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POTW :: Swingin

April 9, 2010

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Aiden had his first shot at the neighborhood swings, and needless to say, he loved it.  I’ve had some sweet moments with the boys this week, and I pray that I will always have front-row seats to watch them grow up.

My heart has been heavy all week with the passing of Michael Spencer.  I’m glad he is with Jesus.  Please continue to pray for his wife Denise, his children, and those whom he ministered to in Oneida, KY.

For those heading to 2010 Together for the Gospel in Louisville, I look forward to (re)connecting with many of you.  The Band of Bloggers gathering is ready to go with over 2,400 books ready to be given away, but more importantly spending time with a couple hundred gospel-centered folk discussing a very important topic (Internet Idolatry and Gospel Fidelity).  I’m looking forward to a great time next week.

Speaking of next week, I will probably not be able blog much due to a packed schedule, but I will try to give regular updates on twitter (including pics) and toss up more photos on Flickr.

Grace and peace.

POTW :: Miromar

April 2, 2010

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I suppose I’m not the only who is experiencing crazy moments this time of the year.  Lots going on.  The photos above are from a much-needed family outing to Miromar Outlets. My wife loved getting good deals kiddos. Nolan loved it because they had monster water fountains everywhere. I loved it because I got to race the two-seater stroller around on a gorgeous afternoon.

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POTW :: Tubing

March 26, 2010

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Yesterday morning, my wife and I took our 10-month-old son to the hospital to have tubes put into his ears.  He has had ear infections since mid-January, and over the course of the past three months fluid has continued to develop and worsen in his little ears.  From the testimony of others we are hopeful that this procedure will cause a dramatic difference in his health and sleep (and our sleep as well!).

Another exciting first was big brother’s first spend-the-night as a result of the early procedure.  From what I was told, Nolan was walking around the Ascol house, calling out “Oh Pastor Tom!” in his high pitched voice. Nolan is still working that John Deere tractor around the house like a man on a mission. The only thing that seems to be stopping him is the battery life and occasional shrub action.

The 2010 Band of Bloggers is right around the corner, and next week I will be revealing all the little goodies each attender will be receiving.  There is still room, though it is filling up fast.  I will go ahead and say it here first that each person will walk away with over $200 in books/resources. But shhh, that’s our little secret. Register now!

On the Grace front, we are voting on the continued development of our community group emphasis by providing more structure for sharing life together and learning to live as missionaries in our own communities.  Over the past five months, we have seen considerable growth in attendance (50% increase) and are working heard to develop a more effective process for assimilation and follow-up of those who are being engaged with the gospel.  Please pray for us if you think about it.

There’s so much more random stuff to mention, but it’ll have to wait for another week.  May the grace of God abound to you through the triumphant work of Jesus on the cross and in your heart.

POTW :: Back Again

March 20, 2010

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Man, it has been probably a year or more since I have done a POTW.  As much as I love photography, it has been one of those things that gets laid aside when you have these two little ones by your side. 🙂  For those who do not know, I usually give a little personal update in my POTW posts.  And as far as photos go, the majority of them will be coming from my iPhone, so the picture quality will not be great.

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POTW :: aidenclark

April 10, 2009

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On Monday of this week, I set out to catch a sunset only to see the sun play hide-and-seek behind the clouds, so I went over to the Cape Coral Marina to see what I could capture (the goal was to come up with potential postcard pics).  The pics above are from that brief photog excursion.

On to other news, we have finally decided on the name for our second son (due in less than five weeks!).  His name is Aiden Clark.  The middle name comes from my wife’s dad whose middle name is Clark, and Aiden comes from A.W. Tozer (his full name is Aiden Wilson).  Early in my theological journey, God used the writings of Tozer to impact my thinking on a God-centered trajectory and to live dangerously for the glory of God.  Aiden means “little fire” and perhaps comes from the first person to have that name–St. Aidan of Lindisfarne.  St. Aidan lived in the 7th century and was known for his passion to plant churches and excellency in theological education.  St. Aidan is credited as being the first missionary to the English-speaking world. I pray that God would fan this “little fire” and make him a great missionary theologian for the cause of Jesus Christ!

