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Cycling and Suffering

Colombian Cyclists Dream Of Racing Out Of Poverty : NPR “If you can’t suffer, what good are you?” This quote by the 16 year old cyclist in the link above really got me thinking. I have been into bikes (read not necessarily cycling yet, but bikes) for nearly a year now, but have yet to…

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A Portrait of Christ

A Portrait of Christ from Jeremy Cowart on Vimeo. Great artwork by Jeremy Cowart…definitely worth a look and to experience this image coming to life.  

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An Atheists Explanation to His Child

I came across this article via twitter (@hopefulskeptic) and thought that it was interesting thing to think about. It’s an atheist father explaining in a letter to his 11 year old daughter why he doesn’t pray. I obviously don’t agree with the conclusions of the author, but I do think his perceptions of what Christians…

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Freeing Jesus

So, I actually have a minute to sit and write on my blog. I want to write in part because I don’t want to start on the 80+ emails in my inbox and party because I just want to prove to all 3 of you out there that I can still write on my blog.…

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Let us all…

“Let the just rejoice,for their justifier is born.Let the sick and infirm rejoice,For their saviour is born.Let the captives rejoice,For their Redeemer is born.Let slaves rejoice,for their Master is born.Let free men rejoice,For their Liberator is born.Let All Christians rejoice,For Jesus Christ is born.” – St. Augustine of Hippo Thanks to my friend Tim Bower…

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Can we clean our own backyard?

About two years ago I had the pleasure of attending a Christian Associates event called Thinklings. The topic was something like: “What does it mean to make the claim that Jesus is Lord in the pluralistic landscape of western Europe?” To be honest, this event was a hinge point for me and my view of…

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A Different Kind of Demonstration at Gay Pride Parade

My friend Dennis sent me this article and I really resonated with it: A Different Kind of Christian Demonstration at Gay Pride | TimSchraeder.com Reconciliation is at the heart of the Gospel. Reconciliation between once-opposed enemies is truly good news for all people. (What the angels spoke of to the shepherds in Luke’s gospel) Even…

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On the Train Tonight

Tonight I had ‘futbol’ practice…it was the first time I’ve been able to go since Matias was born…To get to the practice facility I take a train that’s a bit bigger than the metro and goes way out of the city. Tonight is the story of two train rides that have a sobering similarity. On…

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A Scene of Racism in Modern Europe

Ok…so huge title and I don’t think I’ll do much commentating on this topic, but here is an example of something that seems like it’s more from the Jackie Robinson era in baseball than it does from 2009 in Italian football. BBC News – Racist abuse against Balotelli feared at Inter-Juve tie The truth is…

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Commitment to Excellence? More like: Commitment to Self.

Disgruntled Oakland Raiders fans post billboard asking owner Al Davis to hire GM – ESPN Al Davis has done a fabulous job of preparing the Raiders to establish a new legacy when he’s no longer running things. I am a not a Raider’s fan at all, but still feel for fans who’ve had to put…

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Presence of the Lord….

I love this song for a few reasons… One: The words… I have finally found a way to live, just like I never could before.I know that I dont have much to give, but I can open any door.Everybody knows the secret, everybody knows the score.I have finally found a way to live in the…

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Self Deception? or just deception?

I recently read a book called ‘Leadership and Self Deception’ and in the book it told the story a man who truly believed that as a child he was in a concentration camp. He believed it to the extent that he wrote a book about it and won awards for his writing. But it wasn’t…

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The Future of Food

I watched this documentary on Hulu last night: The Future of Food To be honest when it was over, I was pretty fired up. The thought that kept going through my head was The love of money is the root of all evil. I am not shocked, but I am saddened at how many in…

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Don’t be like Miguel…please

I went to bed last night and panic hit me. I realized I was out of coffee. That meant one thing for me. I had to get up early and go get some! While I was out I decided to sit and read my bible for a while at the coffee shop. I’ve been reading…

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Listening too Much

Today Maisie was watching a show called Oswald. I’ve actually seen the episode with her before, but it didn’t hit me the first time. Here’s the summary of this episode. Oswald and his dog decide to build a birdhouse. They get the supplies and build their nice wooden birdhouse. They get it ready to put…

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What does this mean?

I came across this image while doing a search for an image of the book “The Freedom of God by James Daane” (I still didn’t find the image…I might have to scan my cover for my online library) Anyway…It was too random and I don’t know quite know the what the creator was trying to…

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Simplicity

I’ve been reading through 1 John the last few days. Today this part stuck out to me: 1 John 3:23 This is [God’s] commandment: to believe in his Son, the one named Jesus Christ, and to love each other as he commanded us. Those who obey Christ’s commandments live in God, and God lives in…

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**updated** The Renewed Mind Is the Key vs. Jesus is My Friend

This is seriously amazing…I half way respect their effort, but the rest of me just can’t this ‘are you serious?’ grin off my face…you know the one: where you’re kind of smiling because it’s awkward…and you don’t know what to do with your face. Anyway…watch this and you’ll see what I mean. The Renewed Mind…

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Michael Phelps’ Diet

Thanks to Jen for finding this article on the BBC… As US swimming sensation Michael Phelps sets his sights on more gold medal wins at the Beijing Olympics this weekend, the BBC’s Michael Hirst examines the part an extraordinary diet has played in the sportsman’s remarkable success. If it is true that you are what…

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Jesus the Pet Hater

I’m utterly grateful to Mike Goldsworthy for this and this is a complete rip off of his post…but this was too good not to pass on… This is an excerpt from this real Craigslist posting: Surely without you there, they would be stuck inside your empty house, starving to death with no one to feed…

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What *does* it cost?

Have you ever stopped to think, really think, about the impact that our choices make on the world? By ‘world’ I don’t me the world that exists immediately around you and me, I mean the world as a people group…a very…large…people group. I know this sounds trite, but the stuff that we use on a…

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I only wish I had this desire…

Today I did my best to be a good dad/husband. Jen and her mom hadn’t had much time to spend together…So they asked me (should’ve offered to score even more points!) to hang out with Maisie and Kylie so they could get some mom and daughter time. So off we went in the car, hoping…

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Ear Infection

For the past few nights Maisie has not slept well at all…I mean, it’s been brutal. Jen has been having a rough time. And it was getting frustrating. She would suddenly get pretty high fevers and she was teething like crazy….like four teeth coming in at a the same time. Not cool for her. Certainly…

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Off to Spain

Yes, you read it right. I am going to Spain. Five days ago, if you had asked me where I would be next week, the last thing I would have said would have been Spain…well maybe not the last thing.  Regardless, for the next 6 days, I’ll be in Barcelona and Valencia Spain. There is…

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About Jen

I am delirious as I write this right now, so we’ll see how this ends up. Jen is my wife. She is also my best friend. And even on top of that she is an excellent mother to our little girl Maisie. I could literally talk about Jen for hours. I have lots of favorite…

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What I’ve Done – Linkin Park Video

“So let mercy come, and wash away, what I’ve done…” From the voice of the singer of Linkin Park we hear a cry for forgiveness…a cry that all of us have probably said (or at least should have said) before about personal things…treating our friends badly, hurting people we love, not living rightly, etc… But…

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