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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…

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…

He made another $4,000 while I wrote this post.

He made another $4,000 while I wrote this post.

Two days ago, Zach Braff started a Kickstarter campaign. As of the time I’m writing this, he’s raised $1,753,503.

He’s made almost a million bucks a day. I’m watching the amount of pledged money increase while I write. It’s amazing.

For those who don’t know who Zach Braff is, he played John Dorian, or JD, on the TV show, Scrubs. I remember laughing out loud throughout the first episode of the show that I saw. “I have to watch this series,” I resolved, and bought the first season on DVD as soon as possible. I was an instant fan.

It’s debatable, though, whether Zach is better known as JD from Scrubs or as Andrew Largeman from the first movie that Zach wrote and directed, Garden State. Either way, through his involvement in Scrubs and Garden State, he has accumulated a gargantuan following of dedicated, Indie fans. For example, he has over 1,000,000 Twitter followers.

But Garden State came out in 2004. And a ton of people (myself included) have been wondering why he hasn’t undertaken anything significant recently.

In his Kickstarter video, he explains that if he wants funding from large financial backers for a new movie, he would have to give up a significant portion of artistic rights, and he wouldn’t be able to make the movie that he feels passionate about making.

Enter Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is still a relatively new idea in the world, but not so new as far as internet time goes. Essentially, anybody with a great idea sets up a plan and asks people for pledges to make their idea become a reality. They set a target financial goal and have an allotted amount of time to reach the goal. People then can pledge various amounts of money toward the project and they receive varying degrees of rewards for their pledges. Some of Zach Braff’s look awesome, by the way.

If the goal amount is not pledged by the allotted time, then nothing happens (and Zach is sad, according to his page). But if the goal amount is reached within the allotted time, then everybody who pledged their money pays their pledged amount at the end of the campaign. And the great idea is now funded to become a reality.

Zach Braff teaches us a powerful lesson about building trust as a leader. Continue Reading…

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“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~Harry S. Truman

What Austin is currently reading.

What Austin is currently reading.

I had heard a variation of that quote many, many times in the last three years. Usually, the variation said, “readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” It went with an encouragement to READ if you were in leadership. The assumption is that one cannot adequately lead without reading. Continue Reading…


To my surprise, the movie, Moneyball, was listed alongside the 23 books assigned to me for the fall months of my DMin program.

Starting Moneyball with my parents.

Starting Moneyball with my parents.

Procrastinating like a champ, I waited until this week to watch the movie, knowing that my class begins this Sunday. Continue Reading…