Saturday, December 20, 2008

One thing I don't like about being a pastor.

Tonight we are supposed to get lots and lots of snow...
So that means I will be up late looking at forecasts and up very early to drive the roads and talk to people in the know about the roads.

There will be phone calls about whether or not we are canceling a gathering.

Then if we don't cancel - which I tend to not do - someone will come up to me at the gathering and say, "Why didn't you cancel? It is dangerous! You should have canceled!" Then I wonder why in the world they are standing before me if it is so dangerous. I try to say, "We want people to know we are here and if you feel like it is too dangerous for you to come then please stay home and stay safe - there is no pressure for you to come."

Anyways - I expect all these things in the next 24 hours so it should be fun.

God give me patience, wisdom, good counsel, and help the snow blow over and hit only Grand Rapids. Amen.

If Santa can get out in a blizzard - surely we can - even without Rudolph, :)
sd

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Why do we put our kids through this?


This tradition must stop!

The most terrifying time of the year!
sd

Monday, December 01, 2008

Today is World AIDS Day

Last year at this time we remembered World AIDS Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. While we were there we met this little family in a township. These little kids had recently lost both of their parents to AIDS. Their grandmother was now caring for them.

Today we remember, we pray, and we get involved.

On this day I remember these kids and their parents.

To get involved in bringing hope and life:
Vox United
World Vision

It is past time for the church to "show up."
sd

PS - I am the church.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is it an experience if I don't Twitter about it?

I had the awesome opportunity to go to the Catalyst One Day event in Granger, IN. The conference featured Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.TV and Andy Stanley from Northpoint.

During the entire conference: the singing, the teaching, the breaks, and the activities I observed people on iphones and laptops Twittering away...

I like Twittering. It is my new favorite way to "blog" and stay in the loop. I twitter somewhat regularly.

However, I thought it was a little obscene to see guys sitting down engrossed in thumb tapping what was happening while others stood and participated. I may be WAY judgemental on this, but I wonder how much we miss in our attempt to share what is going on.

Remember that question: "if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it - does it still make a sound?" Today's version could be: "am I really having an experience if I am not twittering about it?

I like to share what is going on and what I'm thinking with friends. In fact it really makes the experience come alive. But, are we in danger of missing the experience in front of our noses as we enter the tech universe? I guess you could say that it creates a whole new experience. Fair enough. But, I wonder if our addiction to technology creates more of a loss of experience than it provides?

Touch.
Smells.
Sounds.
Sights.
Taste.

All in more than 140 characters!
sd

PS - I still like Twitter and think it rocks so join the journey if you'd like and follow me at: Twitdeur. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blocked Content: Offensive

I like Facebook. It was made for someone like me. I'm a sentimental freak. I like catching up with old friends and getting a whiff of their current life.

I also like to share things that I care about with folks on facebook.

One really cool website that provides outstanding perspective is: Global Rich List. I love this site because when we as American's talk about needing more money and stuff it is obscene - especially as we reflect on the world around us... often as close as our own city.

So - I wanted to let people know about this site, but it was repeatedly blocked. Apparently users thought it was offensive. So it got me to thinking...

Who would block a site to reveal where you stand economically in the world?

I think it comes down to what people think the motivation of the site is. As you look at the site it becomes obvious (at least if you land in the top % of incomes) that it is about thinking differently about money, being rich, spending, and the impact you can make in the world with the blessings you have.

So - why think this is offensive?

Could some people think it is deflating for people who aren't in the top percentages to see where they stand? So are some people thinking the site hurts people's feelings?

Could some people think it is a site to puff up rich folk - to make everyone feel better about themselves and be filled with self-pride?

Could some people think we should not be challenged to think about how incredibly blessed many of us are here in the USA? Block it because it makes me feel guilty?

What do you think? Have you tried it?

Filthy Rich,
sd

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tell him he's dreaming...

One of my favorite movies is "The Castle" from Australia. Here is a montage of some clips of Daryl John Kerrigan.


What's a pulpit?
sd

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Round and Round We Go...


We gathered in "the round" today. Here is a pic of me chatting from the center about generosity. BRAD took this picture.

I thought doing it in the round was a nice change.
We've done it before, but not like this...

