Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: How I Was Involved In The Origins Of Trash Talking

no-friends Things I Heard In Church

I heard something the other day at our Sunday church service that I really identified with. Dave, my pastor, ate lunch alone every day of the fifth grade.

In the fifth grade, for the entire school year, Dave was on the outside–way outside. He said the worst days were when he’d try to sit somewhere in the lunchroom and one of his classmates would tell him to go sit someplace else, because a friend was already sitting there.

How I Was A Part Of The Origins Of Trash Talking

His story resonated with me because of an experience I had when I was about the same age. It triggered a memory from when I was nine years old. When I was nine Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I live with a dog who thinks he’s a human

werner-watching-john-wayne-movie-2016-croppedI live with a dog who thinks he’s a human.

He watches TV–like a human. Here we see him watching John Wayne with Kathy. He likes John Wayne movies. I think it’s the horses.

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Up until a few months ago, my mom-in-law lived with us. She was sick and dying. Werner seemed to know this and liked to lay down nearby. One time he brought a mouth full of his dog food and laid it at her feet. He’s never done that before, or since. Continue reading

Maybe The Most Undervalued Verse In The Bible (Or how to fail at guarding your heart)

heart-via-pixabay-no-attribution-required(Read Proverbs chapter 4)

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV

How To Fail To Guard Your Heart

The writer of Proverbs chapter four is sharing wisdom with his sons. He spends much of the chapter admonishing them to listen to his words and to value wisdom highly. Then, toward the end, he says what he says in verse 23, “Above all else, guard your heart . . .”

“Above all else,” he says.

This instruction, which is at the very least Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I Drive A 1998 Lincoln Continental With A Torn Headliner

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Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I drive a 1998 Lincoln Continental with a torn headliner–and I like it.

And here’s why… Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: On A Scale Of 1-10…

I recently had this conversation with my son Nate.

Nate: “Dad, on a scale of one to ten, how important do you feel it is, for you to be right?”

Me: “Is there an eleven?”

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I Recently Had This Conversation With Kathy

I recently had the following conversation with Kathy.

Kathy: “Sometimes you can be so dismissive.”

Me: “That’s ridiculous.”

(Kathy appreciates your prayers.)

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: He’s not particularly good at what he writes about

That’s right, I’m not particularly good at what I write about on this blog, specifically Continue reading