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: Love hockey and the Stars but glad I didn’t stay up… 9 pm Central start time and game went to 2OT! …

: 2024 Reads: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 📚 Simple, interesting, beautiful expression of Buddhism.

: So, I love Kyle Hendricks, but it’s about time to DFA him, isn’t it? #cubs #mlb

: Bullet Points for a Friday Between now and July there are only 2 weeks where I’m in the office for 5 full days. This week …

: One more flight to get home. In theory if I had a rental car here from ORD I could be home sooner …

: 2024 Reads: The Future by Naomi Alderman 📚 Not subtle, but imaginative and entertaining. Worth a …

: Spent an hour with Apple tech support trying to figure out why my MacBook just refuses to show me …

: Quick jaunt to DC to start this week. CID ✈️ DCA direct!

: Haven’t run much in the last several years after injuring my knee running a half marathon. Having …

: Oh man, this bit in Naomi Alderman’s latest novel, the thoughts of a woman who left a religious …

: Current status: monitoring the video game room at the post-prom party. Watching the level of play, …

: 2024 Reads: NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman 📚 A moving and empathetic history of modern grappling …

: Headed into a busy weekend… high school tennis tonight for K15, prom tomorrow night for A18. I …

: Because I need more piano music... Because I’m a sucker for trying out new piano music that I’ll probably never be good …

: A radicalizing NYPD-Columbia Education Sam Thielman goes hard in his most recent piece at Forever Wars titled “What Could Be More …

: May your garden always thrive: A beautiful little essay from Wil Wheaton.

: After a tense last 19 minutes: #DallasStars #NHL #StanleyCup

: I may have become the stereotypical liberal exvangelical. On a beautiful Sunday morning, I slept in (until 8). Kicked off the coffeemaker to brew my …

: 2024 Reads: The Light Within Darkness by David Jeffrey 📚 Blew through this one in a day to finish up …

: 2024 Reads: The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain by Sofia Samatar 📚 A stunning little novella. …

: This Cubs/Brewers game this afternoon has all the hallmarks of a postseason clash. Two terrific …

: Just took a close look at my calendar and realized that between work travel, personal travel, and …

: Got travel booked last night for a family trip in June… National History Day nationals for …

: With all the crap going on in the world it seems trivial to still be cheered by sports, but dang it, …

: Jennifer Knapp: Kansas 25 I was an instant supporter of this album on Kickstarter and now I’m finally getting a chance …

: A better late than never update: Katie took 2nd place in her division at National History Day state …

: Iowa National History Day state competition: with only 5 competitors in the senior individual …

: National History Day state competition in Des Moines today. Event center buzzing with teenagers who …

: A. R. Moxon: War or Nothing A. R. Moxon has a brilliant and brutal essay out today entitled “War or Nothing”, in which he …

: Finished reading: Reading Genesis by Marilynne Robinson I wasn’t sure what to expect from Robinson writing on Genesis, but I enjoy her writing enough it was …

: 2024 Reads: Sun Wolf by David C. Jeffrey 📚 I like this guy’s ideas, and the sort of grand scope of …

: Today’s challenge in adulting: paying attention at the tail end of a 3-day class when …

: Mandatory post.

: Gah, Cody Bellinger has a cracked rib. This is not the way I hoped to see Pete Crow-Armstrong in the …

: I'm not claiming any special prescience, but... I was cleaning up old blog posts here and found this that I wrote back in 2012: I think it may take …

: “Tom Cotton has never seen a left-wing protest he didn’t want crushed at gunpoint.”. …

: Medieval Christians' perspective on climate change Well, this is a fascinating perspective: medievalist Dr. Eleanor Johnson writes on Literary Hub …

: Well, hard to see how this could start worse for the #Stars. Gave up a power play goal in the first …

: Great: the Dallas Stars are the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Not so great: their first round …

: Moving my blog to micro.blog So on a whim I reactivated my micro.blog site and threw 1275 markdown files at it - the entire …

: Bullet Points for a York Tuesday I’m visiting the UK for work this week - my first visit ever. A few thoughts: Having a public …

: Pictures at an Exhibition for Guitar I got to know Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition when I was in high school and my piano …

: The Exvangelicals by Sarah McCammon I just finished up reading Sarah McCammon’s new book The Exvangelicals and I need to take the time …

: Bringing joy to people IS bringing glory to God Crisanne Werner has a lovely essay up on Substack today about her changing understanding of how the …

: Reimagining Orthodoxy Dr. Chris Green shared part of an essay today on a theology of disagreement. There’s a ton of …

: Did the Emerging Church Fail? Richard Beck has a series going right now in which he asserts that the Emerging Church movement …

: Donald Bruce "Don" Hubbs, 1949-2024 Donald Bruce “Don” Hubbs, 74, died Saturday at his home in rural Richland County after a nearly two …

: The State of my Task Management, 2024 As a new year begins and I settle into a new-ish position at work, it has been time to again rethink …

: Recommended Reading: The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory by Tim Alberta My first completed book of the year is one I can wholeheartedly recommend: The Kingdom, The Power, …

: A short note on Travel Planning I have found myself, since returning home from Washington, DC in mid-December, without any travel on …

: My 2023 Reading in Review Another year full of books! (Previous summaries: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, …

: Chopin Being Mean I have hacked through the Chopin Ballades for years now. I started learning the first one in high …

: Reviewing Two Decades of My Thoughts A big chunk of effort in migrating the blog was going through each post to review and clean up …

: Migrating to Eleventy If you’re reading this post, you’re seeing the updated ChrisHubbs.com as generated by …

: Closing down iowadon.org A year ago I set up my own Mastodon server at iowadon.org. Elon Musk had just bought Twitter and was …

: In Praise of Humble, Gentle Men This morning a headline came across my social media feed, with a link to a remarkable interview with …

: You get the feeling from reading them that we might be loved This old concert recording of Rich Mullins at a Wheaton College chapel service in 1997 is an …

: We have attended an Episcopal church now for a few months, enough times at least to get sucked into …

: A Hymn Aptly Chosen One of the fun things about attending a church in a new and unfamiliar tradition is that things that …

: An Appliance Installation in Four Lowe’s Trips Setting: a local homeowner has an old dishwasher that is dying. A new dishwasher was delivered and …

: Christianity no longer has an Effective Cosmology Some 18 months ago I was just getting acquainted with Dr. Ilia Delio’s writing, and shared a brief …

: Playing the Jeremiah 17:9 Card “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” …

: My own personal Philippians 3 If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on …

: Fast Car, or, why I'm crying at my desk this morning “You’ve got a fast car, I want a ticket to anywhere…” If you’ve been …

: A Tale of Two TV Ministers I’ve been thinking tonight about two ministers who spent a lot of the 20th century on TV, and the …

: Billionaire Hoarders and “Charity” I re-posted a meme to Facebook the other day which suggested that billionaires are “hoarders”, …

: Ten-Year Review Seeing as I’ve got 4 months before I need to do any international travel, and 10 months before …

: Catching up with myself In the past two weeks I’ve logged 13,000 miles in airplanes, 1500 miles in the car, and spent …

: Protect elders! Ban television! danah boyd has a fantastic piece out today about the current furor to ban teens from social media, …

: Hope springs eternal... It’s Opening Day for Major League Baseball, which is the one day of the year where I can be …

: Supernatural love, found within human love Christian Wiman, from his book My Bright Abyss: It is not some meditative communion with God that I …

: A little poetry for Monday night I’ve done a lot of reading so far this year. Tonight I started My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a …

: Chris E. W. Green on the Beatitudes and Power I’m still only in chapter 2 of Sanctifying Interpretation, but this is too good to not share. Green …

: Chris E. W. Green on Christians as a temple for the sake of the world Following up from yesterday’s post, here’s Chris Green again from chapter 2 of Sanctifying …

: Chris E. W. Green on Vocation I’m just digging in to Chris E. W. Green’s Sanctifying Interpretation, and while it’s a book I …

: On leaving Twitter, embracing Mastodon, and recommending Ivory I joined Twitter back before it was a social media juggernaut. I don’t remember how many years …

: New on ChrisHubbs.com: The Bookshelf I’ve tracked my reading in one way or another here on this site and then using Goodreads since …

: My 2022 Reading in Review Another year full of books! (Previous summaries: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, …

: Stanley Hauerwas on sin, character formation, and fear From Chapter 3 of Stanley Hauerwas’ book on Christian ethics The Peaceable Kingdom, this wonderful …

: Moving my Mastodon Instance to a New Server Continuing my adventures hosting IowaDon.org, a very small Mastodon instance. When I started hosting …

: Podcast Recommendation: A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs For a long time my podcast listening has been almost exclusively nerdy tech podcasts mixed up with …

: Hosting a Mastodon instance: moving asset storage to S3 I’ve had my Mastodon instance (iowadon.org) up and running for about a week and a half now. …

: Carter Burwell: polymath film composer I was familiar with Carter Burwell’s name thanks to his score for the Coen brothers' film True …

: Setting up a Mastodon instance on Linode With the Muskian shenanigans happening over at Twitter, I’ve been looking into Mastodon as an …

: Liège Waffles! On my work trip to Brussels last week I was introduced to the liège waffle, a type of waffle that is …

: Rich Mullins - gone 25 years Rich Mullins died on Sept 19, 1997 in a car accident. A songwriter, poet, and prophet, Rich spoke …

: Preparing to launch Eighteen years and seventeen days ago we brought our first child home for the first time. She was …

: Capon’s Wager on God’s Love I have on occasion paraphrased something Fr. Robert Capon wrote about God’s love as ”if God is a …

: On LGBTQIA+ Affirmation June 2022 was quite a month for me. It started with the death of a long-time friend. It ended with …

: Sympathy for Jesus It had been a long time since I’d listened to this song. Then it came across my playlist this …

: Quick Thoughts after watching Top Gun: Maverick Mild spoilers ensue. This is basically the most 1980’s war film you could make in the 2020s. All …

: Geof F. Morris, 1978-2022 Geoffrey Franklin Morris, 43, of Madison, Alabama, died today at Vanderbilt Medical Center in …

: Waiting for the Lightning For a guy who loves music, I’ve never been the guy who finds and falls in love with an artist on …

: Essential Jams: ”Fugace” from Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio So much to love about this. I wanted to find a recording that wasn’t the canonical Bolling/Rampal …

: Easter 2022 Christ is risen! Alleluia! This morning Becky and I attended church in person for the first time …

: Eerie Parallels Last night I started reading Dr. Susannah Heschel’s The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the …

: My 2021 Reading in Review With 2022 well underway (for the past 10 hours or so) it’s time to review my reading in 2021. As …

: Keeping theology coupled with cosmology I was introduced to Dr. Ilia Delio a couple weeks ago on a podcast. Her thoughts about God, …

: Beck: Nationalism and the search for meaning Richard Beck, on his Substack today, on American nationalism resulting from the need for deep …

: Fascinating: 5th Century Byzantine Basilica honoring Female Ministers found in Israel Reported at Haaretz.com on Monday: The Holy Mother Sophronia. Theodosia the deaconess. Gregoria the …

: The Teaching vs. The Teacher The last couple days I’ve been reading a book of theology by an author I was heretofore unfamiliar …

: Recommended Reading, September 2021 I have badly neglected recommending any reading so far this year. I have read plenty of books - …

: A 'Christian' nation without empathy twitter.com/jonrog1/s… In case the tweet gets deleted: an embedded tweet from John Rogers …

: Richard Beck: hermeneutical self-awareness and a neurotic spiritual nightmare Richard Beck is on a roll this week with a short series on reading the Bible. In Part #1 yesterday …

: An Easter 2021 Meditation This last year has felt a lot like death. We’ve had a pandemic sweep the world, and in this country …

: Teenage Vernacular Update, circa March 2021 “Yeet” is passé. “Ye” has entered the common vernacular as an affirmative response. “Pog”, “big …

: Recent reading: Queer Theology by Linn Marie Tonstad The past couple months I’ve been participating in a reading group hosted by Matt Tebbe. (Matt …

: Thoughts upon Rush Limbaugh's passing Rush Limbaugh passed away today at age 70. I spent countless hours listening to his radio show as a …

: Richard Beck: Political detox for evangelicals Richard Beck has a wonderful post up today, describing American evangelicalism as “addicted to …

: Love hopes all things, but I’m still hitting the ‘Unfriend’ button Over the past month or two I have been making a renewed effort to engage in good faith political …

: My current side project One of my favorite 2020 discoveries (which, ok, only came out in 2020, so I was on it from the …

: Psalm 126 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was …

: 2020 Reading in Review Another year, another review of my annual reading. The mess that was 2020 definitely affected my …

: Bullet Points, Special Edition: Unpopular Opinions I’m feeling particularly crusty today. In the spirit of efficiency, I expect I can write a bunch of …

: Richard Beck on finding Common Cause Richard Beck has a fantastic post out today reflecting on a passage from Barack Obama’s recent …

: Recommended Reading: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez How could the vast majority of white evangelicals support Donald Trump in 2016 and again in 2020? To …

: Michael F. Bird on Social Justice as Christian Love Don’t buy into the lie that all social justice is driven by Marxist ideology. It is not! It is what …

: By the Waters of Babylon - Joey Weisenberg I don’t remember who shared this on Twitter the other day, but I listened to it once and …

: First Day of School, 2020 It’s hard for me to express how big a deal today is for my household. Back in January we first …

: "Get Freed" The other day I posted a belated review and recommendation of Lyz Lenz’s book God Land. Today I’d …

: To drag knowledge of reality over the threshold of consciousness is an exhausting task... Rebecca West, from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, describing her experience observing a worshipper at …

: God Land by Lyz Lenz — A Belated Review It’s been a year since Lyz Lenz’s book God Land came out. I wrote a review on Goodreads at the time …

: 2020 Reading - July/August Roundup I guess I don’t need to wait until the end of the year to do another summary… August …

: September Suffice it to say I’m happy to have August 2020 in the rear view mirror. We have completed our house …

: Quiet Around 1:00 pm today, after 216 hours without power to the house and after logging 106 hours on the …

: Incessant It’s Sunday night. By tomorrow afternoon we’ll hit a week since the storm hit. No power yet. The …

: Fragile It’s the Friday after the Iowa derecho. What a week. After the devastation of the storm, the cleanup …

: Devastation Where to even start? Monday, August 10, somewhere around 12:30 PM, eastern Iowa got hit with a storm …

: Ten Years Note: I originally wrote this post in January 2019. 18 months later we made the decision to leave …

: Walter Wink on nationalism and the myth of redemptive violence Walter Wink, writing in 1992 in Engaging the Powers, with paragraphs just as relevant today: The …

: Weekend project: bookshelves! One of the challenges a significant reading habit provides is where to keep all your books. While …

: July 4, 2020 America’s Independence Day seems a strange holiday to “celebrate” this year. Our country is in …

: 2020 Reading - First Half recommendations July 1st means that we’re halfway through 2020 already… what a year. I looked back and …

: We keep living anyway The chorus of this tune has resonated in my head a lot this week. .embed-container { position: …

: Desperation How desperate am I for live sports? I’m watching NASCAR. And hard pressed to turn it off when they …

: Kermit does Jazz: there's video. The other day I mentioned goofing around with the idea of Kermit the Frog singing a jazz version of …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Also-Rans Culling my list down to 10 albums was a challenge. Here are a few also-rans that just didn’t …

: Kermit does Jazz? I’m playing keys for the church livestream this morning, which in the end results in me having a …

: Bullet Points for a Saturday Morning Since I started working from home 8 weeks ago, my morning routine has changed. No more gym, reading …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band Maybe this one should’ve been first on my list, but I decided to leave the best for last. Rich …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Rachmaninov’s Vespers (All Night Vigil) I’ve really been wrestling with what album to post for day #9. But I’m gonna go with one that …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Bride of the Noisemakers I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: The Suburbs I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: Recommended daily reading: Heather Cox Richardson's Letters from an American In these turbulent days the news can quickly become overwhelming, and the social media noise can …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Silly Songs with Larry I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Behold the Lamb of God I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Long Line of Leavers I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: When Harry Met Sally I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Go West Young Man I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: 10 Albums, 10 Days: Rach 2 I got tagged on Facebook to do this project - share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in …

: Podcast Listening, Social Distancing Edition Back in the old days (say, before March 2020), my podcast listening tilted heavily toward current …

: The poor you will always have with you? I just finished up listening to Finding Fred, a short-series podcast about Fred Rogers. Podcast host …

: Adam Young on Hope and Wrestling with God (2) Continuing from yesterday, more from Adam Young’s fantastic podcast The Place We Find …

: Adam Young on Hope and Wrestling with God (1) A friend recently pointed me to Adam Young’s podcast The Place We Find Ourselves. As a …

: An Iowan's thoughts the morning after the 2020 Caucus Last night I and thousands of Iowans like me participated in the Democratic Party caucus. After …

: Journalism I'm Supporting, January 2020 Good journalism is one of those things everybody wants to have available to benefit from, but fewer …

: Slow Reading After reading more than 80 books in 2019, there’s a part of me that is getting a little …

: 2019 Reading in Review The beginning of a new year means a quick look back first at last year’s reading in review. (Some …

: Happy New Year! This Strange Planet cartoon is as apt a sentiment for starting 2020 as I can think of today.