The benefits for us:
> It was an easy change to make that added some excitement.
> It got everyone out of their usual routine and seats.
> The band was behind us which reminded us that worship music isn't performance.
> People got to see people in a different setting.
> The room felt more cozy and warm.
> The sound was great.
> Everyone facing the center was an image of putting God at the center of our $.

The downsides for us:
> Sone people didn't like to be looked at during the singing.
> I had to concentrate more on where I looked as I spoke so I didn't spin.
> Everyone at some point had to look at my backside - maybe that is a benefit.
> Took a bit longer to set the room up.

Overall it was a great morning because the Spirit of God seemed to be moving and we focused on Jesus.

Anyways - great work by Brad and the band and all the folks who worked behind the scenes to set it up, design it, and make things happen for people to connect with God in a new way.

Saw Bond tonight and loved it,
sd

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Showing Up

A friend of mine uses the phrase, "Showing Up." I like that phrase. As a follower of Jesus I think this phrase fits who I am supposed to be and what I'm supposed to do.

Jesus showed up - "The Word became flesh and lived among us for a while..." I like this about Jesus - He comes down - He comes to us - He wraps Himself with flesh and blood. He shows up.

Jesus showed up while He lived among us - He didn't come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus showed up in His actions and met practical and spiritual needs. He forgave people, loved them, fed them, healed them, and gave His very life for them.

How can the church (the Body of Jesus) show up in this season of financial difficulties? What if the church was known for radical generosity? What if we showed up to meet practical needs around us - with our skills, our cash, and our lives?

I like the end result that Jesus talks about... 'People will see your good deeds and will praise God.' Meeting needs - showing up - doing good - leads to people giving thanks and praise to God.

Show,
sd

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The world gets more and more bite sized and fast.

Over five years ago I started this blog. When I started I enjoyed sitting down and giving updates on my life, what I was experiencing, and sharing things that where on my mind and heart. Many of the earlier posts were longer... The word "rant" started to creep into the vocabularies of bloggers.

I have to admit that I would much rather check in on someone through TWITTER or Facebook for quick updates or thoughts now.

So - as this blog morphs into something else in the future (trying to figure that out still) - I encourage you to join the TWITTER universe and follow me here.

Twittdeur,
sd

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Announcement

Today I humbly announce that I am running for President of the United States in 2024.
I ask for your prayers, your support, and all the money you can start raising. :)

Just kidding - kind of,
Have a great election day,
Steve

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The politics of dancing...

Check out this little survey that examines where the church and politics intersect in your mind.

I was scored as a Quiet Critic.

Anyways take it here.

How do you score?
sd

Friday, October 24, 2008

It's the economy stupid.


With the economy sputtering, stocks falling, and fear running rampant we are taking a five week journey in God's Word to get our personal finances "Back in the Black."

(I give props to Mikey Morgan's old church for the title name. Eastlake Community Church in San Diego.)

I look forward to exploring the Bible and how we can experience financial peace and freedom in the midst of this chaotic time.

You are invited.

Grand Haven High School - 9:15 and 11:00 am.
Get more information here.
sd

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Benefit Concert for orphans and adoption

Remember. The. Orphan. Peder Eide benefit concert

Thursday, November 13
, at Fellowship Reformed Church at 7;00p.m. a special event is taking place involving five area families each adopting from Ethiopia, (including us!) national singer, songwriter & speaker Peder Eide, Bethany Christian Services & Compassion International staff. We will be joining together this evening for a time of praise, worship and to raise awareness about the needs of the orphans in the world. Everyone is welcome! *a freewill offering will be taken during the concert to financially assist the 5 familys in bringing their children home.

FYI
sd

Friday, October 10, 2008

Great video...



This video is from Australia and does an excellent job at challenging our attitudes on what matters and stuff...

Enjoy,
sd

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Watermark is having a birthday

This Sunday, October 12th, is Watermark Church's fifth birthday. Unbelievable!!!

I looked back at the blog archive in October 2003 and read through some of the old posts - fun stuff.

I am so thankful for my amazing wife and family who have been so supportive and great partners in this journey. I thank God for the people we've been able to live life alongside of. I am so appreciative of the gifted staff I've been fortunate to work with.

As we look forward to the next five years I am excited about the challenges in front of us and the dreams that God is birthing in our faith community.

I hope to start blogging more about the future in the near future. :)

So - thanks God for letting us be on this journey for the past five years!
sd

This is my favorite type of image from our five years together.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Fourteen and counting...


