The First Ever “Trady”

Image and video hosting by TinyPicI have a new idea. I’m adding an award section to my blog. This is where I’ll give out random awards to people that I think deserve to be noticed.

So…(drumroll please)…I’m giving the first-ever “Tomorrow’s Reflection Award for Distinguishing Yourself,” also known as a “Trady,” to a guy named Zack Hample. What has Zack done to deserve such a prestigious honor? I’m glad you asked.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicZack is known for catching important home run baseballs at ballparks. Recently, Zach has added 2 of the last homeruns ever hit at Yankee Stadium and the last homerun ball ever hit by the Mets at Shea Stadium. Is it luck, or something more?

You may wonder what this guy does for a living. He charges people $500 to take him to a baseball game and ensure that they get a ball while they are there. He even guarantees it! Well done Zack, you’ve just been Trady-ed!

Thanks to Romi for this find. I now open it to the readers: do you know of anyone that deserves a Trady? If so, email it to me and maybe you’ll see their names next to their own Trady sometime soon.

Here are the requirements to be considered for this award:

  1. The person must have some unique talent or passion (neigh, obsession) that is different from most people
  2. The person must be someone who is not a “celebrity” and that needs the attention and power that comes from receiving a Trady
  3. The person must do something that someone else could argue was a complete waist of time

Derek Jeter and My Son

Michelle decided to humor an idea I had for our baby room and now we have a life-sized Derek Jeter “Fathead” on our wall. My kid doesn’t even know how good he’s gonna have it. After how nice it looked I then proposed that we could put more of these around our house. That idea hasn’t caught on yet…
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Bible Reading Plan

We put together a 90 day Bible Reading plan (spread out between 15 weeks) at for people to read through together. I want to extend the invitation to anyone who wants to read through this with us.

You can download it here.

Also, we created a Google group for people to discuss things as we go. Click here to check it out.


That is the number of how many people were baptized at our 8 weekend services the last two days. I’ve never seen anything remotely like it in my life. I am so humbled just to be a part of it.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWe have been in our “Carried Away” series and have been looking at what it means to follow after Jesus Christ. What is truly amazing is that we have especially focused on the cost of following Jesus. And 427 people decided it was worth it.

What stood out to me the most was the look on each person’s face. It was evident as some of them cried, some looked nervous, some were super excited… that each person had a story and a past. And each of those stories was probably radically different. I saw people come from my small group, I saw people that I’ve never had the chance to personally meet, even people from our own Third Format band! I’m pretty sure our Sunday 3F service made history by baptizing a family of four at the same time! But each person had come to the same conclusion in that moment: that they wanted to surrender their life over to following Jesus. I will cherish this memory for the rest of my life.


Well, if you look at the timestamp on this post you’ll see that I’m writing this at 3:29am on Friday morning. I’m getting the sneaking suspicion that God is preparing me for fatherhood. Let me recap my previous nights for you:

Wednesday night / Thursday morning: I wake up at 4:30am to find out that my wife has apparently conclusively determined that her body can’t handle jalepenos while she’s pregnant. I stay up with her in between puking sessions and then take a quick “cat nap” before I have to wake up at 5:30am for Ironman.

Thursday night / Friday morning: My dog Chloe decides that it is playtime at 3:00am by parading around our room in hopes that we’ll get out of bed. When that doesn’t work she resorts to making this high-pitch whining noise which I’m not even sure how she makes. I’ve now determined this to be one of the few noises MORE annoying than my alarm clock. Impressive. When that backfires on her and we lock her in her crate she responds by throwing up inside and outside of it. We then get up and take her out to go to the bathroom because evidently she is on some time schedule that we aren’t keeping up with.

And the encouraging thing about all this? People keep telling me that I have till mid-november to enjoy my sleep. So until then, here’s to preparation.

Movie Review – Smart People

I rented a movie last night that had escaped my radar when it came out. I never heard of it before but was sold by the cover and the cast of actors. And it did not disappoint.

It was the movie “Smart People” and I found it artistically made, thought provoking, and encouraging. The movie is about a self-absorbed college professor who realizes that the world doesn’t revolve around him. Obviously, this is a subject that myself and…dare I say, all of us deal with daily. I am constantly fighting my own selfishness and this movie was encouraging to see a person who works at being more selfless. The acting is great, the character development is creative and artistic, and the overall message is very believable and encouraging. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

It is rated R so use caution if you choose to watch it. Click here to see the movie trailer.