Media Category

Kindle Fire Review – Three Days

In: Me, Media

I’ve owned a Kindle Fire now for three days (ish). I have some observations that might help others decide whether or not this is the device for them. I will say that, initially, I love this device. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and I’ve used it pretty extensively these past few days. It is far from […]

I watched Star Trek the reboot at the Alamo Village on May 7th at 7:00pm in 4K digital projection (which is astounding by the way… probably going to go there for ALL movies from now on… the clarity is incredible). Being a closet Trekkie my entire life (well, while I was younger, I was an […]

Over the Rhine

In: Culture, Friends, Media

Tonight I had what I consider one of the best musical experiences in my life. I saw Over the Rhine at the Texas Union Theatre with my wife and two great friends. If you haven’t heard of Over the Rhine, I commend them to you for a variety of reasons – whether you be a […]

The apparent implications of a media fast

In: Me, Media

I haven’t blogged much over the past two weeks. Apparently, in order to resist the temptation of mindless surfing, I’ve stayed away from the computer while at home except to perform a very specific task (like budgets and purchases). My media fast ends at the end of the day on Saturday. I’ll be back blogging, […]

The Anatomy of a Media Fast

In: Family, Me, Media

On Sunday I started a two-week media fast. This was a concept that God first introduced me to when I was a youth pastor. I had taken the youth to a retreat and in the retreat we were all challenged to examine our lives and see what changes might need to be made. God made […]

Listening Prayer… amazing stuff

In: Me, Media, Worship

For my 15 minutes of quiet time tonight, I was led to do something I’d never done before… a listening prayer. With my notebook in my lap, I asked God for guidance in a specific area of my life where I felt I needed great help and then I waited and listened and then wrote […]

I turn 41 in a few days and the process of self-reflection always gets amplified during this time of the year for me. This year it seems to have gone into overdrive due to the following facts: I’ve come to an epiphany regarding my unwillingness to put forth effort because I tend to believe that […]

While at the Transforming Culture Symposium, each day we corporately read aloud a prayer based upon the prayer below. They did modify it quite a bit for the symposium to make it more obviously Christian and, it appears, a bit more succinct – here is the original: Herbert Whittaker’s eloquent “Prayer for the Artists” was […]

Finally plenary – notes unedited Hopeful subversion – we should all specialize in this In Revelation, rather than moving from the present to the future to determine the future, God moves from the future to the present. The Holy Spirit moves from the future to the present God’s future erupts into our present 6 Things […]

This was the final session and it was a discussion with all the plenary speakers… this set of notes is very incomplete as there was a lot said and much was good, but I’ve captured a good bit (plus I wasn’t there right at the beginning) Question: What is discouraging and encouraging to you right […]

Hopefully, you see in these writings a man who is staying The Course and pursuing The Path amidst the pitfalls and selfish ways of being a son of Adam. I pray earnestly that my writing would encourage some of you by showing you that this journey - though arduous and sometimes tragic - is a journey of great satisfaction. A satisfaction greater than our greatest imaginings. The trials and refining fire of tribulation are to be recognized as a small shadow of the suffering of our Savior so that we can rejoice, as Peter and the disciples did, to be counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Name.