October 1992 - the month we started dating.

Today Vicki and I celebrate fourteen years of marriage! I am so thankful for her.

Loving my honey,
sd

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Twitter

i have been using Twitter a bit and have enjoyed keeping up with what people are up to. To follow me and check it out - go to: Twitter.

If you sign up and join the ride let me know and I'll follow what you are up to...

Have a swell day,
sd

Thursday, September 04, 2008

If you could be any rock lead singer...

I was recently thinking about who the greatest lead singers / frontmen / frontwomen are.

Here is the question for you:
"If you could have the charisma, looks, and talent of any lead singer / front person who would you be?"

I would have the voice and vibe of Ian Astbury, from the Cult, if I had to choose.

Owwwww Yeah!
sd

How about you? Comment and give props to your favorite lead!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Putting that money to work...

Did you know that you can help entrepreneurs launch new businesses and provide for their families all over the world through becoming a lender?

The "Bank of You" can make a practical impact in the third world!

Check out KIVA and learn more about this interesting way to impact the world for the cost of a night out to Applebees.

On a side note - I am devastated that summer is over. The worst part is the constant "in your face" reminders of this reality when shopping at the store and seeing Halloween junk out already!!!! Please - put it away! Not until October for the love!

Have a great day,
sd

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

BOLDlife



Seven week series on the book of Acts starting September 7th.

Take the leap,
sd

Sunday, August 24, 2008

New blog

Our adoption blog is finally up.

It is Heart of Adoption.

Thanks for your encouragement and support.

sd

Friday, August 22, 2008

BOLD life

What does a bold life look like?



This was his final speech before his death.

Be bold,
sd

A thought rattling around in my spirit.

I have a theory about West Michigan. I think that people generally in West Michigan believe that they understand Christianity and the church. Therefore, we need to reveal a Christianity and church that they don't understand.

This is what we see in the book of Acts in the New Testament. The church was so generous, so selfless, and breaking down all kinds of walls that it became magnetic.

I dream of the day we see the church being an alternative transformation community that becomes magnetic. I dream of the day that the way we live together makes people shake their heads and wonder if they have been misled regarding being a follower of Jesus.

So here is my little statement again,
"People believe they understand Christianity and the Church. We must show them Christianity and the Church they do not understand."

I have a dream,
sd

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Holy Discontent

Bill Hybels has a book that discusses the power that comes from identifying and leaning into your Holy Discontent. What is that thing that moves you to say, "That's it! I can't take it any more! Things must change!"

What is your issue/hot button topic/area of passion/thing that needs to be changed?

sd

Today I had an emotional holy discontent moment regarding abortion.

What's yours?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Can't stomach it

Following the Tigers makes me so crazy angry that I should take a break.
The bullpen is awful.
I can't rant any more without crossing a line somewhere...

So with that - I say - a year that could have been was flushed.
sd

Adoption Update

Our paperwork is in Ethiopia. Now we wait... and wait...
Pray for patience.
We are very excited!
sd

Friday, July 25, 2008

Coasts need guarding.

This weekend the Coast Guard Festival commences.

We are working with at least 17 other churches in serving the community.
To learn more or get involved in the prayer vigil go to: SHORELINE PRAYS.


sd

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Batman and the Terrorist

Saw Batman. The Joker is an absolute terrorist. Great acting by Heath Ledger. Batman's masked voice is annoying. It is amazing how the Joker has gone from a laughing goof ball to a force of pure darkness and evil... Could it be the post 9/11 world?

It was a great movie - although it seemed to have a few endings, but I like long movies. I like to get my money's worth.

It's business time,
sd


Best movie of the summer is....? What do you think?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Quotes from Peterson on Pastoring

Here are more quotes on being a pastor... From "The Contemplative Pastor."

"Is there any way that I can live with these people and love them without being shaped by the golden-calf culture? How can I keep from settling into the salary and benefits of a checkout clerk in a store for religious consumers? How can I avoid metamorphosis from the holy vocation of pastor into a promising career in religious sales?"

"People are uncomfortable with mystery (God) and mess (themselves). They avoid both mystery and mess by devising programs and hiring pastors to manage them."

