Shane Claiborne Makes

Written by evan on June 30, 2008 at 12:06 AM

Sure do wish I could see Shane speak this week at Cornerstone.

Here is the article

I've been poppin' my collar

Written by evan on June 25, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Thanks to Josh for this sweet find of videos.

Are you popping your collar?

Celebrity Money

Written by evan on June 24, 2008 at 10:41 PM

More of these here.

This is not my political endorse me.
This is.


Written by evan on June 23, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Kt and I are speaking at a jr high retreat this friday on purity.
I blogged about it here.

I found this great video on dove's campaign for real beauty.

Viva La Vida

Written by evan on at 12:12 AM

im not a big cold play fan.
it seems like its the thing to listen to if you want to be a "progressive pastor".
whatever that means.

i got the album and have listened to it six times.
its ok.

viva la vida is good for listening while

  • working
  • sitting and chilling
  • napping

viva la vida is not good for listening while
  • riding a roller coaster
  • road trips in the car
  • head banging

do you like the new coldplay album?

Help! I need a name.

Written by evan on June 21, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Tomorrow I'm teaching in Kids Factory at First Assembly.
And I need a name for my character.

Comment now.

Twittering Teddy

Written by evan on June 20, 2008 at 4:20 PM

How 2.0: How to Make a Twittering Teddy Bear from My Home 2.0 DIY on Vimeo.

Remodeling. Family Room

Written by evan on June 19, 2008 at 10:42 PM

We have a family room on the back of the house, that needed some major work.


Step #1 remove paneling, drywall, bookcase

Step #2 Remove carpet

Step #3 Remove Window and door

Step #4 Install french doors

Step #5 Drywall

Back of the house now.

Reason #143 of Why I Love Twitter

Written by evan on June 15, 2008 at 1:35 PM

A little over twelve hours ago my great friends Aaron & Jenny gave birth to a baby girl

Aaron twittered the events as they unfolded...err delayed twitter.

And now you can follow their baby girl on twitter also.
Follow Baby Emallison

Follow dad
Follow mom

Yesterday. Today. Forever.

Written by evan on at 12:27 AM

Six years ago I married the most beautiful girl in the world, kt.

December 1998 (11 months before engagment)


Father's Day at First Assembly

Written by evan on June 13, 2008 at 3:36 PM

In 2008 we are doing four huge Sundays.
And one of them is Father's Day.

Some of the elements we are having are...
Launching ding dongs in the parking lot.
Wii Tennis Competition
HBO Comedian Scott Gregory
Giving away Big Daddy Size of Dad's root beer to all dads

Promo video.

Promo card.

Enjoying my summer

Written by evan on at 11:15 AM

This summer I've had the opportunity to combine two loves.
My love to play baseball + teenagers = helping coach 13-15yr summer league team
Babe Ruth league

My two views.

As first base coach.

As bp pitcher

What do you do in the summer?

My life group

Written by evan on June 11, 2008 at 9:19 PM

My life group is several young married couples.
We eat and talk about a lot of things, and share life together.
Everyone needs a group like this.

Here are some words and topics we discussed from 6-9:30pm tonight.

universal health care
labor contractions
water birth

government mandatory parenting classes

should we use tupperware?
father's day comedian
james's petting zoo
nature versus nurture
core weekend
mandatory neutering
shoulder length gloves
First Assembly church planting in Arthur?
white middle class
Is wifi harmful to our bodies?
Should we watch the One Prayer small group dvd?
arthur days flooding.
james acting like mark twain.
dorm roommates
handicap people.
wondering if travis' voice is higher now?
fast rocker or slow rocker for a baby swing
evan's blog
part time model outside washing boat
700lb man
parking at eiu

Speaking at Experience

Written by evan on at 3:18 PM

Katie and I are speaking at a Jr. High retreat in St. Louis at the end of the month.
We are pumped.

Everything is Spiritual.

Written by evan on June 5, 2008 at 9:40 AM

I know.
I know.
This is so 2006.
But I finally just watched Everything is Spiritual by Rob Bell last week.
It is incredible.

He takes complex issues and makes them simple.

Have you seen it?
What did you think of it?

Jak Prints Emailed Me.

Written by evan on June 4, 2008 at 6:25 PM


First I would like to apologize for my demeanor earlier. I had already made up my mind on the course of action I would take before even speaking to you. This was an judgement error on my part. I failed to assess the situation from a customers viewpoint and was more concerned with policy and protocol. As soon as we hung up the phone I knew I had made the wrong decision.

In order to try and make things "right" I have upgraded your shipping priority, these will arrive on 6/6 as you requested.

I fully understand if you no longer wish to do business with Jakprints again. If you do decide to place a future order I would like to extend a future order discount of $125. Just shoot me an email if and when you place that order and I will take care of the discount.


Josh Arnold

My bad experience with Jak Prints

Written by evan on at 9:14 AM

I've been going thru Jak Prints for whenever I needed promotional postcards printed for different events.
They are cheap and have a good turnaround time.
I've always have been fairly pleased with them.

The latest order I sent in was for some dated material for our promotional postcards for our Father's Day event at First Assembly.
I uploaded the artwork, ordered the cards no problem.
Eight days later the postcards show up.
I open the box to look them over and to get ready to pass them onto our team that was going to label, stamp, and mail them that day.

When I opened the box, I noticed they looked a little odd.
*ats where the problem came in.

So, I called JakPrints.
Here was their solution.
"Send back a couple of the postcards back to us, so that we can verify they are 3" instead of 3.5", and if so, we will do a reprint."
So we did that.

5 Days later.
When I logged into my JakPrints account today, I noticed they started production on the postcards again, so I immediately called about the date I would have them in my hands.
They said they would do standard shipping and I would have them in my hands on Monday, June 9th, 10 days after the initial postcards were in my hands.



I then asked for the supervisor, and here was our conversation. Paraphrased

Me: "I ordered the postcards, you cut them wrong, and now I'm 10 days behind, can't you overnight them?"
Supervisor: "You only paid for standard shipping."
Me: "I paid for 3.5" tall postcards and got 3"."
Supervisor: "But you didn't put a rush on them the first time."
Me: "Exactly, because I planned out enough time, so I didn't have to rush. Now I'm 10 days behind on a dated event."
Supervisor: "Sorry we don't do that."
Me: "I guess I will switch all of our printing to Vistaprints for now on."
Supervisor: "Ok"

Who do you use to print with?

*UPDATED*- Jak Prints emailed me. I posted it here.

Signs You May Need to Get a Life

Written by evan on June 3, 2008 at 10:07 AM

I edited this to from the Joy of Tech comic here.

My One Prayer

Written by evan on June 2, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Our church joined with the global teaching series One Prayer.

This Sunday I kicked off the series at First Assembly with my prayer "Make Us Selfless." Listen here.

Here are my notes. I used a technique called mind mapping. It worked great.

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