: Knives Out Took the family to see Rian Johnson’s latest film, Knives Out, this afternoon. I know Johnson is a …

: Frozen II: A Very 2019 Movie It’s been just long enough since the original Frozen came out, and my girls have aged just enough, …

: 2019 Reading, Compendium #5 A High View of Scripture? The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon by …

: In The Shelter: Naming the Gadarene Demoniac I’m currently reading Pádraig Ó Tuama’s wonderful In the Shelter: Finding a Home In the …

: A High View of Scripture? About a year ago I started getting interested in historical criticism as it relates to the Bible. As …

: 2019 Reading, Compendium #4 Goodness, I’ve let this go a while without providing a list. Here we go… Anointed with …

: A justice not to be feared but to be longed for Here is my servant, whom I uphold my chosen, in whom my soul delights I have put my spirit upon him; …

: Family Movie Night: Chain Reaction (1996) With a kid under the weather after some dental work, it was a good night for a family movie. The …

: Bullet Points for a Monday Morning #6 Because it’s been a while… Lots of topics have rattled around in my head… none …

: 2019 Reading, Compendium #3 A few added to my list… Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch …

: Richard Beck: Love in Post-Progressive Christianity Richard Beck has a series going on an approach he calls “post-progressive Christianity”. …

: Time to weed out some candidates I’ve spent a few hours now sitting down with my 13-year-old daughter to watch the two nights of …

: 21 Years I guess this is the point at which we can say we’ve been married half our lives… …

: Why *wouldn’t* you want to be an egalitarian? In reply to a tweet thread the other day, I posed a question that’s been on my mind lately: Update …

: 2019 Reading, Compendium #2 Trying to not get my book lists get so backed up this time. Here’s what I’ve been …

: These Democrats Should Run for Senate instead of President in 2020 With today’s announcement by Montana governor Steve Bullock that he is throwing his hat in the ring …

: DBH: Can we relax about "socialism"? David Bentley Hart reworks his Facebook post from last year (which I posted about at the time) into …

: Finished reading, an early 2019 compendium Maybe I’ll start posting these every time again… but for now I’ve got a long-ish …

: Richard Beck: In defense of heretics I really appreciated this from Richard Beck today: People don’t just wake up one day to …

: Today's the day! Can confirm this morning only a light jacket was necessary.

: I know nothing about this movie other than what’s in this trailer... But I would buy a ticket right this minute if I could. youtu.be/bs5ZOcU6B…

: Opening Day 2019 It’s been a long winter. Heck, it’s been a long week. Which makes today a particularly …

: Current Earworm I’m accompanying a local friend who’s a high school senior when he sings for state …

: My latest fascination I’ve never been particularly a jewelry or fashion guy. I’ve worn a watch inconsistently …

: Strange Planet One of my favorite discoveries as of late has been the new webcomic Strange Planet. Apparently only …

: Democracy for Republicans There’s a really good essay by Jacob T. Levy (Professor of Political Theory at McGill …

: What systemic repentance might look like for the Evangelical church There are a few big stories rattling around the American evangelical church community lately that I …

: A passion for Jesus and for justice Justice is inherent in justification. This understanding of justification will have enormous …

: My 2018 Reading in Review Time for a quick recap of my 2018 reading. I’ve done several reading posts through the year so …

: Painful but true words about gifting If you are entrusted with a certain gift, most of the people around you won’t be similarly gifted. …

: Fans with Bands I went down a little bit of a YouTube rat hole the other day watching a playlist full of videos …

: The Cross and the Lynching Tree Having read very few black theologians over my past couple decades of reading theology, it was far …

: Making the rounds... I’ve been playing music in church since high school and as a member of worship bands at least …

: For All The Saints This great hymn was sung at the end of President George H. W. Bush’s funeral this morning. …

: Of disappointment and unexpected footwear A week ago I ordered some foam replacement earbud covers from Amazon. Friday the package showed up. …

: The Emperor and the Empty Tomb A fascinating and engaging essay from the LA Review of Books (HT: Matthew Loftus): When Wilhelm …

: Chaplain Mike: Exiting the Evangelical Wilderness Oh man, I really appreciated this summary from Chaplain Mike over at InternetMonk.com today. While …

: A night with Bruce Hornsby’s brain Last Friday night my wife and I had the opportunity to go hear Bruce Hornsby play a solo show at the …

: A good word from Jonathan Martin From a recent sermon on his Son of a Preacher Man podcast: The fake good news only sounds like good …

: Grammar nerdery + Bible reference? You bet I'll post this.

: You are always more ready to hear than we are to pray... Wow, Proper 22 from the BCP this week: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to …

: Being Christians above all else Really good piece from Father Thomas McKenzie yesterday about living as a Christian in these divided …

: Social media exhausted me again Social media exhausted me again. If I’m more self-reflective I guess I have to say I exhausted …

: Three dimensions of salvation by allegiance I’m reading Matthew W. Bates' Salvation By Allegiance Alone this week, in which he argues that …

: Biblical intersectionality “Intersectionality” is a concept that has been a popular punching bag of many …

: What are Evangelicals afraid of losing? Dr. Michael Horton has a wise piece on CT in response to President Trump’s comments to …

: Finished reading: 2018, part five My reading has apparently slowed down a bit this summer. Still, there’s been some good stuff …

: David Bentley Hart's case for socialism Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart takes a break from theology to talk briefly about his …

: Power corrupts. Including religious power. Former Christianity Today editor Katelyn Beaty has a great op-ed over on RNS making the case that …

: Bullet Points for a Wednesday Morning, German Edition I’m on work travel this week, visiting Cologne, Germany. It’s my second visit to …

: Welcome to America... David Bentley Hart with a prophetic critique of America in a recent NYT column (HT to Richard Beck …

: Zahnd: Christianity vs. Biblicism I attended the Water to Wine Gathering at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, MO a couple weekends …

: Finished reading: 2018, part four What I’ve read the past month or so: Head On by John Scalzi A sequel in Scalzi’s series …

: The Greatest Show pointing to the greatest story Whatever you want to say about The Greatest Showman, it’s not subtle. I know I’m late to …

: Christ has made our hearts glad... and is waiting for our politics to catch up Matthew Lee Anderson has published over on Medium a transcription of a great little talk he gave …

: Albert Mohler, the SBC, and #MeToo I’ve been chewing on Dr. Albert Mohler’s post on The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist …

: Utterly stuck in my head We’re doing this one at church this weekend, and this Village Church version of Lion and the …

: Finished reading: 2018, part three Books I’ve read the past couple months: Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen A fun little …

: Positive politics: health care Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written something on positive politics. Let’s …

: Bruenig: Dignity in work, dignity in rest Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig makes an important point today when she says that we …

: Fun with time signatures Because who doesn’t want to play an etude that switches between 7/8 and 4/4 every measure? …

: It's a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps This little two-minute snippet of interview from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. summarizes an …

: What will happen with the children of post-evangelicals? Richard Beck has an insightful piece up on a topic that’s had me thinking. While he’s a …

: Opening Day 2018 Some of my favorite words: Opening Day for Major League Baseball. The Cubs started on the road but …

: Farewell, Facebook I just posted this to Facebook: So let’s review what we’ve learned about Facebook in …

: Is it the beard? I’ve written before about my Swedish Doppelganger - the botanist Carl Skottsberg in his …

: Found Tonight The Hamilton / Dear Evan Hanson mashup we didn’t know we needed until it came out… so …

: Finished reading: 2018, part two Books I’ve read over the past month or so: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles An utterly …

: Birthday week! Today at our house we enter Birthday Week: three of the five of our family members celebrate a …

: Geek dad status, part 2 Tonight I introduced my daughters to Weird Al, and now daughter #2 insists she needs to listen to …

: Geek dad status: unlocked. (Oh let's be honest, this is nothing new...) Last night I showed my oldest (13-year-old) daughter the first 5 minutes of Dr. Horrible’s …

: I tried YouTube TV - here's what I found YouTubeTV is the latest entry into the streaming TV field. I’ve been an early adopter here; I …

: Beck: A practical Lenten fasting routine Richard Beck describes one of his concerns with traditional Lenten fasting and his rationale for …

: These are the deep questions I ask myself... The other night we were playing “Name that Disney movie” while shuffling soundtracks on …

: Liss: Some questions for those who say the solution is to arm teachers Casey Liss, whose wife is a teacher, writes up a list of 35 practical questions that we’d need …

: Parkland How long must we continue to sacrifice children on the altar of the Second Amendment? As Christians, …

: Bullet points for a Wednesday morning: travel edition It’s grey outside and I’m on business travel all week. Bring on the bullet points! …

: Finished reading: where has 2018 gone already? I start each year with the intent of writing up Finished Reading posts on a book-by-book basis. Then …

: The Gospel Coalition has its #MeToo moment The pace of sexual abuse allegations and resignations / firings in the wake of the #MeToo movement …

: Positive Politics: Religious Liberty It’s been too long since I’ve written in this series. So let’s tackle something …

: Beck: bored with his doubts The trouble with the incessant deconstruction at work within progressive Christianity is that, left …

: My 2017 reading in review Just a quick post to summarize my reading and a few favorites this year. I read a total of 71 books …

: Finished reading: 2017 year-end edition I’ve gotten seriously slack at listing all the books I’ve been reading. Consider this my year-end …

: Some thoughts on my social media fast Back in November I decided it was time for a social media break. Facebook and Twitter were turning …

: Church graveyard at night Took this a couple years ago; still one of my favorites.

: Positive Politics: Internet and Technology Policy Well I’m not ready to jump into one of the big ugly topics yet, so maybe this one will be a …

: Positive Politics: Education None of the topics I’ve teed up for my Positive Politics discussions are easy ones, but in the …

: Andrew Sullivan on the Gay Wedding Cake Case I miss Andrew Sullivan. I’m glad the guy detached a bit - the pace of his daily blogging was …

: Positive politics: a little bit of foundation Before I start in on specific political topics, I want to lay out some foundation that will lie …

: Thinking in more positive terms about political issues From time to time over the past year when I’ve been tempted to write political rage posts, it …

: Really happy for Scott Frost Really happy for Scott Frost and impressed to see him take UCF to an undefeated season. Will be even …

: Unexpected benefits... Apparently one of the benefits of a social media fast is that my friends start texting me to say hi! …

: Jesus' Appeal to Human Emotion and Reason Some really fascinating thoughts from Richard Beck this morning on Jesus' appeal to human emotion …

: A Social Media Fast The holidays aren’t typically a time we think of fasting… but it was time. I’ve …

: Some Thoughts on Thoughts and Prayers The familiarity of yesterday’s breaking news alerts almost muted the shock. Half a church …

: Finished reading: fiction! Two weeks, two business trips, it was time for light reading. Trolling the fiction shelves found me …

: Land of My Sojourn A Rich Mullins song as timely today as it was when it came out back in 1993. .embed-container { …

: A healthier approach to a mid-life crisis... Andrew Osenga started a new podcast earlier this year called The Pivot. Episode 3 is his discussion …

: Over-reaction? This is a good word… When we call the lamentations of others Over-reaction without first …

: Finished reading, part the next A rundown of recent book completions: A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of …

: Andrew Peterson and Friends: The Ragamuffin Album, Live at the Ryman Last Sunday night I had the privilege of attending an Andrew Peterson-organized and -led concert …

: Liberty and Holiness In a Facebook discussion recently on a mildly contentious topic, a friend brought out a line of …

: Finished reading: several more It’s been a while since I’ve put a post together, but I haven’t stopped …

: Book Blame, Volume 1 I write regularly about the books that I have finished reading. What I don’t often do is …

: A little random follow-up Nearly a year ago I wrote a post dismayed about a church looking for a part-time Director of Music …

: David Bentley Hart, from The Doors of the Sea A lovely passage from the conclusion of The Doors of the Sea, wherein David Bentley Hart addresses …

: Finished reading: some history, some sci-fi, some theology The history: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough An interesting read about …

: Happiness as Human Flourishing: Matthieu Ricard on On Being I’ve read Christian authors from time to time who seem to be flirting with Buddhism - I guess …

: Yep, still reading... A few more books I’ve completed lately: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan …

: Bullet points for a Friday morning, July 2017 Hey, it’s Friday. The weather is really too nice to be sitting in the office all day today. I …

: Finished reading: a few more... Summertime seems to make it hard to get through too many, but here are a few more books that …

: Nineteen Nineteen years ago today Becky and I were married. If I search back through the archives on this …

: Finished Reading: People to Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle I’ve honestly been avoiding books on the topic of Christian views on homosexuality because …

: 15-year-old Chris would be in disbelief File this under “things that would’ve stunned the 15-year-old Chris”. As a …

: The extraordinary moment... Again from Marilynne Robinson’s The Givenness of Things, from a chapter titled …

: Sabbath is a way of life... More from Marilynne Robinson’s The Givenness of Things, from a chapter titled …

: Marilynne Robinson on Cultural Pessimism I’ve been a fan of Marilynne Robinson’s for a while now, though perhaps even more for …

: Finished Reading: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova Grabbed this one off the library shelf on a whim. I read Kostova’s The Historian a few years …

: James: Gotta Trust Somebody Samuel James made a couple excellent points yesterday about our intake of the newsmedia over at Mere …

: Rands: Assume they have something to teach you A brilliant post from Rands today that has broad applicability beyond managing in the tech industry. …

: Finished reading: more books Finished reading: Since I can’t seem to get individual posts written… The Silk Roads: A …

: Matthew 6, a modern paraphrase Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you …

: An open letter of apology to my wife, to be reused as necessary Dear Becky, Tomorrow the postman will drop off an Amazon package in the mailbox. Yes, it’s …

: Fr. Boules George: A Message to Those Who Kill Us The priest at one of the Coptic Orthodox churches that was bombed on Palm Sunday responding to the …

: Finished reading: The Madame Curie Complex by Julie Des Jardins Picked this one up from the library on a whim. The Madame Curie Complex is a relatively short volume …

: Stop Trying to be a Man - Start Trying to be a Good Man Brad Williams with a fantastic piece on Christ and Pop Culture today, saying things that desperately …

: Finished reading: Faithful Presence by David Fitch I’ve kept up with David Fitch for a while now via his blog and twitter. Fitch is a professor …

: Jethani: Blessed Are The Disillusioned Skye Jethani articulates in a piece today a lot of the frustrations I have felt and heard in recent …

: Finished reading: several books If I posted these individually when I finished the books, I’d have more frequent posts on the …

: We are from the future, embodying that in the here and now One of my favorites, Brian Zahnd, talked recently on the Makers and Mystics podcast. I love this …

: Finished Reading: The Day the Revolution Began by N. T. Wright When the good Bishop N. T. Wright has a new book out it’s an automatic purchase for me at this …

: NTW on 'a central part of the Christian vocation' [F]ollowers of Jesus have no choice. A central part of our vocation is, prayerfully and …

: Finished reading: a quick compendium Because I’ve been lazy and not keeping up: The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies - and What …

: Another view of 'love of neighbor' I was catching up on my backlog of On Being podcasts and came across a fascinating discussion with …

: Finished reading: Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller Another random library selection, and a nice change of pace from history and theology. In Now, Cal …

: Finished reading: Instrumental: A memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes I’ll confess I’d never heard of James Rhodes prior to picking this book up at the …

: Finished reading: A Wretched and Precarious Situation by David Welky Found this one on the New Books shelf at the library and figured hey, why not? Welky tells here the …

: Bullet points for a Wednesday afternoon I’m glad I signed up for the 0530 kickboxing class, but it’d really help if I’d go …

: Finished reading: The Whistler by John Grisham Because sometimes you need some thoughtless entertainment. Even at that, Grisham is just coasting on …

: Finished Reading: Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear The buzz on this one had been going around Twitter for a while, so I was glad to pick up a copy and …

: Finished reading: A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn History, it is often said, is written by the winners. Zinn, though, undertakes to tell a history of …

: Where you get your news matters As I sit and write today we are in day two of Donald Trump’s presidency. Across the United …

: Finished reading: Introduction to the Old Testament by J. Alberto Soggin John Halton’s review set me on this one, and I had much the same response to it that he did. …

: The most moving video I've seen in quite a while... President Obama awards VP Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his 40 years …

: Finished reading: How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin Read this one on a business trip this week. Having nothing to do with actual nautical survival …

: Thanks, Obama. A little more than 8 years ago I did something I’d never done before, and voted for a Democrat …

: Finished reading: Broken Trust by W.E.B. Griffin I got sucked into Griffin’s Badge of Honor series years ago. This is book #13, and the hero is …

: Finished reading: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi Found this on the library shelf and was a challenging read to start the year. Is Kendi making an …

: Books I Read in 2016 Another year, another book list. I think this year I can at least say that the unread book pile …

: Talking Complementarianism and Egalitarianism with Brent Thomas Brent Thomas is kicking the dust off his blog in the hopes of fostering some charitable discussions …

: Entirely resilient If outside it’s all gone mad In Christian ways or not Still is the world, this gorgeous world …

: This is my new favorite picture and I don't know why

: Recommended reading: The I’ve got a soft spot in my heart (and on my reading list) for science fiction. It probably …

: #FlyTheW I’ve enjoyed baseball for as long as I can remember. I have fond memories of attending my …

: Bullet Points for a Tuesday Afternoon After traveling two out of the last three weeks for work, it’s good to be home. It’s …

: A Little Plastic Surgery for the Body of Christ As a musician and long-term volunteer worship leader, I have plenty of opinions when it comes to …

: Puttting the work into music in church I made an observation on Twitter yesterday that I want to flesh out a little more. [twitter is gone, …

: Worship Night in America This showed up in my Twitter feed over the weekend: twitter.com/mattmaher… “Worship …

: A couple recent podcast episodes worth recommending I listen regularly to a handful of podcasts, and irregularly to a couple handfuls more. This past …

: Finished reading: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson I haven’t been posting on every book I’ve read, but wow, this was a good one. The Warmth …

: Finished reading: compendium 4 I’ve hit a bit of a slowdown in my reading as the summer got busy, but have still made some …

: On Watching the Tonys for the First Time Last Sunday night I sat down with my family and watched the Tony Awards ceremony. (The Tonys are …

: Worship Pastor as Tour Guide A couple weeks back I linked to a two hour panel video discussing The Worship Leader as Pastoral …

: The Beach Boys 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' with the vocals isolated... opulenthurricane-blog.tumblr.com/post/2129… Wow.