"But prayer is not a work that pastors are often asked to do except in ceremonial ways. Most pastoral work actually erodes prayer. The reason is obvious: people are not comfortable with God in their lives. They prefer something less awesome and more informal. Something, in fact, like the pastor. Reassuring, accessible, easygoing. People would rather talk to the pastor than to God. And so it happens that without anyone actually intending it, prayer is pushed to the sidelines."

God accepts knee mail.
sd

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thoughts on being a pastor

From Eugene Peterson's book, "Under the Unpredictable Plant"

"Somehow we American pastors, without really noticing what was happening, got our vocations redefined in the terms of American careerism."

"...the vocation of pastor has to do with living out the implications of the word of God in community, not sailing off into the exotic seas of religion in search of fame and fortune."

"I find that resentment of the congregation is the 'sin crouching at the door' every time I enter or leave the church."


Pastors are people,
sd

Monday, July 14, 2008

Twitter

Well - I'm playing around with Twitter.

Check it out mine HERE

You can follow me on this thing and if you do it - I can follow you.

I am not sure why you would want to, but it is a new toy to play with for now.

SHOW,
sd

It is off

Well - our paperwork and all our stuff is on its way to Washington DC and soon to Ethiopia! We are excited and need to grow in the area of patience.

I am thinking about shutting this blog down in its current form and relaunching with a different format - etc... Or I'll catch my fourth wind and low ahead.

I have made Deurty.com a resource site with stuff - but I think I may want to change that as well. When I get some time I'll figure it out.

Thanks
sd

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

adoption update

Vicki and I just completed all our paperwork for the adoption. We still will have a long wait, but at least the little details are done! Now we learn patience and trust God.

I hope to be starting an adoption blog soon with that journey.
sd

Sunday, June 22, 2008

rain

This morning I checked with WoodTv and Wzzm and both said that no rain would hit the lakeshore. East of GR would get rain, but not until the afternoon. In other words - don't worry - have your gathering outdoors!

Yeah right.

It rained just as Thompson began to speak. (Prophetic?)

"On target weather" is shooting blanks baby!

Our local weather has burned me well I must confess... They will suffer the consequences.

:)

Here's to good weather for next sunday!
sd

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Church Shopping

I found this "open letter to a church shopper" by Kelly Adkins at Tim Stevens blog. Anyways I thought it was good and wanted to share it with you.

Dearest Career Church Hopper:

I met you again on Wednesday, the same person smiling at me through a different face, telling me that you've been shopping for churches for months now, and that darn it, you "just can't find one (you) like." The music's too rocky at this one, you said; the preacher too funny at that one. The latest one might make the cut, though: you'd had the pastor and his wife over the previous evening for a little "dinner audition" -- your words, not mine -- and he said things that made you feel good and comfortable, things that you already agree with, so you're thinking about sticking around. At the very least, you could get your teaching from this church and your worship from that one.

I'm sure we'll run into each other again, but before we do, I'd like to suggest some things you could perhaps think about before you move on to the next church, as I'm sure you will, whether this weekend or next year:

* Christ didn't bleed for the Church so you could treat your search for one like an episode of Survivor, deciding who to vote off the island this week.
* The Church was not commissioned by Christ to meet your needs. You ARE the Church, and you've been commissioned to meet the needs of the world.
* Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her (Eph 5:25). Quit treating his bride like a Jesus buffet where you can pick and choose what you like, hedging your bets against the pain and sacrifice of making a commitment.
* Per scripture's instructions to use your gifts in service to the Body of Christ -- and its lack of instruction to search for a church that scratches you where you itch -- you might want to consider what the Church you're visiting needs from you, rather than the other way around.
* If you only want to hear things you already know and agree with, save your Sundays and talk to yourself in the bathroom mirror.

Sincerely,
The Preacher's Wife




shop till ya drop, :)
sd

Friday, May 30, 2008

Congrats to Brad Z.

Brad Z. has a growing and glowing web tv show called Church Media Design.

He also has been recognized for his work on our IAMMARKED site at Church Relevance where it was added to the top 85 church web sites.

Congrats to Brad and well done!
sd

To learn more about Brad go to: Vinmark Productions.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Troubling news from Ethiopia

Read this article from CNN that reveals the plight of thousands of Ethiopian children.

I have been reading Ethiopian news with some regularity and have a growing passion for this remarkable and legendary country. I hope to post news that I find interesting from time to time.

