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The Friday Bag

This is my recap of the past few weeks.   It’s not a brain dump, since I don’t usually carry more than baseball statistics in my brain and there are no baseball statistics included in this Friday Bag.

I dedicate this video to my wife, who informed me after 11 years of marriage that she no longer liked Chicken Wings.

I’ve been in 3 different creative meetings this week at church.   At some point they will figure out that I’m not nearly as creative as I am opinionated.   And on that note, I want to say that I really love my church.   I work with some real creative people, and can’t believe sometimes that I work in a place like this.

Every Sunday I post a twitter recap from the previous week.   What say you about those postings?   Do you hate them as much as me?

I’m 82 days into a 90 day project, and I can smell the end coming.   I’ll recap what it is when I figure out an easy way to talk about it online.

Starr and I are 7 weeks into Financial Peace University, and so far so good.   We have the obligatory student loan debt, and what we like to call “Graduate School Associated Debt” on a credit card.   If we can stick to Dave’s plan, I’m thinking we could be debt free sometime before I die.   Of course, I’m planning on living a long, long, long time.

I’ve got some friends coming to visit from Austin this afternoon.   I haven’t seen them in years, but they have a kid running in a High School Cross Country regional meet here on the South Plains.   It’ll be good to catch up.

Speaking of Austin, Starr saw a shirt yesterday here in town that said, “Keep Lubbock Normal.”   I’m thinking I should make a shirt that says, “Keep Lubbock Flat!”

I’ve been asked to be a part of the Network Technology Manager interviews here at Trinity.   (In a previous life, I was an IT Manager…)   In the last month, I’ve been in 11 interviews.   I did 6 on Wednesday and Thursday alone.   I have so many things to say about this, but I’m going to let it go.   I do have one thought…. Why would you apply to work at a church if you’re not a Christian?   I know that being a Christian does not make a good IT Manager, but still it baffles me…

I hired a Part-Time Elementary Ministry Coordinator a few months back; and it has been a great move for Trinity and personally for me.   Not having to be at every single church function as it relates to Children, has been a needed break for me and my family.   However, she’s expecting a baby any day now; so I’ll be back to the grind until she returns from her Mommy break.

The Fall Festival was a huge success last Saturday Night.   I’m estimating about 100+ volunteers showed up to help (many of them at the last minute) and about 1,500 people partook in the festivities.   I’m still philosophically trying to make up my mind about why we do these events, but for what it’s worth the Fall Festival in Lubbock, TX is alive and well!

At some point in the past few weeks, I have become the Apple go-to-guy for everyone on staff at the church.   How did this happen?

I’m the “Mystery Reader” at Ryan’s class this afternoon, and I’m so looking forward to visiting his classroom.   He doesn’t know I’m coming, but has gotten clues all week about how it may or may not be.   I got to do it a few weeks ago and it was a blast.

If you are disturbed by my frequent use of semicolons and commas; then, please read another blog.   The same thing goes for my use of apostrophe’s. Thank You. (and yes I overused them in this sentence to make a point…)

I’ve been asked to lead a Christmas service for a Foster Care agency here in Lubbock.   I’m not sure they asked for the right person.   I tried to make them understand that I don’t juggle ornaments, nor will I be dressed as a Christmas tree.

New Favorite Website of the Week: I’m loving http://www.setlist.fm It’s a collection of concert setlist, with included Youtube Music videos and lyrics.   It’s a super awesome way to relive past concerts, and catchup on currently touring concerts.   (And BTW, Kenny.   I can’t find any 1980’s-circa Carmen concerts listed, so when you have the time go ahead and submit those would ya?)

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Kenny · November 8, 2009

    Okay, I’ve got two comments for ya.

    1. Starr said she no longer likes chicken wings. Funny, Sara recently told me she no longer likes chicken. Freaky. However, I really think that when comparing couples, I’m more like Starr and you’re more like Sara.

    2. About the Carman set list. Next time I’m home I’ll have to look for one of my journals from 1989 and I’ll be able to give you the song order from his Revival in the Land Tour (That was a joke, I promise). I’m embarrassed that I still remember that tour, but I had the poster from that tour dry mounted hanging on my bedroom wall for 2-3 years. Yeah, I know. All my friends had pictures of Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Belinda Carlile… I had Revival in the Land and Go West Young Man. Okay, back to the topic at hand. All I can tell you for certain is that Carman always ended his concerts with the Champion. Oh yeah… it was awesome. Back in the day of course.

    .-= Kenny ´s last blog ..Online Church? What about the kids? =-.

  2. Kelly · November 9, 2009

    I have never eaten a chicken wing. Not enough meat for the work. Good for Starr for giving them up.

    And just because you asked – I don’t ever read your twitter updates posts. Sorry! They still don’t make any sense to me. I read all your other posts, so don’t be offended. :)

    And you’ve always been the “go-to” guy for all things technology related. You shouldn’t be surprised that your church staff has noticed this. I’m surprised it took them this long.
    .-= Kelly ´s last blog ..our maple leaf fell… =-.