Things I’m Loving (7.22.11 edition)

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  1. Harry Potter and the Nostalgic GeekDad.  Great post on reminiscing on the series and how one dad read all of the stories to his daughter as they came out.  The Harry Potter series is probably my favorite book series and I am sad to see it go but I also look forward to finding something unique to share with my kids and I anticipate the next great book series that will take the imaginations of kids everywhere to new heights (nope, Twilight doesn’t come close.  The Hunger Games are good though but not anything compared to Harry Potter).

Video

  1. 7 Harry Potter movies in 7 minutes.  I saw this movie the other day and loved it.
  2. Kid’s react to Greatest Marriage Proposal ever.  I love the original proposal on youtube and this is a great reaction video.  “You don’t interrupt so many people’s movie just to propose to your wife.”
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Things I’m Loving (7.22.11 edition)

Read

  1. Harry Potter and the Nostalgic GeekDad.  Great post on reminiscing on the series and how one dad read all of the stories to his daughter as they came out.  The Harry Potter series is probably my favorite book series and I am sad to see it go but I also look forward to finding something unique to share with my kids and I anticipate the next great book series that will take the imaginations of kids everywhere to new heights (nope, Twilight doesn’t come close.  The Hunger Games are good though but not anything compared to Harry Potter).

Video

  1. 7 Harry Potter movies in 7 minutes.  I saw this movie the other day and loved it.
  2. Kid’s react to Greatest Marriage Proposal ever.  I love the original proposal on youtube and this is a great reaction video.  “You don’t interrupt so many people’s movie just to propose to your wife.”

Things I’m Loving (7.15.11 edition)

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  1. Ricky Gervais discussing the 10th anniversary of the Office.  I enjoyed his recap of the beginning of one of my favorite shows.  
  2. Everything I know about leading worship I learned from an Irish Rock StarAaron Niequist does a great job writing about his experiences at U2 concerts.  I have never been to one but I definitely want to go soon.  Here’s a couple great quotes:  “Maybe God’s fed up with hearing passionate promises about what we are going to do for Him, and He’s anxiously waiting for us to get up and do it!  How many times can a husband make a promise to his wife that he doesn’t keep before the words move from a declaration of love to an infuriating insult?” Here’s another good quote:  “But with every word and note and smirk and pose, Bono seems to be desperately trying to lead us all upward in what we believe and how we live.  Inspiring our hearts and igniting our feet.  In other words…doing the work of a worship leader.”
  3. How to get rejectedJeff Goins does a good job explaining why we should never give a ‘no’ for someone when asking something of them.
  4. Acoustic Guitar Tips.  I tend to break strings on occasion.  More than I care to admit.  This was a great post that I found quite helpful in that regard.  It relates mostly to switching strings/guitars without distractions.

Video

  1. Michael Jordan Failure commercial.
  2. The fringe benefits of failure.  To celebrate (and mourn) the final Harry Potter film, I wanted to post J.K. Rowling’s Harvard commencement address about how to overcome failure.

Books

I finished reading three books this week.

  1. Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deavers.  This is the new James Bond book, a character I have loved since I was a little kid.  This is actually the first James Bond book that I have ever read and I was caught up in it the whole way.  Very well done.
  2. This is a Book by Demetri Martin.  Very, very funny book.  I have loved his standup comedy and this book is filled with one liners and great random stories that will leave you enthralled throughout.
  3. Poke the Box by Seth Godin.  The Domino Project is a new endeavor that Godin has tackled.  They publish one book a month through Amazon and they deem them as more manifesto-like than a book.  They are all supposed to start a revolution and this one is all about shipping what you are making.  Don’t wait until things are perfect.  Set a deadline and execute.  Great short read.

Things I’m loving (7.8.11 edition)

I have missed doing these the past couple weeks  but here is my favorite stuff from this week.
Video:
  1. Listener, Wooden Heart.  I like the style of music he has (spoken word music).  Very unique.  Sample of lyrics that are delicious to feast on:  “so come on and let’s wash each other with tears of joy and tears of grief
    and fold our lives like crashing waves and run up on this beach
    come on and sew us together, tattered rags stained forever
    we only have what we remember
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer.  I love this trailer.  I read this book on my honeymoon and couldn’t get enough of it.  It is pretty dark and graphic but very good story and having James Bond as the lead excites me.