It is in times like this that I pray the church (that I myself) would sacrificially serve and meet needs.

Jesus commanded those of us who call ourselves Christians, in John 13, to love one another as He has loved us. Through this sacrificial love for one another the wider world begins to recognize us as followers of Jesus. It begins with love - love that is active - love that moves.

Love is as love does.

Is it in me?
Lord may it be,
sd

Monday, May 19, 2008

What is ahead.

Hey.
Here are a couple announcements from your Deurty friend.

1. I just started a NING page for Watermark. Check it out and feel free to join here.

2. Tomorrow is Thompson's birthday. (37) See his blog link to the right.

3. We are close to launching our adoption blog - I'll keep you in the loop.

4. I am very excited about our "Because of You" Celebration Sunday. June 8!

5. My wife made an amazing Meat Loaf tonight. She rocks!

6. I am looking for a good summer read - any suggestions?

Killing me softly,
sd

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

103

Vicki's grandfather passed away this weekend at the ripe old age of 103 and a half.
He was born in 1904. Imagine what he saw in his life...
He was too young for World War 1 and too old for World War 2.

James Sergent was a great man of faith, family, and faithfulness.

103 sounds good to me,
sd

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Pete Yo



My buddy Pete shredding the Anthem.
sd

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Latest Deur News

I wanted to share with you that Vicki and I are in the front-end of a process to adopt a child from Ethiopia.

Where do I begin...

Vicki has always been interested in adopting a child and I (being a fella) was a bit more practical and thought it was a great idea... for someone else.

But, a few years ago we began to consider adoption on a deeper level. We checked into it a little bit, but then decided to try for another child. We had Willem. He rocks by the way.

So, now fast forward a couple years to early 2007. I started to a more in-depth personal study on the good news = "The Kingdom of God." God's Word revealed to me how addicted I am to myself, comfort, control, and financial security. It also opened my heart to people who are hurting and in need of God's love and practical assistance. I also had a lot of opportunity to do a study on God's view of the poor, the widow, the stranger, and the orphan...

I finally got around to preaching on the "Kingdom of God" in November of 2007 and the messages were directed firmly at me and my heart. Vicki and I felt called to do something for the "least of these," but what?

Around that time we were invited by my uncle who works for Bethany Christian Services to attend a dinner and to hear presenters share about adoption. The hope of the dinner was to raise awareness for the needs of orphans to pastors. It was a night to encourage pastors to move their churches into the position to do something for the orphans and to encourage adoption.

Although the event was targeting me as pastor to move our church into action - I felt God's overwhelming heart burst inside me and I felt a call to action. (I already knew that Vicki was ready, willing, and on the edge of her seat - I just needed to catch up.)

So when it came time for a response - we wrote down that we felt called to adopt a child.

Over the following months we learned about the different ways you can adopt and help an orphan. We weighed the family dynamics and felt it was best to adopt a child younger than Willem. (Ideally we would love to have another girl...) This decision moved us to do an international adoption. We attended meetings - learned about countries - learned about the process and the needs. Vicki and I felt our hearts directed toward Ethiopia where there are 4-6 million orphans (depending on stats you follow) Half of them are orphaned because of HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile I headed off to South Africa to encounter the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to connect with our friends at Vox United. While I was there I had a growing passion for orphans and those impacted by poverty and HIV/AIDS as well as Africa. It was a confirmation for us.

So - we continued taking classes, getting paperwork, and stepping out in faith.

Today - we are finished with our homestudy and have a long road ahead of finalizing paper work, coming up with the finances (we hope to do some fund raisers), and just plain waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I need patience.

I hope to start a blog for our adoption journey that will, God-willing, lead us to Ethiopia to pick up the child that has been birthed in our hearts and one day into our family.

I'll keep you posted regarding starting another blog.

Thanks for being my friend and sticking with me all this time - I realize I have not been consistently posting and the posts have become random thoughts, but I imagine that may be changing. :)

sd

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The other white meat.

Deurty.com is what I've been working on lately. I am posting some past messages, articles, and highlights.

I will be starting another blog down the road for another reason that I will share with you in the next week...

We are doing a study on the cross of Jesus for the next four weeks. I have really enjoyed the study and have been moved.

