Kyle Dietz (my son)
(one of our TV shows)
The ESI Network (son's mgr)
March 3, 2010
Time where I am
I love a good raawwk show! My buddy Mike Kirkpatrick and I took a bunch of kids from our youth ministry (and my three babies!) to a Relient K concert at an outdoor festival this weekend. It was great, there were a handful of kids who had never been to ANY concert before and a couple of non-Christian kids who had never seen or heard awesome Christian music. I think Relient K & the main songwriter Matther Thiessen is probably one of the best bands out there right now, Christian or secular. Seriously, this guy is only in his twenties and is very prolific, very good & and an excellent songwriter. Kind of a modern day rock Billy Joel who loves Jesus!
Also took a bit of a smaller group to Spirit West Coast for one day, too much going on to be able to hit all three days like we have the last 4-5 years. 30+ amazing bands this year, Need to Breathe & Family Force 5 are excellent bands, just amazing songwriting, showmanship & ministry awareness.
Posted by Mike Dietz at 8:51 PM
January 12, 2010
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Posted by Mike Dietz at 4:10 PM
May 31, 2010
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today)
There approximately 16 million veterans of American wars left still living today (prior to Afghanastan/Iraq vets)
Fewer than 40 World War I veterans
only 2 million WWII vets left, approximately 2,000 die a day
1.5 million Korean vets
6 million Vietnam vets
2.4 million Persian Gulf War veterans
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today), by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing proclaim they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from when they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
Posted by Mike Dietz at 2:01 PM
June 3, 2010
Justin Elementary School / College Day!
I am immensely proud of my wife. She is truly an amazing teacher.
She taught a combo class of 4th/5th graders GATE kids a few years ago.
This group has stayed tight all thru high school and returned to her
school Justin Elementary to talk to the upper elementary grades about
setting goals for going to college. The kids in this group were accepted to
Harvard, Standford, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Biola, Pepperdine
& some other schools.
Obviously you see Kyle in that group, (the only blonde dude in the picture!) I'm very happy that his momma was able to teach him in 4th & 5th grade, it has been a huge part of his academic success! It was very cool to see this very sharp group of seniors want to give back and help inspire a bunch of kids, those kids were SO jazzed to meet all these "cool" high school kids who show the value of school in their lives. They were like rockstars!
Posted by Mike Dietz at 7:22 AM
Your own website? Seems pretty pompous. It started as contact info. I have a couple of companies, been on staff at churches & done consulting. My contact info kept changing. Now, I'll always be able to be reached at mikedietz.net.
Then, with family all over the country, it was nice to let people know what has been going on with the DIETZ clan.
April 7th, 2010
Discovery Church takes over Royal
High School for Easter!
PACKED!!! That is what Royal High School was for
Easter this last weekend at Royal High School in
Simi Valley. We have about 1200 people on a weekend
at Discovery Church, but this crowd was about 3,500.
Lots of decisions, lots of friendships made and
Jesus was lifted up!
Posted by Mike Dietz at 9:14 AM
August 28, 2010
What a CRAZY summer, Kyle headed to UCLA, African Children's Choir, Graduation, Kyle on Set, Yosemite!
What a wild summer....Most of the family I started this blog for a few years ago are now on facebook. So...just throwing a few shots of from the summer up to entice the REST of you to get on Facebook! Want to see all 200 shots of Yosemite? Want to see all of Kyle's graduation and Prom? So, Kyle is heading to UCLA soon, he spent 4 weeks on Nickelodeon's "True Jackson VP " as a guest star. The role looks like it might become recurring. He has been busy! Kellie's photo biz is moving along. We hosted the African Children's Choir ( these kids are AWESOME! - they loved all our drums and guitars in the house. Hiking in Yosemite for a week & San Francisco for a few more days. YES - summer was busy!
Posted by Mike Dietz at 2:20 PM
September 19, 2010
My Boy...offically LAUNCHED!
Some of the most confusing times in life are times of transition. The last few months I've had extreme sadness & joy, all in the same moment. Yep.. my oldest is heading to college! But really, how hard do I have it? He'll be at UCLA, 25 miles away.... and likely home alot. We could have had it much worse, he could have choosen to go to D.C.! But, for now, he is here in LA, is able to continue to act, involved in his college ministry & close to his momma! What a good kid. Keep in touch with him at kyledietz.com
Posted by Mike Dietz at 2:20 PM
A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
February 25, 2010
Speaking at Men's Ministry
Quick shot of my notes and the guys from an area
Men's Ministry Meeting I was priveleged to speak at last month.
Lots of MEN eager to be the men God has called
them to be; Leaders, Lovers, Fathers & Friends. It seems the
Promise Keeper's movement of the 90's is taking full root in a whole generation of men who take their families as seriously as their careers, even more so. Where were these guys in the 70's & 80s?! I am encouraged....
Posted by Mike Dietz at 11:57 PM
May 12, 2010
So its no secret I love jazz. While I like the cool new hip progressive modern jazz, I actually REALLY digg the old stuff. Whenever I'm playing drums in a worship team, I have to be careful I don't push the band into swing! So, Julie & I hit up New Orleans a couple of times in the last few years. Problem is March is just nuts every year, so....the only other time of the year is May. Hmmm, jazz festival in Orleans is in May, YAHOOO!
Here is a couple shots of Preservation Hall, a legendary place for jazz. We also hit the Mississippi River on a cool old paddle boat, two plantations, Oak Alley (which is where the cool movie Primary Colors was filmed)
Posted by Mike Dietz at 12:13 PM