Loving the San Francisco Bay Area... Community development, urban ministry, trying to defeat poverty, faith, religion, politics, good music, the quest for the perfect pizza, the Yankees, motorcycles... All in a 'day's life'

Sunday, January 22, 2006


A couple of friends of mine started this new music online community. It's a neat idea. Check them out here. If you do a band search for Bob Dylan or Ryan Adams you can find me. Interesting idea... Still waiting for my free tee shirt.

RELOAD: Bay Area

Yesterday we participated in the Reload conference for the Bay. Reload is a urban youthworkers training event hosted by the Urban Youthworkers Institute. Check them out here.

The Bay Area represented! We had over 400 leaders in attendance - the largest in the country! Dimas Salabarrios from the Bronx was the main speaker - he was awesome. I was able to plug in some of our local partners - Andy Hartwell, Katie Fantin, Doug Fort. All of them did workships. Pastor Bains somehow landed Dimas to speak at St. Samuel COGIC this morning.

This event was a ton of work - but worth it. When I was standing in the back I thought about the other similar events that we've tried to do over the years. Marvin Jacobo and I attempted to do a training event in Modesto in the late 90's, Angel Ruiz tried one in 2000. Both were fine - but never took root. What a blessing to have this event in our region. We're praying for unity and revival in the Bay.

I'm off to Grand Rapids for BCM tomorrow to recruit for summer interns. Looking forward to seeing the brothers and sisters there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hanging in Fresno with One By One

Emily and I came to Fresno today to speak at / learn from the folks at One By One Leadership. Check them out. I've know about H. Spees and the folks here for a while. They have amazing vision and heart for the city. Real inspiring!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New article about slain officer

Updated article about the slain EPA police officer here. The memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at noon at HP Pavillion in San Jose. The picture is the slain officers wife and another family member.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

East Palo Alto Officer Shot Pt.2

Interesting night last night. Around 6:00 pm I called Pastor Bains. He was in Monterey at a church conference and was hastily preparing to return. Pastor Bains is head of the EPA police chaplaincy. Shortly thereafter the news reported that the officer that was involved in the shooting was killed. A 14 year old police explorer who was doing a ride along with the slain officer witnessed the homicide and called the report in.

Last night there was a tremendous amount of police activity in the area as a manhunt ensued for the killer. Police helicopters were in the air until the wee hours of the morning with spotlights searching for the individual. This morning the TV news reported that the gunman was captured.

Read the article here. The Merc seems to have the best article about the incident.

The officer is survived by a wife and three children. Please pray for the officer's family. Also Pastor Bains and all the chaplains will have an intense week ministering to and counseling the police department. Please hold them up in prayer.

Geez - relocation. One of the concepts that we have embraced in our life. Relocation simply means that if we are to be effective in the city God has called us to we need to plant our lives in that city. Sometimes it costs. On New Years Eve one of our neighbors decided to shoot his gun off into the air. Well - as he was shooting a police car rolled up (we live a few doors down from a substation - making the neighbors actions even more absurd). Well - within minutes we had about 10 cops surrounding the neighboring apartment complex, guns drawn. Samuel was freaked out, laying prostrate on the floor to avoid any shots (there were none). After a few tense moments, the police pulled all the people out of the apartment where the shooter fled, including some of our friends.

We love our neighborhood and city - really. Sometimes being around the drama and violence gets a little taxing. As a father I sometimes ask myself if I'm being a good provider / caretaker for my family. I remind myself that there are many benefits to living where we do. God is and has been faithful. I trust in His faithfulness.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

East Palo Alto Officer Shot

Breaking news... an EPA officer shot. We don't have many details yet. Things are a little different feeling for me now, since we've been interacting with the PD on the violence summit. Please pray for our city and the officer's family.