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Since January 1, 2004, I’ve maintained a practice of reading through the Bible, cover to cover.

 

Granted, I use the word “maintained” loosely. When I started, I read the Bible in one year. Since then, every time I’ve done so, it’s taken me much longer, with the longest time taking over three years. I think I’m on my seventh time reading through.

 

The Common English Bible – the current translation I’m reading

Each time I read through the Bible, I read a different translation, and I try to alternate between a more literal translation and a more readable translation. This helps keep it fresh. Although, 1 Chronicles 1-9 is rough no matter which translation you read. Continue Reading…

My robe with my Grandpa’s Celtic cross, and a set of his doctoral bars.

Just recently I finished my doctoral thesis and officially completed all of my requirements for my D. Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

This day has been a long time coming, five years, to be exact. I applied for this program in the summer of 2012. Almost exactly five years later I finished.

 

Let me be honest with you. Continue Reading…

I was surprised to see this!

I was surprised to see this!

A week ago I felt like I had nothing to write. I knew that it I needed to write something. Anything. It had been close to a week.

So I sat down to write in the morning for a short sprint.

My Tuesday mornings are usually pretty busy so after struggling to get words on a page for about 30 minutes, I had to go to work.

Later that day, I came back to the work I had started in the morning. Nothing that I had written looked inspired. It all felt forced.

But it wasn’t a finished post yet. So I had to keep working on it, even though it seemed like junk. Laboriously, I slogged through even more of it.

I still felt uninspired. Continue Reading…

Normal Is Dumb

May 8, 2013 — 5 Comments

I was pretty tired this morning when I woke up at 5. The fact that I had planned to ride my bike to gym to meet my friends there made me feel even more tired.

normal is dumb

Reluctantly, I got my gym clothes on, checked the weather, and then put on my Vibram Five Fingers shoes, or “those weird toe-shoes” to most people. Continue Reading…

This is a guest post from the best mom ever, my wife, Sara. I’m so thankful for her!

I don’t know when I began our ritual, but it was sometime before Lylah’s first birthday. While she sat in her high chair, I would poke myself in the chest while saying “Mama.” Then I would poke her in the chest while saying “Lylah.”  When Austin was around, I would repeat the ritual, adding in “Dada” as I poked him.

Raising this little one takes persistence.

Raising this sweet, little one takes persistence.

I would do this almost daily, usually when she was in her high chair. I bet some days I did it at all 3 meals. Usually, Lylah would just smile at me, or giggle after I poked her. By the time she was 1, she was able to recognize me as “Mama” and Austin as “Dada.” These were her first words and I don’t know about Austin, but I cried with joy the first time she looked at me… really looked at me… and said “Mama.” Continue Reading…