Sunday, October 26, 2008


So, my mom is pretty much the best mom in the world.
She decided it was time to visit, and flew out for the weekend.
She treated us to an early anniversary dinner at Typhoon!
We drove to Eugene and stopped at Sahalie Falls on the way.
We went to the Saturday Market, and then drove to Hendricks Park
to partake of our hippie lunches.
We had some amazing dessert at The Sweet Life (I highly recommend it!),
and then drove my mom around showing her the city.
Sunday morning, while Eric went duck hunting, the girls went to breakfast.
So much fun!


Sahalie Falls:

Hendricks Park:

There was lots of conversation, lots of good food, and lots of laughter.
It was an amazing weekend. I'm so glad we got to spend some time with mom.
She's the best.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


(Eric) I have to say, I have found the thought of voting for Obama appealing. Something in me that says, “who says we have to vote Republican?” Sure our fathers have told us that since we were young but “because I said so” doesn't hold as much merit as it used to. I want to know, who are these candidates, what are they all about, what do they propose to do in office? And then I can make my own informed decision on who I think is best, right? Right!

So I dig in. I listen to National public radio, I watch the debates, I read the news articles, I listen to what people are saying, and I listen to some more NPR. And somewhere along the line I'm starting to think that maybe I ought to give Democrats a chance. I mean Donald Miller is at the Democratic convention leading them in prayer. Maybe I've just been following the tradition of man in my Republican stance all along.

Obama is talking about how he wants to take what hasn't been working in this county and make it right. He wants to refocus our resources into things like renewable energy instead of spending money on furthering oil drilling. He wants to reshape our tax system for the benefit of the individuals instead of lining congress's pockets. He's got a plan to find and stop terrorist threats in Pakistan.

And I'm thinking, you know what? Maybe our country needs a fresh set of eyes. I think of my work place and how there are many young staff members, whom without, the Church wouldn't be as good of a place as it is. If our influence wasn't made among leadership, services would become stale, and stagnant. A younger generation has ideas, ways to do things differently and isn't boxed in by the “this is the way we've always done it” mentality. So maybe America finds itself stuck in too many systems, policies, and procedures, and needs somebody who's willing to make some change. Right?

But... And there is a but, when I dug a little deeper, and I looked at what kinds of things both candidates stood for. And what kind of change may actually come with voting in Senator Obama, I have to say that besides the sweeping general statements of a better environment, a better economy, better warfare, there are some things that really started to concern me.

One, it's an old one, and one that goes right along with why my parents ever told me to vote Republican in the first place, abortion. I was speaking with a friend recently and they were saying how we need to look a little deeper into the candidates. Like they think that if they give us pro life that we're theirs.

And I was like, YA! We're smarter than that! But wait... isn't that a pretty big issue? The fact that our choice between one candidate to the other could determine the fate of millions of babies. Whether they live or die? I mean say the president does a lousy job in steering our economy and I in turn am living with more financial hardship. Would I trade that so that these babies could live? Yes. Absolutely.

Barrack Obama is said to be the most liberal Senator in office. On this issue, he has voted on multiple measures furthering pro abortion policies. As a president he would only have more influence to make this an easier, more accepted procedure.

It is also said that John McCain is the most outspoken pro life republican in the history of those running for president. And his VP running mate Governor Palin holds the same values. As president he too, would have more influence on how easy or how accepted this procedure is.

Two, Obama would be taking office at a delicate time for our country in the area of military opposition.
We are in a war, and if Obama were to take office right now, I would be concerned that he would make a decision that could set us up for disaster. It could be in cutting military spending, or invading on unwise terms, it could be a number of things. I guess I just feel like ever since 9-11 I've thought that we need somebody who knows how to fight, leading this charge. We've seen that we can't just sit back, chant peace, and hope nothing bad comes our way. There are militants that are taught from a very young age, that America is the enemy. They think that we hoard our wealth, that we're too prideful, that we don't really care about anybody else. Which I know is true to a certain degree, because we are very human and have those tendencies. But it's also not true of a lot of people in this country and is certainly not means for wanting to kill us, but regardless, that is what is happening. And there's things that could be nothing, if everybody remains calm, but we owe China money, there's tension with Russia, and the world knows we're struggling economically. They could see this as a good time to strike.

