Monday, June 30, 2008

There is one thing I'm a sucker for. . .

I've always loved acoustic versions of pop songs. For example, Maroon 5's "She will be loved": Okay. But the same song acoustic: awesome! MTV Unplugged is to thank for that in the 90's. Some of my favorite Acoustic remakes are the following:
  • Drive by Incubus
  • Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn
  • About a Girl by Nirvana
  • Big Empty by Stone Temple Pilots
  • Like a Hurricane by Neil Young
  • 3 am by Matchbox 20
  • My Own Prison by Creed

I found this new group on Youtube who does a lot of current acoustic covers of pop music and I'm LOVIN' IT! They're called Bryce Avenue. Here is their cover of Viva la Vida from Coldplay. It is really good! Enjoy

Thursday, June 26, 2008

This is why I don't pulbically comment on Politics. . .

(HT to Mark Riddle)

I'm not saying that Christians shouldn't speak about political issues but it is hard to justify either party in the eyes of the Bible. Granted, Jon Stewart is taking things out of context (in regards to the Levi slam) and goes on a tangent to the issue. Does Dobson say anything about Obama misusing Levi? Not by the sounds clips they present. So it is a fair attack? No. It might be implied but it is a little too much reading between the lines.

Plus, what Obama said about religion and politics at the end was very similar to what Huckabee said and is a good argument against the removal of religion from the secular landscape. Tim Keller uses this same argument in similar words. He says it is impossible to separate world view from political policy making. His example is divorce laws. Think about how world view concerning marriage would influence how people agree on this issue alone. Just a thought.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

More than one way to God. . .

I'm not surprised by the Pew research findings at all. Thoughts to the Video? Sounds like I'm okay you're okay type of thinking.

(Ht to Gman)

A good talk against this thought can be found at here by Tim Keller (one of the smartest men in America).

Monday, June 23, 2008

Do we look alike?

I had a a lot of people last week at camp tell me that I look like Toby from the Office.

So what do you think? (BTW, that is a stapler in Jell-O).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Seth Godin is killing it. . .

Seth Godin is making me laugh and think at the same time recently.

First, he talks about the marketing of fear (which the church is good at doing). All I know, after reading it and watching the attach video, I need to buy robot insurance. Mort importantly, I have to ask the question how much do I play off peoples' fears when I talk about Jesus?

Second, while I would take it a step further, here is a pretty important marketing guy talking about the importance of staying out of debt.

Third, the e-mail checklist. I need to follow it more but it did confirm some things that I was already doing in a good way.

Fourth, he talk about the pomp and circumstance at a grand opening and how it means nothing. I was struck by this quote and how it might apply to Youth Ministry:
Non-profits do the same thing when they spend months planning an elaborate gala that takes all the time and enriches the hotel and the caterer. Far better to spend the time and money building actual relationships than going for the big 'grand' hit.
This might be the start of a man crush. That title has been only reserved for a few people. The Dan Staifer Man Crush hall of fame is Will Kirby, Mark Driscoll, Steve Carrell, Dave Ramsey (both of them) and Randy Bicnaver.

Hooray for man crushes. . .

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The New Additions at the Staifer Home

This has been my new ride as of late. The mountain bike! It has actually saved us some money. It is getting hard with the heat but I haven't filled my Buick's tank in a month (and I still have over half a tank). With it, I've noticed I'm less hurried to get to places because of it (and I'm getting more fit).

For my birthday, I got two new musical devices. The one on the left is Alice, my new electric-plug in Alavez acoustic guitar bought for me on behalf of the Teens of C4 and Lori. It blew my mind. The one on the right is the Fender Strat used for the PS2 game "Rock Band" (thanks Dad). Lori has been singing and I have been playing either lead guitar, bass, or drums. Quite enjoyable.

Last but not least, our new pet, the guinea pig. His name is Gilbert. Lori has been loving on him for the last week. She thinks he looks like a pirate.

There you have it. The new things around the Staifer house.

Monday, June 9, 2008

It's just another manic(?)...

It's just another manic(?) Monday, last week we get to church on Monday morning and there's a flood. This week there's a tree branch that took out a power line right outside my office. I don't know what it is, but Mondays don't seem to agree with us at Capital City. Next week I'm at camp, so hopefully nothing bad happens there on Monday. listen

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I want to be a Track Star when I grow up

Question: How can we tell what we're supposed to do in life?

(you might want to turn down your volume since I tried recording this with my Digital camera)

Here is the Life Development Plan regarding Work I mentioned in the video. The rest can be linked from that link. Really good stuff.

If you have a question and want to stay anonymous, submit them here.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Great Flood of 2008

So we had a pipe bust at C4 . It affected our kids space and my office.

Here is my office with everything put on or next to my desk (the only dry spot).

Here is our hallway. See all of the stuff in the hall (including the carpet from. . . )

. . . our nursery (aka the Duck Pond). See the paint that started peeling off the wall as we removed the carpet.

The Noah's Ark unfortunately was not safe from the waters of the flood (since it was right next to the bathroom that flooded). You would think with that name it would have been safe.

Here is the Clubhouse (aka the one dry place yesterday big enough to store everything)

Here is the Greenhouse that came away in good shape apart from the small water damage in the corner.

All in all, pretty crazy day. The weekend was really good and yesterday was hard. Top this with the Wings losing in 3 OT and 30 seconds from a victory, yesterday was awful.

Seeing Lori was the only highlight.