: Wise words “Practice doesn’t make perfect if you’re doing it wrong.” -- [Frank …

: Finished reading: compendium 3 I’ve gotten really bad at blogging through all my reading, mostly because it drives me crazy …

: The worship leader as pastoral musician Zac Hicks shared this video last week - it’s a two-hour long panel discussion at Calvin …

: Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael J. Gorman We’ve been in a sermon series on Revelation at church, so when a couple recommendations for …

: Thoughts on Brian Zahnd and Word of Life Church As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about Prayer School I wanted to spend a little bit of time …

: Brian Zahnd's Prayer School A month ago I had the opportunity to attend the Prayer School weekend taught by Brian Zahnd at Word …

: Hamilton's King George reacts to Donald Trump Serenity Caldwell planted the idea in my mind… twitter.com/settern/s… And I …

: 5/4 day Today is May 4th, which has gained an online buzz as “Star Wars Day” - “May the …

: Bono and Eugene Peterson discuss the Psalms A million people have undoubtedly posted this already, but… wow. So good. Bono and Eugene …

: Finished reading: Compendium 2 Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer I’ve been a fan of Sawyer’s stuff to this point, and …

: The discomfiting presence of a saint A couple friends shared this old compilation video of Fred Rogers appearing on the Charlie Rose …

: Finished reading: Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism by John G. Stackhouse Jr. I put this one on my Amazon wishlist after reading a few posts on Scot McKnight’s blog about …

: Finished reading: The Christian Tradition, Vol 2: The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700) by Jaroslav Pelikan I picked up The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 2: The Spirit of …

: Christianity as cultural salt Scott Sauls, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, has a really good piece from earlier …

: Finished reading: a couple more I had three books going in parallel before finishing these two, which was making me twitchy. (Now …

: Finished reading: The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis I picked The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis off the library shelf on a whim. Well, more accurately, I …

: Finished reading: a compendium I’ve been finishing books faster than I’ve been able to blog about them… so …

: Zierman: Making Room for Others Well, now, this from Addie Zierman is lovely: Our hearts are made like pendulums, and when we swing …

: A little window on the past My wife indulged her philately habit and purchased a big box of old stamps at a garage sale some …

: Finished reading: The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord I picked this one off the New Books shelf at the library and was intrigued enough to borrow it. The …

: Finished reading: Sisters In Law by Linda Hirshman I’ve been interested in the Supreme Court ever since high school, so when I saw this one on …

: Finished reading: Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald I’ll be honest here: I’ve never been a big Bob Dylan fan. I like a few of his songs, but …

: Brian Zahnd on Silence and avoiding angry noise Brian Zahnd, from a January 29, 2016 message titled “Silence”: The church is not a …

: Words matter O. Alan Noble has a really good piece over on the CT website about the importance of Christians …

: Finished reading: Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber This one was kinda hidden in those photos I posted yesterday. But after wading through Heim I was …

: Finished reading: Saved From Sacrifice by S. Mark Heim I don’t remember when this book came onto my radar, but it was already on my Amazon wishlist …

: By resurrection Jesus is cleared of the scapegoat charges against him... By resurrection Jesus is cleared of the scapegoat charges against him. But the resurrection also …

: Aigner: Reframing Worship Arguments I really appreciated this piece from Jonathan Aigner on Ponder Anew yesterday, wherein he suggests …

: Liftoff Episode 12: Geof makes the bigtime When the Relay podcast guys announced a show about space, my first thought was “sure, Stephen …

: Music that evokes an emotional response From a Facebook group post today: Name a specific musical artist, for whatever reason, that is …

: Finished reading: The Type B Manager by Victor Lipman Being a recently new manager at work, and having a definite Type B personality, I saw The Type B …

: Finished reading: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr I didn’t get as much read on this business trip as I’d thought I might - French …

: I should've remembered this from last time... This post serves simply as a reminder to myself that when a European immigration officer asks where …

: I love my daughter's embarrassed-but-pleased-with-herself smile Oh yeah.

: Fiet: Wheaton College and the Fear Machine Midwestern pastor (and Wheaton alum) April Fiet has some really good thoughts today about the …

: Finished reading: How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson I picked up David Thomson’s How to Watch a Movie on a whim from my local library shelf knowing …

: Meador: on Intervarsity and Black Lives Matter Jake Meador over at Mere O has a really good piece today on the white evangelical response to the …

: Finished reading: Hackers by Steven Levy I hadn’t heard of this one prior to listening to an Incomparable podcast episode last year - …

: My 2015 Reading Year in Review 2015 was another enjoyable year of reading for me, and with books tracked as usual on Goodreads, …

: Finished reading: Saturn Run So here’s an idea: a sci-fi novel written by somebody who can actually write, with the physics …

: Richard Causton, George Szirtes - The Flight For the past hour or so on this Christmas Eve morning we’ve been listening to the Nine Lessons …

: Hamilton It’s been a while since I’ve had a record catch my attention and get stuck in my head …

: The Worship Industry is "Killing Worship"? Self-described post-evangelical (and Methodist worship pastor) Jonathan Aigner wrote on Patheos …

: Beck: Let Us Be the Heart Of the Church Rather Than the Amygdala A really good reminder from Richard Beck today: …it struck me how emotionally reactive we …

: Now this is good news! A proclamation of the Gospel that I love and seems timely: The joy of the gospel fills the hearts …

: The first shoreline of the invisible world There’s a beautiful bit in the On Being episode that was published earlier this week, from a …

: Some months I need to clone myself, or, Chris gets work done, Orphan Black-style So yeah, it’s one of those months. I need a clone. Or two. Or five.So yeah, it’s one of …

: Happy Birthday, Laura! (2015 edition) How am I old enough to have an 11-year-old? It doesn’t seem I’ve gotten that much …

: 17 Years Seventeen years ago, on a sweltering Friday night in Charlotte, NC, two youngsters stood before God …

: A little early-morning band action I play with a band called Standing Before Giants off and on. (I don’t show up on the official …

: A little bit of a bozo My theme in any discussion over the past couple of years has usually come around to “well, …

: That old, old impulse to tweak and re-write As a worship leader I confess I grumble from time to time about the current propensity of our …

: May I go through the day calling on you A beautiful prayer, credited only as an “Ethiopian Prayer”, from today’s noon-time …

: A Meal Shared Among Friends I’ve had the sacraments (especially the Eucharist) on my mind lately after reading James K. A. …

: Infrastructure and the Common Good Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker last week: What we have, uniquely in America, is a political class, …

: Formation of the Heart I’m working my way through Jamie Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom, and he is driving home …

: Too much knowledge about the Bible a bad thing? In a recent update of Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal they interviewed Josh McDowell …

: The Benedict Option (i.e. Christian Cultural Withdrawal) Rod Dreher has been championing an idea he calls The Benedict Option - as he describes it, “a …

: Capon on Confession Confession is not a transaction, not a negotiation in order to secure forgiveness; it is the …

: Revisiting the evangelical worship experience A self-professed “child of the 1990s’ Christian subculture” recounts her experience …

: Relax Richard Beck had a great little piece the other day about being relaxed. It challenged me. In …

: Popular Movies I've seen over the past 15 years Marco Arment recently posted about how few popular movies he’s seen, and proves it by listing …

: Have Safire write up a speech I gotta say, this XKCD from last week cracked me up, if only mostly for the alt text (which …

: The Spiritual Pep Rally Really good stuff on the Christian movie phenomenon, in the deliciously-titled “Do You Believe in …

: Some fun for Friday I had about five things turn up in my RSS reading today that I want to blog before long. But …

: American Oligarchy The kerfuffle around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week has been a mess of …

: And the youngest turns 6... We’re finishing up Birthday Week at the Hubbs house by celebrating today as the youngest turns …

: The best sports weekend of the year It’s the best sports weekend of the year: the first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball …

: Matt Maher: Glory Bound I’m not a big listener of CCM and Praise & Worship music, but Matt Maher’s stuff has …

: Not to deal with sin, but to save... Grace is a difficult pill to swallow. A dangerous doctrine. The fact that the evangelical church has …

: Happy Birthday to the AG! (2015 edition) Our middle daughter, Addison, enters her last single-digit year today. Hard to believe that nine …

: Can you name 5 ways the church differs from America? There’s a challenging riff from pastor Brian Zahnd over on Missio Alliance today. How, he …

: Stopping ISIS twitter.com/RickWarre… Pastor Rick Warren’s tweet echoes a sentiment that I’ve …

: A famous scene minus the dialogue OK, I’m just shamelessly reposting something Jason Kottke dug up, but it’s fascinating - …

: Worth reading: an interview with Wendell Berry Wendell Berry is an author many folks have never heard of, but boy, once you get into the right …

: HDHomeRun Extend noisy fan: fix it via OVERKILL! A few months back I replaced my old (still working) HdHomeRun networked tuner with a newer model …

: Jim Cantore, Minor Prophet In former days the weather gods spake to us through almanacks and prognosticating rodents, but in …

: Bullet Points for a Wednesday Morning, 2015 edition I’m in Florida for a work trip this week. It’s been a good time so far. Doesn’t …

: Worship develops feelings for God, not vice versa twitter.com/PetersonD… This wonderful little bit of insight came across my Twitter feed this …

: Farewell, Episcopalians? There have been some strong reactions across the internet the past couple days to some remarks that …

: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Songwriting Yesterday my worship pastor sent out a lead sheet and MP3 for a new song we’re going to learn …

: Worth checking out: Laghdú I would never have run across this album were it not for Jeffrey Overstreet tweeting about it …

: It feels like a new era... We got my first computer when I was 7. My dad was writing a book, so bought a little PC with two …

: A Timely Word for Today The Fall is where the nation is… Americans have become so beleaguered by anxiety and fatigue, so …

: My 2014 reading in review Well, with 2014 in the books it’s time for my annual little review of my reading. This was a …

: St. Thomas More's Prayer for Good Humor I ran across this fantastic prayer this morning in a story about Pope Francis. (Reportedly the Pope …

: A Pearls Pun for Friday How awesome is this?

: Is the goal to win the argument? twitter.com/AJWTheolo… twitter.com/BrianZahn… These two tweets showed up on my …

: Some serious time travel going on here I’ll confess - I did almost all my Christmas shopping via Amazon this year. Amazon is usually …

: A little piano music for the season A couple years ago I recorded a little album of solo piano Christmas music. Here’s one of my …

: Deliver Us I’ve felt a need for Advent far more keenly this year than I recall from previous years. …

: The War of Christmas @pegobry with a great post about the subversive and challenging nature of Christ’s advent: Is …

: I'm not really an opera guy but this is still amazing: Amazing control, making the ridiculously high notes seem really easy, and putting such personality …

: Resonating strongly with me this morning: Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: ‘Give me leave to …

: Winnie the Dude On the topic of my previous post, I had this Twitter interaction with Stephen Granade: …

: O Bother, Where Art Thou? You gotta love this: an artist created movie drawings based on movie title typos found on Reddit. …

: Living the Bachelor's Life My wife and kids have been gone for the past two days. They planned a trip to visit Grandma for …

: Yeah, I only gave Augustine''s "Confessions" 4 stars I went on a quick business trip this week which gave me several hours of airplane time to do some …

: 10 years of blogging The first post on this blog was written on October 29, 2004, in typical new-blogger fashion noting …

: Ruiz: First Church of Authenticity and Trends Miguel Ruiz, over at Internet Monk, has this gem: If you can indulge me a moment of satire, what if …

: A few thoughts on Mark Driscoll's Resignation Mark Driscoll resigned today from the pastorate of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Driscoll has been …

: Sure, *my* story is complex, but yours? This article over on CT is so much more than its title - “What not to say to a Dad of …

: Paul counting his privilege as rubbish - Alistair Roberts' take on Philippians 3 There’s an interesting piece from Alistair Roberts over on Political Theology today. Roberts …

: My musical find for the week: Ólafur Arnalds I started an Arvo Pärt station on Pandora earlier this week and one of the artists that kept coming …

: Assorted recommended reading I haven’t had a lot of original thoughts to share in long-form here on the blog lately, but I …

: I'm still reading... So, what have I been up to reading-wise? I don’t know that any of you were actually asking …

: Fun for Friday: Star Wars without the Music How awkward would the final scene of Star Wars Episode IV be without John Williams' awesome score? …

: MPT: 20 Problems with Progressive Christianity Matthew Paul Turner says he’s a “progressive Christian”, but that he’s never …

: Argument is offered to justify the felt judgment... I’ve finally been catching up with Richard Beck’s Unclean: Meditations on Purity, …

: Wherein I rag on Aaron Sorkin, do a little bit of my own research, and brag on my completely awesome friends. Last night I briefly moaned on Facebook about a small inconsistency that bugged me whilst watching …

: A couple more knocked off the list I had a business trip last week which gave me extra reading time, so… two more knocked off …

: Bullet Points for a Wednesday Afternoon: San Diego Edition I’m on business travel this week to San Diego and with so many thoughts rattling around in my …

: Paul Tripp on the inadequacy of external accountability Pastor, author, and counselor Paul Tripp recently resigned from the Mars Hill Church (Seattle) Board …

: Looking back at my thoughts on the Acts 29 Leadership Change My post from March 2012 about Matt Chandler taking over the reins of Acts 29 has seen some renewed …

: Do what he puts before you. Strive to do it well. Pass on what you learned. That’s it. Over on CT, Ed Stetzer is starting a blog series titled “Act Like Men”. (First article: …

: The pile keeps shrinking... I’m slowly whittling down my bedside book pile, completing Darren Dochuk’s From Bible …

: Using HDHomeRun Plus to record H.264 video with Windows Media Center Yeah, this is a nerdy post. I’m not expecting it’s of huge interest for my usual readers …

: Kirk: The Missional Diagnostic Question “Missional” is a word that has been used so much in the evangelical church-planting …

: Technology upgrades and how they snowball, home video edition Last week we used some Amazon rewards points and a couple of gifts and upgraded our bedroom TV and …

: Krista Tippett on listening to those of other faiths The guys over on Nomad Podcast recently interviewed Krista Tippett, a Christian who hosts a public …

: OK, I love Tim Keller for lots of reasons but this one takes the cake From an #askTK session on Twitter today: Perfect answer. Love it.

: One down, 25 to go I finished up NT Wright’s Surprised by Scripture the other night. A nice short form of several …

: Music to Work By: Rostropovich and Britten play Schubert A good bit of my day-to-day work involves reading and reviewing large documents and sets of …

: Ragamuffin: Music inspired by the Movie I haven’t watched the Ragamuffin movie yet. Having known and loved Rich Mullins for the last …

: No More Buying Until I Do Some Reading …that’s the promise I’m making myself. The book pile next to my bed is just too …

: Random thoughts while watching The West Wing tonight Tonight we watched “Dead Irish Writers”, from the middle of season three. A couple of …

: Lewis, Tolkien, and True Myth There’s a good piece today from Fr. Stephen Freeman revisiting C. S. Lewis and JRR …

: This is a useful word. For reference, my current pile:

: My Fourth of July: Ran the local 8k. Didn’t set any time records. At home: finished the laundry and cleaned the …

: Bullet Points for a Wednesday Morning Just a few random observations… Crazy softball game in our church league last night. We were …

: Mere Fidelity Podcast on NT Wright I’ve recently started listening to the Mere Fidelity podcast, a theological conversation …

: O'Hare Overnight Liveblog American Airlines and a stalled warm front have conspired to have me sleeping overnight in the …

: They Took the Post Down As a follow-up to my last post: Leadership Journal last night took down the controversial post, …

: Take down that post? As if it had been too long since the last evangelical church sex abuse scandal, Leadership Journal …

: Some thoughts on the recent EFCA doctrinal survey I was fascinated to last week stumble upon the results of a 2013 doctrinal survey of more than 1000 …

: I never think I'm volunteering for too much stuff... …and then it all piles up at once and gets really busy. Help friends move? Absolutely, …

: NT Wright on the intersection of the Bible, ethics, and doctrine In a recent interview by Jonathan Merritt on Religion News Service, Anglican bishop NT Wright had …

: Gentleness and Respect for all - addressing 'the transgender issue' But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks …

: Real Transformation happens when? In light of the whole Tullian Tchividjian / Gospel Coalition dust-up in recent days, Mark Galli has …

: Bullet Points for a Thursday - French edition! It’s Thursday at nearly 7 pm and I’m on the next-to-last day of a quick business trip to …

: That's not me! - an update... Last month I wrote That’s not me!, in which I lamented an Atlanta-based person using my Gmail …

: An app idea especially for Cubs fans As a Cubs fan I set up my Yahoo sports iPhone app at the beginning of the season to pop up an alert …

: OK, this is pretty cool I know this has been all over the internet already, but I’m going to post it here anyway. …

: I'm an uncle again! The congratulations are due to my brother Andrew and his wife Heather on the birth of their second …

: How can you not love this kid?

: Bullet Points for a Thursday Because hey, I haven’t done one of these on a Thursday for a while. It’s been kinda …

: This Time I Can Stay - reflections on the music of a friend I want to take a little time today to tell you about a guy I know named Andy. (He’s got a …

: One more Supreme Court amusement I have some other posts planned, but my buddy Geof pointed out something in a Supreme Court ruling …

: A Serious Argument over a Traffic Stop, or, Why I Love Reading Supreme Court Decisions One of my secret guilty pleasures (and here you get to plumb the depths of my weird mind) is reading …

: Goerend: This Session Should Have Been A Blog Post Russ Goerend is a teacher, relative of a friend, and self-admitted sneaky reader of this blog. He …

: Why I'm Leaving the Evangelical Theology blog wars I’ve had my adventures growing up in the church. In 35 years of church attendance I’ve …

: That's not me! OK, I’ve heard stories before about people having their email addresses added to unsavory …

: Which artist had the impact? This interview with Rich Mullins' producer Reed Arvin is months old now, but I thought of it again …

: A Startling Bit of Insight I’ve owned an iPhone for 18 months now, but haven’t had a PIN in place to lock the …

: Humility There are days I foolishly think I’m fairly well-read and have thought through good chunks of …

: In which I gripe about my home media center travails You regular readers (all three of you) know that this blog bounces back and forth between theology …

: We need more neighbors There’s been a lot of virtual ink spilled in the Christian blogosphere on the gay marriage …

: Star Wars music on an amazing pipe organ OK, this is pretty great. Organist Jelani Eddington performs a suite from the Star Wars soundtrack …

: Bullet Points for a Tuesday Evening Because hey, I like this format. Just when you think spring was here, we get snow. The ground and …

: On Being Allowed to Grow Up There’s a fascinating article on The Atlantic site that’s been making the rounds …

: The difference a decade makes On the left, my passport photo from 2004. On the right, my passport photo from last week.

