Posts Tagged: "super bowl"

I believe in the goodness and grace of ordinary moments

Thankful Notes (#171)

Sunday was, of course, Super Bowl Sunday… which meant we weren’t having our usual 5pm church service with a meal served after. It was also the week after Vision Day—our annual celebration of the good things from the previous year and a faith-filled look forward to what we will be doing together this year.

The opening lines of my sermon on Sunday were these:

“Last week was Vision Day—and it was all fresh-baked cinnamon rolls for everyone and confetti falling from the sky and little surprise gifts for the kids.

And so, today is the let down.

No free food. No confetti. No gifts for kids. It’s just me standing up here; that’s all you get.”

I like acknowledging this reality: nobody can sustain “bigger, better, all-new and improved, this is gonna blow your mind” in life. Nobody.

Life has its big moments and it has an enormous (and absolutely necessary) amount of normal, routine, usual ones.

A wedding is one of those big moments—and yet, it’s not the wedding that makes a marriage… it’s the… Read More

Some Friday Fun

It’s been a fun week… our Seahawks won the Super Bowl and we celebrated in the streets of Seattle.  But it’s the end of the week, so here’s some Friday fun for ya!



Win a book or a CD or a surprise gift pack. All you need to do is comment below and you will be automatically entered to win… Read More

Magic Raspberry Weight Loss Drops

Now that the Super Bowl is over, I’m finally ready to get serious about eating healthy and losing weight. Yeah, I’ve been putting it off for long enough. This run of unrestricted food enjoyment has been fun. Too fun really.

With 30lbs to lose, I have my work cut out for me. I know what to do and how to do it – I’ve done it before, and I’m confident I can do it again.

Yesterday was my first day of eating right. Midway through the day, I starting thinking about how nice it would be if there were some magic raspberry weight loss drops…

It would be so much easier. And more fun… Read More

Richard Sherman’s Rant Convicted Me

I know everyone has something to say about Richard Sherman’s rant. I’ve been playing it over and over in my mind all week – couldn’t stop thinking about it. A week later, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to be more like him. Richard Sherman’s rant convicted me. Listen in on this 6 minute podcast with Andy Jones and myself… and GO SEAHAWKS… Read More

When Church Jumps The Shark

Sometimes church jumps the shark.

What’s that mean?

From Wikipedia:

“Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that was used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality, which is usually a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of ‘gimmick’ in an attempt to keep viewers’ interest. Its name is taken from a scene from a fifth season episode of the sit-com Happy Days when the character Fonzie jumps over a shark on water-skis.”

Related to church, I want focus on this aspect of jumping the shark…

“Using some type of gimmick in an attempt to keep viewers’ interest.”

I started thinking about this last week when I read a post by John Blase about his attempts to energize the small country church he pastored right after graduating from seminary. Here’s a quote from that post… Read More

The Christian Label On People & Places & Things

In my years of growing up in my church’s youth ministry, I heard this question repeatedly, “Is it Christian?”

It was asked about cassette tapes and then CD’s.

It was asked about video games.

It was asked about movies.

It was asked about roller skating rinks.

If whatever we were evaluating did have the label “Christian” on it, then the green light of acceptability was given and we could enjoy the thing.

If it wasn’t “Christian,” it probably wasn’t going to be acceptable… Read More