I just posted a few pictures of Mia on her first day in a photo album. It's on the left hand column all the way down. Enjoy! All is well. Mommy and Mia are sleeping (for now)...
"There were 3 in the family...and that's the magic number." - Schoolhouse Rock Mia Grace Franquiz Born at 5:43PM on January 30th, 2007 Weight: 7 pounds 14 ounces Length: 20 inches As far as I'm concerned, the most beautiful girl in the world! Mommy and baby are doing great! Daddy is good too. I cried like never before when I saw for the first time. It didn't stop for a good hour... spontaneous, hysterical tears over God's love for me and my love for this little girl. I held in my hands the fulfillment of so many prayers. So many ... Read More
Carey and I are at the hospital... Water has broken... Drugs have been administered... Mia Grace is on the way... Videos, pictures, interviews, TV footage... It's all forthcoming! Please pray for a safe and smooth delivery! Thanks, Bob, Carey and Mia...
I know a lot of people that call Calvary Fellowship home check out this blog from time to time. But the time has come for Calvary Fellowship to enter the blog world on its' own. So we give you...the Calvary Fellowship Blog. This blog is going to give you all the "Goings on" that's happening at church, recaps of what just went on at church, worship set lists (so you know where Mark go that new song), and a bunch of other things that you'll have to check out for yourself. You can comment, ask questions, get answers, and stay ... Read More
I got an email promoting the National New Church Conference in Orlando (By the way, I don't know if there's a better place do a conference - that's the one place in the world that no one can say "There's nothing to do in this town!") My wife and I are already planning a Disney excursion to coincide with the conference. We're Disney freaks that have been to the parks way too many times for our own good. (When you've got the monologue to the Norway ride memorized, you've been there too many times) Anyway, I got this email promoting ... Read More
I just finished The Big Idea by Dave Ferguson. The book is fantastic. Tons of practical stuff. Really insightful. I was amazed by the amount of time they take in preparing each series they do. Honestly, I was convicted by it. They outline how they communicate to their church at every level. It is an involved process, but it seems like once you got into the rhythm of it, it wouldn't be a big deal. They are adamant about communicating one truth at a time. This is something I'm serious about as well. It's similar to the one point preaching ... Read More
I first heard Rob Bell at Catalyst 2003 and was completely blown away. It was one of the most moving conference experiences of my life. After hearing him, we picked up a short film he did called "Rain", which was fantastic. Since then, we bought all of the Nooma videos and wait eagerly for each new release. Well, Nooma #14 didn't disappoint. The title is "breathe", and it's out of hand! You can pick it up here or here. You might not agree with everything Rob says or believes theologically, but his handle on Scripture and culture is, to quote ... Read More
A question for the Mac guys in the house: Do any of you use Accordance Bible software. I've leaning towards making a purchase, but I'd like to hear your thoughts on it. Pros/ Cons? What package do you have? Do you recommend it? Any thoughts on the subject would be really helpful. Gracias...
We just got the first few copies of our newest pamphlet "Watermark", that is an explanation of baptism. I'm happy with the layout and the fact that it's not 200 pages. It seems to me that books are intentionally too long. I love to read, but many of the books I read could be shortened and lose no real content. Then again, someone could probably say that about my preaching :)
I found Growth by Accident, Death by Planning by Bob Whitsel very insightful. I enjoyed the book because it helps churches that are growing to keep the momentum going and not lose it based on decisions that actually make sense. I think the book is summed up in the phrase: The Titanic was built by experts and the ark was built by amateurs. He deals with 11 missteps that church take that kills the work that God is doing in a community through the church. He deals with staffing, facility, worship, innovation, services, and several other key issues. He tells ... Read More