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I was (not) in a motorcycle accident

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On Monday, August 24, 2009, our local newspaper printed the following:

Accident Closes McCarty For 3 Hours

A Lafayette man was taken to the hospital and McCarty Lane was closed for nearly three hours Sunday night after a motorcycle accident.

According to Officer Nicholas Amor of the Lafayette Police Department, Jeffrey Mikels, 28, of Lafayette crashed his motorcycle while leaving the parking lot of Danzers Show Club, 3481 McCarty Lane, at 7:20 p.m.

“All we know at the moment is that he pulled out of the parking lot and didn’t hit any other vehicles,” said Amor. “When we arrived he was bleeding from the head.”

Mikels was taken to Clarian Arnett Hospital after the accident. Officers at the scene said his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

After the accident, McCarty Lane between Creasy Lane and U.S. 52 was closed.

Amor said alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, but police will not know for sure until a medical examination is completed.

I have been having people contact me for the past couple of days asking me if I’m ok, but so far no one has called me asking why I was driving out of the Danzers Show Club! Anyway, I’m going on record saying, “That was a different Jeffrey Mikels!” Actually, there are three Jeffrey Mikels in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and one of them has the same middle initial as I.
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Tweets! ( 2009-02-07 )

    <li>"just finished the initial assembly of our baptism testimony videos for Sunday. It's going to be one incredible day!" <a href="">#</a></li>
    <li>"Finally going to bed, but eager to start the day tomorrow." <a href="">#</a></li>
    <li>"I have the t-shirts for baptism tomorrow. They look good, but they'll look even better when wet! Praise God!" <a href="">#</a></li>
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Tweets! ( 2009-02-03 )

    <li>Step One: Launch OpenOffice Calc. Step Two: In any cell type =GAME("StarWars") and hit Enter. <a href="">#</a></li>
    <li>going to practice with the band... should be some fun! <a href="">#</a></li>
    <li>Back from practice at Eric's house, and realizing that once again, I'll be using Linux to save someone's Windows machine! <a href="">#</a></li>
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Tweets! ( 2009-01-31 )

    <li>Finished writing our annual financial support thank you letter... amazed at what God has already done... eager to see what he will do next. <a href="">#</a></li>
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Indiana Snowstorm

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Jeff Shoveling Snow

I thought some of you might be interested to see some pictures from our house of the Indiana snowstorm that hit us yesterday, so I’m posting them in a little gallery here

You should have seen the huge pile of snow that the snowplow left at the end of our driveway. I was out there shoveling from about 8:30 until 11:00 when a couple neighbors came by with a snowblower and made short work of the rest. Praise God for nice neighbors!

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What I believe about God’s Revelation

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I know that some people are especially interested in the bigger details of faith, so I decided to post here my full “Doctrinal Statement.” This is the first post in this series, and it reflects the “short form” of my Doctrinal Statement. If you wish to download my entire Doctrinal Statement in either short form or its more detailed version, I will have those links posted soon. The rest of the posts in this series will be filed under the “What I Believe” category. Continue reading

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An incredible leadership training opportunity

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This past week, Jen and I had the privilege to attend the Willow Creek Leadership Summit via satellite. Over the past five years, I have been able to attend four of these events live at the South Barrington campus, and they have been remarkably impacting for me.

This year, though, it was a little too far and a little too expensive to attend the main campus, so we went to the Noblesville satellite location, and even though it was by video, it was still incredibly powerful. I have really appreciated all the leadership resources that Willow Creek puts out.

Well, they have just announced a leadership training opportunity that has all the others beat. It’s called South Haven and it is an intimate Continue reading

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I’m an Enthusiast

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According to the “Enneagram,” I am an Enthusiast. Here are some quotes from the website:

  • The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive, and Scattered
  • Easily become accomplished achievers, generalists who do many different things well: multi-talented. Practical, productive, usually prolific, cross-fertilizing areas of interest.
  • How to motivate me. Sevens want to maintain their freedom and happiness, to avoid missing out on worthwhile experiences, to keep themselves excited and occupied, to avoid and discharge pain.
  • People like me: John F. Kennedy, Benjamin Franklin, Leonard Bernstein, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Taylor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Steven Spielberg, Federico Fellini, Richard Feynman, Timothy Leary, Robin Williams, Jim Carey, Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Bette Midler, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Gianni Versace, Liza Minelli, Joan Collins, Malcolm Forbes, Noel Coward, Sarah Ferguson, Larry King, Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin, Howard Stern, John Belushi, and “Auntie Mame” (Mame).
  • My Tendencies: When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), scattered Sevens suddenly become perfectionistic and critical at One. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), gluttonous, scattered Sevens become more focused and fascinated by life, like healthy Fives.


Since the original time I wrote this post, I have come to believe that the Enneagram has little merit to it. As I read about my type, I see many things in it that sound like me, but at the same time, I see a lot that can generically apply to most people. In other words, if a tool like this helps you communicate yourself to me, it’s valuable to that extent, but I don’t see tools like this as having much predictive power.

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Help the Person and the Car

Childlike Family Stuff

Charlie has been getting into stop motion animation, and I think this one is one of his best. NOTE: This video was made from pictures taken ENTIRELY by him. I wasn’t even watching him do it. Of course, I did the computer work to put it into a movie, but he took all the pictures himself.

When one car causes another to crash, a helpful Jedi Knight arrives to save the day by using the force.

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