Baseball Fever—Cards, Josh Hamilton and a Strawberry

I just came back from a few days of vacationing in St. Louis, Missouri. Not only was it nice to visit my old stomping grounds with my two sons, but it ‘s always nice to wear my St. Louis Cardinals cap and not be the only one.

Here in New York City, I’ll frequently get a smirk from Mets fans, but in St. Louis, one acknowledging nod can lead to a 10-minute conversation about pitching assignments, Tony Larussa’s ability to manage a lineup and, of course, the amazing prowess of Albert Pujols

Baseball fever is at an all-time high in St. Louis. As of this posting, the Cardinals are sitting atop the number one spot in the National League Central Division and we have two premier pitchers (Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright) and arguably the best hitter in the last decade (the aforementioned Pujols).

The Real Christmas Story

The Christmas story we tell ourselves is usually nice and neat. But was it really that way?

Leadership is Character, Not Just Effectiveness

John Saddington is a social computing strategist, a technologist, a web junkie and the Creative Web Director @ Northpoint Ministries.  He thinks, "To reach people that no one is reaching we have to do things that no one is doing."

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Leadership is Character, Not Just Effectiveness

Something I've been recently chewing on is how leadership plays out in the online space. For a few, it's already been "earned" or developed as they've had exciting careers and have a proven track record of leadership.

Transitions in Life: A Shoutout from Idaho

My last blog alluded to change in our lives.  I thought I might give a brief bit of explanation to these changes now that we are fully in the midst of them. 

I used to be a pastor on staff at a church of 4000+ people in Southern California.  I am now unemployed and volunteering at a church plant in Boise, Idaho.  The church is small and meets in a theater.  

I was a PhD student studying at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena.  I am currently now taking a break from this in order to relocate and look for a job.  (I do plan on continuing at some point however).

Did I mention we now live in Meridian, Idaho?  Meridian is a town right outside of Boise.  Where we lived in Socal, we could drive an hour in any direction and still be in the city.  Now, I drive one minute in any direction and pass cow or corn farms.

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Jason Jaggard: Clean Platers

Jason is a social innovator, writer, speaker, and activist for cultural change in Los Angeles.  He serves with Mosaic, a global NGO passionate about bringing dignity to humanity's spiritual journey and creating communities that unleash human creativity and potential.

Find out more about Mosaic HERE.


Clean Platers

When I was a kid my grandma used to make me eat.  A lot.  I think it was because she was a product of the Great Depression and because she had enough canned goods in her basement to stockpile Poland.  But she would always say the same thing when she gave me food:  “I want you to be a clean plater.”

Whose Footprint?

You don’t have to be hardwired for poetry to consider the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with lyrical wonder. Space travel was then, and will always be, the fascinating collision of God and man, the chance for ordinary mortals to do something divine while the world watches on. But here’s the irony: we seem to be more enamored with the astronauts and tech-wizards who dared to press a bootprint into the lunar soil than we are the God who created the tiny ball of dust in the first place. Seems like misguided awe to me.  

Mankind has always been like that—more often impressed with itself than God. When the astronauts arrived back to earth to face TV cameras and book deals, they must have felt what Apollo 13 author Jeff Kluger called “existential whiplash.” One commander remembered attending a celebratory barbecue and asking himself “What am I doing here?” It wasn’t a literal question in the least; perhaps he knew better than the rest of us that seeing the glowing perimeter of the moon in your windshield can make you consider your teeny-weeny insignificance in powerful new ways. Would they dare tell the fawning public that what they did was really no big deal in comparison?

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Man Code

What the heck is “Man Code”? As you probably know, I am watching the Bachelorette and last night I sat in front of the screen for 2 hours tuning into grown men debate what they can and can’t do while being guided by this “man code.” Is this what chivalry has become? Watch out ladies – the leader is Dave. The same Dave who complimented her “ass” after a month on the show and reached over to cover her shirt while narrowly missing out on copping a feel.

What took me by surprise is not that a man of his caliber did this, but that it took prompting from Chris Harrison, the host, to make him understand that his actions were inappropriate. How do you watch that episode and not feel uncomfortable? Even more so, if you are that person, how big is your ego that you still think it was okay? He didn’t appear embarrassed at all.
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Paul Copan: “That’s Just Your Opinion”—Or Is It?

Paul Copan is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  He has a Ph. D. in philosophy from Marquette University and is author of  several books including “When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics” (Baker).  Paul is the current president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.  Find out more about Paul and his books HERE.


  “That’s Just Your Opinion”—Or Is It?

Have you ever tried to explain reasons for taking the Christian faith seriously, only to get shot down with the exasperating comeback, “Well, that’s just your opinion!”?  You’re left scratching your head, wondering how someone could slam the door on such eloquence and brilliance!
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Change is Hard: A Reflection on Change

I often think I like change.  In fact, I am one to push for change, and I love the idea of it, that is until it happens to me.  Recently my family and I have been undergoing massive change, causing us to question, doubt, and pretty much just feel very uncomfortable most of the time.

When I am in the midst of change, I have this feeling of being stuck in a small place, that is very constricting and uncomfortable, and yet somehow wanting to stay there because it is what I know.  It kind of reminds me of the nation of Israel talking about how they would rather be back in Egypt.  

So the other day I read this verse that illuminated my feeling and helped me to get beyond it.  I thought I would share it, and perhaps someone else can benefit as well.  Psalm 118:5 says, "In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered me by setting me free."(NIV)  The NRSV states the second part of that verse as "the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place."  

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Christmas in July

Last Fall a piece of flair was being passed around Facebook that caught my attention.  (“Flair” are fake buttons you can give your friends electronically – seriously don’t ever join Facebook.) On the little button it declared in bold print: Attention! HP fans Christmas has been moved to July! It was not talking about the latest deskjet printer, no, it was talking about “the boy who lived” – Harry Potter. Christmas had been moved to July for every hardcore Potter fan out there. With reasons unbeknownst to any of us, the sixth installment was pushed back and my friends, I’m happy to say it’s finally July. On Tuesday night a bunch of us will gather at my house for an absurdly late potluck and caffeine binge as we try to stay up way past our adult bedtimes of 10pm for a midnight showing.  I couldn’t be more excited.
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