With this in mind, I have to say, ok forget the wind farms, (although McCain is for those too anyway), the tax breaks, the healthcare plan, the fresh new ideas. This is a life or death situation and if we don't choose wisely it could mean death, in a lot of areas. We can't afford to run with our non conformist desires and be different. We need to vote for somebody that will be a leader in the areas that really need it.

So with all that said, I wanted to tell you I'm voting for John McCain. I'd love to hear your feedback, thoughts, comments, opinions and all.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What Lindsay Does

Lindsay Parnell.
The Wife.
The Worship Leader.
The Preacher.

Oh yes she can preach.

This past Wednesday I was amazed at how many kids we had show up to the Gathering. The place was PACKED! God knew Lindsay had a message these guys and girls needed to hear, so he called them out. She spoke with passion, she spoke with authority, and the students received. They were cheering, and AMENing, and cheering some more.

I really am proud of my wife, that she is using what God has given her to help others. But mostly I'm happy for those kids. They got to hear wise instruction from a woman who knows. I'm happy that they could learn how to not get caught up in the ways of the world but to live lives of faith. That they could go forward in their walk with God one step ahead of where we were at their age. (Ok so like 20 steps ahead of where I was)

Anyway, it was a great night, one to remember and one to be shared. So for all you who were not there, here's a little peak at what it looked like.

Evan and Katie on worship

Lindsay preaching and having a good time doing it.

Ok so this was accidental but it turned out kind of cool.

Like I said, there were a lot of kids.
That's all.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Studio Seven Productions

Studio Seven is finally launching.
This has been a dream in Eric's heart for over two years now.
He teamed up with his good friend JJ, and they made it happen.
Granted this is just the beginning,
the on-ramp to see the fulfillment of His promises.

While I would love to say, Come! And bring all your friends!"
I'm not going to.
This is ministry in an unconventional form.
We want to establish and build relationship
with the film community of Bend,
creating a bridge.
Whether it leads to church, to Jesus, or just to coffee with one of us,
we don't really know.
But then, that's the beauty of this whole thing, isn't it?
Walking in obedience, like Abraham.
All he knew was, "Go to the land that I will show you."
That's what we're doing.
We've got a great team of people who volunteered to get involved
and be a light in whatever way they can,
and we're excited to see what God is going to do.
And as for you, dear faithful reader, you can pray.
Please pray.

Oh, and....

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Moment in Time

Do you know those moments?
Moments where everything is absolutely perfect.
So perfect, that it cannot be of this world.
It transcends your here and now, and gives you a taste of what eternity might be like.
This happens a lot when I'm driving in my car.
A song will come on and suddenly my eyes are opened.
All things are working together in that moment to make it beautiful.
I think Jesus is there in that moment.
Sometimes we miss it.
Sometimes we're too busy being busy to recognize it for what it is.
Thankfully, I paused this morning, and I saw it.

October 1st.
Fall feels official now regardless of the 82 degree forecast.
I debated wearing sandals, but thought to myself,
"No. It's fall now no matter what the weather man says."
I put on my scarf and boots and headed to a coffee shop.
The clouds are accumulating overhead threatening rain.
They're empty threats for now, so I chose to sit outside.
The sun is peering through, making the temperature just right.
I plug in my head phones, look up the Bible reading and get started.
The words leap off the page and into my spirit, stirring new faith.
It's exciting to me.
Taking a sip of my coffee, I look up to see the leaves have started to change color.
They won't stay that way long, so I allow myself the few extra seconds to take it all in.
Then it hits.
The music, the weather, the presence of Jesus, the beauty of life in this moment.
I was inspired.
For a moment I saw the bigger picture. I felt Love and not just for me.
I searched for the words to describe how amazed I was
without sounding terribly cliche. None came.
Even now I search for words to describe it for you. There are none.

Our God cared enough to give me a glimpse - even if only for a moment.