Blackberry Update!

Got a text message this morning from T-Mobile letting me know that there is an update for my Curve. Turns out that I can now record video on my phone, which is awesome since it has the camera which would allow for it anyway (and a media manager that has had a place for my…

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What happened to two thirds of the Church?

Earlier this week Dr. Philip Jenkins came and spoke to a number of faculty and students at Bethel Seminary on the subject matter of several of his books (most recently ‘The Lost History of Christianity‘). It was very eye opening. His focus has primarily been the eastern and African church during the millennium of the…

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Checking my Podcast Playlist

There are thousands out there, so which ones have my ears (and some my eyes)? More importantly this will serve as a reminder to me if my G4 tower, holding all my subscriptions, crashes. My top three podcasts are: Internet Business Mastery Ted Talks Armada Skis The full list of podcasts I listen to on…

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Optimizing our App while moving

It has been a bit of a crazy last two weeks. Aside from moving into a new unit (now on the top floor with a great view, and almost no noise!), I’ve been working my butt off on stuff for nineteen05. It’s so excited to see how far everything has come in the past year.…

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Sermon: The Unexpected Journey

This last Thursday I had the opportunity to speak at the first weekly meeting of UW – Stouts’ Campus Crusade. It was a lot of fun to get back to Stout and see a bunch of familiar faces, and even more new faces. With everything that has been going on there, I was overwhelmed to…

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

Happy Second Anniversary to us! YAAY! The last two years have gone by so quickly! Of all the things i could post here, some sweet and enduring things crossed my mind, and then I saw this from one of the best sites on the Internet. Thank you so much for putting up with such a…

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Memorization Tips

I’ve long struggled with memorizing scripture (amongst many other things) and came accross this today. A study from the University of Michigan says that going outside and spending a few moments with nature – you know, that thing we’re supposed to take care of (Gen 2:15) – can improve your focus, memory, and attention. At…

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Hamas Leader's Son Converts to Christianity

Pretty ridiculous story of an insanely brave man, Mosab Hassan Yousef. For those of you who don’t know, leaving the Islamic tradition in strict practicing societies brings the penalty of death (often literally) and at a minimum you will likely never know your family again. Yousef, 30, said he realized the true nature of Hamas…

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Importance of Sleeping in and Sleep Strategies

I came across this short list that promotes sleeping in. Love it, and I love sleeping in. To bad courses start up Monday and I’ll again be sitting in those hard wood chairs at 8am. Enjoy the list from wired. You may need more sleep than you think. Research by Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders…

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Books I read in 2008

I hope this list ends up being comprehensive but I’m really just looking at my book shelf and trying to remember what I read, if for work or pleasure. Of this list I know there are some books i read in full for different courses in the past year that aren’t here because they were…

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Happy New Year!! Hello 2009

A year has come and gone. Of my years of late this one has been rather uneventful. Aside from started up Nineteen05 back in January and starting Seminary in the spring we have just been chugging along. No major trips (only a handful of weddings), and nothing overly dramatic took place. Don’t believe that I…

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Photo from Friday

Last Friday we went out to the Holidazzel Parade and it was really cold, well into the negative digits and on our walk back to the North Loop we past this garage that was full. Thought it was a nice image and captures the attitude that us Minnesotans take during the winter. No frigid weather…

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Men and Women of Today

I mentioned a quote from a book by Henri Nouwen in November (here) and since finishing that book have really connected and identified with Nouwen as an author and a man of God. In much the same way as I have connected with Andrew Murray (19th Century author) who I have read a number of…

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Church Exposing Members Sin Publicly… really?

I just posted about an hour ago about the passing of the second founder of the Moral Majority (which later evolved into the Evangelical Right). Now i was catching up on feeds for the day and came across this. Rebecca Hancock told FOXNews.com that Grace Community Church, a non-denominational church in Jacksonville, Fla., was against…

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End of an era, begining of a new one?

Yesterday evening I came across in one of my feeds this article about the passing of Paul Weyrich. His name didn’t initially strike me but the movement that he helped create (along with the late Jarry Falwell) has influenced and, in my opinion, abused the church in America for the last 3 decades. Those two…

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Sermon: How should we love?

This sermon was given during a preaching course at Bethel Seminary (CP720, you should take it!). The context was given to me after my first sermon in the course. I was to be preaching the Sunday after the tragic death of two youth in our church. Not the best context to preach into (I was…

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St. Croix Panorama

This panoramic shot was take about a month ago and is a stitching together of 17 images in Photoshop to span from looking north east to south. Original image is 15736×3477 pixels. (Posting on flickr)

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Sun Setting on the American Century… Really?

According to a new government report, America is doomed…. The next two decades will see a world living with the daily threat of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and the decline of America as the dominant global power, according to a frighteningly bleak assessment by the US intelligence community. “The world of the near future will…

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Characteristics of a Leader

Watching a video of Edwin H. Friedman during a course he raised several characteristics a self-differentiated leader should have. Vision Stamina (ability to withstand mutiny) Persistence Self-Regulation in the face of sabotage This leader would be one devoted to a vision and cause above and beyond the people involved with that cause. He goes on…

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