Monday, May 17, 2010

Outreach week

Check out the article in the Lantern:

This was on the heels of our outreach week surveys. "Young people are moving away from religion toward a more open spirituality."

46% of students said they believed in something other than monotheism.
67% gave a secular answer for the purpose of life (ie to live for yourself)

This is what we run into all the time. I'm going to talk a bit in the next couple days about our outreach week in more detail but suffice it to say that students at OSU and in the midwest are becoming more and more "spiritual" (interested in spiritual things, though mostly with an eastern religious bend) than they are "religious."

Start out by checking out the article. More later as I try and reenter this blog-world and update you into our lives and ministry!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


We had our Real Life spring formal last night. For us old people, it wasn't that exciting to dress up and get our groove on. But what was pretty exciting was the fact that it was held in one of the rooms in the Horseshoe. Yeah, that's right. Noah got to experience The Ohio State stadium for the first time last night. He liked roaming around and stuff. He might have even liked the field. I tried to "let" him go out on the field (which we weren't supposed to do), but Melissa didn't let him get that far....something about setting a bad example for the students. I'm not sure what she was talking about.

Is there a better place for a family picture?

Go on buddy, right down onto the field....I just couldn't stop him.
Not sure how my 7 month pregnant wife could though. Hmmmm.

We had a good time. Noah enjoyed playing with all of the balloons and stuff and had a few dances. All in all, what a great location to be at, right?

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Our new place

It's hard to believe that we've been in our new place for a month now. It has flown by. We're still unpacking and rearranging things slowly but surely. Overall it has been a pretty good process. I don't think we realized how nice it would be to have the extra space. Noah has adjusted pretty well and I think he considers it home.

Speaking of Noah, he's now in his toddler bed. We had it in his room kind of for lack of options to put it and he would climb in and out of it and play but we didn't think much of it. Well, one night last week as we were getting ready to put him down, he climbed in and we thought, why not? So we layed him down and left him there and he's done a great job ever since! Ridiculously easy so far. He did have one night where he was apparently tossing and turning a lot and rolled out of bed twice. Ouch! Sorry dude. There are rails on the sides for a reason but if you lay at the wrong end of the bed, there's not much we can do. But apparently he hasn't been too tramatized by those experiences and has continued to sleep just fine in there. We're really grateful. He's such a trooper.

So that means we took the crib out of Noah's room and put it in the baby's room to get ready for the new arrival. So weird. To think in the next couple of months we'll have another person in our house with us and occupying our time. So the baby's room is slowly coming together. Not much else to do. Melissa doesn't really get into all the decorating junk so I think she's going to hang some pictures and call it a day. I'm ok with that.

On another note about our new place, I actually have an office space. It's in the basement and isn't separated off in any way, but it's my space that I can retreat to in the wee hours of the morning to get stuff done before everyone wakes up. And I need that space now that I'm making coaching calls in the mornings. That will get busier once school is done, but for now since it's on top of my current workload, it's enough. One more advantage to having the extra space is that I now have a work area. So handy.

That's all for now. Blogging hasn't been super high priority lately with how busy things have been. This is outreach week so God has been doing big things on campus. I'll try to post a couple of stories this weekend. We're using a new tool called Perspectives and partnering with OSU's newspaper, The Lantern, to do spiritual surveys with people, so it's allowed us to have some pretty cool conversations so far. More to come on that.