Monthly Archives: May 2011

Updates to the book list.

Hey all, just wanted to push out a notice that I have cleaned up and updated the 30 While 30 Book List page. Broke the list down into categories, as well as finally added links to the books in case anyone wants to check out some of the things that I am reading.

On that note though, any suggestions on more books to add? (This list is dynamic, understanding that many of my interests might be different as I complete this project.)

Have any of you out there read any of the books on the list? If so, what did you think about them? Any perspectives or insights?


30 While 30: Back from CO…. more on the blog on Wednesday …

Sorry all for the absences of Thursday’s and today’s posts. As you all will read on Wednesday, the wife and I just got back late today from Colorado, with goals accomplished and stories to tell. More in 48 hours.

Just wanted to let you all know that I was still alive and all, and didn’t lose the war with the mountain.

30 While 30: Day 77 – So I’m still here …. now what?

So, if you haven’t heard by now, the world was supposed to end this past Saturday, May 21st, at about 6pm, based on the prediction of a certain pastor Harold Camping.

I’m still here. Continue reading

30 While 30: Day 75 – Why weight matters …

A few updates:

1. Been progressing nicely on the book list.  Currently, have completed:

Love Wins by Rob Bell

Radical by David Platt

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

am currently reading:

Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

I am looking at splitting the book list into different categories to help focus some of my reading interests.  Hopefully a little bit more on that later. Continue reading

30 While 30: Book Review – Love Wins (Part 2)

In case you missed part one, here it is.

This review confounds me.  And I have learned from this process that it is supposed to.  I, no kidding, have probably written this review five times since finishing the book.  Every time, though, it never seemed to get the points I wanted to across.  I mean, every time, it either got too wordy, focused on the wrong things, or lost the heart of what I was trying to say.  I think in all honesty, it came down to the fact that I was trying to do too much, and that every time i started to talk about criticisms, it ended up taking away from the positive things that I think Love Wins brings to the discussion of of the role of the church and how we act on what we believe.

The fact is that it is the discussion that is most important.  There are hard questions about the faith, and some maybe have been in the shadows or ignored for a long while, and if this book does anything, it is forcing many believers to check those very beliefs, ground themselves in the study of the Word, and have conversations with others to actually take ownership of their beliefs, and not simply rely on mother or father’s religion.

So, in the spirit of that, I will talk about the things that I have been discussing, and share my thoughts on those things.  Here are the things that I am looking at and evaluating myself. Continue reading

30 While 30: Day 70 – What your fears should fear …

So, since starting this blogging experience seriously, I have had the enjoyment of coming across other writers in the intranets (and for those that don’t know me well, I do tend to use misspellings and plays on words – I promise I edit these, and generally speaking if it’s there, and if it’s misspelled, its for a reason 🙂 ) that are typing and writing about some of the same things that I am.  One of those is Rachel Held Evans, who lives here in Tennessee (just like me!) who’s content is good and thoughts are provoking at times. Continue reading

30 While 30: Day 68 – Fan or Follower?

So, an update on a few things:

1. I have finally settled on a bit of a posting schedule of sorts for the blog, mainly as a means to keep me on top of things, but also as a means to systematically vent all this stuff I’m taking in recently.  Heck, I am over 2 1/2 months into this thing, having finished four books, but you have only heard about half of one.  Yeah … need to get caught up a bit.  Of course, that is what this whole year is about.  Getting done the things that have waited too long to get done.  Here’s how the layout will work: Continue reading