thumb licks [10.13.11]

A sample prayer plan. For those of you who like to have it really spelled out. Forgiveness is a ridiculous thing. A smart lessons from The Tale of Despereaux. Sin is cosmic Treason. Startling truth from R.C. Sproul. Managing social media before it manages you. Addicted to facebook, twitter, or google+? Honor your missionaries. I am bit biased towards this post. Holding translators responsible. Wycliff’s … Continue reading thumb licks [10.13.11]

thumb licks [10.5.11]

God: where are you? A good article when you feel as if God is distant. Death Interrupted. What does the gospel say amidst the death penalty issue? Signs you need to grow-up. Road signs towards adulthood. The Clarion Call to Watered Down Evangelicalism. The Sinful Tragedy of Boredom. Bored yet? 4 Kinds of people in the world. Which are you? Marcel the shell with shoes … Continue reading thumb licks [10.5.11]

Hell, Rob Bell, and reviews of the book Love Wins

There has been much stir over Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. Bell will tell you he does not want to be labeled a universalist [check out Bell’s interview’s with MSNBC and Relevant], however his book seriously and dangerously advances the cause of universalism from a popular and influential level. Yesterday, … Continue reading Hell, Rob Bell, and reviews of the book Love Wins

the uncool Jesus

Is it politically or even spritially correct to say that I don’t like Christian bookstores? Marketing the Christian faith is silly. Do you think Jesus could imagine His image of clothing, bobble-head doll, iTunes, a superstar Broadway show, and crucifix’s. Nothing fires me up more than a walk through a over-advertised faith-based bargain bonanza. I admit I am quite biased and bruising in my characterization … Continue reading the uncool Jesus

10 things I love and hate about teenagers in 2010

I get the privilege of ministering and serving with teenagers almost every day. There are some things that challenge me, fascinate me and drive me absolutely coo-coo about our teenagers. I love’m and hate’m at times. Love’m 1. Authentic. What you see is often what you get. They can be genuine and real. They can see through your junk. Sometimes brutally honest. 2. Commited to … Continue reading 10 things I love and hate about teenagers in 2010

Is Africa barbaric, forgotten or ignored?

Is Africa a continent out of control? Why are trucks loads of money, forces of relief aid, and sympathetic media attention not helping rather haunting the drifting dark land? In the past decade many regions of Africa have been blitzed by war and conflict, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Sierra Leone crisis and the war in Ethiopia and the various other … Continue reading Is Africa barbaric, forgotten or ignored?

a buffet of bratwursts (and a list of all my favorite diners, drive-ins, and dives)

This weekend I had the glorious opportunity to visit a local restaurant by the name of Schmidt Haus in German Village of Columbus, Ohio. There was a buffet of bratwurst, half-dozen array of amazing sausages, potatoes salads, sour kraut and red cabbage. For dessert we had a half-pound cream puff. It was though I had died and gone to heaven. Locally established restaurants are definitely … Continue reading a buffet of bratwursts (and a list of all my favorite diners, drive-ins, and dives)