Monthly Archives: April 2009

Shift Youth Ministry Conference

Last week I went to Chicago to attend a 3-day youth ministry conference called “Shift the Future” at Willow Creek Community Church.  It was sponsored by the Willow Creek Association, a leadership organization affiliated with the host church. I went … Continue reading

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World’s Worst Title for a Parenting Book

I found this newly-released book at a bookstore the other day and couldn’t resist buying it. Written by a couple of comedians and a therapist, the back cover reads: “Is it any wonder … Most people go through mid-life crises … Continue reading

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Easter 2009

We had a great time on Easter Sunday celebrating the Resurrection with a back yard full of family and friends.  The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and joyful bluegrass music was heard all over our neighborhood.  I’ve posted … Continue reading

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Writing to Serve

While I was teaching youth ministry at San Diego Christian College (seems like ages ago) I met a very talented woman named Maria Keckler, who taught English and computer literacy among other things.  She currently is developing a new website … Continue reading

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Got bad news? Just add banjo.

A funny commercial from Alaska airlines, probably based on the old Steve Martin routine.  Not a bad idea, actually. Alaska Airlines – Banjo

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Can You Hear the Music?

Years ago I heard my old friend Ben Patterson quote a theologian (can’t remember his name) who said, “Hope is hearing the music of the future; faith is dancing to it.”  I’m not much of a dancer, so I can’t … Continue reading

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Jack Black Bluegrass

Last Saturday night on the Grand Ole Opry: Actor Jack Black with Sam Bush (mandolin), Jim Mills (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Charlie Haden (bass) and other all-star pickers … must have been a fun night at the … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

I love Easter and and the season leading up to it. From Ash Wednesday, the entire 43-day season of lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day, it’s a special time of the year to reflect on the … Continue reading

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