January 7, 2009

I weighed myself today, like I promised I would do, exactly 3 weeks after I started my shrink-me-down-to-somewhat-normal-sized-again-please workout and diet.I checked in at 256 lbs even. That is a loss of 3.5 lbs.Not bad considering I gorged myself during Christmas (which in my world constitutes December 23-28) and then again on New Years (which in my world constitutes December 31-January 2).My next weigh-in will be on January 28th.Much love.www.themarinfoundation.org Read more

January 6, 2009

In the last post I talked about my belief that the label “quiet time” should actually be called (and lived out as) “spending time with God” throughout the entirety of a day—due to the pressure (internal and external) that is put on a person to feel or hear something significant in a designated time slot having to be with God.Here’s where this all came from:I just got done speaking at North Park University (NPU) and I was waiting on Foster… Read more

January 5, 2009

I’ve never been a big fan of the Christian label “quiet time.” I’m sure that may be offensive to some, but really, it’s not meant to be taken that way. Instead, I’m a big fan of labeling my “quiet time” as “spending time with God.” Let me explain. In a previous post I talked about the drastic change in my prayer life that has occurred recently: Away from asking and onto waiting. In Christian circles, prayer life has become synonymous… Read more

December 30, 2008

The busiest season of The Marin Foundation’s existence just ended. From the beginning of October to right before Thanksgiving I was speaking around the country 50 of 60 days. During that period I flew 21,713 miles, visited 16 different cities and spoke at 22 different events in front of about 17,000 people live—and prayerfully this is just the beginning of what is to come in 2009 and beyond! Looking back on this season brings not only excitement for what is… Read more

December 29, 2008

This is a picture of the famous American author and philosopher Henry D. Thoreau. Ok, so he’s not a good looking dude … but none the less he had some really challenging and thought provoking things to say throughout his life. I have a magnet on my refrigerator with a quote of his:”Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”What an inspiring word for all of us. I was given that magnet by my mom… Read more

December 24, 2008

In light of the Pope controversy yesterday and it being Christmas Eve today, I wanted to link you all to a friend of mine, Scot McKnight, who wrote a brilliant post about Obama’s choice to have Rick Warren give the invocation. His post is by far and away the most level-headed, well thoughtout commentary I’ve seen. Be blessed by his words and insights. You can read his post here.Have a Merry Christmas.Much love.http://www.themarinfoundation.org/ Read more

December 23, 2008

The BBC News reported today that, in his year-end speech to the senior Vatican staff, the Pope stated that gender theory blurs the distinction between male and female and could thus lead to the self-destruction of the human race (click here and here for two versions of the story.)Throughout his speech the Pope threw out various (and classical) intellectual jargon surrounding the topic of homosexuality—“language of creation”, “metaphysics speaking of the nature of the human person” and “gender theory.” All… Read more

December 22, 2008

Why is it the Top 17 things you might ask? Well, I couldn’t settle on just 15.17. Live Danity Kane concert16. Love Lockdown by Kanye West15. Dark Knight Movie14. The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs13. David Cook winning American Idol12. Chicago Cubs great regular season (let’s just forget about the playoffs—please!)11. The entertaining Presidential Election and the subsequent Saturday Night Live spoofs10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie9. Adventures in Missing the Point by Brian McLaren and… Read more

December 19, 2008

A good friend of mine, Marko (who is the President of Youth Specialties), posted this video on his blog last month. It is the funniest thing I’ve seen in forever. Please click here and watch it! I was laughing out loud (to myself) for a good 5 minutes.Much love.www.themarinfoundation.org Read more

December 18, 2008

A good friend of mine Ramiro Medrano gave me, for my birthday, two tickets to the Chicago premier (private screening) of Brad Pitt’s new movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The screening was at 8pm on my birthday (the 16th), and lucky for me the weather was horrible that day. Therefore due to inclimate weather, my wife unfortunately couldn’t go to work that day….bummer. :)We had a great time hanging out, and capped of the night with this extravagant… Read more

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