The weather has been amazing!
sd

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Google your name

There was a report on the "Today" show about people having the same name as you and finding them on the web.

Have you ever "googled" or "yahooed" your name? Do you pop up? How popular are you in the electronic listing?

Anyways - I like to type in the name's of people I know under "images" in Google and see what my friend's namesakes look like.

Here are some examples:
Brad Zimmerman

Steve Thompson

Brett Jones

With the web the world shrinks and we find out that we aren't the only person with our name. Someone else has the audacity to run around their town with your name!

I found out that there were two other Steve Deurs in the Holland/Zeeland area when I was in college. I worked with one at a grocery store and I met another one at a camp. Strange.

So - what comes up when you google your name?

At least we still have our fingerprint,
sd

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Vacation is like a band aid.

Vacation is something I look forward to.
I usually feel tired and in a rut by the time a vacation finally rolls around.

So when the vacation begins I find that it takes me at least two-three days to totally wind down, get into a new state of mind, and let things go back home.

When this happens it is like a band aid. I am cut up a bit - worn down - and scabbed up - vacation is placed neatly over my body and soul. For a little while I am aware of the band aid - it feels different - it smells different - I still feel a bit of pain under it - I am a man with a cut in need of a band aid.

But over time I forget about the band aid. I adjust - it seems to be a part of me - natural - doing its healing work... THIS IS WHEN I EMERGE TRULY ON VACATION.

BUT, then I return home. It takes two to three days for me to actually let a vacation work on me, but it seems like an hour after I return home - I am ripped out of the warm cozy womb of vacation and thrown into the cold world of reality - where I am measured, weighed, and spanked so I'll cry and prove I'm alive... Wait - I'm mixing metaphors.

So - you know where this is going don't you? When I return I realize that I have a band aid and it is coming off... So how do you get a band aid off? RIP IT QUICK!

Vacation goes on and comes off like a band aid.

It comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion.

Back in the pocket,
sd

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

FINALLY!

THE MONKEY IS OFF THE BACK OF THE DETROIT TIGERS! I resume my chocolate eating tomorrow at Cold Stone. Bless you boys - finally a win!

Enjoying vacation,
sd

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Prayer and Fasting

Please disregard my last post as young and dumb idealism.

After another absolutely ugly loss and an 0-6 record I, Steve Deur, hereby commit to fast from my favorite thing (chocolate) until they have a win. Every time I crave chocolate I will pray for the Tigers.

This may be shallow and meaningless, but I have an ache in my tummy.

It may be gas or it may be heart break.

No choco till win!
sd

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Take a deep cleansing breath.

When I was a kid I enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers play on television with my dad, my uncles, some cousins, and my grandpa Van Wieren. The game was filled with names like Trammell, Parish, and Morris. One other name always seemed to find its way to the end of the game when everything seemed to matter more. That name was Gibson. Kirk Gibson, or as my grandpa called him, "Big Boy."

Big Boy always seemed to be up when they needed a hit most and the air inside the family room of my grand parent's home was electric and filled with anxious feelings.

Often if it got too intense I think my grandpa actually turned off the television or walked away. I could here him saying things like, "it is over..." "here they go again." (I don't know if those were the words, but I remember the feeling. The idea was - "they will blow it or not come through... especially Big Boy." So just turn it off now and spare yourself the pain.)

Anyways - I am a lot like my grandpa. A bit fatalistic with the Tigers. I love them - always have - but I tend to see the glass half empty when it comes to my boys of summer.

So... fast forward to this year. I went into this year cautious - not believing the hype - not willing to say this is the year. I remember Big Boy's game ending strike outs and I have too much of my grandpa to believe. BUT - I WANT TO BELIEVE and i want them to win.

So here we are. 0-5 to start the year. Swept by the Royals. In a funk. Here we go again... just turn off the year... just walk away from another disappointment... Big Boy will whiff once again...

Before I hit the panic button I will take a deep cleansing breath and do something that is not natural for me. I will choose to be optimistic. I will choose to see the Tigers as half full. I believe they will make the playoffs (just barely). :)

I choose to keep the channel on - I will not walk away - I will watch BIG BOY take the count to 0-2 and expect him to slam a homer (which he only does for the Dodgers).

God - please bless these boys.
sd

ps - the fact I have a post this long about the Tigers is troubling.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

It has finally arrived!

