Thursday, May 27, 2010

Shake the Dust...

Saw this guy at Catalyst last month.

Book #19...

Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?
Pete Wilson

Let's face it, we all have some idea of how we'd like life to turn out. But the reality is that life usually doesn't end up looking like the picture we had in our head. We tend to get a little (or a lot) out of sorts when things don't go as we plan.

We didn't plan for that specific health issue, but we need to face it. We didn't plan for that family emergency, but we have to deal with it. We didn't plan for that job to fall through, but we need find our way through it.

We like to think we know how God should work. We know what's best. We know the perfect plan. The selfish desires that rage inside want to be able to call the shots and dictate how we think God should work. In essence, we decide that we are god.

I think this book is Pete Wilson's attempt to bring a little perspective to our life situations. To move us away from the selfish thinking of "why me?". To move us away from the "God, fix it now!" To challenge us to get past the "I am in control."

Which one of us doesn't need a helpful reminder that we are not god? We are not in control. And sometimes we need to trust the One that is God, and the One that is in control.

If you find yourself in a place where you're asking "Why is this happening to me?", this might be a good resource to help you process what's happening around you and in you.

BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2 weeks...

I made my last post two weeks ago?!?!

In the meantime...
  • Montreal was finally ousted from the playoffs. And as a true fan I do not support either Chicago or Philly in the final series.
  • I was led to a book by Anne Jackson called In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore that I am totally loving and I'm only 2 chapters in.
  • Preached on Sunday. Oh...and completely obliterated the 20 minutes I was allowed. They might never let me preach again.
  • Took off to Seattle with Erin & the kids for a couple of days. Had a great time reading, swimming, and wandering the Pike Place Market. But I was unable to convince Erin that buying me an iPad would be a good use of money. She's smart like that.
  • Picked up Eric Clapton's 24 Nights at Easy Street Records. Always nice to find another addition for my Clapton collection. Always a kick in the teeth to find out it would have been cheaper on iTunes.
  • Starting a new teaching series with our high schoolers tonight called "Stories". We're getting leaders & students to share what God is doing in their lives over the next 4 weeks.
  • Bought some new soccer cleats. 6 studs. Bright yellow. And it's raining, so I'm itching to get on the field and give them a try.
  • Had a great phone call with a skinny fat guy that made my day.
I do have some book reviews coming. And some freebies. Hang in there.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spirit of '86...

Or maybe '93.

I am filled with unspeakable joy. First the Habs barely make it into the playoffs. Then they knock off the league leading Capitals. Then they take care of the Penguins. And they do so with stellar coaching, blocked shots, phenomenal goal tending, scoring from everyone...and amidst a host of injuries to key players.

Some say that they should not have made it this far. But when you watch them play you can't deny that they totally deserve to be where they are now at.

I'm now watching the final 9 minutes of the game because I had to go to youth.

And now for your viewing pleasure...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stand By Me...

You gotta love the Muppets right?

Saturday, May 08, 2010


I would buy a GPS unit because of this alone. They use the voices of Darth Vader, Yoda, C3P0 and Han Solo.