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15 "Church Nursery" Stereotypes

My kids love watching the Dude Perfectmovies on YouTube. I like watching them too. The guys are super creative and super funny and super likable. Overall they are just super!

One of the reoccurring video segments the DudePerfect guys do is called "stereotypes." Each video has a theme and the guys in the video highlight all the stereotypical characters associated with that theme. Watch the video at the bottom of the post to get a better feeling for what I am talking about.

As a bi-monthly volunteer in my church's nursery I started thinking about the different toddler stereotypes I see each week. I didn't have any toddlers to recruit for a stereotypes video of my own (and I don't know how well they would have been able to act the parts anyway) so instead of making a video I will share a list with you.

So, with no further ado I give you..."Church Nursery Stereotypes."

1. The Biter - kid who bites other kids
2. The Thief - kid who steals toys from other ki…

26 Things I am Thankful For - 2015

Thanksgiving Day 2015.

There is so much to be thankful for each day that making a list of things to be thankful for in the last year can be pretty tough. I will try anyways.

Below are some things I am thankful for. They are in no particular order, just listed as they come to mind. Except for the first one, which is definitely the top thing I am thankful for in the last 12 months.

1. The healing that Jesus has brought into Shannon Kerr's life. If you don't know the story you can catch up by reading about it here. God has been so incredible and I praise Him everyday for how he continues to work.

2. Our family vacation to Colorado in August. It had been a long time since we spent a week together on vacation. The setting was beautiful and the YMCA park in Estes Park was awesome.

3. That I could coach both the boys in baseball this summer and for winning the 2-3 grade in-house championship.

4. For the opportunity to use my gifts and passion by preaching and sharing the Gospel at churche…

Quick Thought About a Christian Agrihood

CBS Sunday morning told a story about a community in Georgia that has as its centerpiece a 26 acre farm. The idea of an "agrihood" (a city or community that has at it's center a farm) is a thing that is popping up more and more around the United States as people embrace locally-grown food and a more robust experience on community with neighbors.

Steve Nygren, the developer of the Georgian agrihood, described this movement towards farm and community when he said, "People love the idea of sitting on their back porch and watching the farmers grow the food." I would add, they also love knowing where the food they are eating comes from.

Watching the story gave me an idea. How about an agrihood that also has at it's center a church? How about building a community where Christians come together to live and worship. It would be a place to build a foundation for launching out service and love to the world?

I 'm not talking about a seperatist cult where Christia…

The 10 Manly Traits of Boaz

I am a fan of the Old Testament book of Ruth. If you have never read it I highly encourage you to take 15 minutes and read it. It is a great story of love, loyalty, tragedy, blessing, friendship and God's provision. Trust me, it won't take you long. It is worth it.

Go ahead, click here and read it online.

One of the main characters in the story ifs a businessman and community leader named Boaz. In Boaz we get a great picture of what a real dude looks like. After reading the story again this morning I thought I would share with you a list of the traits that make Boaz such a great example for all men to follow.
1. He is God-centered in his words and action. (2:4&12) 2. He notices the important details. (2:5) 3. He is a protector of the weak and vulnerable. (2:9) 4. He is hospitable. (2:14) 5. He is tender. (2:15) 6. He takes time to celebrate and have fun. (3:7) 7. He is respectable and honoring. (3:13) 8. He is generous with others. (3:17) 9. He is action-oriented. (3:18) …

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4 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Church

Brian Croft is the senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. In a recent Gospel Coalition blog post he shares 4 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Church. They are all good questions, but what struck me the most were a couple paragraphs at the end of the article addressed to Christians without a church home. Croft wrote,
You and your family should feel a sense of persistent unease knowing that you are not in covenant fellowship with a local church and are not under the authority of under-shepherds caring for your souls. The freedom and absence of accountability many experience in the search for a new church can cause a sinful complacency.
In other words, you do not ever want to become comfortable being one of God’s sheep who has wandered away from the fellowship of the flock and the accountability of shepherds to care for you, even if that journey at the time feels fun and exciting.

Singing Out of the Sorrow in Our Hearts

This morning I heard Pastor Bryan Loritts (@bcloritts) reference this quote in a sermon he preached at Trinity Grace Church on October 4. I found it to be a powerful illustration of praising Jesus during our most difficult times.
I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness. It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake. Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears. At least, such is my experience. I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness. - Fredrick Douglas "The Narrative of Fredrick Douglas" Reminds me of so many of the Psalms; pain pushing its way out through song. A lot of amazing art is birthed this way.

Pastor Loritts preached that it is critical we are guided in pain…

Oh Words, where art thou?

Sometimes I just look at the post page.

I wish the words would just appear on the page. And that they would be brilliant.

I think of things during the day, but when it is finally quiet enough to type, POOF, they are gone. Like a bird released from the palm of a hand. The words have a sense of their freedom and they bolt for it.

Then I am left with a blank post and a tired mind. My thinking is scattered and unfocused. There is something to say if I could just coax it out of hiding.

I know it is there.

Sometimes I honestly just don't have the energy for this mental game of hide-n-seek the blog post. I am too exhausted to do the work.

I zone out as I wait for the words to come from my fingertips.

They do not come sometimes. And I must be ok with it.

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