1:05 pm - Monday.
Opening Day of Detroit Tiger Baseball!

Bless you boys,
sd

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Catan Man

Currently I am addicted to playing "Settlers of Catan." It is a board game that involves trading, expanding territory, and building up settlements. Anyways - I enjoy the idea of using the resources of the island of Catan for my own gain. (Just kidding - I am a good steward of the Catan resources like every good little Christian should be... but oh wait - this isn't real life! I forget because I am played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons as a kid and I think all this is real!) :)

So anyways - I really like the game and recommend you try it or buy it or whatever.

Here is a link to learn more... Settlers of Catan

Here is how I feel while posting this.

Have a great day and pray for sun and warmth!
sd

Friday, March 21, 2008

Grateful

Today is "good" Friday.
God for your love I am thankful.
While we were uninterested, uninspired, undecided, and unbelieving...
Jesus died for us.

Amen

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

24/7 prayer in motion

We have hopped on another 24/7 prayer train this week leading up to Resurrection Sunday.

To participate or check it out a bit go to: Shoreline Prays

Check out the local article: Watermark in the news.

I always enjoy the prayer times - they are moments when I actually stop to reflect... otherwise I find life to easily become a lot of flailing about with little understanding or direction.

Have a great week!
sd

Friday, March 07, 2008

A Proverb a day...

I am enjoying reading through the book of Proverbs this month. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs and 31 days in March = one a day.

If you want to get some wisdom for life - Proverbs is a great book to read. It is quick, concise, and helpful.

Do you have a favorite Proverb that isn't actually a Proverb?
You know... ones like:
"Cleanliness is next to godliness."
"If you don't have anything nice - don't say anything at all."
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."


Lay on us your best wisdom,
sd

Sunday, March 02, 2008

'89

Style that goes a mile.

Friday, February 29, 2008

How much money would it take?

This Sunday we are checking the "Word on the Street" regarding money as well as looking at Proverbs dealing with riches.

So, let me ask you... how much money would it take to make you feel happy/secure?

I think people tend to throw out numbers like: $1,000,000, but I am curious what everyone thinks.

Have you ever hoped to win the lotto and then realized you haven't ever played it? What?
sd

Thursday, February 28, 2008

huh.

Today i realized that I like New York City, but I despise New York City sport teams.
I like Chicago and really enjoy spending time there, but I can't stand Chicago teams.
I have great dislike for the city of Detroit, but love the sport teams.

Go Tigers!
sd

Friday, February 22, 2008

Those were the days...

The days of kick the can in the front yard, of Saturday morning cartoons being cool, of Donkey Kong, of running around the neighborhood without a care in the world and no fear of predators.

I had a great childhood and for that I am thankful.
As you can see from this photo - I also had a great fashion role model in my father.

He is showing big time!
sd

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

There is no me without you.



I have been reading a great book by the title above. It is the story of a woman who tries to help as many orphaned kids as possible in the wave of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.

The book is inspiring because it deals with self sacrifice as well as providing compelling information about HIV/AIDS and Ethiopia.

One quote from the book that addressed the lack of help given to Africa in the midst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic was challenging:
Stephen Lewis calls the voluble hobnobbing of experts on the subject of global health and orphans "speakathons"; they "give credence," he writes, "to the proposition that if you talk about something for long enough, the illusion will be created that progress in the world of reports, analyses, figures, tables, diagrams, and at least a thousand PowerPoint presentations, not to overlook throbbing intellectual rumination, but very little progress that's discernible in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children on the ground."


So here I am talking about it.

Vicki and I have been praying about what we are called to do.

If you want to help make a difference - one thing you can do is go to Vox United and enter into a partnership with a child who needs help. $150/year provides school supplies, a school uniform, and assistance to help children in South Africa.

Blessed to Bless,
sd

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Xtreme

When Vicki and I lived in Australia (1995-1997) we had the joy of leading a group of young people. We called our group, "Xtreme." Now, this was right before everything was called "xtreme" and it was the mid-nineties so cut me some slack. :)

Anyways, Vicki and I often reflect on our time in Australia. It was truly the most influential shaping experience in our lives besides getting married and having kids.

We rolled into Sydney with five months of marriage under our belt. I was twenty-three and Vicki was twenty-one. We learned how to do life together in Australia. We experienced "life together" in Metric.