: Not everything that calls itself a church is really a church. My friend Randy posted a nice little bit of self-observation today that resonates with me: Q – …

: My Swedish Doppelganger When my wife’s sister and her husband recently visited Chile, they found this picture in a …

: To be a Christian is to believe that all political ideologies are suspect. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry nails it: To be a Christian is to believe that all political ideologies are …

: A couple thoughts about Christian celebrity There’s been a lot of talk about Christian celebrity the past several days, but Richard Beck …

: How can suburban churches minister to urban areas? Some challenging thoughts from Christina Cleveland today: If we truly saw ourselves as an …

: Bullet Points for a Monday #5 Because, hey, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. Did my first …

: The Importance of Accountability Carl Trueman, writing today about Mark Driscoll’s problems, and our own: Mark Driscoll is one …

: OK, so I bailed on Octopress A few months back I tried a great blog migration - moving from Wordpress to Octopress, a Ruby-based …

: Practical Worship Leading Ideas Yesterday I wrote a response to a post wherein someone else argued that church praise bands, by …

: Do Praise Bands speak a Secret Language? Yesterday I ran across a recent post from Lutheran pastor Erik Parker provocatively titled …

: Happening This Weekend I was a bit excited back in November when I bought the tickets. And after living through a very long …

: The Healing of the Open Road Maybe it’s just a reaction to still being in the tail end of 3 months of a cold winter back …

: The Lost World of Genesis One Last week I finally got the chance to read The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the …

: A Valentine's Eve Win Last night my wife and I went to see Jim Brickman in concert at the Paramount here in Cedar Rapids. …

: In Appreciation of Both Sides of the Creation Debate One of the beautiful things about being slow to respond to the internet topic du jour is that …

: Notes from the Creation Debate There was a well-publicized debate last night on this question: “is creation a viable model of …

: A Holistic Digital Person Yesterday morning I was tweeting from the beginning of an industry committee meeting I’m …

: Spike Jonze' 'Her' Tonight I went to the theater and saw *Her*, the recent movie from Spike Jonze. For those who might …

: Where Are The Christian Daddy Blogs? I had a passing thought in the midst of a blog post a few weeks ago that I want to explore a little …

: The Unruly Beginning of the Muppets I’m currently reading a biography of Jim Henson, creator of all my beloved Muppets. I’m …

: There's truth here From today’s XKCD: (Hover text: ‘Automating’ comes from the roots …

: "I am utterly unworthy to offer any critique of these mysteries" I love this confession from Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan today: If by doctrine, you mean the …

: Ben Myers' Canon Fodder Australian theology professor Ben Myers (@FaithTheology) has been tweeting a fantastic series of …

: A Cheap Pun for your Wednesday Growing up in the church as I did, and appreciating wordplay and humor, I’m of course familiar …

: My Podcast Listening circa January 2014 At the moment I’m subscribed to 14 podcasts. I do all my podcast listening on my phone - …

: On Selling Books Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before: I took a stack of books and sold them at the …

: Books I read in 2013 Here’s my one year-end post: a little summary of what I read this year. I’m not gonna …

: A little inspired art We were looking for a family movie tonight and Netflix recommended The Secret of Kells. I had only a …

: The last word on Mark Driscoll for a while I can’t imagine anybody saying things much better than Jared Wilson did today over on The …

: Fitch on Driscoll: why doesn't he just repent? Professor and pastor David Fitch has some powerful words on the Driscoll plagiarism topic today, and …

: Follow-up thoughts on Mark Driscoll, Plagiarism, and Power I’ll start the blog post with a disclaimer, because heck, why not? Disclaimer: I’m not …

: Carols for Christmas (reprise) Last year I recorded some piano arrangements of familiar Christmas songs. I called it, originally …

: Correlation and Causation All the correlation / causation talk around Dave Ramsey this week brings this classic XKCD cartoon …

: Called to be faithful, not famous Wenatchee the Hatchet pointed me this morning to a devotional post written by Jeff Bettger, who up …

: Accepting truth, discarding error Yesterday I wrote about the need to be willing to accept truth (and discard error) from wherever we …

: Dave Ramsey, Sacred Cow Earlier this week I posted a link on my Facebook feed: “What Dave Ramsey Gets Wrong about …

: A Pakistani cover of Brubeck's Take Five OK, this is likely the most unique cover you’ve ever heard of Take Five. Very cool. …

: The Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis published a new “Apostolic Exhortation” today titled “EVANGELII …

: Jim Belcher, "In Search of Deep Faith" I first became acquainted with author Jim Belcher back in 2009 when I read Deep Church. It appears I …

: The command to love my neighbour as myself still retains its claim upon me I don’t always find myself warmed by the writings of Charles Spurgeon, but my friend Michael …

: Today I did something I've never done before... I bought two tickets to a big rock-and-roll show. I’ve been an Arcade Fire fan for a few years …

: About those doubts and questions From Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead: I’m not saying never …

: Many Happy Returns Just a quick note here today to say Happy Birthday to my dear mother. (I’ll call you later on …

: Cue the Vangelis soundtrack... One of the enjoyable things about going on business trips to various locations is the chance to get …

: The proper evangelical attitude toward sinful behavior outside the church Here’s one for ya this morning: The proper evangelical attitude toward sinful behavior …

: A Calvinist at the Pearly Gates Trevin Wax today reviews Michael Bird’s new book Evangelical Theology. Outside of the book and …

: Some thoughts on the FAA's decision to allow use of phones/tablets on airplanes from gate to gate The FAA announced today that it is directing airlines to enact policy that will allow passengers to …

: Something to lighten the mood... It’s been fun as my daughter Laura gets older (almost 9 and a half!) seeing her start to use …

: A story of two men Yesterday I attended a church in another town which I have infrequently visited before. …

: "To be astonishing seems to be the mark of God’s great acts..." I’m sure I heard the name Marilynne Robinson several years ago when her novel Gilead won the …

: Losing something in the modernization This past Sunday our worship team learned and led a new (old) song - Chris Tomlin’s …

: I Rest in the Grace of the World When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my …

: The proper format for a sermon A good insight here: …a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the …

: 'Perfect' is just my pathetic attempt to hide Comedian Marc Maron has a fantastic recent podcast episode where he interviews jazz pianist Ben …

: One more fun musical post for the weekend Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye together on stage having far more fun than any two people should be …

: Bluegrass and Bach: Something Relaxing for the Weekend It’s Friday headed in to a holiday weekend and I’m tired of writing about serious …

: Recommended reading: Guilt Factories My brother-from-another-mother Daniel Deboer has a great post up about what he calls “Guilt …

: A few thoughts on the "yuck factor" discussion In case you’re not already caught up: the discussion started with Thabiti Anyabwile’s …

: Steve Martin & Kermit the Frog play 'Dueling Banjos' There is no way I could not post this. (That being said, whoever voiced Kermit at the end of the …

: Does your church have room for me? What if I don’t have 100% agreement with your doctrinal statement, but still want to be a part …

: When church and convictions conflict - a personal follow-up Yesterday I recommended Ed Cyzewski’s post talking about when church and your personal …

: When church and convictions conflict Ed Cyzewski put up a great post yesterday about diversity of churches and ministries and about using …

: Internet filtering and government 'protection' Internet filtering has been a hot topic in the news the past few days. In Britain, prime minister …

: Recommended Reading: The Journey of Ministry Recently I’ve been reading The Journey of Ministry: Insights from a Life of Practice by Fuller …

: In which I sing the praises of NewsBlur I realize that everyone reading this has already either made a decision on a Google Reader …

: It's Not a Long Leap In my last post I touched just briefly on the evangelical “modesty culture”, wherein the …

: God has not given us a Spirit of Fear The evangelical blogosphere has been an interesting place lately. There have been voices talking …

: Four generations at play We had a bunch of family visit our home the past couple days, including my grandmother, my parents, …

: Is this Calvinism's Default Position? I’m sitting in a hotel room tonight enjoying a family weekend and catching up on twitter while …

: Tonight's chain of musical thoughts Playing this in the van while headed home: .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: …

: The Power of the Pen I like writing by hand, and I love the feel of writing with a good pen. In my experience, though, …

: Happily After All It’s Memorial Day here in the States, which means we’ve been enjoying a day together as …

: Where are the voices? Boz Tchividjian has strong words on the SGM mess. Boz Tchividjian (grandson of Billy Graham, law professor at Liberty University, and former state …

: Happy Birthday to Becky! Today is my dear wife’s birthday. We’re probably getting to the point where she …

: T4G and TGC break their silence on Mahaney One of the great frustrations of those trying to bring the allegations of rampant child abuse and …

: A Rich Mullins... movie? Matthew Johnson alerted me yesterday to the trailer that’s out for a movie about Rich Mullins. …

: A plea to John Piper on the use of social media There’s been a lot of blogospheric noise today around a tweet that Pastor John Piper made …

: Facing the truth about ourselves Andrew Peterson has a beautiful piece up at The Rabbit Room today. He reflects on his discomfort at …

: Telling the Tales of the Scarring War with Sin Songwriter and singer Jennifer Knapp answered questions over on Rachel Held Evans' blog this week, …

: A year off the Internet Tech writer Paul Miller spent a year unplugged from the internet, and returns today to share his …

: New-to-me Music Monday We made a family trip to the library yesterday, and as usual I came home with a pile of books and …

: Graffiti vs. real change Matt Chambers has a piece up today in light of this week’s ongoing arguments about gay …

: Celebration is a craft I need to learn Sarah Clarkson has a beautiful post over on The Rabbit Room today about, as she says, “the …

: Vatican City is not what you think it is... There’s a fascinating post up on the Strange Maps blog this morning about Vatican City and the …

: Happy birthday to KP! It’s March, which means the birthdays come fast and furious at the Hubbs house. Today the …

: Happy Birthday to the AG Seven years ago today, in the dark of the early morning, Addison was born. This young lady is so …

: Richard Beck on Holiness and Hospitality …the pursuit of moral purity often undermines the life of welcome as “sinners” …

: Biblicism and the Reformed Evangelical magisterium One of the long-term hallmarks of the American evangelical church has been a congregational …

: On Book Reviewing and Control My friend Geof wrote a good post yesterday about really taking time to digest and consider a book …

: A follow-up on our Verizon woes A couple weeks ago I wrote about my frustrations with Verizon’s service when it came to the …

: Amazon AutoRip and Pricing Models Last week Amazon introduced something called AutoRip. Basic premise: you buy a physical CD from …

: Be careful what you ask for... So, that guy who complained earlier this week that he was getting a little bored or stale playing …

: My running record for this year... …I think it’s gonna by Battle Born by The Killers. Forget the violent sounding name. …

: Going after the dove sellers The point being, while we know that Jesus was upset about economic exploitation going on in the …

: On Playing and Variety My primary instrument has always been (and likely always will be) keys of some sort. I started piano …

: Verizon Wireless woes Back around Thanksgiving my wife and I made the jump from US Cellular to Verizon, for the express …

: My 2012 reading Time for my annual roundup of what I read over the past year. While I’m often lousy at …

: Carols for Christmas For at least twenty years my mother has been requesting that I record some of my piano stylings. For …

: Advent... or not ‘Tis the season of Advent, or at least lots of church bloggers are telling me. A time of …

: Closely intertwined I think it may take the American evangelical church another decade or so to really realize how …

: My Favorite Elected Official The primary focus this election day is on the race for President, as well it should be. After I …

: My India Trip, Days 7 and 8 OK, I’ve been back for almost two weeks now, I should finish up reporting on my India trip. At …

: Home entertainment setup with a HTPC I’ll get to a summary post or two about my India trip in upcoming days, but today I’d …

: India Trip, days 5 and 6 I think it’s a fair guess that I’ve never spent 4 days talking non-stop for 8 hours each …

: India Trip, Days 3 and 4 Some thoughts from days 3 and 4 (Monday and Tuesday) of my India trip: Sitting around doing …

: My trip to India, Day 1/2 I’m in Hyderabad, India this week for work. (I’ll be teaching a training class all week …

: In an alternate universe... Twitter was abuzz with #Hutchmoot tags yesterday after Andrew Peterson’s announcement of the …

: Standing Desk Update It’s been a little over a month since I began using a standing desk at work. So how’s it …

: Andrew Peterson - Light for the Lost Boy Andrew Peterson’s new record, Light for the Lost Boy, came out last week, but a business trip …

: Single Payer I was stuck in a hotel last night watching Paul Ryan’s speech, and after he ripped on …

: Three careers I could've pursued but didn't I’m sitting in a hotel room in Florida tonight, bored and needing blogging inspiration. So I …

: I just wanna be Andy Gullahorn I’ve gone through a lot of wanna-be stages in my life as a musician. My mother listened with …

: Church and Community Yesterday on Twitter I had a bit of a conversation with some friends about the relationship of our …

: One of the dangers of a standing desk... …is that when I’ve got my headphones on and I’m grooving to some music, I’m …

: Standing Up (at my desk) I’ve been intrigued by the online discussion about standing desks for a while now. Heck, …

: "When I Was A Child I Read Books" by Marilynne Robinson I’ve gotten to the point where, unless I’m looking for a specific book, I don’t …

: The sure sign that I'm not blogging enough... …is that I start blogging about blogging, and I start thinking more about how I’m going …

: Some Android / iPhone follow-up So the same day I published my previous post on ditching my Android, a customer service guy from US …

: Why I'm ditching my Android and getting an iPhone 19 months ago I purchased my first smartphone - well, two of them, one for me and one for my wife. …

: Chicken and Friends and Eternity We were at Chick-fil-A a couple of weeks ago for Cow Appreciation day when we ran into some friends …

: My daughter does awesome book recommendations Forget my book recommendations, folks: my seven-year-old daughter Laura has me beat. This …

: L'audace, or, he killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day I don’t often stop to read obituaries any more - lack of a newspaper subscription puts a crimp …

: Antihistamine Money Years ago when my family first got a VCR and started renting movies, my dad made a beeline for all …

: The Anxious Christian - Rhett Smith Sorry for turning this into a book review blog of sorts. One of these days I’m going to get to …

: The Road Trip that Changed the World - Mark Sayers Australian pastor and author Mark Sayers put out a request for reviews of his new book, The Road …

: N. T. Wright sings Monday night I had the privilege of meeting Bishop N. T. Wright and hearing him speak in Nashville, …

: What I wrote to 16,000 people This email went out on The Listserve this afternoon. There’s good news, and then there’s …

: What would you say to 16,000 people? A few weeks ago I heard about a little online project called The Listserve. Email mailing lists are …

: Leonard the Lonely Astronaut My friend Andy Osenga has a new record available to purchase (download or physical CD) today over on …

: Some thoughts on Matt Chandler's move to lead Acts 29 So, it’s official: Matt Chandler will be taking over as president of the Acts 29 church …

: 15 Reasons to Show Grace A couple of days ago I posted a link to Rachel Held Evans' “15 Reasons I Left Church” on …

: Happy Birthday, Number Three! Our third daughter, KP, turns three today. So big, so fast. So blessed to have her.

: Happy Birthday, Addie G! Our delightful middle daughter turns 6 today. Happy birthday, little lady! You’re an amazing …

: The people of God are like... a political advance team After recently finishing N. T. Wright’s Simply Jesus, I’ve been thinking again on …

: Bullet Points for a Monday #4 I haven’t done one of these in a while, but was reminded just how much fun they are. So, …

: Second-guessing God Stringfellow is just full of good stuff. Still in Chapter Two of An Ethic for Christians an Other …

: Stringfellow on Revelation In the second chapter of William Stringfellow’s An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a …

: William Stringfellow: "An Ethic for Christians & Other Aliens In A Strange Land Among the many Christmas gifts I received this year, I was quite pleased to get a book which had …

: My 2011 Reading The end of the year means it’s time for a summary of my last year’s reading. Thankfully …

: I didn't know you would be /you/ Karibeth Baumann has spent November blogging letters to her young son Atticus. She finishes up today …

: Last night I convinced myself... Last night I convinced myself that I wanted to hit the gym this morning. I packed my bag so I could …

: Thankful On this day set aside to be thankful, I want to review the events of the last six weeks, because …

: Thanks, G. My friend Geof has been writing a series of “letters” blog posts this month, addressed …

: Are we overly focused on the cross? There’s a thought-provoking post by Bo Sanders up on Homebrewed Christianity today wherein he …

: The Axes of Evil: A Halloween Groaner [HT: Boing Boing]

: My brain is full: a quick clarification I realize after writing these last couple of posts that they may make me sound like I’m deeply …

: My brain is full, part 2 Yesterday’s post wandered a bit in talking about the relevance of God’s Word even as it …

: My brain is full; it is my soul that needs fed. BHT patron and Twitter friend John H posted earlier today about the “Flash evensong” he …

: Jesus as the great "I Got You" Far down in the comments on an excellent post on cross-gender friendships (which is worth reading in …

: On parenthood and life Tech blogger Jeff Atwood took a detour from his usual nerd programming yesterday to address a nearly …

: Robert Esher Hubbs III, 1939 - 2011 My wife’s father [Yes, that’s right - Becky’s maiden name was Hubbs, my last name …

: Trying Someplace New Went to The Flying Wienie for lunch today; my first time ever at this local Cedar Rapids …

: A long-delayed update So, that blogging every day thing didn’t last long, did it? A little bit of work craziness and …

: Off the wagon So I had a Lipton diet green tea yesterday. The whole bottle had 30 mg of caffeine. From what I can …

: Decaffeinating Today marks the beginning of my second week without caffeine. I started out the month of August with …

: Hard, true words from @tallskinnykiwi Andrew Jones (aka “Tall Skinny Kiwi”), “itinerant social entrepreneur”, …

: So I'm gonna do this... Finally biting the bullet and sending in this registration. 7 more weeks to prepare!

