Archive | April, 2013

Rhett Smith’s “What It Means To Be A Man”

30 Apr

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I had the privilege of being part of the launch team for Rhett Smith’s new book, What It Means to be a Man: God’s Design for Us in a World Full of Extremes. The book literally releases today, so it’s brand spanking new. This is an excellent and readable book that walks us through how to walk the path of biblical manhood. One of the things I personally like about this book is that the chapters are quite short, meaning a chapter can be read in a single sitting without devoting an hour to it. Continue reading

Manly Quote Mondays: Glamour Is Not Greatness

29 Apr

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Let it never be forgotten that glamour is not greatness; applause is not fame; prominence is not eminence.

The man of the hour is not apt to be the man of the ages.

A stone may sparkle, but that does not make it a diamond; people may have money, but that does not make them a success. Continue reading

Friday Finds: This Time It’s Personal!

26 Apr

Spring has sprung!

The snow is finally starting to recede from the Frozen Tundra of Minnesota. This means I will soon remind myself how poorly I play disc golf, or how lost I am when trying to put the garden together, or that the weather was a fairly lame excuse for me not to exercise… Wait, why was I looking forward to this?!

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Road Trip 2.0: “Are We There Yet?”

25 Apr

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“6 GREAT WAYS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS BUSY & HAPPY ON A ROAD TRIP!”

I read an article today with the above headline, and it simply promoted six apps to download to your iPad. Is there another way to entertain your children on long trips in the car, without sticking a screen in front of everyone’s face? Yes! Here’s my tried and true list… Continue reading

Out Of Gas

24 Apr

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This is the third time that I have been sick in a month and a half.  It stinks… Being sick is getting really old.

If my only frustration in my life was food poisoning, that would be one thing, but that’s just the icing on the cake– a cake that consists of  recent spiritual dryness, frustrations with my shortcomings as a husband and father, being stuck in a creative funk, and enduring a never-ending Minnesota winter (it snowed this morning on April 24th!).

Every time a dream falls apart… every time the money runs out… every time I let God, others, or myself down… it all adds to the weight that I have to carry every day. Continue reading

Manly Quote Mondays: Godly Ambition

22 Apr

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In the end, just as there are only two kinds of piety, the self-centered and the God-centered, so there are only two kinds of ambition: one can be ambitious for oneself or for God. There is no third alternative.

Ambitions for self may be quite modest (enough to eat, to drink, and to wear, as in the Sermon [on the Mount]) or they may be grandiose (a bigger house, a faster car, a higher salary, a wider reputation, more power). But whether modest or immodest, these are ambitions for myself—my comfort, my wealth, my status, my power.

Ambitions for God, however, if they are to be worthy, can never be modest. There is something inherently inappropriate about cherishing small ambition for God. Continue reading

The Parent Dictionary

22 Apr

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When you become a parent, not only does your perspective on the world change, but your vocabulary begins to shift. Words take on totally new meanings. Here are a few words that all of the dads out there will be familiar with, and all the dads to be should start learning…

CASSEROLE– A combination of favorite foods that go uneaten because they are mixed together

DESSERTS– The reason for eating a meal

DUMBWAITER– One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert

EVAPORATE– Magic trick performed by children when it comes time to clear the table or wash dishes Continue reading

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