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Chance favors the connected mind…

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on TED.com I really enjoyed this video from Steven Johnson from TED.com. It makes me want to pay more attention to random conversations I have, write more down, have the courage to follow my passion, and to drink more coffee. Enjoy

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The Empathetic Civilisation

I’ve only watched the first half of this, so I can’t be held accountable for the second half if it’s bad, but this is a really interesting video. Thanks to Tim for posting it on his blog.

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Thoughts on Prayer by Stanley Hauerwas

Take 2 minutes and watch this. I think that Hauerwas exposes and articulates some of what I think God has been trying to teach me about prayer and life with Him over the past few years. (forgive the brief expletive if it offends….)

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Mac Software Company Donates $850,000 to Charity

MacHeist » Forums » MacHeist 3 Charity Breakdown Mike G told me about MacHeist and I was stoked to get some great software for an amazing price…but I’m even more stoked to see that they gave just shy of 1 million dollars to charity due the sale of this bundle. You can click the above…

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This is what the Kingdom is all about

I had tears in my eyes as I finished this story…and usually when I read ESPN.com I’m crying because the Colts lose another playoff game. But this time it’s because I’m so thankful that I’m a part of this Kingdom… http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3789373   thanks to Brant at Letters from Kamp Krusty for posting this…

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…so he got up…

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. I’ve been spending time reading through John 13-17 lately. I hope that one…

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Onion Article…

I should be packing right now…or at least making coffee, but instead I found myself clicking around blogs and saw this on the blog of a friend from college…thanks Chad, didn’t know you had a blog until today! But this is article is really funny…and should be read…if you don’t get the irony of this,…

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Black Friday

Well…today we had our own version of Black Friday…the day typically known as the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S….we did spend money, but it wasn’t on gifts.  Our Black Friday contained us missing our train back to Holland by…1 minute. Then having to pay a nice sum to get on the…

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Psalm 19:1-4

The heavens declare the glory of God, And the sky displays what his hands have made.  One day tells a story to the next. One night shares knowledge with the next without talking,      without words,             without their voices being heard. Yet, their sound has gone out into the entire…

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Hmm…we gotta do some thinkin’ on this one

I got this stat from another blog called ‘Next Reformation‘ who writes from Canada…Worth a listen and some time asking this question, “If we are really serious about blessing the world around us, are we really listening to what those further from God care about or do we just simply want to do what we care…

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Bells

I had forgotten about church bells in Europe…funny the things that leave the mind after a year. But near Phil and Laina’s there is a church called De Bron (in English = The Source). On Sunday as Jen and I were sitting up in the office at the house we heard the bells ring. And…

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Is There Just Too Much on the Jesus Sandwich?

Yesterday I went over to my buddy Jeremy’s place to help put in a fence…I got in a conversation with one of his neighbor’s friends who had recently started going back to a church because of his kids. As the conversation went on we started talking about the Church. I was asking his thoughts about…

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Hope That Changes Everything

I have been doing a lot of reflecting as we’ve been coming up on Easter. In a lot of church circles, people have rediscovered traditional ways of preparing for Easter…namely Lent. I’ve tried to do lent, but usually forget what it is I’m fasting from until I’m half way through some fries or a glass…

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The Story of Stuff

If you click on this website you’ll find a 20 minute video that should change the way that you think about your life and the way that you live it. It did for Jen and I. I couldn’t help but feel that this video was a truth that we Christ followers should be (and should…

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To Celebrate God

A guy that I’ve never met named Marty posted this quote on Alan Hirsch’s blog…I especially like the definition of the Church at the end of it…It’s from 1962; “A Private and Public Faith”, by William Stringfellow “The religious suppose that only the religious know about God or care about God, and that God cares…

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Evil and the Poor

I’ve challenged myself to begin reading through the Psalms once a month…So I’m 11 days into it and have read nearly half of the Psalms…*patted self on back. Anyway…the real reason that I wanted to write about this is because I noticed a pattern in some of the Psalms. The ‘evil people’ that David refers…

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Community/APEPT Influence Idea

Over the past six months I’ve been spending a lot of time reading. My two favorite books so far have been The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch and The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom. Both of these books really got me thinking about leadership and how it could be structured…

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The Game

I first saw the movie ‘The Game’ when it came out in 1997, but there wasn’t much to choose from at the video store tonight so I picked it up again. Michael Douglas plays a character name Nicholas Van Orten, an investment banker who has grown up to be rich, cut-throat, self-absorded, and lonely. His…

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Where does this come from?

Last night Jen and I watched the movie “Fast Food Nation”. When we rented the movie we thought it was a comedy…but it wasn’t really a comedy at all…and there was certainly not much to laugh about.* At the end of the movie Jen and I were both feeling really heavy. I know that movies…

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Letters from Leavers

I want to take a quick second to tell you all about a cool new site that is starting up. It’s called Letters from Leavers. Tim, one of my roommates in college…the most ruggedly good looking of all the roommates…he might ad…started this project with a friend from school. The idea is to give a…

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Eye for Eye?

So I was at a pub trying to get some work done the other day and I struck up a conversation with some really nice people. Brother and sister…Brits who grew up in France. We started talking sports. Then moved to politics. Then moved to the justice systems of the world. Then moved to religion.…

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God speaking through Will Smith?

Yes…the Fresh Prince himself…I was looking around on the CBS channel on YouTube yesterday and came across this interview of Will Smith. He is in a new movie called the Pursuit of Happyness. You can see the trailer here. I don’t know when it will come out in France, but I really want to see…

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