On the church front, things have been going rather well. Grace is planting a church about 30 minutes east of Cape Coral, and I have spent the last six weeks working with the core group and launch team as we are working through a study on Acts developed by Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church (which is excellent!).  I am also continuing a series focusing on Matthew 10 (Sending of Our Savior) this Sunday night, dealing with the relationship of prayer to the mission.  By the way, if you have not checked out the spiritual warfare sermon series Tom Ascol has been preaching, you need to check it out.

The 2009 Band of Bloggers registration is officially closed. We have 215 registered, and I’m excited to be able to give over 2,000 books away due to the generosity of several publishers.  The theme is Servants & Stewards based off of 1 Cor. 4:1.  The Gospel Coalition has been super helpful in working with me in attempting to put this event together.  Those who come will not be disappointed.

Finally, I have created a YouTube channel for the family since I recently made this purchase.  About the size of my iPhone, I am able to capture HD video, transfer, edit, and upload in less than 30 minutes.  I can’t wait to see what this little gadget can do.  A little confession though: I am having serious reservations of posting video clips with me talking to my son in a high-pitched voice.  Until I start sounding more manly, you will not hear a peep from me. 🙂

POTW :: firsthaircut

March 13, 2009

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A couple of weeks ago, we took Nolan for his first haircut.  As you could imagine from the photos, it lasted all but of maybe five minutes.  The first and last photos are a before and after shot from the backseat of the car.  Things are going well on the family front, and Dusti is now 31 weeks in on baby Brister #2.  We still haven’t decided on a name, although several friends have proudly nominated their names in honorary fashion.

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  It’s my first attempt to complete a triathlon.  I’m generally in decent shape, but I have not trained regularly at all for this race, so I’m really nervous about how my body will perform.  The race starts Saturday morning at 8:00AM, and I am in the third wave to hit the water (@ 8:15am).  Plans are to leave Cape Coral at 2:00AM and drive four hours to Orlando and arrive just in time for registration, body marking, and walking through transitions.  I believe there will be a live-streaming of the race available here starting at 7:30AM.  And while I’m tempted to live-tweet the race, I think I will pass because I will be in survival mode most of the time. 🙂

Last but not least, I’ve got a favor to ask of you.  SBC Voices (actually Tony Kummer) is putting on the SBC Blog Madness where you vote for your favorite SBC blogs.  I’m in the “Eastern Division” and have to compete against the world-renowned iMonk.  So if you would be so kind as to go over there and vote for me, I’d really appreciate it!  Have a great weekend, everyone, and I’ll try to post some pics of the race soon.

Grace and peace.

POTW: The County Fair

March 6, 2009

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Some of you may be wondering why I have not done any picture of the week posts in the last couple of months.  A big reason for that is my dog jumped on my PC laptop and knocked it on the floor, damaging the screen.  I have no photo-editing software on the MAC, and I shoot all my images in RAW format. So anyway, a very generous couple from Grace gave us an external monitor which has allowed me to utilize my old PC and the software on it, hence the pictures above.

Speaking of these pictures, they are from this past Tuesday at the county fair here in Lee County.  Nolan is now 14 months old and walking like a wobly wild man.  Dusti is nearly 30 weeks in her pregnancy, and we still have not decided on a name for that boy.  The photographer in me wanted to take a monopod or tripod and spend a couple of hours doing long-exposure shots with all the motion and lighting, but alas, the daddy in me won out, resulting in watching pig races, petting billy goats, and riding the merry-go-round–all of which was quite fun I must say. The pictures of the lights above where my only takes at trying to capture long-exposure, attempting to use Nolan’s stroller as a “quadopod.”  Didn’t go too well. 😦

So yeah, today is March 6, and you know what that means? I am officially 19,951 days old.  Some of you may recognize that as being 30 years and 1 day old.  I woke up wondering if I had any gray hair or the need to see a chiropractor. So far so good. Before long, I might blend in with the folk at the SBC Annual Meeting. 🙂  By the way, any of you young chaps going?  I’m tempted to sport my Ahmedinejad look.  Still not sure though.

But today also marks the daily countdown to my first attempt at completing a triathlon which happens a week from tomorrow. That’s right. And you know what?  My training has been an epic FAIL.  But I’m going to try it anyway.  I still haven’t run once this year.  I’ve swam about five times, and rode a good bit.  Here’s to putting it all together and making it out alive!  I’m going to see if I can drag a couple of guys up to Orlando to live-tweet the excitement.

