Gift Ideas for Book Lovers 2012 – Christmas Gifts for the Reader in Your Life

If you are buying a gift for a book lover this year I have some ideas. The obvious ideas – e-readers and such – I won’t bother with because you know all about them. But, there are also a lot of readers who have a very specialized set of needs when it comes to book [Read More…]

The Fix’s List of Best Presidential Biographies

The Fix‘s Chris Natalie Jennings and Sean Sullivan made a call to readers to submit their favorite presidential biography. Then they compiled a list containing the best one or two biographies on all 43 U.S. presidents. How fun would it be to start with Washington and read one biography on each president through Obama? I think [Read More…]

Can Texas Secede from the Union? A Creative Way to Answer

If Texas split into 5 smaller states they would be named: North Texas, South Texas, East Texas, West Texas, and Austin. That is so true! This is a great 3 minute video explaining why Texas can’t secede from the union. I love how they play up the Texas / California rivalry; California’s hideous flag, Texas’s [Read More…]

Everyone I Know is in Pain: This Means You…

One of the occupational hazards of ministry is the increased exposure to other people’s pain. Not that ministry is any more painful than any other profession, but like an x-ray tech is exposed to more radiation than normal, ministry exposes one to a lot of pain. If I’ve learned anything in the past 23 years of [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am bothered by the inclusion of pedestrian tweets and Facebook status updates in the category of “news.” Those things might be news coming from a public figure or an expert, but when the anchor says, “John from Hiawatha says…” it feels out of place to me; forced; as though they are [Read More…]

Nate Silver Goes Off on Politico – The Best Post-Election Interview I’ve Heard Comes From ESPN

I’ve never even heard of the BS Report with Bill Simmons from ESPN radio. I have no idea how he got Nate Silver to open up like he did (they are both sports numbers guys and talk like they are friends), but this interview was amazing. For one thing, Silver went off about Politico, (without [Read More…]

A Few Thoughts on the Fiscal Cliff – Here’s My Prediction

I read the news for about an hour this morning, taking in everything I could read on the status of negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff. My up front disclaimer is that I’m chiefly concerned with theology and ethics, not government, but I really enjoy reading about policy. Nevertheless, as a Christian and a pastor my [Read More…]

Shoot Christians Say – The Evangelical Lexicon Exposed (Friday Funny)

When I watch this video I feel like I’m back on the road with Satellite Soul, playing at Christian colleges and churches. Trip and Tyler are the best. [garagetv Stuff Christians Say from worshiphousemedia on GodTube. nolink] Stuff Christians Say from worshiphousemedia on GodTube.   [Read more…]

Hipster Thanksgiving (You’re Welcoming… A Friday Funny – Early Edition)

My wife sent me this clip; I’ve watched it twice and can’t stop laughing. Give yourself a 5 minute post-Thanksgiving vacation present, watch & enjoy. The opening scene is brilliant. “If you could just hashtag that you heard it through me that would be great.” The two girls who try to out-hip each other… “I [Read More…]

It’s a Mad World / A Video and Sermon Helps for Advent 01

Advent season is arriving, which means that many of us who do not follow the lectionary in ordinary time begin to sync back up with it. Each week I’m going to try to put together a few thoughts to help provoke those pastors, students, and theological nerds (meant to be a term of endearment), as [Read More…]