: The desire of every blogger Thanks to Mo Willems:

: Learning to run Running isn’t exactly a new topic on this blog. I first decided to lace up my shoes back in …

: More about church efficiency and effectiveness I’ve been mulling over Skye Jethani’s question about efficiency and effectiveness after …

: Who decided that efficiency and effectiveness were the highest values for ministry? There’s an excellent post from Skye Jethani today which hits close to home for me in a number …

: Seeing the people instead of the system I’m still catching up a bit, but I definitely want to recommend this piece by Richard Beck …

: A Rant about a Church Sign There is a Baptist church in our town that I drive by on my way to church at least a couple of times …

: Moving at the speed of love Richard Beck has a great piece today on interruptibility. Basically, interruptibility is a form of …

: My 5K Playlist for Hog Wild Days It’s been a while since I’ve reworked my 5K playlist. This latest incarnation may be a …

: The right kind of tolerance “Tolerance” is a much misunderstood word these days. I remember hearing a barn-burner of …

: Awesome morning music mix My music playlist is full of awesome this morning. (Thanks as usual to Geof for the playlist …

: Bad Christian Art There’s a great post over on Image Journal addressing the concerns of “bad christian …

: A great response to Bill Keller's social media hand-wringing A wonderful response to NYT editor Bill Keller’s hand-wringing post on social media was …

: Running again I started my dalliance with running nearly 4 years ago. I was looking for some motivation to get off …

: Love your enemy: within a divided self It’s been at least a week since John H. linked this James Alison essay on Twitter, so …

: Good Things in April 2011 01 - Ran five miles in 49 minutes. Longest run ever for me. 02 - Beautiful day, lots of garden and …

: The Royal Wedding: This, Too, Shall Pass The interwebs have been going gaga for weeks now about the British royal wedding, and this morning …

: Some thoughts on the proposed new mission statement for Stonebridge A couple of weeks ago Becky and I attended a Friday night meeting at church where the church …

: Sometimes it takes me some time This seems to be the story of my music-listening life: catching up with albums years after they are …

: Good things in March 2011 06 - dinner with the family at Casa las Glorias and the kids were all well-behaved! 07 - resolved to …

: A first look at Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player Amazon is offering two new services this morning: Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player. Time …

: Playing Games So I have this sudden inclination to find some new games to play as a family. I don’t have a …

: Introverts in the Church I’ve been doing a slow-and-steady re-read of Adam McHugh’s Introverts in the Church, and …

: Christ Liveth In Me As lives the flower within the seed, As in the cone the tree, So, praise the God of truth and grace, …

: Slowing Down I’ve read a lot of books the past few years. As my Goodreads account will attest, I’ve …

: Evaluating Restaurant Catch-Phrases We took the family to Texas Roadhouse this week for my birthday, and I was quickly annoyed by the …

: Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions Have you ever read a book that turned everything you had been taught about a subject upside down? …

: The hazards of church music... …aren’t necessarily what you think. My left ankle and leg has been very sore for the …

: Books in my reading queue My reading queue has been backed up for a while now, and I’ll admit that I only make things …

: Rain, Rain, Go Away I know, if you ask me, that we’ve only gotten water in our basement due to rain twice, and …

: Whom then shall I fear? I could tell you exactly the point I was going to choke up even the day before. I had been hanging …

: Some resolutions In a week I’ll turn 34, and begin my 35th year of life. That seems momentous somehow. For this …

: A Good Customer Service story featuring U. S. Cellular I’ve used this space in the past to gripe about bad service, so when truly good service comes …

: Homeschooling as "normal" When our oldest daughter turned 6 and we finally had to make a decision about school, we decided …

: Imagining a different narrator for a favorite song A couple of nights ago I had the classic Veggie Tales' Silly Song Dance of the Cucumber pop into my …

: Another take on 'Hipster Christianity' Back in August I linked to a piece by Brett McCracken wherein he decried what he sees as the …

: 15 Records I’m sure I got tagged on this meme somewhere along the way, and then my buddy Dan did it last …

: Found this little gem last night... …while cleaning off one of our bookshelves. Completely forgot I had it. Robert’s Rules …

: Also Bring Cold Water Responses from right-wingers and evangelical Christians to the so-called “Ground Zero …

: The Perils of Hipster Christianity Brett McCracken’s column that appeared on the Wall Street Journal website yesterday really hit …

: A day with family Today we had the chance to enjoy what is an increasingly rare occurrence: all four of my siblings …

: 12 years June 26, 1998, on a sweltering night in Charlotte, NC, Becky and I made vows, exchanged rings, and …

: Learning to spell a new word, or, how do you spell 'blerg'? It’s fascinating to see how a new word evolves, especially in the case where a word is …

: Another thought on church shopping and polarization Yesterday’s post on church shopping and cultural polarization reminded me of a question …

: Church shopping and cultural polarization CNN.com has a blog post today exploring “How Church Shopping is Polarizing the Country”. …

: So, I just invented a new word. Fidgetoid, n. an object with which one fidgets. A Google search reveals no substantive results, so …

: Well, we joined. After taking quite a bit of time to make our decision, Becky and I yesterday became members of …

: Staying Organized: What Tools should I Use? Some weeks at work are calm, with just a few meetings and only one or two things to keep track of. …

: The freedom to chill the heck out Just found a link to a great thought that Jared Wilson posted back in January. Given that it’s …

: Doctrine good, stories bad? I have learned much over the past several years from brothers and sisters of the Reformed …

: Bullet Points for a Monday Morning #5 We have high temperatures in the 50’s forecast for this week. Incredibly thankful for spring …

: Another interesting thing about the Canadian anthem A follow-on to yesterday’s post about the superiority of ‘O Canada’: I was not …

: On the superiority of the Canadian national anthem Watching the winter Olympics over the past two weeks, I caught at least a few of the medal …

: I am now spoiled to commercial air travel forever Yesterday I traveled with five coworkers from Cedar Rapids, IA to Wichita, KS, to participate in our …

: Sometimes knowing too much is a bad thing Last night Becky and I sat down to watch the second episode ( titled “Rewind”) of the …

: Partaking "in an unworthy manner" Brent Thomas posted yesterday on the question of “fencing the table” at communion, and …

: Going To Morrow My friend Dan’s greeting on Twitter this morning brought this song to mind - it’s a …

: Now Playing: Brian Eno <em>Ambient 1: Music for Airports</em> Time to start something new around here - from time to time I’ll highlight a record that …

: Offering right sacrifices In 2010 I’m undertaking the Bible reading plan put out by The Journey, and this …

: Tales from THE SNOWPOCALYPSE, Day 2 Morning timeline: 0530: alarm goes off 0532: check of the cancellations page via my iPod touch …

: It's the SNOWPOCALYPSE! Cower in your homes, everyone - IT’S THE SNOWPOCALYPSE! Vicious white stuff will attack from …

: Bullet points for a Monday #3 There is a more substantive post or two in here, I promise. But for now - bullet points. Sewer pipe …

: Orangeburg So, those sewer troubles we had last week? They came back. After snaking out the drains on Friday …

: Not exactly to plan Way I planned to spend Friday evening: reading a book and watching TV. Way I actually spent Friday …

: What Would Jesus Want Us To Think about Healthcare Reform? a Quick Response What would Jesus want us to think about health care reform? That’s the question that Justin …

: Joining up... or not That little announcement made its quarterly reappearance in the church bulletin last Sunday: …

: Catalyst Compassion "Moment": Amazing or Exploitive? My internet friend Bryan Allain posted a video on his blog this morning of a moment that happened at …

: Phrases that stick with you Most of what I remember from Rocky & Bullwinkle is cheesy puns (which are AWESOME, by the way), …

: The Patient Notebook I keep a notebook at work for scribbling to-dos and other things I need to remember. I don’t …

: Bullet points for a Monday Morning #4 Blog posting has been a bit slow lately since I typically post during breaks at work and my blog has …

: The "Left Behind" influence on the Religious Right It’s been a common observation over the past several years that one of the practical results …

: I suppose there was a time I thought staying up all night was cool... …but right now isn’t it. After getting, by Becky’s measurement, 11 inches of rain …

: Getting rid of the Dish: the Philosophical Post So a couple of weeks ago I talked about the nerd side of getting rid of the dish. I’m still …

: Not being able to do it all Kevin DeYoung just nails it in a post today. Titled “On Mission, Changing the World, and Not …

: Taking Reproof Seriously Nearly a week ago I wrote a piece here wrestling with some concerns I’ve had about Sunday …

: Getting rid of the Dish: The Nerd Post So we’re getting rid of our Dish. We’ve had cable or satellite TV pretty much ever since …

: Taking Worship Seriously OK, so it’s entirely possible that at the ripe age of 32 I’ve just become an old …

: Adventures in Home Ownership, Part 17 As my Twitter stream revealed over the weekend, it turned out to be a busy weekend, but not quite in …

: Bullet Points for a Friday #2 Slow-ish week turns into busy weekend. Lots of family in town, softball tournament, leading worship. …

: A Rant on Amazon's Super Saver Shipping Mostly to save my Tweeps from a half-dozen tweets venting my frustration. I ordered a HDHomeRun …

: Fever° Version 1.01 This morning Shaun Inman pushed out (with notice via Twitter) version 1.01 of the Fever° feed …

: Shaun Inman's "Fever" a day later I’ve had a Fever install up and running for 24 hours now, and I’ve gotta compliment …

: A first look at Shaun Inman's "Fever" Twitter and the blogs have been abuzz today over Shaun Inman’s newest creation, called Fever. …

: There are no chapter titles I think it really hit me when I saw the dirt bike. I hadn’t seen that dirt bike in years, but …

: Fox News, knee-jerk reactions, and out-of-context statements If my previous posts in which I declared my support for Obama and for civilly-recognized gay …

: 10 years Last Sunday we visited Noelridge Park Church for the morning service so Laura could participate in …

: Canadian Travels and Weird Internet Friends This week business took me on my second-ever cross-the-border trip, once again to Canada, though …

: Bullet Points for a Friday Morning #3 Monday road trip to Nashville was awesome. Saw some friends, made some new ones, saw a great …

: Moving beyond the "what" to the "why" Earlier this afternoon I posted this thought to Twitter: Scary Thing #1 as an engineer: people who …

: News to make my day cheerier It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks, but this does make the day cheerier: I just firmed up …

: More busy than a one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest That’s the way my friend Steve used to describe it, and this week has been one of those weeks. …

: Home again, home again... (new baby edition) As a friend noted the other day, it’s a bit of a weird feeling to know that you’re …

: It's a girl! Katherine (Katie) Paige Hubbs born March 20, 2009 at 11:22 am 7 lbs, 13.5 oz 20.5" long. …

: Who says you have to spend a lot? Back in college, Dr. Batts suggested a cheap date: a trip to Walmart. His rationale? First, go …

: The Waiting Game We’ve gotten to that point in Becky’s pregnancy now where it’s just a waiting …

: A dilemma of sorts Last week I accepted a position in a new group here at work. It’s a group I’ve worked …

: Book Review: <em>The Echo Within</em> by Robert Benson There is a particular class of inspirational book these days that you can identify on the shelf …

: Bullet points for a Tuesday Morning #2 Laziness, and no big topics to contemplate. Put those two together and you end up with my blog as of …

: Book I Read: <em>The Weapon</em> by David Poyer Normally I’d write up a whole 250-word review for a book I finished, but The Weapon by David …

: Adventures with Hot Water, or, Providential Timing Once Again Last night after Wednesday night church, as we were just about to settle down for the night, Becky …

: Book Review: <em>The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music</em> by Ben Ratliff Normally when we think about musicians and “their music”, we think about the music that …

: Book Review: <em>Ender In Exile</em> by Orson Scott Card I’ve been a big fan of Orson Scott Card’s Ender series since I read it a few years ago. …

: There might be something to this Facebook thing... Yesterday afternoon we went over to a friend’s house for her belated 30th birthday party. It …

: Book Review: <em>The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British</em> by Sarah Lyall Every culture has its quirks, but to really notice them and appreciate them you need to be able to …

: Book Review: <em>Jesus and the Victory of God</em> by N. T. Wright I should say this up front: the idea that I’m going to be able to intelligently …

: Book Review: <em>The Philosopher's Apprentice</em> by James Morrow I picked up The Philosopher’s Apprentice on a whim from the library. And what a whim. The …

: Bullet Points for a Friday Morning #2 I’ve been neglecting this blog for the past few weeks, so it’s time for an update of …

: The Church Search: A Conclusion of Sorts After Nick chided me last night about my infrequent blogging, and after Roger noted elsewhere that …

: How do I know when to...? Andy Osenga nailed it on his blog today by answering the question “how do know when I’m …

: Brrrrrrrrrr.....

: What's this place about, anyway? I’ve watched with interest the transformation of an internet acquaintance’s blog over …

: Book Review: <em>The King of Sting</em> by Craig Glazer and Sal Manna Sometimes, real life is even better than the stories. The King of Sting details the adventures of …

: Book Review: <em>Ring</em> by Stephen Baxter I was browsing the sci-fi section in the local library and came across an old paperback with a …

: 2008: A Year of Reading in Review This the only year-end post I’ll write; just a summary of my book reading list from 2008. Some …

: Wedding bells, etc I’ve taken plenty of pictures the past few days, but the dial-up internet connection here at …

: Christmas 2008 wrap-up Nothing like a holiday and a week off work to slow down the blog posting. We started our Christmas …

: My current songwriting struggle Songwriting, you ask? Yeah, if you missed it, I was invited to attend the Iowa Songwriter’s …

: Just Us at Christmas In the 11 or 12 Christmases Becky and I have spent together, each has been celebrated with one set …

: More Ketchup! Our little Addison (age two and a half) caught a low-grade stomach bug earlier this week. She …

: A fun evening, a late night, and musical kinship I’ll work through that title backwards. How do you know when you have some musical kinship …

: Sometimes Things Don't Turn Out Like You Expect When Andy Osenga’s The Morning came out two and a half years ago (to much fanfare on this …

: Everybody's Working for the Weekend Yes, we have a weekend coming up. Unfortunately, we’ll be heading into the weekend with a …

: A College Football Playoff Proposal OK, so can we just agree that the BCS really stinks, and there must be a better way to do college …

: Road trip time! Tomorrow morning I will get in the car and, rather than heading to work, I will embark on one of my …

: How do you select/appoint elders? When we visited Maranatha on Sunday, one of the inserts in their bulletin was a full page giving the …

: The Church Search, Week 7 There was no post for week 6 last week since we were out of town for the weekend. So now we come to …

: What to do about "gay marriage", part 2 Becky observed last night that my post yesterday on gay marriage was rather wordy and not as simple …

: Recognizing the civil-religious disconnect, or, "what to do about 'gay marriage'" I’ve been working through the whole ‘gay marriage’ issue in my head for a while …

: Do you want to play with me? Children have ways of saying things that just cut you to the quick. They don’t realize it, but …

: Happiness is... another new pen. When we were in Minneapolis last weekend I happened upon one of those dangerous places for me to go …

: A weird iPod Genius playlist bug Discovered this one last night: when I tapped the Genius icon to create a Genius playlist out of the …

: Bullet Points for a Thursday Morning #2 It’s been a crazy week so I’m reduced to one of these play-by-play lists. Sorry. Note …

: The Church Search, Week 5 This morning we got up off our behinds and visited the next church on our short list: Maranatha …

: Happy Birthday, Mom (2008 edition)! It’s my mother’s birthday today, and out of respect for her (a respect that I …

: Good friends say things like this Good friends aren’t afraid to say hard things. Last night I had a friend tell me: “Hey, …

: Post-Election Thoughts So much has been said by so many this morning that I don’t really have anything brilliant to …

: Culture Warrior or Disciple? The Internet Monk’s latest post deserves more than just a bullet in my overnight links. …

: Election 2008: I voted Reports of long lines at many polling places had me wondering if I would be in for a wait to vote …

: I will not fear On an internal discussion board at my workplace today, a co-worker (who is a Christian, though a bit …

: Election Eve It seems like this election cycle started a LONG time ago. We had our caucuses in Iowa back in …

: The Church Search, Week 4 We had plans to go to church on Sunday. And the best of intentions. But even though we were all up …

: The Church Search, Week 4 Preview This week our plans have us heading to Maranatha Bible Church. We know the Maranatha pastor and …

: Book Review: <em>How Would Jesus Vote?</em> by D. James Kennedy Have you heard that there’s an election coming up soon? So has WaterBrook Publishing, …

: Gilbert & Sullivan & an embarassing admission During an online conversation with Lydia this morning I was chiding for her unfamiliarity with …

: They are soon gone, and we fly away It always seems to be the bitter, cold, rainy days. Yesterday morning I took my familiar perch …

: Yet another reason I love my brother... Lately I’ve had a quote from Chuck (a rather fun TV show on NBC Mondays) set as my IM status …

: Observations from the weekend Your house doesn’t have to be amazingly clean to invite friends over. Even if it was amazingly …

: The Church Search, Week 3 After deciding early in the week that Cedar Valley Bible was off our short list, we spent a lot of …

: Time for some piano music I switched over from my usual podcasts and indie rock this morning to give some iPod love to a genre …

: Short list got shorter Well, we talked about it some more last night and agreed that Cedar Valley Bible Church is off our …

: Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe Lydia asked for it, so here it is… Ingredients 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained - I …

: An end-times deal-breaker So yesterday afternoon I noted that the next church on our short list for visiting during the Church …

: The Church Search, Week 2 Week 2 of the Church Search took us back to Stonebridge Church for the second week in a row. (We …

: The Coffee Experiment, Day 30 or so I have just about finished up the bag of Starbucks dark roast that we had here at home, what to get …

: Living Life Together It is becoming more and more clear to me lately how we are created for community, and how much we …

: Who, Me? My brother Ryan has been working full-time as an Obama campaign volunteer for the past few weeks, …

: Matthew Paul Turner's <em>Churched</em>: A Review Next up for review, courtesy of WaterBrook Press, is Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God …

: 4 years, 1001 posts Four years ago I started this thing called blogging, not, as they say, with a bang, but with …

: Rainsoft of NE Iowa: A follow-up A few weeks ago I wrote about a bad experience we had with an in-home sales call from Rainsoft of NE …

: The Church Search, Week 1 Yesterday morning we did something we haven’t done in a couple of months now: set our alarm on …

: The Church Search, Week 1 Preview Well, tomorrow morning we officially begin our look for a new church here in the Cedar Rapids area. …

: Listening Thoughts from multiple discussions over the last week: Most of the time, when people come to tell …

: Thinking through the presidential politics I’ve had an easy time deciding who to support for president for pretty much every election …

: And tell them we are men Douglas Wilson posted this quote, and it’s too good to not pass along. I wish you well. May …

: "I trust that age doth not wither nor custom stale my infinite variety." I sent an email this morning which sent me thinking about a familiar quote, which in turn sent me …

: Take me out to the ballgame... It’s October 1st, which, among other things, means it’s time for the baseball playoffs. …

: Trying to describe Watership Down I finished reading Richard Adams' Watership Down last night and, when adding it to my reading list, …

