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Dec
17
2012

Making Sense of That Which Makes No Sense

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On November 13, 1989 a thirteen year old boy came home from school to find his father home. Knowing his father was home several hours early, he instantly realized that something was up… and his father told him something that would have a significant impact on the rest of his life. That was the day that I learned my aunt had killed my three cousins before killing herself. The impact of that day has affected […]

Dec
11
2012

Celebrating Advent vs Celebrating Christmas

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Every year around this time we find ourselves inundated with the battle over whether we say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays! I have long since washed my hands of such discussions, but lately I have started to wonder whether or not we should start to question the way we name this season after all. I am not talking about debating using holidays, Christmas, or Chrismahanukwanzakah as a proper descriptor… rather, I’d like to see the phrase […]

Nov
26
2012

3 Stories or Asking a Better Question

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Three stories to start your week: 7-11 On Saturday Theresa and I drove from Hatteras Village, North Carolina back to Long Island. Along the way, we were reminded why we traditionally avoid I-95 when at all possible: heavy traffic. Somewhere around King’s Dominion we pulled off at a local 7-11 in order to refuel, and… uh, refresh. As I brought my Diet Cokes up to the cashier, I walked into a conversation between the store’s […]

Nov
22
2012

Thankful…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Hatteras Village, North Carolina! This has been another great Thanksgiving week for our family. Even though the fish haven’t been biting all that much, we have still been able to have a great time hanging out in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. This year’s Thanksgiving started with the Surfing Turkey 5K and Drumstick Dash. Aunt Theresa and Uncle Matt took our nephew Shane out for his first race… […]

Nov
21
2012

Keep the Veggieducken, We Want the Real Thing

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Full disclosure: I am not a vegetarian. In fact, I laugh pretty hard when Tony Bourdain makes vegetarian jokes. That said, I respect the choice s made by my vegetarian brethren… though I won’t be turning in my steak for tofu any time soon. I yesterday, I stumbled across something that has had me scratching my head ever since: The Veggieducken. This is something to behold… squash, yams, stuffing, leeks, and who knows what else baked […]

Nov
15
2012

The Difference a Generator Makes

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A few weeks ago I was a part of The Nines conference. During my presentation, I spoke on the importance of social justice in the church, and how it really is an evangelistic effort. Last night, while sharing dinner with our community group, a friend shared how he thought that recent events on Long Island gave the church an incredible opportunity to care for people, and share Christ with them… I couldn’t agree more. Earlier this […]

Nov
1
2012

Intentional Announcements

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For the last several months, whenever I drive through Westbury, NY, I have seen a sign for Taco Joe’s Southwestern Eats Yogurt and Such Cafe. Now, the restaurant has just opened, and while I am sure that Joe is a pleasant enough guy, I doubt that I will be visiting anytime soon. Why, you ask? Because I am confused. The establishment’s name communicates two totally different messages to me, and I am forced to figure out if […]

Oct
17
2012

Mike Huckabee Called Me Personally

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Mike Huckabee called me yesterday. Well, it wasn’t exactly Mike Huckaby, but the recording of his voice assured me that he wanted to call me personally. While I have no idea what Mike wanted to discuss with me, I hung up on him after he used the word personally on a robocall, his call has had me thinking about how important it is for our actions to match up with what we communicate. Recently, I had […]

Oct
16
2012

The Fine Line Between Witnessing, and Being Weird

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I mentioned earlier that one of the coolest parts of the last few weeks has been watching the church step up to be The Church. Whether it was meals, check in calls, or dropping everything to spend six hours chauffeuring our family around, it was incredible to watch our faith community rally around us and support us during these last few weeks. We have also been greatly touched by the amount of mail that has come our […]

Oct
4
2012

Watching the Church Be The Church

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With all the difficulties of last week, Theresa and I got to watch something pretty cool happen. Every night last week, somewhere around sixish, a car would pull up in front of our house, and out would come one of our friends carrying a culinary delights. While the food was amazing, the best part of the experience for us was that we had the opportunity to tell the story of these meals to our neighbors, […]

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