Ah, I miss these POTW posts.  There’s so much to say and so little space and time.  I’m hoping to transition to a new template and self-hosting on WordPress soon, so if you come here and everything looks different, you’ll know why.  I am also looking to post some thoughts on my life with Grace, especially given that this past week marked one year that I came down here in view of coming on staff with the church.  If you want to keep up with the boring details of my daily updates, go here.  At least you will see more pictures.

POTW :: sanibelsunset

October 19, 2008

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A couple of weeks ago, the elders and deacons (and wives) spent a weekend together for prayer, leadership development, and fellowship.  Having returned from the restaurant, this was all I could catch of the sunset that night (which was amazing).  Having only 30 seconds to catching the last seconds of the sunset, I was pleased with the outcome.  You can view more photos on my Flickr page.  By the way, has anyone else noticed the changes on Flickr?  Makes me want to start posting more photos.  🙂

This week, I will be in St. Louis for the LEAD Conference, and I am really looking forward to meeting up with old friends and getting know many more folks within the Acts 29 network.  I am also excited about the opportunity to hang around for the assessments on Thursday (which I find really important for future church planting opportunities).  Not sure if I will blog a whole lot, but I plan on at least posting regular updates (and photos) on My Twitter.

Speaking of the blog, I have to this date written nine responses to Dr. Steve Lemke’s article.  I have (at least) two more left on the docket, but I don’t know if I will develop them in the future.  I do not care to write about this, but I felt that it is time for this kind of stuff to stop.  To those of you who are not in the SBC, thanks for hanging in there while I address this necessary, yet unfortunate matter.  Note: If you want to see why it is so necessary to publicly debunk errors by Lemke and others, go to this page and listen to the “What Is Calvinism?” sermon by a “John 3:16 Baptist” (warning, you will be bombarded with falsehoods).

Tonight, I will be preaching my third message from Matthew in a series I am calling “Scenes of Our Savior.”  The study of this passage (Matt. 8:23-27) has been quite rewarding personally, and I am thinking about posting some of it in the future.

In a couple of weeks, we (GBC) are holding a Reformation Celebration block party on the 31st for the community, and yesterday was the first of three scheduled community canvassing opportunities to connect with folks in the neighborhoods around the church.  If any of you are something for Oct. 31st to engage your community (besides Harvest Festivals and Judgment Houses), I would love to hear what you are doing.

Have a blessed week, and as always, thanks for reading P&P.

POTW :: biggestlittle

September 27, 2008

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Saturday is game day in the Brister family.  Today #8 Bama takes on #3 Georgia at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.  My prediction?  24-21 Bama.  🙂

On more important news of note, my father turned the big 6-0 yesterday, so I want to give a big shout out to the old man, my best friend, my dad.  The more I look at my son and see where I was almost 30 years ago, the more I realize how awesome my father has been to me every day, without exception, in my life.  Happy birthday Dad!

Speaking of Nolan, he had his nine month appointment this past week.  He is 97% on height, 80% on weight, and 95% on head.  Not bad for our little buddy.  🙂

Thanks to all of you who commented on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter over the past week regarding the announcement of our second baby.  The due date has tentatively been set for May 15, 2009 (I say tentatively because we have another doctor’s appointment soon).  Grandparents have put an order in for a baby girl, and so have some friends here in Cape Coral.  We’ll just have to wait and see!

This past week I have been working on another blog project and trying to get it up to speed (in regards to church planting).  I hope to plug it soon (still loading up content).  I will also be working on the development and content of GBC’s new website which we hope to go live in the very near future.  The church’s website will have a ton of features which I am excited about.

In the meantime, you can catch all my photos on my Flickr page, my random life updates on my Twitter, and an engaging October in blogging here at P&P.  Have a great weekend!

POTW :: daddyandme

September 20, 2008

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Yeah, I know that it’s late to be posting this, but since I did mommaadme last week, it is only fair to do a daddyandme. 🙂  Gonna be brief on this one because we’ve got breaking news on the home front to be announced shortly.

POTW :: mommaandme

September 12, 2008

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Wow.  Where has this week gone?!