Well - the little Xtreme group we gathered was born out of nothing. When we started we had one youth contact. I hung around in local schools and met some young people who agreed to hang out. We then gathered more students through a youth contact in another area. Over time this group grew and Vicki and I were able to build some great relationships with students from a variety of faith experience. It was special.

So, I cruised around the internet a little bit and found some of our students (now eleven to twelve years later!) Memories come flooding back and I find myself like a father wondering how these great young adults are doing. Praying for them. Thanking God for the time we had with them. Wishing we could sit down and catch up.

I've been a youth pastor at three different church communities (as well as a kid's pastor) and the burden I feel for past students is still there. I still find myself wishing them well, praying for them, hoping for them, dreaming for them, cheering for them, and rejoicing when I hear that they are embracing life and faith.

So - I lift up my glass of unsweetened apple juice to our first ever awesome Xtreme crew for teaching us and caring for us in more ways than you'll know. Thanks!

Driving the van to Busby,
sd

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Hi.

Some things:

I have been putting together a website with past messages and articles for those interested. I will try to do it differently in the future, but it is a start. If you want to read some go to: DEURTY.COM

I can't wait for baseball season!!!!!!!!!! Go Tigers! AHHHHHH - I can't wait!

Diet Coke tastes better than regular Coke after a year.

Cadbury chocolate is better than Hershey's.

Facebook is better than MySpace.

My dad can beat up your dad.

I am hoping Johnny Love can make an appearance at my daughters Valentine party.

My boat.
sd

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Check out Church Media Designer TV

Just wanted to encourage you to go to: Church Media Design TV.

This site is by our own Brad Zimmermann of Vinmark Productions. Brad is also on our staff doing creative communications.

Church Media Designer is a show that can assist you in learning tech stuff that will enhance your communications. Check it out! Watch, comment, and ask questions.

Way to go Brad!
sd

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

If you could...

If you could do one thing and you know you wouldn't fail and you would have the necessary resources to accomplish it... what would you do? (beyond what you already may be doing and loving...)

I think of some...
> Write, make and star in two movies. (One Sci-Fi and one comedy.)
> Be the first chaplain on Mars.
> Run for political office - US House of Reps for starters.

How about you?
sd

Friday, January 25, 2008

Cult of personality.

As a staff we have been walking through something we call: "Rapids 3: Wired." Nate Smith is walking us through this interactive seminar. We walk through personality, spiritual bent, and spiritual gifting. We then look at how we appear to be wired and how we interact together.

Anyways - I came out an ENFP once again. What are you? Here is a relatively quick online test you can take. It also has some descriptions.
Personality Test

For fellow staff bloggers: Thompson is also an ENFP and Nathan Sean Smith is an INTJ.

So share who you are and we'll understand you better - maybe. :)

I think Witte was INTJ as well,
sd

* I know we got responses from this question in October of '06, but I thought I'd open it up again for fresh meat.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Alien Photo I Never Got to Have

If you grew up in the same time frame as me you might remember this photo style... You may even have one!

I remember as a kid we called this the "alien picture." There you are with the regular looking photo with a faded profile jetting out. Will Ferrell does this wonderfully.

I never did get that style picture. My parents maybe were too traditional or they didn't offer such cutting edge technology to us Christian school kids.

Did you get one of these?
sd

Friday, January 11, 2008

Two Thousand and Eight

What things would you like to do/accomplish/experience/change in this upcoming year?

For me the list includes:
> Better discipline in life -> schedule/rest/eating/solitude/exercise. My question to this is: Is a change of disciplines sustainable?

> When given the choice take a risk -> fear is a life killer for me. I think it will preserve me and keep me safe, but it just eats away at me. So when in doubt - risk.

> Create -> underneath it all I am an artist and I think I'm starting to again realize that. Growing up I was known as an artist and along the way the office work shoved that part of me out of the way. So, this year I want to create something. Baby steps.

So, those are a few, how about you?

Another question: who are you pulling for in the election?
Democrats: I liked Richardson the best, but he's out - so I'm pulling for Obama.
Republicans: I like McCain and Huckabee.
Libertarians: Ron Paul (this is where he fits best and he has a refreshing take)
Independents: Steven Deur. :)

How about you?

Sorry to give you two questions, but I'd love for you to weigh in...
sd