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2008 Review in Photos

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Wow.
I really have no clue where to begin.
2008 brought so many ups and downs that just the thought of going through and rehashing all of it freaks me out.
Regardless, 2008 was amazing for many reasons, and one in particular.

Thankful fors in 2008 in no particular order:
(clicking each photo will enable you to leave a comment and to enlarge a specific photo)

There are many more photo’s I could place up there; blog party, etc. However I have limited space and time.
Perhaps if I feel it, I’ll do a 2008 in Review part II.
I will say this, Twitpic made this a whole lot easier.

Anyhow….
I truly never will forget 2008.
Each memory will be tattooed on mind and heart forever.
From the moment of 01/01/08, to the moment of all the tears I cried, to the moment I first laid my lips on Allison’s, to the moments soon awaiting me in the next few days.
2008 will be a defining moment of my life to come.

I could truly never be more blessed.

Here’s to 2009!

One Reason…

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…(out of many)I look forward to being a father.

Allison and I made a trip to Georgia just over a month ago.
While we were there we were blessed to have the Nahrstadt family open up their home to us.
We could have politely said no, with my aunt living so close.
However, we looked at the opportunity to meet new people and to sleep on beds that we were not kicking anyone out of, and took them up on it.
Jenn was an incredible host who fed us homemade brownies.(for that reason alone i’d go back)
Jenn’s husband Bob shared many of the same nerd qualities that I do, which was refreshing.
Then there was this boy, Jenn’s son Michael, who was hilarious.
At first he was quiet and shy.
I’m sure he was wondering who we were and why the heck we were stayig at his house…I know I would have been.
However, him and I ended playing some Guitar Hero(see the results HERE), and sort of bonded a little bit.
Before we left, I wanted to get a picture of Michael and I together, and so did Jenn.
Well…this is what happened:
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It ended up turning into a wrestling brawl…in which he was pretty confident that I could not take him down or make him take this picture.
While Michael put up a good fight…it just wasn’t enough to back up his certainty

Anyhow, during that moment I had flashforward of being a father.
I’m scared to death of being a father to be honest.
I see the things kids are doing, how they’re acting, and just the danger in the world, and it scares the heck out of me.
Honestly though, there is absolutely nothing more that I look forward to in my life, then being able to hold my son/daughter and call them mine.

What do you look forward to the most?

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December 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm

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Interpression Ministries

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I introduce to you…
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This is what God has had me working on for four years.
I didn’t realize I was working on it that long until two weeks ago when he decided to reveal his plan for me. This is just the beginning. God has some amazing plans for Interpression and for the lives that will be changed.

I am currently working on funding for a website. Until then however, be sure to check out the blog to learn more about Interpression Ministries, including the first of four Q&A’s with me. I will be updating the blog throughout the week with information. So be sure to check back often.

Honestly, I get chills just talking about Interpression.

Thank you God for trusting me with this ministry.

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November 24, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Homosexuality: How Should We Respond?

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This is going to be a long post, but please read it.
I was reading a Relevant Magazine about Injustices of the world.
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One of the questions that were asked was, How Should We as Christians Respond to Homosexuality.
To answer these questions, they pulled in seven christian leaders;

  • Nancy Ortberg
  • N.T. Wright
  • Cindy Jacobs
  • Steve Brown
  • Chuck Colson
  • Brian Mclaren
  • Shane Claiborne

    I want to just pull Shane’s response for all to read…

    …….I had all these ideas about “homosexuality,” “civil union” and “gay” when I was in high school. Then I met a kid who was attracted to other men, and he told me he felt God had made mistake when He made him and that he wanted to kill himself. If that brother can’t find a home in the Church, then I wonder, who have we become? But I would also say it doesn’t mean we talk around the issue.
    …….We need to be able to disagree well, and maybe one of our biggest witnesses to the larger society is that we as a Church can disagree well. Even if we don’t agree on every issue, if we can disagree well, then I think that is something beautiful. I just talked to the national gathering of the United Methodists, and they’re thinking of splitting over this issue. To me, that is heart-wrenching. If we are able to have a healthier understanding of sexuality and to celebrate singleness as well as marriage and family, then we can transcend some of this. How can we as a church created a place that’s safe for people to experience intimacy and love, that doesn’t say the only path God could have for you is to have a husband and wife and two-and-a-half kids? It’s so scandalous that there are these heterosexual, married [couples] pointing fingers and saying gay folks are breaking up our families. Evangelicals are surpassing the divorce rate of secular society, and yet we’re accusing gay folks of breaking up the family, while all of them want to get married. I want to create communities where we can have a healthy conversation and not just point fingers and excommunicate people who disagree with us.

