Haaaaave you met Chris?

Haaaaave you met Chris?

WashburnEvery so often I like to use the Refuge Blog to tell you a little about the people that keep Refuge doing what we do.  So let me introduce to you to Chris Washburn.  Some say Chris needs no introductions because once you meet him, you will never forget him.  Could it be his tats?  Or maybe his gauged ear lobes or nose ring?  Some people believe those are the things that makes Chris “cool”, but I’m here to tell you there’s a lot more to Chris, a whole lot more.   Read more about Haaaaave you met Chris?

Haaaaave you met Tom?

Haaaaave you met Tom?

TomFEvery so often I like to use the Refuge Blog to tell you a little about the people that keep Refuge doing what we do.  So we have this kinda strange dude who also goes by the name Tom, but since we have two Pastors named Tom at Refuge, I sometimes call him Raul. Anyway, I was thinking of one word to describe Tom. That’s a tough one, but the best word I can think of is “Groovy”. Yeah, Tom is kind of a throwback to the 70’s when Baretta was our favorite cop, we loved to hate JR, and Ponch and John came on right before The Love Boat which came on just before Fantasy Island. Remember those days? If I had to guess, (and it’s only a guess), if Tom has a favorite character in The Love Boat it’s probably Issac because he uses the phrase “out of sight”. Tom is quite “out of sight” but not just because he still watches reruns of Dallas. He’s “out of sight” because he’s mostly tucked away back in Kid’s Church on Sundays serving as Refuge’s Kidz4Christ pastor. Kids pastors often go unrecognized by people in the church who don’t have kids, so let me tell you a little about Raul…er…Pastor Tom Frontera. Read more about Haaaaave you met Tom?

What Alec Baldwin and every pastor who has ever lived have in common.

What Alec Baldwin and every pastor who has ever lived have in common.

alecbaldwinI just read through a New Yorker article where Alec Baldwin discusses his issues regarding the media, the paparazzi, and what he believes to be a false public perception of himself.  I must admit much of what I read seemed like a pointless rant…until I came to this paragraph.

In the New Media culture, anything good you do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who you are on your worst day. What’s the Boy Scout code? Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent. I might be all of those things, at certain moments. But people suspect that whatever good you do, you are faking. You’re that guy. You’re that guy that says this. There is a core of outlets that are pushing these stories out. (News source’s name removed) clutters the blogosphere with “Alec Baldwin, he’s the Devil, he’s Fidel Baldwin.” Read more about What Alec Baldwin and every pastor who has ever lived have in common.