Posted: December 9, 2013 in Faith, Life
Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
rising early in the morning,
will be counted as cursing.
– Proverbs 27:14
I admit I’m a morning person. Even when I stay up late, I’m up before everyone else in my house. Yes, I’m one of those disgusting people who is generally chipper in the morning. I don’t even need caffeine early in the morning (I start to feel the need about 9-ish or so). The above quoted verse is one I remember first coming across in high school. Perhaps a friend pointed it out to me. I don’t recall that part clearly. The admonition of the passage I do remember. My thoughts ran something like this: “Dude! Tone it down in the morning. You’re a bit loud for this time of day.” The flip-side of my coin is that I have a tendency toward grouchiness in the evenings.
To everything there is a season (turn turn turn). Apparently early morning isn’t the time for exuberant, joyful greeting. Better save that for mid-morning, or early afternoon.
Posted: November 27, 2013 in Life
A little while ago I helped draft a remote work policy for the computer company I work for. I had to do a lot of research and reading up on the pros and cons of remote status. Below is a link to an interesting short article on working from home (or working remote). Only one of these concerns could be an issue for me (distractions) but I’ve learned organizational techniques to mitigate against that. Keep me moving in the right direction.
5 Signs You’d Hate Working From Home
Personally, I love working remote with the occasional office visit. In general I’m more productive with a much higher job satisfaction.
Posted: October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
Today was my first Sunday as the Lead Pastor of Harvey Park Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado. This move has been the most difficult we’ve ever had. We are here, however, because we believe God has called us here and has something great in store for HPBC. I think the service went well. The fact that we had some glitches only gave me further illustrations: We are, none of us perfect, and all in need of God’s grace…and to offer grace to one another. I spoke on catching God’s vision and following His purpose for us.
After the service the church had a small reception for us. After this, I was able to visit a couple of our shut-ins and take them communion. It was obvious this simple act meant much to them and I had a good time getting to know these folk who have served so faithfully for so long.
It was a good day.
Posted: September 18, 2013 in Faith
I caught a glimpse in my rearview mirror
Of an old familiar face
Blurry image coming in clearer
Of a past I can’t erase
I could’ve sworn I put him in the ground
But looks like he’s found his way out
God, help me get away
Break the chains and set me free
From the other side of me
I can’t fight this fight alone
I’ll never make it on my own
Lord Jesus, rescue me
From my own worst enemy
– Casting Crowns “My Own Worst Enemy”
That which I thought had been dealt with is not. My depravity is a hydra which rears two heads for every one I lop off.
Posted: August 22, 2013 in Life, Technology
A coworker asked about the notebook that’s always sticking out of my shirt pocket. This led to a discussion of tools for taking notes and storing and retrieving data. I am not an organized person by nature but rely heavily on external tools keep me moving in the right direction. As the conversation with my coworkers wrapped up I decided to send an email to my teammates with the various tools I use to keep track of my life and work, and how I use them. Out of that email came this post. There may be one or two others out there who read this blog and haven’t yet considered these tools, or who have ideas and suggestions of their own. For you I submit this short list and encourage feedback. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 21, 2013 in Education, Life
I learned a new word today:
- walking or traveling about; itinerant.
- ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.
- ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.
- a person who walks or travels about.
- ( initial capital letter ) a member of the Aristotelian school.
I’m helping to devise a Remote Worker Policy (or Telecommuting Policy) for a company and doing some research into what other firms have done, best practices, pitfalls, etc. I ran across this word in one of the documents.
I like it. One could say I am a peripatetic preacher as I tend to walk about while I preach.
Posted: August 18, 2013 in Life
Moving sucks. There’s just no way around it. Finding a new place is a hassle, but nothing compared to the actual event of moving itself. Unless you’re fortunate enough to simply call a full service moving company (which has dangers and frustrations all its own) then you’re in for a lot of work and stress.
We’re moving to Denver in the next four to six weeks. Yesterday was the first of several yard sales in an effort to slim down our moving mass. What we’re aiming for is more of a “relocation” and less of a move. What’s the difference? The mass and volume of stuff. We’re selling almost everything. Living room set, family room furniture, books, clothes, nicknacks, whozits and whatsits galore. I even sold off my Fender Strat for an obscenely low price. Could have made more than double on Ebay – if I’d wanted the hassle, which I don’t.
We still have to locate a place to move in to. So, if you know of a place in SW Denver with 3 or more bedrooms, at least 1.5 bath for $1,400 a month or less, feel free to drop me a line.