: The Coffee Experiment, Day 12 Wow, it’s been a week since I’ve posted an update on The Coffee Experiment. I think …

: Random question for the morning Is it egotistical to drink coffee from a mug that says “I (heart) my Music Minister” …

: Beginning the church search After making the decision to leave Imago Christi at the end of the month, we find ourselves in an …

: The Coffee Experiment, Day 5 After yesterday’s run-in with completely nasty office coffee, I decided I would try brewing …

: Scot McKnight's "The Blue Parakeet" - a review When Zondervan offered up free early copies of Dr. Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet for …

: The Coffee Experiment, Day 4 I’m not sure whether to call this Day 4 or Day 6 of The Coffee Experiment. Do I count the …

: The Coffee Experiment, Day 2 For 31 years I have professed to very much dislike coffee. If in need of caffeine to keep me going, …

: Why I dislike salespeople - or at least their tactics Update: I received a response from Rainsoft of NE Iowa that very much helped to resolve the …

: Changes Coming Tonight after the service at Imago Christi, I read this brief letter to the congregation: It has …

: Watching our tone Over the past two weeks' political conventions I have watched most of the major speeches and then …

: How much experience have presidential and VP candidates had? A warning to my casual readers: this post is going to get more than a wee bit nerdy, and probably a …

: Book Review: Wild Goose Chase Wild Goose Chase, the latest book by pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church in …

: Denver OK, so bad travel plans notwithstanding, I made it to Denver on-time on Monday evening. Tuesday was …

: its wisdom, who can measure? Work necessitates that tomorrow I travel from Cedar Rapids to Denver to attend three days of FAA …

: Beautiful quote from a friend today …after I declared I was socially stunted because of my intense dislike for calling people …

: Finding the right Saturday-night service time One of our challenges at Imago has been figuring out the right time to hold our Saturday night …

: Wrestling with ideas about church membership One of the things we’ve been wrestling with as elders at Imago is the concept of church …

: Bullet points for a Monday Morning #3 A week without a blog update + lack of creativity = desperate measures. Hence, the bullet points. …

: 100 Books Being the voracious reader that I am, I was happy to steal this from Kari and Roger. The story is …

: Book Review: The Healing Choice This week’s book review, thanks to a free copy from WaterBrook Press, is The Healing Choice …

: Happy birthday Laura (2008 edition)! Our oldest daughter Laura turns 4 today. So far she’s celebrated the morning with a bowl of …

: Washington Vacation 2008: The Wedding After the beach we took a couple of days to travel up from Long Beach to Leavenworth. The stop in …

: A call for plot creativity, or, Why is it always the Christians? This weekend I finished up reading Rules of Deception, the latest novel by Christopher Reich. I have …

: C. S. Lewis on Consistency in the Worship Service Pastor Richard gave me this wonderful (if a bit long) quote from C. S. Lewis regarding consistency …

: Washington Vacation 2008: The Beach After arriving late on Monday and having vehicle difficulty, we took the new minivan out to the …

: An apology of sorts I had really intended to keep the blog up-to-date while on this vacation - after all, during the …

: The Flat Tire A couple of pics of our minivan’s flat tire the other night. Less dramatic because the guys …

: In Seattle Day 1 of our vacation finally brings us to Seattle. Our flights were only delayed a little - we …

: Packing for the trip With the expense of airline travel these days, we thought we might consider a method of …

: T-minus 7d It’s starting to hit home that one week from now we will be on an airplane, with the kiddos, …

: Ten Ten years ago today, on a sweltering night in Charlotte, NC, friends and family gathered as Becky …

: Counting down the days... Once today is complete I will have only 6 more working days until vacation… and oh my, am I …

: Top Ten Movies Well, I haven’t done a meme in a while, and Jeff tagged me for this one, so I’ll give it …

: I tried Opera for a day No, Dad, regardless of the title, I’m not talking about Wagner or Puccini or that kind of …

: Slowly regaining normalcy Father’s Day 2008 wasn’t quite what any of us had been planning, but it’s still …

: A short Friday night update What a beautiful day today was. Sunshine, cool temps… such a nice change from the weeks of …

: Yeah, that's our downtown.

: Sucking it up No time to post pictures but if you visit any online news site you’ll undoubtedly be able to …

: And it rained all day... It’s been a weird year for weather here in Iowa. We started with the snowiest winter on …

: The passing of another weekend I had three things on my to-do list for the weekend as of last Friday afternoon. And though I kept …

: Bunk beds It’s been a couple of weeks now but there was great excitement among the little girls in our …

: Bullet Points from Montreal I’ve been in Montreal since Monday night, and it’s my first trip here, and for that …

: Montreal So today was the day I finally ventured outside the good ‘ol US of A; traveling to Montreal, …

: Muppet Imitations Apparently this is something that goes by generations, too. I’ve done Kermit (among others) …

: Tuesday morning this'n'that I have a couple other posts floating around in my head, but need to gather some thoughts (and …

: Starting a new tradition (or, a good excuse for ice cream) Some weeks ago Becky and I were enjoying a date night with a stop at our local Coldstone ice cream …

: Bullet Points for a Monday Morning #2 It was an amazingly beautiful weekend. Fortunately the beautiful weather is sticking around for …

: Softball 2008! Last night was the start to our church league softball season. For most of the day it looked like we …

: ...with some frosting... One of the things that just fascinates me is observing the girls' learning - not just what they …

: Another adventure in new music So I’m rather a new-music junkie. Granted, it’s gotta be in a genre I’m interested …

: It's spring... finally! Signs that spring is finally here: Warmer weather, finally. high temps in the 70’s for the …

: I feel like such a homebody For a family that didn’t travel a whole lot when I was growing up, we have certainly made up …

: Bullet Points for a Tuesday Morning FINALLY with some warmer weather here in Iowa. Softball is supposed to start in two weeks and …

: Feed Demon Issues... Hello Google Reader? An original user of Google Reader, some months ago when NewsGator decided to make its products free …

: Four There’s been a running joke at our house for some time now that goes something like this: …

: The Strange Story of Easter: Surprised by Hope, Chapter 4 Having noted in chapter three that something happened to cause the early Christians' belief in …

: Early Christian Hope in Its Historical Setting: Surprised by Hope, Chapter 3 Let’s start at the very beginning, says a familiar song from a classic musical, it’s a …

: Christians and Sin in the Movies There’s been a good discussion going on over at The Rabbit Room regarding how Christians …

: Puzzled About Paradise? Surprised by Hope, Chapter 2 In Chapter 2 of Surprised by Hope, N. T. Wright examines the wide sweep of confusing views that the …

: Wrestling with Tom: Surprised by Hope, Chapter 1 So it’s been far too long since I posted my original review of Surprised by Hope, the latest …

: Easter Thoughts I had the opportunity to do the Easter “program” (if you want to call it that) twice …

: On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness Read to the end of the blog post - I’m giving away a copy of the book! Just when you think …

: Happy Birthday, Addison Grace! Two years ago today, about this time early in the morning, I was making phone calls to my parents …

: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun This morning Laura and Addie and a few of their friends participated in a little fashion show for a …

: Happy Birthday to me... a little early/late Yeah, so my birthday isn’t until Friday, but finalized plans yesterday to be able to not just …

: Wrestling with Tom: An American Evangelical's coming-to-grips with N. T. Wright's Surprised By Hope Few writers have gained the attention of, and made waves in, the Christian blogosphere in recent …

: Another post from Augusta Yesterday was Day 2 of the RTCA committee meeting here in Augusta. (Why am I posting a day behind, …

: No, I don't play golf... This week has brought me to Augusta, GA for the quarterly SC-213 meeting. The inevitable first …

: Tim Keller's The Reason For God - a review Tim Keller has been a favorite speaker of mine for some time now. As pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian …

: Another Half a Foot Rest easy, friends, I’m not growing some fractional appendage. But I am pretty much tired of …

: An equation of insanity So back in my Caedmon’s concert post, Daniel commented that he found the length of that road …

: I'm it. Having been tagged by Jeff for the latest interweb meme to filter around to these parts, I suppose I …

: Putting on the miles The lengths I will go to hear a concert? Well, this weekend the length was 300 miles, each way. …

: Comparing Services This past weekend I had the pleasure of leading music both at Imago Christi on Saturday night and at …

: Bullet points for a Thursday Morning Playing basketball three times a week is good for your game and your weight, but sure does make you …

: In belated praise of Once It took me a while to get around to it, but last night Becky and I finally sat down to watch Once. I …

: The importance of training others “…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful …

: Putting my talents to some profit Pretty much ever since my brother Andrew and his fiancee Heather set a date for the wedding this …

: Rich Mullins' A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band If there was ever a “perfect” album to come out of the (largely mediocre) world of CCM, …

: A study in personalities, or, Mom was right My mom has mentioned more than once how she enjoys seeing our girls' personalities as they get …

: Wait, it's Monday? Weekends are going to look a little bit different now that we’re having church on Saturday …

: Bullet points for a Wednesday Just realized I never gave you all any feedback on the first service at Imago Christi. It went …

: Creating the routine The biggest adjustment this week in preparing for the Saturday night service is starting to think of …

: D-Day Timeline Saturday was the big day - first service at Imago Christi! A timeline of the day: 7:30 am: Wake up …

: It's a big day We’ve been working towards this for over a year now, and tonight it comes to pass: the first …

: 2007 in Books: Chris's Reading in Review One year ago I decided that my blog was the must useful place to keep my reading list, and that …

: Becoming a Caring Church Alex Strauch provides some practical guidance for becoming a church that truly cares for people …

: Songs for the Inaugural Service Imago Christi’s inaugural service is just over a week away - January 5, 2008. As I noted …

: Home after Christmas What a great Christmas, and now how good to be home. We spent several days at my parents' place in …

: Details to remember for your first worship service Yes, the title is overly-long Google linkbait. But one thing I have been astonished with is just how …

: Selecting music for an inaugural service We’re going to have our first worship team practice for Imago tonight, which means I need to …

: Wrapping things up Today is my last work day for the year. Thanks to a day of vacation tomorrow and a generous holiday …

: Building a worship team One of my big initial tasks for Imago Christi is to figure out the worship team situation. Music is …

: Contentment I was reading Psalm 131 this morning and was struck by the picture of contentment painted in its …

: 'Tis the season to be jolly and joyous... Christmas shopping is complete. The Christmas program is over. We’ve received a bunch of …

: Christmas shopping complete in record time Usually I’m the guy who is out shopping on December 23rd, if not December 24th, to finish up …

: If I were from England, I'd be unhappy Becky and I were wandering the toy shelves at our local Target store recently, finishing up some …

: Bullet Points for a Friday Morning I’ve stuck you, my blog readers, with far too many links this week and not enough other stuff. …

: The travails of travel Dear Delta Airlines, I can’t decide whether to be mad with you or not. I was definitely not …

: On the road again... So it’s been a nice weekend. Ryan decided at the last minute to come visit for the holiday, so …

: Coming in Boldly Last Wednesday night we left the girls at church (Laura for AWANA, Addie to play in the nursery) and …

: Ideas for Effective Ministry, Part 2: Active Oversight I was going to make this part 3, but this all really ties together too much, so let’s just …

: Ideas for Effective Ministry, Part 1: Don't Overload the Workers This seems like such a no-brainer that it shouldn’t even need to be mentioned, but based on my …

: Ideas for Effective Ministry - Introduction Last week Richard (my pastor for the past 8 years who is also leading our church plant effort) asked …

: I've been found out. OK, rarely will I write a full post to recommend someone else’s post, but the latest from …

: I love the smell of comment spam in the mornings... and other thoughts for Friday Yep, 105 comments held in moderation. All of ‘em spam. I guess I should tighten up Spam Karma …

: Making the switch After running the numbers and looking at likely use scenarios over the upcoming year or two, we …

: Halloween at Work No costumes ‘round our building today, but we’re having an event that appears to be …

: David Wilcox at CSPS Last night Becky and I experienced a couple of firsts: 1) going to a concert at CSPS in downtown …

: Bullet points for a Monday #2 [As always, I am grateful to Daniel for this very useful format.] Addie didn’t sleep well …

: No Excuses I hit the scale last Saturday after a fairly physically strenuous day of outdoor work (OK, strenuous …

: Most any update is better than none... Bullet points for the weekend: Church plant plans are moving right along. Looking like the start …

: Convergence: Death of a PDA, Expiration of a Cell Contract I’ve carried a PDA pretty much everywhere with me for the past several years; I think …

: Oklahoma City Business has brought me this week to Oklahoma City, square in the middle of the Sooner state. …

: Bullet Points for a Monday Morning Had a productive weekend; got the lawn mowed, some concrete patching done, led music at church. …

: The Doctor says: Don't Blink I haven’t enjoyed a single episode of TV quite so much in a while. I’m a couple weeks …

: Should this really be our fight? “Clergy fight same sex marriage”. This headline stared out at me from this …

: $1.05 I have a usual stop on my way to work in the mornings: the Road Ranger convenience store at the …

: Odds and Ends Sep 2007 First off, sorry to any of you who tried to leave comments yesterday. Something with the way the …

: Changes in the works I presented this letter to the elder board at Noelridge last Thursday: To the Elders at Noelridge: …

: Happiness is... a new pen. Back in February I bought my first-ever fountain pen. I knew nothing about them, but had always …

: An update of sorts It’s been slow around these parts lately, which likely just means that life has been pretty …

: It's not Monday, it just feels like it. The joys of having a Monday holiday: a 4-day work week, and a Tuesday that feels like Monday. Oh, …

: Well, I asked. Becky and the girls stopped by my workplace for a few minutes this morning to drop off some lunch …

: Caedmon's Call - Overdressed Well at least half of you who read this blog are already listening to this album, but I should still …

: Bullet Points for a Monday How can it have been a week since I last posted? Well, it has been busy. So in the spirit of …

: How can it be so hard to leave town? Instead of sitting here writing this blog post, I should be on a Boeing 757 just taking off from …

: New Specs I got my most recent pair of glasses about 6 years ago. Now, I don’t wear them all that often; …

: Seattle It’s 8 AM in Seattle and this hotel restaurant is a pretty comfortable place to sit and write. …

: Headed Out, West Coast Edition I’m sitting in the airport terminal at Cedar Rapids as the plane that is supposed to take me …

: New Orleans: Music and all that Jazz One of the things that was high on my list of things to do while in New Orleans a few weeks ago was …

: A real post - sort of So most of the recent posts here have been just links to other stuff. Sorry about that. Have been …

: New Orleans Impressions Got back from last week’s trip to New Orleans early on Friday morning. This was my first time …

: Bullet Points for a Friday [Once again, thanks to dan for creating a good format to rip off.] Laura turns three today! Happy …

: New Orleans: FAA SW DER Conference Today through Thursday is the 2007 edition of the FAA’s SW/CEH DER Conference. You can follow …

: Bullet Points on a Friday We had three neighbors over for supper last night. It was quite a good time. And the pork loin that …

: Drying out It’s been a bit of a wet week here in eastern Iowa. We had storms starting Monday night …

: It happened again. Yep. Four in a row now. What are the odds? Dang, I had to ask that. Now I’m gonna have to …

: The Challenges and Blessings of Hospitality Last week Becky and I had a discussion about, well, a bunch of things, but the one thing that came …

: It's a trap! Last week I bought a bottle of Diet Pepsi from a vending machine. I opened it up, and woohoo! The …

: Evaluating alternative iPod management software Yesterday SimpleHelp.net posted 10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod. (They have since …

: A little bit sore Yesterday morning I was awake early so I went to the gym and hit the treadmill and the weight …

: It's Monday again already?!? Well, it was a busy weekend. The whole family showed up Friday night for one last get together …

: Somebody's leaving tracts in the bathroom again... This morning’s visit to the bathroom here at work revealed that someone has again been leaving …

: What day is it again? Having a day off from work in the middle of the week has totally thrown me off. Yesterday seemed …

: Ah, Home Becky and I arrived back home late in the evening Saturday. Travel was uneventful, though we did …

: Blue Man! Last night Becky and I went to see Blue Man Group over at Universal Orlando. BMG is one of those …

: Nine Years Hard to believe it’s been that long already. Nine years ago tonight, on a hot, sticky night in …

: Orlando Made it with no serious travel glitches to Orlando about 7:30 pm local time. Gotta say this - that …

: Ready for a break Today is my last day in the office for a week or so, and I am definitely ready for the break. A …

: Notes on a Tuesday Morning I’m getting ready to go sit in an all-day meeting with some customers that are in town. Not …

: Sheesh, It's Monday already?!? So for it being a weekend, it was a busy one. A synopsis: Saturday: Ran a 5k in the morning. …

: Satisfaction Well if I’m gonna gripe when I think things have gone wrongly, it is only right that I applaud …

: Not again! UPS dutifully delivered my second refurbished iPod this afternoon. The battery was pretty well dead, …

: iPod today? Got an automated UPS phone call a few minutes ago saying that my iPod would be delivered today, and …

: Bullet Points for Friday Still no iPod. I’m hoping for today, but I’m just about tired of hoping. Did an …

: The trip to Best Buy, or, why you should think when you design a computer system. So, as planned, tonight I went to Best Buy to find out what was up with my iPod replacement. Long …

: I just want my iPod back... After BestBuy’s impressive performance in getting me my first refurbished iPod, it has now …

: Good Qualities for a... We were sitting in a conference room at work the other day and there was a large pad that someone …

: Back online So just as I was about to get really frustrated with Qwest, UPS showed up with their “welcome …

: Playing the Waiting Game I hate waiting. I really do. I’m impatient. It’s not a quality I’m proud of; …

: Bullet Points from the Weekend We got 3 tons of sand dumped on our driveway Friday afternoon; my back is now sore from moving two …

: iPod Replacement: A for Effort, D for Results My refurbished iPod showed up via UPS late yesterday afternoon. I have to give Best Buy full marks …

: Taking the Plunge to Dish It’s been a couple of months since I did the math and realized that Mediacom was no longer a …

: Fun with Family We had the whole clan over this weekend - well, almost the whole clan. Ryan came in from Chicago, …

: iPod: the continuing saga Took my iPod with the bad battery and service plan back to Best Buy today. They have to send it in …

