March Madness Starts Today!

Oh, it’s one of the best times of the year (along with the January Bowl Games, the College World Series and the big-boy World Series). For those of you who care, here are my picks (I have a few upsets in the first two rounds, but nothing super crazy this year): Sweet 16: Kansas vs Maryland, [Read More...]

Tell Your Story By Your Cell Phone Renewals

This afternoon I got a new Blackberry. My recent 2 year contract was about to expire and it was time for me to re-up for another 2 years. With a new re-up comes a new phone. It’s almost as exciting as the Olympics – you get a special treat every two years!  Since I’ve been [Read More...]

Death Hits Too Close to Home

These past few days have been really intense for me. Death is looming around my life and it has been a difficult realization that it will soon hit. First I got a call from my Mom telling me that my Grandpa, who already has Parkinsons and Alzheimers, has a mass on his kidney that is certainly [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad, this is for you. Happy birthday. I love you dearly. Much love. www.themarinfoundation.org [Read more...]

Weekend Update

On Sunday I’ll be preaching both services at Fox Valley Church in West Dundee, IL; then holding a two-hour workshop in the afternoon for the church as well. Look what you all have done! Don’t forget to DONATE to this important bridge building work of The Marin Foundation! Here is the breakdown thus far (of which [Read More...]

Prayers Needed

This morning I was reading the paper on the way to work and the cover story was about the heroin problem emerging on the West Side of Chicago. You can read it here. Towards the end I read the following at it broke my heart into pieces: “The Rev. Walter Arthur McCray, 58, who has [Read More...]

Gold Medal Winner Ties to Me

Just a fun piece of randomness that is totally exaggerated in the title, but recent Men’s Figure Skating Gold Medal winner Evan Lysacek graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL – the same high school my dad works at; and the rival high school to Waubonsie Valley High School where I attended. Go Evan! [Read More...]

Last Day of a lot of Things

I woke up today realizing that today is the last day of the decade. Hello Captain Obvious! 10 years ago this day I just completed my first semester in college and my best friends had yet to ‘come out’ to me. Wow. I was quite the unsuspecting homophobe at that moment.  Who would have thought [Read More...]

Grizwald, I mean Marin, Family Christmas Tree

Each year since knowing Brenda, I have to join in their family tradition of cutting down the family Christmas tree. Seriously! I’m not lying. It’s my own yearly version of living out finding the Grizwald Family Christmas Tree! Enjoy the video. Here’s the best part – when Brenda and I have a family she wants [Read More...]

I’ve been Birthed

My present to myself today, on this day that I was born 29 years ago at 8:56am, is a song that always makes me smile and helps me remember God’s glory in each and every day. I’m so thankful for so many of you – all of your love, support and in this medium of [Read More...]

America Gives!

Among a number of folks writing on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, here are a few folks that I know of who have written blog posts about trying to help The Marin Foundation, because they believe in our work so much: Adam McLane Tim Schraeder Matt Nightingale If you know of others, feel free to [Read More...]

Soul City Church

This post is officially letting everyone know that Soul City Church is going to be Brenda and I’s new church home come Spring 2010. First off, I have been going to First Evangelical Free Church for the past five years—and I’ve loved it. The senior pastor, Bill Shereos, has become not only a good friend [Read More...]

Blog Ranking Verification

Sorry … this code is to verify my blog for future blog rankings on Technorati. 8YBA6SM5NUXC Much love. www.themarinfoundation.org [Read more...]

Buy My Condo

Brenda and I have officially put our condo up for sale. We’re hopefully starting a family soon, and need a bigger space than this wonderful, corner unit 1 bedroom that I have lived in for the last 6 years. Here is a description: “Quiet, tree lined street. Bright corner unit in the coveted ’08 tier [Read More...]


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