Category Archives: Just Because

VIDEO: Family Camp 2.0 Sonic Conversation Between Travis & Billy. . .

Big thanks again this year to Jason Allison for putting together the script and video! It was lots of fun. . . and it did get a few laughs.


Batting Practice at Minute Maid Park

Big thanks to Mark Jacob who invited us to take some BP at Minute Maid Park recently. The professional scouts that were filming this allowed me to share this here, but please don’t show this to other professional teams. We have already verbally committed to the Astros for 2011.

First Piano Recital

I’m very proud of these kiddo’s (Brayton and Caraline) on their first piano recital. Check out their first performance below:

Big thanks to their teacher, Mrs. Holly Odeh for doing just a great job with them!


It’s Been A While…

It has been a little while since I have consistently posted at Mercy Swimming. So let me update you on what’s been rattling around in my heart and mind over the past few weeks:

Things I’m Excited About…I’m excited about a lot, so I’d better list…

New Preaching Series–It’s been three weeks since I finished a (year and a half long) series through the book of Acts, called “The Church Unstoppable.” You can listen to those sermons here. Two weeks ago we began a journey through the book of Hosea entitled, “Love Defined.” So far it’s been a joy for me to see this amazing picture of redemption, forgiveness, judgement and love. Join us on Sundays or listen here. May God prosper His word among us!

Upcoming Conferences/Events–Yes, I am excited about Together for the Gospel 2010, April 13-15th. If you have not already visited their website you should…and you ought to take the time to watch the video tours of several of the main speaker’s personal libraries. It will make you want more books, so guard yourself from temptation.

I’m also very excited about the annual gathering of Southern Baptists in Orlando this summer. Why? That brings me to my next point…

The Great Commission Resurgence–There’s something happening in the SBC. Last summer, the gathered assembly commissioned the President to appoint a committee (Great Commission Task Force) to evaluate and present ways in which the SBC can more effectively fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus. Their initial report is now available here. Pray for the SBC, and the decisions to by made and affirmed this June.

By the way, the SBC Pastor’s Conference has an amazing line up! Can’t wait to sit under these great brothers as they minister the Word to us this summer.

Danny Akin; Francis Chan; Matt Chandler;
Tony Evans; Steve Gaines; David Landrith;
CJ Mahaney; Al Mohler; Russell Moore;
David Platt; Andy Stanley; David Uth;
Ken Whitten; Ravi Zacharias;

A New, Much Anticipated Biblical Theology–Dr. Jim Hamilton’s Biblical Theology is due out this October! You can visit this blog to see a preview including the beautiful cover! Can’t wait to get my hands on this baby (probably both hands at 480 pages!).

A New President at Wheaton–I am so excited to hear the Dr. Phillip Ryken will be the next President at Wheaton College. I feel deeply for his church, however. You can see the deep emotion and sadness when a pastor has to leave his flock in his address here. All the info about this exciting news can be found here.

Pick the Next Redeemer Institutes–Finally, I’m excited about the upcoming Redeemer Institutes, that YOU CAN PICK!! That’s right, you can give three to five suggestions for our upcoming Institutes this Spring and Fall. All the information is here. If you’re not a facebook user, you can leave your suggestions on my blog and I’ll consider them for sure.

I apologize if you feel like you’ve just taken a gulp form the fire hydrant. Hopefully I’ll be a more consistent blogger in the future so I can do this in smaller chunks. Thanks for reading and swimming in mercy with me!

Back to Arranged Marriages…

…That’s my conclusion, having recently thought much about the idea of glorifying God in our relationships. You could also factor in to the picture that I’m now the father of TWO daughters.

I’ve also been watching “Fiddler on the Roof” a lot. I have a call into Yenta “the matchmaker” to come by sometime in the near future…

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It’s Been a Great Year!

Grand CaymanYeah, I know it’s only January 17th, but I’ve already had an amazing 2008! It all began when my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary on a 7-day Carribean Cruise! Our church suprised us with this amazing gift and we had the time of our lives! You can see pictures and read in our trip journal here, if you’re interested.

I also ran the Chevron Houston Marathon last Sunday, January 13th. Praise God that I finished, although slower than I would have like–about 5 hours and 15 minutes. You can visit the Marathon site to see my triumphant finish, but I must warn you it’s so fast you might have a hard time following it. (: Actually you’ll be able to tell just how much pain I was in if you watch me hobble across th finish line!

Thanks to everyone who prayed that I would finish and not be injured! I’m looking forward to the next 11 months with great anticipation!

This photo is courtesy of my friends Jason Kates and Billy Newhouse. I guess I didn’t look that bad after all!

Travis Running

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My Unique Birthday Present

I am grateful to have received many wonderful birthday gifts this year. However none have been as unique as my present from my friend (and poet/rapper) Billy Newhouse. Enjoy:

Brother T. Happy Birthday. Here is my gift to you.

My friend Travis Card,

His tests are pretty hard.

Palm trees in his yard,

Said ‘no’ to the National Guard.

He moved to Fort Bend,

Redeemer he attends.

He likes to comprehend,

The Scriptures to the end.

January 10th is his b-day,

Caraline, Calab and little Bray.

Are his little ones who like to play.

His bride is A-L-I-C-I-A.

The poem is pretty lame,

For a man of no blame.

Who’s always pretty tame.

Happy birthday, I proclaim!!!

Thanks Billy!