    When I read this today, Shane affirmed everything that I had been feeling after writing THIS post, and reading the responses.

    What’s your response to Shane?

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    November 14, 2008 at 12:34 am

    We’re here…finally.

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    Okay, so I’ve been quiet.
    I apologize.
    Allison and I left on Wednesday evening to head to Georgia for the big party.
    On our way we stopped in to just northeast of Cincinnati in Ohio to visit her cousin’s Ray and Melissa.
    It was a great short stop.
    Refreshing.
    We decided to leave there around midnight, with hopes to enter the domains of Gainesville, GA around eight in the morning.
    It was roughly that time when we did get there.
    However, that was long after our detour around the mountains and valley’s of our 30 min in North Carolina.(a little different view than what we see in Indiana)
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    But…we did finally get here.
    The first night we stayed with my aunt/uncle, Chery and Jose, and the boys.
    We ate very well. Many LARGE portions of authentic homemade mexican food.
    The boys are great.
    I miss them while I’m home…sometimes I forgot how much.
    Tonight we are staying with our new friends, the Nahrstadt’s.
    Jenn invited us last week to stay with her and her family. It was nice, even though we didn’t need a place. However, after thinking about it, they had two extra beds, and while we were staying with my aunt, we were kicking two people out of their beds(they insisted). It made it all work out great.
    They are great people.
    I mean seriously, who asks if you want brownies and then make them from scratch without a box?!
    Honestly, I am not sure I have ever had homemade brownies.

    Oh, I did get the chance to play their 14 year old son in Guitar Hero.
    Sadly…he won.
    The current score:

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    Be sure to check back at the end of the weekend.
    It surely has to change…I hope.

    Pray for my guitar hero skills…

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    November 7, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    In-Reach

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    Yesterday Dialogue Church plunged forward with another future multi-year event.
    This event is what we call In-Reach.
    Most people have heard of out-reaching.
    Where you serve your community, and do things for people you don’t know, in a way to help them meet basic needs with the blessings and love of God.
    In-Reach is very similar.
    In-Reach is actually exactly like out-reaching.
    However, instead of doing these things for people you don’t know, we’re doing them for the one’s closest to us.
    At Dialogue we believe fully in order to love the people you don’t know, you have to first know how to love the people you are closest to.
    Yesterday, a large group of Dialoguers went out on this journey to pour out love to a couple in our church. We opened up our schedules and spent all day doing random tasks for this family of six.

  • Remodeled the kids’ rooms
  • New Beds
  • New Furniture
  • New wall accessories
  • New desk
  • Installed a new dishwasher
  • Fixed the garbage disposel
  • Cleaned and groomed the yard
  • Cleaned the gutters
  • Cleaned some rooms for them

    It was a great day.
    Some Dialoguers went back for day two. There just wasn’t enough time to finish everything we wanted to in one day.
    Now being the great blogger I am of course, you would assume I took before and after photo’s.
    Uhh…yeah, I completely failed all of you and forgot.
    However, this family was completely appreciative of everything.
    It was great to see their faces and the kids faces as the day went along.
    Satisfaction.
    Not in us.
    But in Him.

    I am completely blessed to have the opportunity to serve such an amazing God with such amazing people.

    Dialoguer’s…tell your side/view/thoughts of In-Reach.

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    October 19, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Soo…I tweet alot.

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    I went HERE, and it told me this:

    Hmmm.
    That brings me to my next question and Vagabondrunn’s first official Poll.

    Oh and by the way, follow me(and obviously be “annoyed”) on twitter HERE.
    Okay, anyhow…

    Help me understand, and explain…please.

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    October 15, 2008 at 8:55 pm