I like… summer camp.

I like summer camp.

We just returned from summer camp w/ our JrHighers (IGNITE) this past week. Its always one of my most favorite times of the year. I’ve attended summer camp from the time I was 10 yrs old. I worked at a summer camp for two years while I was in college. Probably every close friend that I have, I could tell you a handful of legendary summer camp stories we have shared at one point or another.

Its amazing to see kids grow up, overcome fears, discover truth, and experience life at camp. This year I had the privilege to lead worship for the 400+ middle schoolers that attended camp. “Like a Lion” ended up inadvertently becoming the theme song for the week. It was awesome!

I have extremely strong convictions that every adolescent should have an opportunity to experience the awesome memory-making adventures that go along w/ summer camp.

Good times are summer camp times!

…BTW, I believe (when/where applicable) that a pit stop at In-n-Out on the way home from camp is REQUIRED πŸ™‚

I like… running.

I like running.

This is something that I have recently started doing again. As a lifelong lover of playing basketball, I’ve never really enjoyed running… until now.

I might not love and/or be as great at running as my dear friend, Sally McRae (she runs pretty far… like FIFTY miles far!), but it is something that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed incorporating into my life.

I guess there is a trifecta – the ‘trinity of running’ so-to-speak – that has motivated me to walk out my door a few nights a week and take a jog on up to Saddleback church & back (a little over 5 miles)…

1. God — for a myriad of reasons… I ultimately want to honor God by taking responsibility for my actions and infuse a degree of healthy living into my lifestyle. I want to honor God by honoring my family and not putting myself at risk when it comes to being a fat, lazy, slob who’s bound to die of a heart attack one day. I want to avoid that the best I can. πŸ™‚

2. The Nike+ GPS iPhone app — this thing is amazing! I am a stat GEEK, a diehard Nike supporter, & lover of all things integrated w/ social media… and this app nails it on all 3. And as a kicker, folks like Dirk Nowitzki & Tracy Morgan (and tons more) supply words of encouragement at the end of your workout. πŸ™‚

3. #sexyback11 — this is a ‘trending hashtag’ on Twitter that I participate in… it consists of a community of folks that decided that they are tired of not feeling comfortable w/ taking their shirt off in public… so Carlos Whittaker & Grant Jenkins are leading the charge to “bring the sexy back”! The goal is that by Labor Day you will have done whatever it takes to reach the point where you can confidently stroll by the lake or on the beach sans t-shirt to cover your ‘moobies’ (man-boobies).

I started out w/ the goal(s) that I would run w/o stopping, walking, and/or dying for 10 consecutive miles by Labor Day, run a 1/2 marathon on Thanksgiving, and run a FULL marathon on my 30th birthday (6/9/12). I began my quest on June 16th running 2.02 miles. I felt that at the end of my run I was going to drop dead walking up the stairs to our condo.

Flash-forward & I exceded 10 miles last night… SIX weeks prior to Labor day. Mission accomplished. Kinda… now I just need to continue to work on my core strength training so I can rock a 6-pack when I play on the beach w/ my family come Labor Day weekend.

So it seems as though I really do like running. πŸ™‚

I like… singing.

I like singing.

I probably prefer singing over actually talking. Most of the time I am “talking” to myself, I’m really singing. I constantly am humming a tune and singing falsetto under my breath. This terribly annoys my wife — sorry babe πŸ˜‰

I grew up singing. My mom sang along with praise/worship cassettes in the car everywhere we drove. When my dad got enough beers in him (aka ‘liquid courage’), he’d start singing along to the Hank Williams tape blaring in his pickup truck while we were fishing on the Siuslaw River.

As an adolescent, I only listened to music I could sing along with… if the band/artist had an obscure voice (or was a female), then I usually wasn’t interested. I leaned towards a large dose of pop-punk (MxPx, Blink-182, The Ataris, etc.) & ska (OC Supertones, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, etc.)… btw, my musical preferences have definitely evolved since I was 15, but I still enjoy some MxPx blasting w/ the windows rolled down on a long road trip.

Lately, I’ve been singing along to the likes of Bon Iver, Foster the People, Will Reagan and Taylor Swift (my daughters love her & her tunes are EXTREMELY catchy, so stop judging).

I also sing songs that I write.

This Friday I’ll be singing five songs that I’ve wrote over a span of 9 years…

The chorus to one of those songs goes:


It’s a simple reminder for me and those listening that as much as I love singing, there’s is more to life than getting up on stage & singing my guts out.

What are we singing about? Who are we singing to?

Having the Privilege to Open…

Tomorrow night I have the awesome opportunity to open for an old friend. Some might think that being the opening act of a concert is somewhat of a lame thing… on the contrary, I believe it is quite a privilege. I have the responsibility of setting the tone for the evening.

We are celebrating an album release tomorrow night & ultimately celebrating the name of Jesus. Like any other worship service, our aim is for God’s glory to be on full display from the get-go. I feel honored to open…

— Anson