Daniel Johnston


Watching my kids play Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Sing, Act, ETC…  (Basically whatever they are doing)  Drives/walks with Shelby, Coaching Soccer, Playing Basketball, Water-sports with the whole family, A good meal with good friends, a good movie, a good book, a good theological debate.


Diets, Running, Hot Buses, excessive-posters on social media, lukewarm food or drinks, small beds, low flow showers, cramming 1 service into 3,  6 AM sound checks, bad design, weak theology in christian music… (Wow I could keep going… but why)

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Anything with Family
100 %





A couple of notes:
1.  This list is in no particular order nor is it complete… There are several places (one in New Orleans for sure) that I can not recall the name.  New places will be added as we remember and come across them.
2.  Some of you may be inclined to argue with my assessments below… Remember that I have spent the last 20 years traveling across this country… EATING… well and singing too 🙂  So if you disagree… well… it’s OK with me if you are wrong. 🙂
JD’s BBQ – Woodstock, GA – Can you say “Brisket”
IN-N-OUT Burger – CA, AZ, NV, TX – I’ll have a 2X4, Animal style, Fries and a Chocolate shake… and a Food Coma… Thanks!!
LAMBERTS – In Sikeston, Mo and Gulf Shores, Al – Home of the throwed rolls. Need I say more?
PAPPASITO’S – The Shrimp Brochette and the Steak fajitas are a must.
CANYONS BURGERS – Woodstock, GA – Great, Fresh, made to order burgers, Sweet potato fries
TAQUERIA DEL SOL – OH MY!!! Fish tacos, Memphis tacos
FOX BROS BBQ – Atlanta, GA  “Fox Bros burger” Chopped Brisket, topped with bacon, tomato, red onion, pickles, melted pimento cheese… DUDE! 
BOSTON BURGER CO. – Boston, MA – The name says everything you need to know!
BEACON DRIVE-IN – Spartanburg, SC – Chili Cheese burger “A Plenty”
FAT MATT’S RIB SHACK – Atlanta, GA –  Ummmm Ribs!
KORY SHIMMIN’S PRIME RIB – Wilsall, MT – Singing for your dinner is actually worth it.
BIG PIE in the SKY – Kennesaw, GA – NY Style Pizza… way closer to my house than NY
GIORDANO’S – Chicago, IL – The BEST Chicago style deep dish.  As voted by This Hope after taste testing 7 other Chicago pizzeria’s
HANKOOK TAQUERIA – Atlanta, GA – Asian Fusion meets the Taco.
FIORELLA’S JACK STACK BBQ – Kansas City, MO – “Crown Prime Beef Ribs”.  I promise you have never had a better rib. 
THE BUTCHER SHOP – Longview, TX – Everything made fresh.
TONY LUKE’S – Philadelphia, PA – Cheesesteak!
AL’S BEEF – Chicago, IL – Italian Beef Sandwich, “Dipped”
LARRY’S HOUSE – Homer, AK – You have to be invited… But if you are… It’s worth the trip. 
McSWEENEY’S RED HOTS – Plattsburg, NY – Ohhhh Chilli Dogs
GRAETER”S ICE CREAM – Cincinnati, OH – Nothing I can say will adequately describe… Just set you calorie counter aside and order at least a triple scoop.
THE MOOSE IS LOOSE BAKERY – Soldotna, AK – The best donuts on the planet… period.
If you are not in Philly and you want a cheesesteak this is the place.
You have to know Becky, and be in Sterling, AK, but these can’t be beat.


Rend Collective, Big Daddy Weave, Lecrae, The Afters, Building 429, Jordan Feliz


I graduated from The Master’s College in California with a degree in Church Music, also spent a year at Northern Arizona University. Shelby graduated from California Baptist College with a degree in accounting. We were raised in Alaska. Shelby was born there, and I moved up from southern California when I was five years old.  We have now lived in Georgia for almost 20 years but we still are Alaskans at heart.  I am blessed with TERRIFIC Kids. (Thanks to Shelby) Our lives are definitely in a state of transition as the kids are getting older… high school, college etc.  Danny, Samuel and Hannah are simply the best and an absolute blast to be around.  It’s hard to believe that the time has gone so quickly…  
I will leave you with is this.  Choose Joy.  In Jesus Christ there is life, hope, celebration and joy.  We are not victims.  We can choose to live lives wallowing in the problems/trials/storms that come our way or we can fix our eyes on Jesus, trusting Him to be the God of our storms, to be our refuge.  Choose JOY!  Choose JESUS!  For more information on having a relationship with Christ read the Plan.