. This is what I’ve been staring at all morning and afternoon:

Not cool, Kindle. Not cool.

My Kindle lasted 48 hours

29 Dec
December 29, 2011

I got a Kindle for Christmas (technically, I got gift cards for Christmas that I then used on a Kindle). This was, of course, very exciting for several reasons. One, I’m a nerd. Two, I like to read. And three, I’ve been wanting to get one for a while now for ministry related books – they’re a lot cheaper in digital form.

Yes, I like reading fiction as well, and have really enjoyed ripping through books on my Kindle app on my iPhone, but some how it doesn’t work as well for me when it’s books of substance.

Anyway, all that to say that I have been loving my Kindle. I’m reading through Blue Like Jazz at the moment – previewing the film ahead of it’s April’s release date reawakened my interest in it (it’s been a long time since I read it). I wanted to remember it all before the film comes out – I’d like to go with a group and be ready to discuss it all after.

But back to my subject line: my Kindle lasted 48 hours.

Micah discovered it. He started reading The Wizard of Oz and couldn’t put it down.

This is both tragic and awesome all at once. I loved the Oz series when I was his age; Frank L. Baum wrote 14 books in the series a hundred years ago. Literally a hundred years ago – I wasn’t just saying that. After he died other authors continued the series with a bunch more books. All of which I started reading when I was ten. It took me a couple years to rip through all of them (and then I read them all again). So it was fun to see him being captivated by the story – and he was even more excited to find out there was a ton more books (and I was excited to find out they’re all free on Kindle). So what’s the tragic part?

I had my Kindle to myself for 48 hours. And now Micah loves it. And I can’t discourage him from reading, right?

Bearded Dragon Gamer

15 Dec
December 15, 2011

Hilarious! I wish this was our bearded dragon … although I have to confess, I’m totally tempted to get the game and try it with Pebbles …

Anyway, there is nothing like watching a lizard totally dominate a video game. I mean seriously, he has some amzing eye-tongue coordination.