Showing posts from November, 2009

10 Things I Enjoyed This Thanksgiving

1. Laughing w/ my brothers2. Pumpkin pie3. Eating my wife's first home cooked turkey 4. Playing knee hockey with my boys 5. Ribs and chicken wings for an appetizer 6. Working w/ Stephanie to get the house ready for guests 7. My mother-in-law's ham and stuffing 8. Baby Andrew falling asleep in my arms 9. A successful prep and execution of Black Friday at work 10. Talking w/ my mom and dad

10 Bands I Listen To

1. David Crowder Band2. Dave Matthews Band 3. Leeland 4. The Avett Brothers 5. Coldplay 6. The Tragically Hip 7. Lashey and Joyner 8. Robbie Seay Band 9. U2 10. Hillsong United

10 Things I'm Thankful For

1. My Saviour Jesus who died to save all my sins and who chose me2. My beautiful wife who loves me and cheers me on tirelessly3. My children who look past my faults, love me freely and make me smile everyday 4. My family who raised me, care about me, and encourage me 5. My job and the great people I work with 6. My warm house, clothes to wear, and an abundance of food to eat 7. My overall good health 8. My country and all it's freedoms and opportunities 9. My friends and neighbors who enrich my life in so many ways 10. My hope that tomorrow will be better than today and the future better than I can imagine

10 Preachers I Listen To

1. Mark Driscoll
2. Matt Chandler
3. John Piper
4. Daniel Montgomery
5. Matt Carter
6. Francis Chan
7. Rob Ketterling
8. Darrin Patrick
9. Tim Keller
10. Perry Noble

10 Places Outside the U.S. that I'd Like to Visit

1. Ireland
2. Vancouver, British Columbia
3. Japan
4. England
5. Sweden
6. Bahamas
7. Italy
8. Africa
9. Philippines
10. Chile

10 Restaurants I Love to Eat At

1. Chipotle
2. P.F. Chang
3. Old Chicago
4. Hogan Brothers
5. Lou Malnati's
6. Silver Beach Pizza
7. Manny's Steakhouse
8. Red Lobster
9. The Hubbell House
10. Cracker Barrel

10 Foods I Could Eat Everyday

1. Chicken Wings
2. Supreme Pizza w/ out olives
3. Honeycrisp Apples
4. Sub sandwiches
5. Spaghetti and meatballs
6. Kung Pao Chicken
7. Fajitas and Burritos
8. Strawberry Ice Cream
9. Pepper jack cheese
10. Anything my wife puts on my plate!

10 U.S. Places I'd Like to Visit

1. Mount Rushmore
2. Yellowstone National Park
3. The Grand Canyon
4. Disneyworld
5. Seattle, WA
6. Fenway Park
7. The Village Church
8. San Diego Zoo
9. Nashville, TN
10. Augusta National Golf Course

10 Reasons Why Beer is Good

God is Great, Beer is Good, and People Are Crazy

pt. 2 - Beer is Good

1. Beer is good when you've spent the day moving rock, mowing the yard, racking leaves, or pulling the dock out of the lake at the cabin.

2. Beer is good when you're eating chicken wings and watching the Vikings dominate the Packers at your Wisconsin native neighbors house.

3. Beer is good when you're staring at the stars and watching the embers glow inside the fire pit.

4. Beer is good when you're on hour 3 on day 4 of a Rook game that just won't end.

5. Beer is good when you're at the wedding of someone you don't really know and you've decided there is no way you're ever doing the Chicken Dance again in your lifetime.

6. Beer is good when you're sitting on the tailgate of your pick-up discussing the success/failure of your hunt.

7. Beer is good when you're taking all your buddies money after going 'all in' with your Aces over 10s full house.

8. Beer is good when y…

10 Reasons Why God is Great

God is Great, Beer is Good, and People Are Crazy

pt. 1 - God is Great

1. Though I am a wretched, daily sinner and idolator God chose before the foundation of the world to save me from hell through the substitutionary death of his Son Jesus.

2. While I was still in my mothers womb he gifted me with the talents and abilities that make me the person I am and enable me to live in this world.

3. He determined the time and place of my birth and placed me in the loving care of two Christians parents who love Him and one another deeply.

4. Like a loving Father he brought me along in my youth, allowing me to live and learn, fall and be bruised, all the while staying close by my side and drawing me back to himself.

5. He has given me godly, golden crown of a woman as my wife and a quiver full of children who make me laugh and smile everyday.

6. Each day he is faithful to raise the sun, breathe breath into my lungs, put food on my table and keep my children clothed.

7. He promises not to harm me,…

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Book Review: The Snake Charmer

I have no idea why I pick up and read through some of the books I do. The amazing thing about books is that sometimes a certain book grabs your mind (and occasionally later your heart) inexplicably in a moment, and when the moment is gone (or missed) that same book becomes nothing more than a dust collector on the shelf of your home or local library.

Monday I was at the library with the kids when I saw "The Snake Charmer" by Jamie James. I think it was the secondary title on the cover that caught my eye: A life and death in pursuit of knowledge. After reading a few pages I was instantly hooked. The Snake Charmer is a biography about the life of a herpetologist named Joe Slowinski. Before reading the book I had no idea what a herpetologist was; a herpetologist is someone who studies reptiles and amphibians. Until his untimely death in September 2001 from a snake bite in Burma Joe Slowinski was at the forefront of snake studies for much of the 90's decade.

James does a…

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Present Yourself to God, not Sin

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. - Romans 6:12-14

Children's Books to Review

I received some books today from WaterBrook Multnomah that I am excited to read and review.

Two of them are children's stories which I'll be reading the kids before bed tonight.

Theology from Kid's Mouths

Tonight we were having some bedtime theology conversation and I asked the kids, "What does it mean to be a sinner?" See responses below:

Jacob: It means you tell a lie.
Andrew: It means you go in the pool.
Izzy: It means you don't love God and you disobey God and you want to kill Jesus!

After explaining the gap sin creates between us and God, and telling the kids how Jesus makes a bridge for us back to God and to forgive our sins Izzy says, "And Jesus rose from the dead." See what happens next.

Jacob: Na uh. The soldiers didn't see him.
Izzy: Yes he did. Actually, the soldiers are in hell.
Jacob: No they're not.
Izzy: Yes they are. They are in hell. Like Darth.

Izzy is so intense but also, in many ways, so in tune with truth. She has a sharp, powerful mind. God use her.