Archive | June, 2013

My 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Reads of 2013 (So Far)

30 Jun

On January 1st, I set for myself an audacious goal: reading 100 books, 50 fiction and 50 non-fiction. We have reached the halfway point of 2013 and so far I have read 54 (27 of each). Here are my favorite non-fiction reads of the year so far…

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Who Do You Think You Are – Mark Driscoll

If you want to know more about how to ground your identity in Jesus Christ and what implications your new identity holds, I strongly recommend picking this book up. Based on Ephesians, Mark’s book covers a wide range of topics that will be helpful to the person who has been a Christian for 20 years or 20 minutes. For a more extensive look at this book and the interview that I had with Mark, click here. Continue reading

Friday Finds: The Findening

28 Jun

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I tend to feel a bit stiff in the knees in the morning

Life Pro Tip: When you have a 1-month-old baby, don’t try to take care of a 6-week-old puppy. I’m a bit sleep-deprived today, so that’s my excuse if things don’t make sense today.

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I Made A T-Shirt Cannon For $10… And So Can You!

28 Jun

DISCLAIMER:  Should you choose to build anything based on our design, do so at your own risk and don’t sue me if you injure yourself doing something stupid

I have a confession to make: I’ve always wanted a t-shirt cannon.

Why? Because (a) I’m a kid at heart,  (b) I like making things, and (c) t-shirt cannons are the coolest. If you found yourself nodding to any or all of those reasons, read on! Continue reading

Alphabet Of Manly Virtues: “P” Is For “Perseverence”

27 Jun

(“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.)

pWhen pondering the possibilities of manly virtues and the letter “P”, the practical problem that presented itself was: From which “P” should there be a poignant post?

Could I potentially pick a proper “P” without plummeting into a preposterous plethora of “popped-p’s” and still make a penetrating point? (Hmm, that answer appears to be a pathetic- Pffft!!!  I think if I had the letter “R”, I am now quite convinced I would have gone with “resistance”.) But I did think of several virtuous “P”s before settling on one because sometimes you just want it to be…uh…perfect.

The letter “P” does have a profound (Rats! Did it again!) influence in my life. I am a Parent of three children (17, 15, and 10).  I am a media Producer and a college Professor. My nickname since high school has been the Pope and my favorite singer-songwriter is Andrew Peterson. I love Pizza, Pop and Pasta. I also have never been on Parole or in Prison.  Well, you get the idea…perhaps.

I thought about “Praise” or using the word worshiP because then I could be super clever since it had a “P” at the end, but then the W-dude of this series would be like- worried. I mean what else could you use for that letter? Continue reading

Building A Great Men’s Ministry: Transparency

26 Jun

(You can read the first entry in this series here, and the second part here)

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It was the morning of our first session in a new season of men’s group.

Breakfast was served, guests were introduced, and friendly banter commenced among the dozen or so men that had shown up. After the short opening prayer, my pastor laid out some ground rules that completely blew me away,

“Whatever things we talk about in this group stay in this group. If you go around blabbing the personal things that are offered here in confidence with people outside of the group, we will raise a posse, find you, and kick your ass. The only way that we are going to grow is if we are able to be open with one another. The only way this group will work, is if it is a safe place to be transparent with one another.”

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Generally, men can be pretty guarded.

Not all men are this way, but I would say that the vast majority that I’ve met can be. Speaking from my own experience, I am willing to talk about my hopes and fears, failures and questions, but not with any Joe on the street—that level of openness needs to be earned. Continue reading

Alphabet Of Manly Virtues: “O” Is For “Obedience”

25 Jun

(“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.)

oOnce upon a time, there was a guy named Namaan. He was a pretty important dude. In fact, he was general of the king’s army. Namaan was a successful soldier and general, and God was with him. Namaan also had leprosy, which sucked.

Now Namaan’s wife had a maid, and one day the maid said to his wife, “Look, miss, there’s this guy over in Israel. He’s kind of a “miracle man” – known for healing people and doing other crazy stuff like that. If only your husband would go visit him, the man might heal him!”

So Namaan’s wife told Namaan, who in turn told the king, “Mr. King, apparently there’s some guy over in Israel named Elisha. They say he can do miraculous stuff like heal people and raise them from the dead. Do you mind if I go visit him?” The King was a pretty good guy himself. “By all means!” he said. “I’ll even send you a letter of introduction to the king of Israel.” So Namaan travelled over to Israel with a pile of gifts and delivered his king’s letter to the king of Israel. The king of Israel opened the letter and read it,

“Hi there! If you’re reading this, it means my general Namaan has made it to you. I’ve sent him to you myself. Heal him of his leprosy, would you?”

Well, the king of Israel freaked out. “How the heck am I supposed to heal this guy of his leprosy?! What does he expect me to do – I don’t have ability to do something like that!” He was so mad, he tore his clothes, cause they were made in China and cheap like that.

Then Elisha – the miracle man – heard about what had happened and sent word to the king of Israel, “Hey, Mr. King – don’t get so upset! Send this Namaan character to me; I’ll take care of him.” Continue reading

Manly Quote Mondays: Molding A Man

24 Jun

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When God wants to drill a man
And thrill a man
And skill a man
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part

When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him
And with mighty blows converts him
Into shapes and forms of clay
Which only God can understand.

How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes
How He uses whom He chooses
And with mighty power infuses him
With every act induces him
To try His splendor out –
God knows what He’s about.

-from The Disciplines of Life by V. Raymond Edmond

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