These photos were taken during our family outing to Fort Myers Beach a couple of weeks ago.  I have uploaded some 60+ photos on Flickr this week, and I have several more in the days to come.  These were some of my favorite ones from the beach.  We had a blast!

Much of this week has been spent researching and reading, in particular about ministerial firing and church planting stuff.  I am really looking forward to attending the Acts 29 Lead Conference in St. Louis in October, so if any of you are going, please let me know!

To find out what is going on from day-to-day, check me out on Twitter.  You can see all my photos on my Flickr page as well.

POTW :: eightmonths

September 5, 2008

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I know that it’s been quite a while since I last posted a picture of the week (POTW), and there is a ton to update everyone about.  The past six weeks I had been preaching through the prayers of Paul in regards to the churches he planted, and it was been a very rewarding study.  I have also been working on several other items including church planting, new church website, moving into new home, and preparing for tropical storm season.  By the way, have any of you seen Ike?  He looks tough.  My wife and son and heading out of state the day before he (Ike) arrives.  I will stand my ground.  🙂

Speaking of my son, the pictures above are from his first time swinging and first trip to Ft. Myers beach. Yeah, I know, been in Florida for more than three months and still hadn’t been to the beach!  Nolan is now eight months, and each passing day I am wowed by the blessings of being his father.  On the family front, I would ask that you pray for Dusti (my wife) who was informed on the same day (Wednesday) that she has strep and a staff infection on her left ankle.  She is doing better, but she doesn’t like the surgeon’s mask that she has to wear.  I told her that she should be glad that she does not have my complexion because homeland security would be after her in a heart beat.

Tonight, I along with Tom Ascol, will be meeting with a core group of about 10 men for our first church planting meeting.  We are looking to plant a church 45 minutes east of Grace, and all of these men live within 10 minutes of that area.  We are super excited about this development and are praying for God’s direction and blessing in this endeavor.  Our vision is to plant at least three churches within the next 3-5 years.

On the blogging front, I will be picking up on the Puritan Reading Challenge for the month of September, which is Samuel Bolton’s The True Bounds of Christian Freedom. Also on the docket is more on missional margin, church planting movements, and the transition from seminary to local church.

I will be uploading more pictures on my Flickr page in the days to come, so be sure to check them out.  And if you want to hear the in’s and out’s of the daily grind (and some political punditry), you can check me out on Twitter.

POTW :: faithfulness

July 11, 2008

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I have been asked by a teenager in our church who is entering a photo contest to help her with ideas for the theme of “faithfulness.” It just so happened that, while driving down the coastline of St. Petersburg Monday evening, I took this picture. Three aspects of faithfulness I find here: the setting of the sun, the ebb and flow of the tides, and man’s best friend (no, not my dog). It was good to get out for a little photo excursion this week as I have not been able to do that for a while. A couple of photog tips for anyone interested in shooting the sun:

1. Always underexpose when shooting directly in the sun. It will keep from getting the “bulb” look on the sun and bring out the sky and clouds as well.

2. If possible, use a polarizing filter, especially when taking pictures of the sun with water around. You can opt for darker hues or a nice reflection.

3. Set your aperture to f/10 or higher. Opening up your aperture too much will cause you to loose some of the sharpness of the sky, and with the available light, opening the aperture more than f/10 is not needed (nor the depth of field).

I am amazed by the sheer number of people who have read and more importantly considered my challenge to Scripture memory. Tomorrow, I will try to post some pics of my “memory moleskine” to see what it looks like. The ESV blog picked it up earlier this week which I think helped get the word out. In all, over a dozen websites have plugged it with over 1,000 tuning in. What excites me about this is that such a thing as this is what I hope and pray the Lord will allow me to continue to do–encourage and provoke Christians to faithfulness to Christ, His gospel, His mission, and His Word.

This Sunday evening I will be finishing up my message on “Remember Jesus Christ” focusing on the second part of the passage (2 Tim. 2:9-10). I will also be teaching on missional life in the community.