: iPod Blues I’ve had my 3G 20GB iPod for two and a half years now, so it’s no surprise that the …

: Heading home from DC Having been in DC since Monday night, I’m good and ready to be heading home. Our meetings have …

: ...leaving on a jet plane... I’m headed out of town today; assuming that Northwest Airlines does their thing, I will be in …

: Chapter 11: In which Chris hears a familiar song in the unlikliest of places. Last night was a date night for Becky and me. We dropped the girls off with some friends for a …

: A Post In Which Chris Elaborates On Two Unrelated Songs I’ve had two songs running pretty much on repeat today. This happens to me on frequent …

: Devil's Lake Camping Trip Yes, as promised, we went camping last weekend up at Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin. My …

: Camping! When I was a kid, we went camping as a family all the time. I think some of my siblings enjoyed the …

: 24 Hours of the Hubbs: A Celebration of the Mundane When I decided to do 24 hours of Flickr, I wasn’t really sure what my Saturday would entail. …

: A much-needed improvement... I’ve been using Google Reader for some time now as my feed reader, and one of the more …

: Flying it! Part of the goofiness with my job is that by the time we get these announcements, I’ve been …

: Softball 2007 One of my very first posts on my blog was about softball; hard to believe that’s been two …

: Good Motivation I just filled out the entry forms for two 5K races in upcoming months: the Marion Arts Festival 5K …

: Random Thought #2 I’m sitting on my PC waiting for the Microsoft Visual C++ .NET development suite to install. …

: At Becky's request... more pictures! No, this place isn’t turning into a photoblog. But when you have a new toy… :-)

: A time to read... A month ago today I resolved I was going to put down my endless string of library books and spend a …

: New toy coming... Thanks to some unexpected cash influx, I was able to purchase this earlier this week: It’s a …

: Sunday Sermon This morning I had the privilege to preach at the Noelridge Sunday morning services. My text was …

: Stuff Life has been crazy this week, keeping me from writing much in the way of a thoughtful post about …

: Back home... at least for a day Got home last night from a quick business trip to Salt Lake City. I haven’t been to SLC since …

: Entering the Whirlwind I feel like I’ve been in it for a few days already, but I know there’s still more to …

: Name That Tune [Meme fearlessly stolen from CJ]. Step 1: Put your ipod on random. Step 2: Post the first line from …

: A real post This place has been full of links lately and very short on actual posts. Partly that’s been …

: A Resolution As I updated my 2007 reading list yesterday, I became convicted about how many novels of dubious …

: Which comes first: committment or vision? In the midst of a church meeting last night discussing our church’s future plans, a question …

: Paradise Pens Customer Service: Top Notch Just thought I’d follow up on my post from last week about my experience with Paradise Pens. …

: Billboards from God On my way home from work every day I pass a billboard that frustrates me. It’s a simple …

: A good time was had by all... This weekend we had very nearly my whole family over to visit. My sister is still in Panama, but …

: Party Time This weekend my parents and brothers will all be coming to visit. (My sister is in Panama doing …

: In Praise of Good Customer Service I’ve complained enough about bad customer service here on the blog (see: the OfficeMax debacle …

: Thoughts on Washington DC Last week I traveled for business to Washington, DC. While my original plans left me little time for …

: Getting back on track It’s been a disorienting past ten days or so; last weekend (10 days ago) we had the big storm, …

: Off to the market to buy a fat pig... …home again, home again, jiggety jig. I always seem to forget the beginning of that rhyme, …

: Visiting Uncle Sam This week is time for my first business trip in a while, and yesterday found me heading out of Cedar …

: Finally done Last night I used a jigsaw to cut two small notches, pulled the garage door opener up about another …

: Making progress Yesterday morning we got a guy out to fix the garage door, so it now goes up and down like it …

: I fought the door, and the door won Today was lining up to be a fairly unadventurous Saturday. I had a church basketball game in the …

: I think I pulled something... So last night I had the chance to do some practice on the pipe organ at Central Park Presbyterian …

: Odds and Ends Feb 2007 I’m sure I’ve used that title before, but oh well. Seems like this place has been filled …

: Pick Chris's Reading List: Hell's Best Kept Secret My dad loaned me Hell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort back at Thanksgiving, and sadly it had …

: Pick Chris's Reading List: Velvet Elvis Finally I complete another entry on my reader-suggested reading list: Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. …

: You'd think I'd learn... I stopped at the library yesterday afternoon to pick up a book I had reserved. (Velvet Elvis by Rob …

: I skipped the State of the Union I understand from reading the news that President Bush gave the State of the Union address back on …

: Random Thoughts on... Classical Music, Second Edition Classical music has had a big influence in my life. My parents are both lovers of classical music. …

: Goodbye, Krispy Kreme Sometime while we were gone on our Christmas vacation, our local Krispy Kreme closed down. It opened …

: Word of the day: anent Never heard this one before; just saw it used in a blog post here. anent –preposition 1. in regard …

: Pick Chris's Reading List: Taliesin (Book 1 of the Pendragon Cycle) On to a book recommended by Nate Downey: Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead, which is book one of five …

: The Great New Year's Eve Flood of Aught-Six Let me tell the tale of the Great New Year’s Eve Flood of Aught-Six. You won’t hear it …

: Heading Home So I’m finally caught up with my trip posts. It’s 10:20 PM and we’re in a hotel …

: The Penguin, and New Friends Thursday was get-ready-to-head-home day. We picked up a cartop carrier that Ernie had salvaged for …

: Post-Christmas Mayhem The day after Christmas found us trying to sleep off all that food we ate the day before. :-) We …

: 35 years and counting... This post is only a day belated, but let me wish my parents a very happy 35th anniversary! Don and …

: Christmas! Christmas morning dawned and we packed up four adults, two small children, and lots of presents and …

: Christmas Eve Sunday morning of our trip brought us to Calvary Church in Charlotte for the Sunday morning service. …

: Never buy a Unicorn when it's Sleeping. Day 4 of our trip (Saturday the 23rd) was a nice day to catch up. After sleeping in, we had a late …

: Back on the Road Day 3 was another travel day; Nashville, TN to Waxhaw, NC. It doesn’t look that long on the …

: Nashville Day 2 of our Christmas trip landed us in Nashville. Becky’s brother Bob and his wife Holly and …

: The road goes ever on and on... At least it sure feels that way. Day 1 of our little Christmas adventure turned out to be a bit more …

: Packing Up and Heading Out The long-awaited Christmas break is finally here! Tonight we’re loading the van, and tomorrow …

: Thoughts on Consumerism Found this wonderful little article from Will Willimon entitled “Resisting the Clutches of …

: Google Reader adds "sort by oldest" Finally! This was my biggest gripe with Google Reader up until now; the only chronological sort …

: Pick Chris's Reading List: The Russian Debutante's Handbook It’s taken me far too long, but I have finally completed the second book on my user-suggested …

: The Usual? “The usual?” That’s the question that was posed to me this morning. Now, it was …

: An Update It’s been far too long since I’ve written much here on the blog; it’s been a busy …

: Swearing on the Koran My mother-in-law asked the other day what I thought about this recent news story. In brief: Newly …

: An AP Concert Weekend Last Friday Becky and I headed out to Omaha, NE to see Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of …

: Something to think about... “I’ve noticed that when God wants me to follow Him in a particular direction, He usually …

: Pick Chris's Reading List: And Then There Were None I’ve completed the first book off of my user-suggested reading list: And Then There Were None …

: Early in the Morning The past two mornings Laura has decided there was a need to wake up about ten minutes to five; both …

: Building Up Endurance So how was your Thanksgiving? We spent the weekend in Wisconsin with my family at my parents' place. …

: A Time for Giving Thanks With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I thought I’d list a few things I’m thankful for. I …

: Random Thought During a conversation with Becky while driving somewhere the other night, discussing someone: Me: …

: One last time... This Sunday will be my last Sunday to lead worship at Noelridge for a while. It has been a while …

: Pick Chris's Reading List Those of you who know me know that I am a voracious reader. (Those of you who don’t know me …

: Plans Change Well, that Happy Meal hasn’t materialized in Laura’s future yet. Becky got sick with a …

: Adventures in Fatherhood Tomorrow morning Becky will be taking off for Chicago to spend a weekend with her friend Juanita who …

: Get out and vote! Yep, it’s election day. I can’t say I’m too excited about any of the slate of …

: Dr. John Stackhouse on Christians' Political Concerns Dr. John Stackhouse of Regent College in Vancouver, BC, is in Cedar Rapids this weekend speaking. …

: Tuesday Riff on CCM So I don’t listen to Christian radio any more, but Becky had it on in the van over the …

: Seasons Yard work isn’t my favorite task; it’s one of those things that gets done because it …

: Best-laid plans... don't always work out. Last night I was headed to bed at a relatively early hour, and as I prepared to go to sleep I …

: Thank goodness for the weekend! It’s managed to be a busy week, but now the weekend is upon us. Finally! This afternoon Becky …

: Gotta run... I got out for a run yesterday afternoon - probably the first time in 2 weeks that I’ve run. It …

: The Interweb is Fun! So yesterday after church I posted a recording of Andrew and me singing a song in church. Talking to …

: Goodbye FeedLounge, Hello, Google Reader! I’ve been using FeedLounge for several months now (ever since they came out of beta!) as my …

: Gracious Words In reply to the “controversy” of John Piper’s comments regarding Mark Driscoll at …

: DG2006: The Audio is Up One of the things the DG folks do right: all the audio from the Desiring God 2006 National …

: DG2006: Piper rebukes Driscoll's "cleverness" I am sad that this is the moment that most sticks in my mind from the Desiring God 2006 National …

: Desiring God 2006 National Conference I got home about 2:30 this morning from two days in Minneapolis at the Desiring God 06 National …

: Things are changing I made this announcement after both services at Noelridge today. I didn’t read from a script, …

: Spartan Fund Run 5K Last Saturday I ran in my first-ever 5K, the Solon High School Spartan Fund Run. They had a few …

: Don't know much about... anything! Last night I took the opportunity to visit Conversation Cafe, a discussion group at a local …

: This 'n' that This weekend wasn’t too busy, but I wasn’t on the computer, so no blog updates. Rebecca …

: Last training run Well, my last training run before the Solon 5K on Saturday. I woke up before my alarm this morning …

: It's Wednesday, but Saturday's coming I told myself that I should run a good three times this week in preparation for the Solon 5K on …

: Your update for the week It’s gonna be a slow week here on my blog. I’m in town today, but tomorrow we’re …

: Park Concert coming up... This coming Sunday night my brothers Aaron and Andrew and I will be doing a concert for my church. …

: Today's lesson: Air Conditioner drain lines I may be reasonably intelligent, but sometimes I miss the obvious. I have known since we bought our …

: All sorts of wacky stuff Or at least what counts for wacky in my world. I realize my life is pretty calm compared to some of …

: Sunset There’s something about sunsets that make me nostalgic. I’m not sure what it is about …

: Running I’m going to make a real effort to do a bunch of running this week. I’ve been too much …

: Sonic is coming! Back in Texas, Sonic was a favorite fast food place of ours. Who can top the Route 44 Cherry …

: Odds and Ends August 2006 Odd: 13, the number of runs we had last night in our softball game. Also the number of runs our …

: More running It hasn’t been a real productive week for me as far as running goes; three mornings this week …

: It's time for a break... I was reading back through some of my old blog posts this morning, tagging them appropriately, (100 …

: 'Cause we're all praying for the ice to break... This song has been rattling around in my head for the past day or two. It’s beautiful, …

: The new monitor's here! A trusty IT guy came by this morning to deliver a new Dell 19" LCD monitor. He was also good …

: Feeling Squeezed Yesterday I was sitting at my desk working away when suddenly, bzzt! and one of my monitors went …

: This is why I wear a belt The main button on my (nearly-new) khakis just came off. Fortunately, there’s still that …

: geek alert The title is just a warning that some of your eyes might glaze over whilst reading this post. Others …

: My first training run I have a 5K course mapped out through our neighborhood, so I gave it my first try at that distance …

: I'm back home... Got home from Seattle about midnight last night. Oh so much fun. Our plane was late leaving Seattle, …

: Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work we go... Well, it’s off to Seattle, actually, in about 30 minutes. Headed up there again for work, …

: Taking the Plunge This weekend I signed up for a 5K run. I’ve never done something like this before. I’ve …

: Everybody loves a party! Yesterday was Laura’s second birthday. So, we invited a bunch of friends over to celebrate. …

: Happy Birthday Laura! She’s too young to read this, but still, I can’t believe that my little girl turns 2 …

: Random Thoughts on Classical Music For those of you brave enough to read past the title, congratulations! Now instead of me talking …

: A fun weekend... It was busy busy busy, but it was fun. My brother Andrew is now officially a resident of Cedar …

: Random Thoughts on Church Attire OK, so Dan put me up to this. Pick a topic, and just start writing. So this topic came to mind. How …

: Bits and Pieces I wait far too long between blog posts, and then I find myself searching for interesting things to …

: Traveling Adventures Tuesday through Thursday of this week took my on my first trip ever to Seattle, WA. Several of us …

: I had that dream again... Yeah, that dream. The one where Andy Osenga and some other unidentified people are holed up with me …

: What A Difference the Shoes Make I bought a new pair of Asics running shoes over the weekend and wow, what a difference they make! …

: I love used CDs Last night, FYE at Coral Ridge Mall. Hem’s Rabbit Songs. Used. Price: $4.99. But wait, …

: Chance Meetings with Friends It has been a nice morning thus far. I got up at my usual early hour, got motivated enough to go run …

: Holiday and Vacation It’s now been 10 days since I’ve actually set foot in my office. Last week was the …

: Atlanta: Impressions This is the first time I’ve ever visited Atlanta. I’ve driven through a few times, but that doesn’t …

: Road Trip: Andy O CD Release Show After hearing the announcement that “much rock will be had”, I decided if I could make …

: Well whaddaya know? CID has free wireless internet in the terminal. My flight was delayed by about 15 minutes, but now I …

: Today's Lesson: Motor Mounts Yesterday I had an unhappy occurrance. I had stopped at Quik Trip to get some gas on my way to work. …

: road tripping In a bout of insanity, I have decided to take two days off work and drive to Nashville for Andy …

: I'm sore... but I think it feels good. Having been disgusted with my lack of exercise for a while, and having been challenged by my …

: It's Monday already... That’s actually not a bad thing, just a statement of fact. Had a nice weekend; installed a …

: weekend, where did you go? Well it’s long past time for a weekend update. Becky’s folks have been here for just …

: Happy Birthday, Becky! Only the best birthday wishes to my beautiful wife who turns 29 today. She is a faithful partner, …

: Enough DaVinci, already! I’ve heard just about enough about The DaVinci Code by now. First, the hoopla over the …

: Softball as it was meant to be Monday night was our second church softball game of the year, and it was beautiful. We were afraid …

: How far do we go to be "relevant"? That’s the question that the InternetMonk asks in a column over the weekend. His summary: The …

: Follow-up on the technology saga Yesterday my PDA totally locked up, just froze with the backlight on and nothing on screen. Finally …

: it's not my week for technology On the heels of my stereo receiver biting the dust, tonight I pulled my Palm Tungsten E2 out of my …

: A slide projector... and a bedsheet! [Kudos to Roger for playing along with the Veggie Tales reference.] A follow-up on yesterday’s …

: Stereophonic Multimedia Event No, not the blog. My entertainment center, usually. But last weekend for some reason the LCD display …

: Mitt Happens I met Mitt Romney yesterday. Well, if you can consider shaking his hand and saying hello …

: The Pursuit of God in the Company of Friends Dick Staub on the Staublog (which needs to move to some software that supports RSS in an awful way) …

: BookJournal: Xenocide I haven’t been a fan of everything Orson Scott Card has ever written (sorry, Keith), but my …

: more odds and ends for May 2006 Wow, so it’s been far too long since I posted. What’s been happening? Last weekend Mom …

: Andrew Osenga - The Morning Only 18 more days until release. If you’re a fan of Andy Osenga’s already, you’ll …

: It's Monday again... No, wait, it’s Tuesday. It just feels like Monday. It was very very hard to get out of bed …

: Caedmon's Call, Dubuque, IA, 4/23/06 Last night I had the opportunity to see Caedmon’s Call play in concert at the Five Flags …

: going to see Caedmon's... Thanks to Andrew Osenga’s timely posting of more tour dates, I found that Caedmon’s Call …

: a time of refreshing I hadn’t realized how burned-out I was getting. When I step back and look at it now, it …

: another week Give me a three-day weekend, and do I post any? Nooooo. But it was a very nice weekend. I had all of …

: play time Yesterday, as the culmination of a lot of research by Becky, we went out and purchased a backyard …

: Springtime! This week has finally brought spring-like weather to our little piece of Iowa. Temps will be in the …

: youth time OK, so my ankle is a little bit sore this morning. I wonder if it has something to do with playing …

: The Joy of Friends and Fellowship Yesterday was the annual Eggstreme Easter Egg Hunt out at the Berberich’s home in Stone City. …

: opening day It’s opening day for major league baseball, and what a way to start: the Cubs scored 5 runs in …

: They're back... Got a phone call from Mom and a text message from Rebecca letting me know that they (and Ryan and …

: New Music I placed an order today for some music that I’ve dreamed about playing for a long time: Claude …

: they're leaving... but they're coming back. By late this evening I’ll be the only member of my immediate family still present in North …

: odds and ends March 2006 The server has been down for the last few days, so I haven’t been able to update. But now …

: the web sites can wait It’s Tuesday afternoon, and I’m sitting on the couch in a darkened hospital room. …

: short on sleep but full of joy... Yesterday welcomed our little girl Addison Grace into the world. It was a quick labor and delivery; …

: a new addition No, it’s not the baby. But today we did end up purchasing a nice used minivan. It’s a …

: starting out hectic Well, no baby yet. But that still doesn’t mean my Monday has calmed down much. :-) We did a …

: so nice to be busy again... Things had been a little bit slow at work for the past couple of weeks; I was winding up one project …

: Welcome to Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key! House of Cakeboy had about run its course, so after reflection the new blog title, as you can …

: I still feel the same... a follow-up. In a previous post, I wrestled with the ideas of being 10 years removed from my teens, but still …

