Showing posts from June, 2017

Pragmatists and Puritans

Came across this during some study time today...

From John Piper sermon United with Christ in Death and Life, Part 1...
We Americans are pragmatists to the max. We want results. And we want them yesterday. We want them simply. We want them without too much pondering and too much pain. And in the church, we have developed all kinds of Christ-coated remedies that are shallow and short-lived. We are not, by and large, the deeply grounded saints that some of our forefathers were.  J. I. Packer compares the old English Puritans who lived and suffered from 1550 to 1700 with the Redwoods of California. They were giants whose roots were incredibly deep in the Bible, and whose branches reached to the heavens, and whose trunks were so strong and durable they could endure forest fires that scar them but don't kill them. But then Packer looks out over the pragmatic American landscape of our quick fixes for life's problems and our impatience with depth and complexity and pain, and says, &qu…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

Busting CrossFit Myths - Myth #3 CrossFit is Too Expensive

One of the biggest things that held me back from joining CrossFit was the cost. I had heard it was expensive, and like most people I don’t have a ton of disposable income. Managing a busy family with kids 13, 12 and 10 doesn’t leave much for Dad to spend on himself each month.
When I checked out the membership cost at CrossFit Skopos my first thought was that people were right. CrossFit is expensive. There were multiple membership options, but even the cheapest one was $100 a month. In my mind I compared that to the $75 family membership I already had a the local YMCA. At the time I couldn’t spend the additional money.
However, the draw to try CrossFit wouldn’t go away and ultimately I chose to “treat” myself using some extra money I brought in after the Christmas holiday. I decided to try the six month membership option which I felt gave me the most value without too great of a commitment. I wanted to have enough skin in the game to stay motivated, without over burdening myself financ…

Father's Day 2017 in Pictures


Busting CrossFit Myths: Myth #2 - CrossFit is Just for the Super Fit

My first exposure to CrossFit was the Netflix documentary “Fittest on Earth: The Story of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games.” (watch the trailer here) I watched the documentary multiple times and quickly became a fan of athletes like Mat Fraser, Ben Smith, Katrin Davidsdottir and Annie Thorisdottir. Watching these athletes pushing themselves to the max on a variety of exercises that were completely new to me was inspiring and attractive.
It was around the same time I heard that a CrossFit "box" (The Ultimate Guide to CrossFit Lingo) was being opened a few miles from my house. I knew I had to give it a shot myself. It took about a year to actually make it happen, but since joining CrossFit Skopos in February 2017 I have been absolutely loving it.
The second myth I want to bust about CrossFit is that it is only for athletes who are super fit or who want to be super swole.
I understand where this myth comes from. People hear about CrossFit workouts that include biking, rowing, sprint…

Busting CrossFit Myths: Myth #1 - CrossFit is Dangerous

“CrossFit is dangerous.”

“You’re going to get hurt.”
These are some of the warnings people gave me when I told them I was going to start doing CrossFit.
While the idea that CrossFit is dangerous and the cause of injury is ubiquitous in the fitness industry, it is not an accurate portrayal of reality. In fact, CrossFit corporate just won a major lawsuit against this false notion and the people that spread it.
Do people get injured doing CrossFit? Yes.
Is CrossFit dangerous? No.
The fact is, every activity in life carries with it the risk of physical injury. I could slip walking down my steps, I could twist my back playing catch with a football, I could stab myself in the tongue eating with fork. There is always some risk of injury in everything we do, but I don’t consider stair walking, playing catch or eating with a fork dangerous.
So why does CrossFit have a bad reputation?
To start with, I think many people misunderstand what CrossFit is and what the goals of the program are. People hear a…