Oh, and in case you didn’t catch it on my Twitter, I am going Mac this next week. I am considering a conference on Building Bridges: Macs and PCs Together for the Gospel. I hear that Mac users are always demanding a seat at the table, and the PC users are being very anti-ecumenical (you know, the PC guys are fighting for true Computer Identity (CI). I know such a conference would be almost impossible to pull off, but I figured that every computer has a story–and I want to make sure they get a hearing. 🙂

POTW :: firecracker

July 4, 2008

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Here’s our little firecracker on his first 4th of July. We had plans on hanging out with some folks from the church, but Dusti’s is down with a cold. We are still hoping to make it out to a park later this afternoon.  BTW, Nolan’s latest smile somehow made it on the frontpage of WordPress.com which was a first for P&P.  It’s amazing that he is doing more with his smile than I can with my words.  🙂

Tuesday, we went out for some family photos which went okay (I will admit that I am probably overly critical of photographers since I am one!). It didn’t help that we were a sitting banqueting table for mosquitoes and ants. 😦

I am greatly encouraged by the number of people looking to memorize Ephesians with me and others who are memorizing other books or passages of Scripture. Several hundred folks (according to the stats) have checked out the cashier moleskine idea for memorization which has got me jazzed as well.

For those who did not know, Grace held an installation service for me last Sunday night, and it was incredibly affirming and humbling. I am eager to minister to God’s people with joy. I am planning on writing a series journaling my experience from the seminary to the local church. One month into the trenches has given me numerous lessons, challenges, and blessings, some of which I hope to share with in the days to come.

Sunday night I will be preaching on “Remember Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:8-10), and I am praying that it will be a message that will rivet our hearts with love for Christ and a zeal for His gospel. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy all the exciting fireworks. 🙂

POTW :: father’s day

June 21, 2008

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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last POTW, and I have several great pictures that I hope to upload soon. These are from this past Sunday afternoon (my first Father’s day!). Unfortunately since I am the photographer, it is not often that I am actually in a picture, so I thought it was fitting to post a few pics of my son and me (taken by my wife). Nolan had his six month birthday and doctor’s appointment, where we found out that he is now 19 lbs. 4. oz, standing tall at 28 1/4 inches. He’s been hanging around the 90% on height, weight, and head since two months, so I guess that means that momma has been feeding him good. 🙂 In the meantime, I have whipped up a “snappy” version of “Jesus Loves Me” which he really likes (and tries to snap too). But perhaps the greatest moment of late has been when he wakes us up in the morning blowing bubbles and saying, “Da da . . .”. 🙂 Oh, and Nolan also gave me a grill for Father’s Day.  With all the teeth he has coming in (now at eight!), I think he is getting ready for my specialty–BBQ Burgers. 🙂

This coming Monday, I will be leaving for Tulsa, Oklahoma for the National Founders Conference (which I will be live-blogging). You can find last year’s blogposts by going here. Unfortunately for me, I will not have my “preacher paparazzi” lens with me this time, but I will still try to snap some photos. I also hope to do several interviews which, if things go well, will be available for MP3 download. I am really looking forward to what this week holds in store for casting vision and instilling encouragement in the areas of church planting and revitalization.

Also, I am wrapping up my posting on regenerate church membership and hope to start a new series tentatively called “Crossing the Great Divide”–focusing on my transition from a seminary student to full-time ministry. What this series will likely develop into is an ongoing journal of the challenges I am facing, the lessons I am learning, and the blessings I am receiving as I begin this new chapter of my life. The great divide of which I speak is the distance between seminary life and the local church, which for many (as in my case), is rather wide. So be looking for something along those lines after next week’s conference.

A week from this Sunday, there will be special installation service for me and Dusti at our church. My mother and father will be coming down, and it is possible that we will be live-streaming the service for family and friends who may be interested in watching. I will let you know more details about that later. Needless to say, we are really excited about being here and giving our lives away for the glory of God.

I appreciate the prayers many of you have offered on behalf of my family and especially regarding the house. Due to the housing market situation, we are still awaiting news (perhaps Monday we will know). I still plan on posting some of my material on the series I am calling “Everyday Evangelism” soon. So far, I have taught on “Foundational Truths” (week 1), “Biblical Theology and Evangelism” (week 2), “God’s Work in Evangelism” (divine sovereignty) (week 3), and this week, “Man’s Work in Evangelism” (human responsibility).

May you all have a blessed weekend reveling in the good of the gospel!