Archive | May, 2013

My Favorite Music Of 2013 (So Far)

31 May

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I have always been something of a music nerd… I’m a radio DJ, a wedding DJ, and since 2010, I have been a part of the critics panel for a wonderful podcast known as Under The Radar  (a one-hour weekly program that highlights some of the best undiscovered and under-appreciated tunes from Christian artists).

All that to say, I listen to a TON of music and I am always being asked what recent discoveries that I’ve found. The following are some of my favorites…

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Alphabet Of Manly Virtues: “H” Is For “Hustle”

30 May

(“The Alphabet of Manly Virtues” is a 26 post series examining various character traits of godly men. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for new posts! To view other entries in the series, click here.)

hYou can’t wait for it.  You can’t avoid it.  It will come for you.

It’s Hustle.

Sounds very manly right? Well before we can learn to recognize HUSTLE, we need to have a better understanding of it.

Hustle is the Dukes of Hazzard. Who else welds their doors shut so they can jump in thru the window while trying to stop Boss Hog?

To hustle is to do hard things.

It’s easy as a man, father, or husband to hustle so much that you leave everyone else in the dust. You can hustle at many things and end up leaving many more in the dust. You can be #1 and still be in last place. Continue reading

Mouth-Watering Wednesdays: Scotch Eggs

29 May

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There are exactly 99 days until the 2013 NFL season kicks off… not that I’m counting down for the football. You see, I’m not much of a sports guy, but I do like the food spreads that typically accompany game day.

Wings? Excellent. Pizza? Can’t be beat. Eggs… wait, eggs? What place do eggs have at a game day party?

I suppose I should clarify: Scotch Eggs!

I tried these bad boys one fateful day at a place called Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis and I’ve been hooked ever since. The Scotch Egg is comprised of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in a sausage/bacon meat shell which is then breaded and fried. It’s not a breakfast food– you can eat these any time of day or night! Continue reading

The Wedding Funeral

29 May
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On Monday, May 6, I attended the funeral of my childhood friend, Dale Butler.

My first impression was how like to a wedding it was.

As we walked into the church, we were greeted by tables of photos, mementos, guest books. The biggest difference was the flag-draped coffin. The undertaker (mortician? funeral home worker? What do they call those guys now?) stood with a professional solemnity behind the table with the guest book, greeting comers with a grim nod and a quiet, “Thank you. Please, sign here. Thank you.” Continue reading

Alphabet of Manly Virtues: “G” Is For “Gentleness”

28 May

(“The Alphabet of Manly Virtues” is a 26 post series examining various character traits of godly men. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for new posts! To view other entries in the series, click here.)

 

gWhen I sat down to write this blog I tried to think of a virtue that often gets overlooked, especially with men. So I asked myself, “What is the last virtue I would ever want to read about, especially on a blog about manliness?” It came to me pretty quickly. The last “manly” virtue I would ever want to read about is gentleness.

Gentleness and manliness almost seem contradictory. I mean what guy wants to be remembered as “Gentle”? Not this guy! If you asked me: “Daniel, if you could be Martin Short in Father of the Bride 2 or Matt Damon from The Bourne Ultimatum, which would you chose?” I would choose Matt Damon (i.e. Jason Bourne) every time. Sorry Martin, but designing a baby nursery is not as cool as dominating hand-to-hand combat.

But gentleness is important; in fact, it’s a fruit of the Spirit. That means that if you and I are walking in the Spirit – gentleness will be a defining factor of our lives. Continue reading

Book Review: “Seven Men” by Eric Metaxas

27 May

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Confession time: I don’t read a lot of biographies.

There are people that consume them like I consume bacon, but to me the idea of reading an entire book on a person (even if that person is completely amazing) sounds a little tedious at best.

However, when I first heard about the book “Seven Men: And The Secret To Their Greatness” I was convinced to give it a read for four reasons:

  1. I have heard nothing but glowing praise for Eric Metaxas and his apparently brilliant book on Bonhoeffer
  2. The fact that it is specifically a book about great godly men sounded appealing because of the thrust of this blog
  3. Being a biography noob, the idea of essentially reading 7 mini-biographies seemed less intimidating than one big one
  4. I had an opportunity to it for free if I reviewed it… and the only thing better than a good book is a good book that is also free.

So how did I like the book? We’ll get to that, but first some more about it… Continue reading

Manly Quote Mondays: True, Kind, and Generous

27 May

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-In a letter from Lee to his sons, 31 March 1846.

 

(Today’s quote art is courtesy of our graphic designer Olivia! If you are interested in hiring her for a project, you can reach her at livyviolin@yahoo.com or at 989-488-6818)

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