: time for a facelift Well, I at least switched up graphics and a bit of the color scheme. It’ll do for now. …

: too much new music? I didn’t think it would ever be possible, but at the moment, I feel like I have too much new …

: In The Company of Angels: The World Will Sing In The Company of Angels: The World Will Sing is the soon-to-be-released latest album from my …

: it's Monday... …and I haven’t posted since last Wednesday, which means I’m a real slacker. I …

: it's snowing! And it’s about time. We haven’t had any snow since December 16th… that’s a …

: Fear, Complexity, Environmental Management in the 21st Century Fear, Complexity, Environmental Management in the 21st Century This is a must-read article by …

: Loose ends Just to tie up a few loose ends from previous posts: The evening at the coffeehouse went well. I …

: An evil brain teaser Geof posted this over on the Rumor Forum and it’s been so much fun I thought I’d share …

: coffeehouse time Tomorrow night I’m providing two hours of musical entertainment at my favorite coffeeshop. …

: 10 mistakes conservatives make in art and entertainment Erik Lokkesmoe has a good article on Townhall.com where he lists 10 mistakes conservatives make in …

: reasonable theological concern, or overly picky? I was thinking through some songs that we haven’t sung for a while in church, and this issue …

: home again, home again... I got back last night about 10:30 from another quick trip to Wichita, this time for DER Orientation. …

: ain't it just like Mediacom... It’s not unusual, in my experience, to receive calendars as gifts around Christmas-time from …

: odds and ends January 2006 I’ve been a bit haphazard in my posting habits lately, so I’ll just dump a bunch of …

: I still feel the same... I thought I’d feel different by now. I remember sitting in a recliner in the living room of a …

: and it comes around to me... "4 things" I’ve kinda been waiting for this one… Thanks Stephanie for tagging me! Four jobs I’ve …

: You Probably Shouldn’t Lead Worship Anymore If… - purgatorio It’s a bit image-intensive, but it’s a hilarious post that worship leaders and really …

: a good weekend to be off Yesterday was my first Sunday of just taking a break from leading the worship team. David Green did …

: the next album I'll have to buy Andy Osenga notes today that Ben Shive is going to release his own album. No word yet on when this …

: finally up and running It’s taken too long, but noelridge.org is finally up and running with real pictures of our …

: being productive Last night Becky was gone to a baby shower at the church, and so after I put Laura to bed around 7 I …

: BookJournal: Fortunes of War Fortunes of War is a recent title from Stephen Coonts. It is in many respects a standard military …

: FeedLounge! The long-awaited FeedLounge finally opened for public signups yesterday. For those of you not …

: iTunes meme Geof did this, and it looked like fun. Open iTunes to answer the following: Total number of tracks: …

: US Cellular outage in Eastern Iowa I woke up this morning to find that I had very limited, analog cellular service. US Cellular has …

: too many rebates I’ve probably sent in more rebate forms in the last two months than I had in my entire …

: Weekend update Jan 2006 Well I’ve been a slacker lately as far as meaningful posts go… don’t know how …

: making things Occasionally when I walk through our building here at work to get to the cafeteria, I walk past some …

: getting things done No, Geof, I haven’t read the book, and this isn’t about the book. However, it has been …

: BookJournal: Stranger in a Strange Land I was on the prowl for some sci-fi to read last time I was at the library. They are courteous enough …

: worship team follow-up So we did two services this morning after the great WT practice on Wednesday, and the services went …

: worship team stuff We had our first WT practice in about a month on Wednesday night. It was good to get back to it. I …

: baby names OK, so Becky is due with kiddo #2 the first week of March. We’ve talked baby names a little …

: BookJournal: No Uncertain Terms Well I just about have this one finished up so I’ll write about it now. William Safire, in …

: well, it's official I got the letter from the FAA today that officially notifies me that I will be a DER candidate …

: back into the swing of things Today I’m back at work after 11 days of holiday. I was just about ready to come back… I …

: the obligatory new year's post I’m already a day late on this - it’s January 2nd, not the first. I’ll probably …

: BookJournal: PowerSat Powersat is one of the latest titles by long-time sci-fi author Ben Bova. Bova is a prolific author. …

: Upgrading the Tivo Hard Drive OK, so when we bought our 40-hour Tivo, it was small-ish for storage space, but it worked. Now that …

: Upgrade complete I’ve just finished upgrading all of the thehubbs.net blogs to Wordpress 2.0. It all seemed to …

: Christmas time is here... OK, so Christmas was actually two days ago. Now the family has all left for their respective homes …

: Christmas shopping... check. My today didn’t go as planned. But that’s OK - it’s turned out just fine anyhow. …

: Just for the record... …the new snowblower kicks butt. I probably looked like an idiot using a 5.5 hp 2-stage …

: Ben Shive, Harmony, and the Blood of Jesus All the recent posts about the AP Christmas concert at the Ryman last weekend reminded me of one …

: lots of travel, 30 minute interview Monday afternoon found me traveling to Wichita, KS, for my DER interview with the FAA. The wisdom …

: weekend update It’s been feeling like Christmas the last couple of weeks, what with the sub-zero temps and …

: Andy Gullahorn Geof Morris once referred to him as “Andy ‘It’s really sad that the only thing …

: I met the Queen of Iowa I met the Queen of Iowa, She was dying on a couch in the suburbs. And of all the things she was …

: So much to say... So Saturday night was the Behold the Lamb concert in Cedar Rapids. As you know if you read my …

: ok, so I'm a little bit excited... Tomorrow the Andrew Peterson Behold the Lamb Christmas tour is hitting Cedar Rapids! I …

: I got accepted. Well, so I still haven’t received the official “you’re invited for an …

: Things aren't right I’ve been reading several different books recently, and a discussion with Becky last night …

: the blessings of a holiday This holiday weekend we have left Iowa and headed to Wisconsin to visit my family. Thanksgiving with …

: I've moved... If you are reading this post, you’re reading it from my new web address: …

: I got accepted... I think... I got a letter from the FAA today inviting me to the DER seminar down in Wichita in January. …

: it's basketball time... My first basketball league of the season starts tonight. I’m really looking forward to it. I …

: It's cold and grey outside... …and I had been planning on doing yard work. I did a little bit this morning (ran the mower …

: Ender's Game I am a voracious reader of fiction. I read a good bit of non-fiction, too, but fictional thrillers …

: feeling young Last night we had a neighborhood potluck dinner, organized by our next-door neighbors. It was a bit …

: "A Separate Peace" Peggy Noonan writes a somber column today. An excerpt: I think there is an unspoken subtext in our …

: and he lifts up his arms in a blessing for being born again... Last week Becky and I were able to leave Laura with my folks and take a couple days of vacation up …

: priorities of time I wrestled in an earlier post with issues of time and busyness. I’m still wrestling with it. I …

: So I call you my country, and I'll be lonely for my home And the coal trucks come a-runnin' With their bellies full of coal And their big wheels a-hummin' …

: it's a Monday... …and stuff is a bit crazy here at work. Fortunately for me, I’m taking vacation this …

: OLN Hockey Blackout Yesterday night I sat down in front of the TV, looking forward to watching a hockey game. The Dallas …

: more odds and ends I’m getting a cold. I’d forgotten how much I hate colds. You can’t breathe, and …

: Happy Birthday sis! My little sister Rebecca (the youngest of us 5 kids) turns 18 today! Wow. Now I feel old. :-) Happy …

: Noelridge Park Church So, after months of planning, debating, and voting, we finally have a new name for our church. …

: The first time I've ever played a concert with somebody riding a cow in the background... Last Saturday afternoon I got to see Andrew Peterson and Andy Osenga in concert at …

: I'm full! I was remembering those Taco Bell ads the other day - the ones where a guy eats a burrito or …

: a general arrrrrgh... and then woohoo! I’ll come up with a more thoughtful post one of these days, I promise. But for now, more …

: Serendipity ser·en·dip·i·ty n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties 1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. …

: The Present Future, and associated thoughts I just finished reading The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church by Reggie McNeal. He …

: The church name is changing! After months of prayer, planning, and discussion, we took a congregational vote last night of intent …

: fun with guitars So yesterday I took my guitar in to see about getting the pickup fixed. Let me back up. I have a …

: in another life, I would like to be... I keep a little running list of things I’d like to do if I had another life to live. Not that …

: my blog is boring Becky was bored the other day and reading over some blogs (something she doesn’t do very …

: feel the beat of a distant thunder... I have a confession to make. I had been avoiding purchasing Andrew Peterson’s latest album. I …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 26 I received my OfficeMax gift card yesterday in the mail. It was accompanied by a cheesy little …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 25 Still counting. Maybe I’ll get my gift card before the holiday weekend… but that may be …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 24 Today I missed my first event due to not having a PDA to beep at me… I was supposed to meet a …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 23 Still nothin'. On another warranty replacement topic, I remembered this morning that the Countryman …

: The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers On my last visit to the local library, I found a slim volume on the “new books” shelf: …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 22 Date I started the process: August 6. Days since I called to start the process: 22. Days since I …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 19 Almost three weeks now and still nothin'. Geof suggests I should skip the Tungsten and go for a …

: Worship Team changes... We had our first worship team practice using individual microphones last night. Currently, we just …

: Odds and Ends Just miscellaneous stuff from my life today. I got my DSL modem hooked up last night so the Casa de …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 18 Nothing to report again today. Still waiting.

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 16 Nothing to report. I have meetings all morning this morning and would love to have the PDA for …

: not all that amusing: a review of Chris Rice's new CD I pre-ordered Chris Rice’s new album, amusing, back a couple of months ago when it was …

: My CD wish list OK, I’ll admit it: I have a CD-buying habit. It’s not as destructive or expensive as …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 15 Yes, it’s been over two weeks now since I first took my dead PDA in to get it replaced. If …

: OfficeMax Replacement Watch, Day 12 No events to report today. It is starting to drive me crazy not having my PDA. I didn’t …

: Come On! Feel The Illinoise! There have been a ton of reviews of Sufjan Stevens' new album, [Illinois], floating around lately. I …

: OfficeMax MaxAssurance Replacement Watch, Day 11 Sent the package off yesterday afternoon… it’s headed to Dallas. I’m guessing the …

: OfficeMax MaxAssurance Replacement Watch, Day 10 My prepaid mailing label came in the mail yesterday, so last night after softball I went to get …

: OfficeMax MaxAssurance Replacement Watch, Day 9 (part 2) My dear wife informs me that the mailing label came today. You can bet I’ll be shipping that …

: the sweet relief of work completed Last week was killer. I had soooo much to do. I’ve talked about this already so I won’t …

: OfficeMax MaxAssurance Replacement Watch, Day 9 Note from Chris: I’m not usually this bitter… but I’m taking no small pleasure in …

: a busy weekend I haven’t posted much this week… it’s been just a bit on the busy side. …

: I bet I'll be missing some meetings... My Palm Pilot died yesterday. OK, so they don’t call it a Palm Pilot anymore; mine is actually …

: the great escape act I haven’t written many (any?) posts on my first year’s worth of experience as a …

: DER Conference, Day 3 Today was the third and final day of the conference here in Norfolk. The conference itself was …

: DER Conference, Day 2 Another day in Norfolk, more of the conference. Fun fun. Today was “breakout sessions”, …

: DER Conference, Day 1 Today was the first day of the DER software conference (excuse me, the official title is the …

: On the road... I’m writing tonight from a hotel room in Norfolk, VA… I’m here to attend the 2005 …

: wait, don't work on it yet... It never fails. I start working on a not-approved-yet-but-probably-OK change request today, and …

: Randall Goodgame, where have you been all my life? Tuesday I found a bootleg concert recording of Randall Goodgame opening for Caedmon’s Call in …

: nothing is constant except change It has been one of those summers at church. We had a leadership meeting last night (to review: I am …

: a busy week... This upcoming week is gonna be a hum-dinger. Tonight is softball, first umping, then playing. …

: occasional down time Don’t be surprised if you see occasional downtime on my blog here over the next several days; …

: The day I became Fred's hero I don’t know what triggered this memory today… but I might as well tell the story while …

: Sahara Last night we had a babysitter available and so we went to the cheap seats theater in town and …

: A nice weekend Normally I don’t do a lot of “here’s what I did with my weekend”-type posts, …

: A little less wise Thursday morning I had the delightful experience of having 4 wisdom teeth removed. It’s the …

: Cakeboy? Who the heck is Cakeboy? In a comment sometime back, Amber asked about the whole House of Cakeboy title. While I may rename …

: Time to start studying I have set upon a new endeavor at work: I am applying to become a DER. A brief explanation is in …

: I should have my geek status revoked As I noted in my post to Mr. Murphy a week or so ago, I’ve been having problems with the new …

: new horizons in wife appreciation Becky went to a women’s retreat this weekend. She left Friday afternoon and didn’t get …

: boredom This has definitely been one of those boring weeks, especially as far as work is concerned. As I …

: The process of the Christian life... Was reading today and found this wonderful quote from Martin Luther describing the process of the …

: What's in a name? We’re holding some church leadership strategy meetings this summer, and one of the big topics …

: Mr. Murphy works on Sundays Mr. Murphy and his dang-blasted law were working busily yesterday. It was certainly one of those …

: random Saturday thoughts So, it' 8:30 on Saturday morning and I’m sitting here in the dining room watching Laura finish …

: are you trying to teach me something? Within the last 7 days I’ve heard three separate sermons from the same passage. This …

: ...and the streak is at 6 You gotta love the Chicago Cubs. They brought a guy up from Triple-A to start last night’s …

: Musical Baton And so today the musical baton was passed to me by Jeff Holland. It seems like a fun idea, but it …

: Moody Review: Gary Haugen Gary Haugen spoke to us last Tuesday afternoon at the pastor’s conference at Moody. Gary is …

: Home! I got home early this morning… 1:45 AM. It’s sure good to be home. Everything’s …

: Moody Conference, Day 4 It’s Thursday afternoon and the conference is winding down. There’s only one general …

: Moody Observations, Day 2 Amber liked my attempt at a descriptive writing post yesterday so I thought I’d give it …

: Moody Conference Day 2 It’s 1:10 PM and I’m skipping a general session to sit and write. Richard described this …

: Moody Conference Day 1 Monday, May 23rd 3:30 PM Richard picked me up at the house at 8:20 or so this morning. Said goodbye …

: longest... day... ever... Wow, the day is getting long and it’s not even 1030 yet. I’m in a wrap-up mode at work; …

: Happy Birthday Andrew! Today is my brother Andrew’s 19th birthday. A big happy birthday to you, bro, with hopes for …

: here goes nothin' Yesterday afternoon my manager walked in and asked me if I’d like to become a software lead …

: she's graduated! This weekend was my sister Rebecca’s high school graduation. She’s the youngest of us 5 …

: Music, family style... for real. Well, the long-awaited Sunday finally got here and I got to play keyboards in the worship team at my …

: Call me Mr. Fix-it No, this isn’t a home-improvement post… It’s more of a …

: I've been replaced by a machine! At least for Sunday, that is… I was unable to wrangle up a musician for the Sunday service, …

: I need a musician... …any musician. One of the downsides of being the music leader at a small church is that …

: a busy month... Well that personality thing was kinda boring, wasn’t it? You, reader, deserve a real, …

: making music, family style OK, I’m excited. I just finished talking to my brother Andrew. He is almost 19, has been …

: "energy dependence" Another day, another NRO column to comment on. Today it’s Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren …

: softball starts tonight! Our first softball game of the season is tonight. I’m soooo much looking forward to it. …

: zzzzzzzzz..... OK, so it’s Friday afternoon, and I’m bored. I’ve hit the end of the task list for …

: The war by? on? Christians in America... Stanley Kurtz has an excellent (if a bit long) column today discussing the current edition of …

: bleary eyed I know I owe everybody a blog post (it’s been a couple days… time to keep writing) but …

: sticking to our guns Ned Rice has a great column today on NRO where he makes a strong argument that the folks whining …

: slowly getting more out of touch... I have this “movies I’ve watched recently” link section on the side of the blog. I …

: well, no projects this weekend... So the weather intervened this weekend and I didn’t do any outside projects… apparently …

: projects Springtime has finally arrived in Iowa, and that means that the weekends become project time. That …

: softball..... finally! We had our first softball practice of the season last night. It was a beautiful night to be out, and …

: preaching on short notice... It had been planned for about a month that I would fill the pulpit at my church on April 24th. Then …

: nowadays the world is lit by lightning Peggy Noonan (one of my long-time favorite columnists, and a devout Roman Catholic) has a column …

: softball... I starting reading some of the other rmfo blogs and found David’s post on softball. I’m …

: it's a blog... I’ve made the switch today from my old blogger.com blog to my new rmfo-blogs.com blog. …

: Thanks Geof! Well it’s better than the old “hello world” message… :-) Thanks to GFM for …

: the joys of web design... I’ve been on a web page design kick lately. First it was with my church’s web page. The …

: elder = older? I’ve had several conversations lately regarding the qualifications for being an elder in the …

: Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places... A book by this title was given to my by my pastor last week; we are “kindred readers” …

: another year older... Has it really been 3 weeks since I’ve posted? Good grief! No wonder nobody reads my …

: Are online friends weird? I spend quite a bit of time hanging out at the online message board called “The Rumor …

: Foolish? “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools …

: Old music... great memories So I got an iPod for Christmas… and of course the next task is ripping all of my CDs to mp3s …

: OK, so I'm not posting often enough... Or so my sister tells me. Of course, she’s 17, a senior in highschool, and has the time to …

: getting older... It’s a weird thing to get older; and then in a way it’s the most natural thing we ever …

: network downtime... This morning we are experiencing one of those fun office moments known as “network …

: another week, another concert... After thinking things couldn’t get better from last week’s Caedmon’s Call concert, …

: an excellent concert... Went with my brother Ryan to a Caedmon’s Call concert Friday night at Judson College in Elgin, …

: it's over.... To quote John Derbyshire, YEEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAA! The election is over. Kerry conceded without putting …

: Death by Advertising... Well it’s the day before the national elections and living in Iowa that means we’re …

: My second post... Seems like I should have something profound for the first blog entries, and I can’t think of …

: This is my first post... Well the blog is here and now I have to actually maintain it. We’ll give it a try, though.