Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Apologies on the lack of posts...

I'm coming up on deadline for my book (June 1) and most of my energy and free time is headed that direction. I haven't even seen the Star Trek movie yet. :)

Thanks for your patience. I'll be back in the saddle soon.

In the meantime:

What's the best flavor of ice cream? Brand? Country to eat it in?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Here's why I love Superman. With thoughts from @jrforasteros and @morganundead. #storymen

The latest episode of StoryMen is live, with thoughts about Superman! We talk about the movies, comic book recommendations and reasons to be excited about the new Man of Steel movie (coming soon!).

You can listen/watch here or subscribe/download on iTunes.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The pharmacist made me laugh today.

Three out of five people living in my house have strep throat right now. Here's the conversation I had with the pharmacist while picking up my daughter's antibiotics.

Pharmacist: Is this for your daughter?

Me: Yes.

Ph: For some reason, it says on here that your daughter is allergic to amoxicillin.

Me: That's because she is allergic to amoxicillin.

Ph: Oh. But this is a whole different class of drugs.

Me: Right. Because she is allergic to the penicillin class.

Ph: Oh. Then this is the right drug for her.

Me: Yes.

Ph: Well. Here you go then.

The first trailer for the Shield TV show with Agent Coulson from "The Avengers" is live. What do you think?

Monday, May 13, 2013

A great, encouraging video for your dreary, soul-numbing Monday

I don't agree with everything in this video, but there is some real wisdom in large parts of it, and I found it deeply moving. I think it will make your Monday better.

Friday, May 10, 2013

I made a vow never to see another George Clooney film after "The American." I might break that vow for this.

My hands were sweating and heart was pounding in the trailer. I can't imagine what the movie will do to me.

Although it's possible that it will involve waiting as Clooney and Bullock slowly float toward the Earth and are incinerated, in which case I might get bored.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

My three year old is really hilarious. This is what it looks like when she does push ups.

This morning I wrote that my daughter was making me laugh so hard that I couldn't do any push ups. Some of you were skeptical that the issue in my inability to do pushups was really my daughter.

So, I took a video of her doing push ups to show you. I defy you to do push ups while a three year old does this six inches from your face:

Now you have to believe me. I can actually do push ups. And my daughter is hilarious.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

This commercial made me laugh a lot: New Spock vs. Old Spock

The new Star Trek movie is coming soon!

And you know we're all going to see it no matter what the reviewers say.

While we're waiting, enjoy this commercial:

Via ToplessRobot

Monday, May 06, 2013

What the car you drive reveals about your spirituality

Recent events have prompted me to think deeply about what the vehicle you drive says about your spirituality. This came about from a comment made at the Catlyst Conference (here's an interview with Brad Lomenick, the leader of Catalyst), where influential pastor Mark Driscoll said, "I know who made the environment and he's coming back to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV." 

At first I assumed this comment was a joke designed to enrage the Internet and get some attention, but on further reflection I could see plenty of insightful lessons to be learned by looking at what type of car different Christians drive.

Here are a few insights about your vehicle and your spiritual life:

SUVs: Christians who drive SUVs believe that our current actions are, in the end, fatalistic reflections of the coming "do over" on all creation. They make decisions based on the essential meaningless of good behavior now in the face of the New Creation. This causes comments like Pastor Mark's, "I know who made the environment and he's coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV" as well as the popular sentiment, "There is no marriage in heaven, so I'm ignoring my wife now." BIBLE REFERENCE: 2 Peter 3:10

Mid-size cars: Biblical literalists tend to stick to cars like the Ford Fusion or the Toyota Camry, because they take the scriptures seriously. The strictest adherents stick to the mid-sized Honda because, "the disciples were all in one Accord."

Mini vans: Pastor Mark has also given us insight into this category, as he went on to say, "If you drive a mini van you're a mini man." Clearly he is referring to Biblical disciples like Zaccheus and the apostle Paul. There wasn't any scriptural backing for this one, but I think we can just take Pastor Mark's word for it. As a six foot, 220 pound man who drives a mini-van, I don't mind being called "mini" every once in a while.

Convertibles: Another popular choice with single men who take the Bible literally. Paul said men should not cover their heads, and so devout men everywhere have taken to driving convertibles. This gets complicated when one is driving a woman somewhere, as she is meant to cover her head. Nevertheless, this difficulty must be surmounted by those serious about following the scriptures. Especially popular with men who like to pray and prophesy while driving. 
BIBLE REFERENCE: I Corinthians 11:7

Trucks: Trucks are driven by two types of Christian men: those who believe in God's promise to gift them a good measure of treasure that is heaped up and spilling over, the sort of treasure that won't fit in a little trunk somewhere, and the manly man who thinks that SUVs are for yuppie suburbanites who are afraid to get their hands or vehicles dirty.

Subcompacts: Extra iddy biddy men, like the Roman guard who slept on his watch. And Kneehighamiah.

Pinning down what God Himself drives is tricky. It's likely that God, being the wealthiest being in the universe, owns many vehicles. We know that Jesus drove a Plymouth, because he drove the money-changers out of the temple in a Fury. We also know for certain that God has both a Pontiac Tempest and a Geo Storm. 

How about you: What do you drive? And what does that say about your spirituality?

Friday, May 03, 2013

Great interview with #Catalyst leader @Bradlomenick!

This week's Storymen episode is live! Today we interview Brad Lomenick, the leader of the popular Catalyst conferences, and also discuss his book, Catalyst Leader. If you're interested in leadership, vocation or Braveheart, this show is for you.

It's a great episode AND we reveal the winner of the Jackie Kessler contest.

You can listen here.

Watch it here.

Download it on iTunes.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

These are the craziest, most awesome hairstyles I've ever seen.

Oh, Japan. Why is it that you are constantly full of things I love?

 Here's a tomato haircut:


Or, if you want something a little more conservative:

Or, you could just put a bunch of Gundams in your hair:

Like many awesome things, I first saw this on Neatorama.

You can see more wonderful things here.