Reading:

  1. 10 Time-Savers that aren’t saving you anything.
  2. Interview with Francis Chan about his new book on the subject of hell.  I can honestly say that I was extremely excited about Francis Chan’s new book.  Not just because it is on the subject of hell which has been such a huge controversy recently but because it is hard to hear from him ever since he stepped down from his church.  I thought this was a great book, by the way.  It didn’t really give me new information but it convicted the mess out of me.
  3. The chase.  Jon Acuff does a good job of hitting on why we try so hard to earn our place in life.
  4. The Impetus of Leadership.  This was written by my good friend, Eric Freeman, who is a worship leader here in Greensboro and has been a great catalyst in my life.  This is a really well post examining our actions and the motive behind them.
  5. What I’ve learned after 5 years of ministry.  I don’t know the author, Tim Raymond, but I like this post a lot.  Probably found it from the challies blog or Justin Taylor.
  6. Walmart v. Amazon.  Really good infograph for where each of these companies stand.
  7. 4 types of Christian newlyweds.  Great post that fits my current situation with all the recent weddings I’ve attended and will attend to finish out the year.
  8. Sitting is killing you.  Vicky Beeching put up a great infograph that inspired me to stand, literally.

Books

I am currently reading Carte Blanche, the new James Bond book by Jeffrey Deavers, Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me by Ian Cron, This is a book by  Demetri Martin, and King’s Cross by Timothy Keller.  All are keeping me interested thus far.

What are you currently reading?  Or what has inspired, instructed, or challenged you on the internet this week?

Nowitzki style

This quote has been making its way in circles I run in but I just want to post it here in case you haven’t heard it.

“Do you need a championship to validate your place among the greatest players of all time?”  Dan Patrick in a recent Sports Illustrated

“I don’t really consider myself as one of the greats of all time.” – Dirk Nowitzki

That’s humility.  And that’s why he won the NBA Finals.  I was honestly going for the Heat in the Finals (and they are my team on NBA 2k11) but they couldn’t keep up against Nowitzki.  They lost heart.  Probably because they thought they earned it.

Never think you’ve earned something because then you’ll never be worthy of keeping it.

God hates those who pride themselves on what they have.  He is always after the heart of the humble.

Set list 7.3.11

This was our 2nd week of the Old Testament Misunderstandings and I thought Tim did a great job of explaining how the law should relate to our lives.

I’ll try and add some quotes soon for you.  But check out the message here which should be up this evening.

We had an acoustic team this week (guitar, bass, and djembe) and we sat on stools which gave us a different feel that reminded me of VH1 Storytellers or MTV Unplugged (I miss those shows).

Here was our set list:

No other name – Jason Bunch

Your grace is enough – Chris Tomlin
Mighty to Save – Hillsong
Joyous Light – Chris Tomlin
Amazing Grace

Refuse to be denied – Desperation Band

What songs did you sing at your church this week?

Why I love the 4th but hate fireworks

7/4 is one of my favorite days.  I sincerely love it.  I am a history buff and find great joy when I contemplate the sacrifices that were made for our freedom here in America.  Thanks to all those who gave their lives to protect this great country.

But I hate fireworks.  I just don’t get them.  I was never really fascinated with them.  Friends of mine had poppers and sparklers and anything else that was on fire and makes loud noises.  But I didn’t get it.  I didn’t see what all the fuss was about.   I can understand the fascination that pyros have but come on normal people.

So here are 4 reasons why I never liked celebrating with fireworks:

  1. Its hot outside and I’m a Bunch (for those new to my life, here’s an equation:  bunch = lots of sweat.  You could also refer to us as sweaters.   Not Cosby but sweat-ers.)
  2. I didn’t want to stand there hurting my neck looking up at something that is like 2 miles away.
  3. It also sucks because the sound never lines up with the light.  It feels like a bad Japanese movie.
  4. The people oooing and ahhhing.  Have these people never seen lights?  Have they never turned on a TV or driven in traffic?

I thought about having 74 reasons why I hate fireworks on this post but decided to not be a pessimist.  So here’s to our freedom.  Let’s just come up with something better than fireworks to give thanks.