Archive for April, 2007

Heroes: Bryon Mondok

April 30, 2007

I will never forget the first time I met Bryon. We met at a local deli for breakfast. My first impression was “this guy is a mans man”. He drove up on a motorcycle and a few minutes into our meeting I noticed he was pretty built and he talked with confidence. Forward 7 years later. Bryon has become one of the most influential ministry mentors in my life. He has challenged me in many areas from stepping up my personal relationship with Christ or having a forward mentality in my music listening, movie watching or politics. I really could go on and on but here are three words I have to describe the blog-star:
Available – Bryon is a true friend who is always there. I have called him early, late when ever. He is always there for me.
Honest – He is one of the most honest, genuine people I have ever met and he has taught me to never fever honesty, even when I make you vulnerable. If you read Mondok Blog you know this. As a friend and mentor I have learned so much from this, thank you Bryon.
Brilliant – A deep thinker is very often mis-identified. Bryon doesn’t fit the stereotypical genius. He looks like, acts like and plays like a regular dude, with tats. What you don’t know until you engage in a conversation is that this man is a freakin’ genius. He reads, studies and thinks. I love it. He has pushed me to be a smarter guy. To challenge myself and to think outside of the box.
As you see, Bryon has been an incredible mentor to me. I am forever grateful that the Lord has brought him into my life. I have learned to be available, honest and strive to be smarter because of his influence on my life.

Love this guy…..

April 28, 2007

From Resurgence blog by Mark Driscoll:

This year I was invited back but declined because the few-day round trip from Seattle to Florida to give a very short message (last year it was less than twenty minutes) seemed like too much in light of other responsibilities. So, the sponsors of the event asked me to instead put together an eight-minute video on church planting that could be shown at the event and then handed out to each of the 1,500 attendees. So, in an effort to be helpful, the video crew from Mars Hill Church and I spent half a day in freezing weather at a military cemetery shooting scenes that were then edited for the video. Apparently the video was shown at the event, was well received by the attendees, and then criticized by Bill Hybels from the stage because it did not speak of women church planters. And, not wanting a bigger fuss, the organization hosting the event then made a decision not to hand out the video as they had promised, leaving the guys from our Acts 29 Church Planting Network who had hauled suitcases of the videos to Florida with thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort. The leaders of the event are good guys whom I still consider friends, and I’ve never met Bill Hybels so I won’t speak about him personally. But, I thought we should at least post the banned video online, so here it is:

Some thoughts….

April 27, 2007

This time of year is CRAZY when it comes to working with students. Seriously there is so much garbage that goes on towards the end off the school year. The whole “spring fever” is true!

I’m going to have knee reconstruction real soon. The second time is a charm!

We have been watching old episodes of “House MD”. We are on season 2. This is the best drama on TV. Sorry 24 peeps, Dr. House kicks Jack Bauers butt!

There is a lot of buzz about this new band Kings of Leon. Don’t believe the hype. They really suck.

My dad beat everyone in Wii bowling the other night. I beat everyone at tennis.

I am taking our Student Ministry team to Youth Specialties CORE Training. The theme is Helping Hurting kids. Should be good stuff. I enjoy the CORE series better than any of the big conferences.

Summer movies I would like to see: “Spider Man 3” May 4, “Evan Almighty” June 22, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” July 20, “The Bourne Ultimatum” August 4th (I will see this!).

My dog is so stinkin’ funny! Last night during another brilliant episode of “The Office” there was a Dyson vacum cleaner commercial that made him act crazy, in a good way.

No adoption news.

My PARENTS bought a Wii!

April 25, 2007

My mom and dad, considered senior citizens by the early bird special promoters, have purchased their first gaming console since I was 10 years old in 1982 (Atari 2600). This should grab the attention of all gen-x’ers because we all know the attitude the boomers had toward video games. I believe that is beginning to change. I have read about Senior Wii Bowling leagues and Wii fitness classes. The Nintendo Wii transcends the old school sit on your butt while you play the game. Nintendo has given people a product that gets you involved more than fantasy. Here is a great article discussing the why of Nintendo Wii’s success.

Who has a Wii out there?

Observations about millenials…

April 24, 2007

360 digital influence blog has some interesting observations from the millenial conference (remember, millenials are the generation born between 1980 and 2000). read the whole post, but here are his four key observations:

Millennials describe themselves as “non-white” – Mike Vorhaus shared an interesting stat about how a recent survey noted that 40% of all Millennials describe themselves as non-white. Young people today are more likely than ever to associate with a range of cultures and heritages and unlikely to define themselves narrowly. They have grown up in a world of interracial relationships and often see themselves as a product of this world.


Interest matters more than ethnicity
– Whereas much of marketing has been focused on separating audiences into neat demographic groups based on race or ethnicity, Kevin Walker of Culture Lab shared the interesting perspective that Millennials today are more likely to be aligned by interest rather than ethnicity. This clearly has big implications for anyone planning a multicultural marketing campaign and hoping to gain a better understanding of the audiences they are likely to reach with their efforts and how to craft a smart strategy. It is an effect we are already starting to consider in any of our own multicultural marketing efforts targeted at the Millennial generation.

Friendship is no longer tied to locations – With the rise of social networks, it’s clear that Millennials have friends from many different cities and parts of the world. In the process, they are redefining the idea of a “friend” to include those acquantainces that are listed as friends on their MySpace pages, and those that they actively communicate with. Close friendships are no longer dictated by geography and as a result cross-country and international friendships and conversations are flourishing online.

Music discovery and experimentation rules – Jay Frank of Yahoo Music shared the interesting anecdote of youth five years ago and how many of them would have answered that they like every type of music, except country. Today, Millennials are listening to every type of music and there are no exceptions. International music, ethnic music, mashups, and independent labels are all finding new popularity as Millennials discover new music and share it with friends around the world.

ht: ysmarko

Went campin’.

April 23, 2007

Well, I made it back from my weekend camping trip with a bunch of middle school students. We had a great time and really saw some of our students lives get touched. One of our girls accpeted Jesus as her savior too, all worth it. If you work with students, go on campouts. Go to a place where cell phones dont work and there are no out side distractions. We go on 2 camp outs a year, one with middle school and one with high school. Always a hit, always a blessing.

Went campin’.

April 23, 2007

Well, I made it back from my weekend camping trip with a bunch of middle school students. We had a great time and really saw some of our students lives get touched. One of our girls accpeted Jesus as her savior too, all worth it. If you work with students, go on campouts. Go to a place where cell phones dont work and there are no out side distractions. We go on 2 camp outs a year, one with middle school and one with high school. Always a hit, always a blessing.

Went campin’.

April 23, 2007

Well, I made it back from my weekend camping trip with a bunch of middle school students. We had a great time and really saw some of our students lives get touched. One of our girls accpeted Jesus as her savior too, all worth it. If you work with students, go on campouts. Go to a place where cell phones dont work and there are no out side distractions. We go on 2 camp outs a year, one with middle school and one with high school. Always a hit, always a blessing.

Goin’ campin’.

April 20, 2007

Im taking a bunch of middle school students camping this weekend. This may be the last you hear from me.

Goin’ campin’.

April 20, 2007

Im taking a bunch of middle school students camping this weekend. This may be the last you hear from me.