Proverbs 16

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter When I wasn’t scheduled to work on a Tuesday morning, I was a little bummed about it. It was a day off; but at the expense of missing donut day. Before Dad started his own company, he made sure to put donuts in the budget. It wasn’t an...

Proverbs 15

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Sabbath, like most things, is met to overflow. If it becomes obeying rules for one day, we’ve missed the point. One day a week I learned to ⏸ Press Pause, for a whole day and nobody died. The first day I tried to unplug from my phone, I...

Proverbs 14

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter I’ve got a lot of friends who are artists. You have a passion; but you also have rent, or maybe a mortgage. You have a dream and you need to eat. Maybe you have kids and they need to eat too. So you got a job, maybe it’s even close to...

Proverbs 13

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Historically, people in my family didn’t deal with anger well. It wasn’t just one side, of my biological family either. Owning that was a big part of owning my story (that’s where we ended up in yesterday), and violence was part of that...

Proverbs 12

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter I thought Ben Franklin said “an honest man can’t be offended.” It turns out, the closest thing he said to that was If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very...

Proverbs 11

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter If the righteous receive their due on earth,     how much more the ungodly and the sinner! Small words are often the big words. The chemical name of titan, the largest known protein is 189,819 letters. It’s practically the pi of...

Proverbs 10

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter There’s a beat change here, don’t miss it. Up until now, there has been a flow; but that is thrown out the window. It seems that the first nine chapters are a set up, and the actual proverbs start here. Proverbs is a collection of wise...

Proverbs 9

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter In addition to being my second favorite book by Parker Palmer (The Courage to Teach is my favorite), The Promise of Paradox got me comfortable with contradiction. I’m sure there were a lot of reasons I was uncomfortable with it; but I...

Proverbs 8

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Wisdom is a woman. In full disclosure, I was dreading more proverbs warning about prostitutes. It’s the middle of winter in Indiana, and I’m not traveling this season. Right now, I don’t connect with those Proverbs all that much. I’m...

Proverbs 7

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter 
 NIV + The Message + Blue Letter I spent $50 on a plastic water bottle. It retails for $54.95; but I had a discount code for $10 off. If I remember right shipping was another $5. This wasn’t any water bottle though, it was the hidrate...

Proverbs 6

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Dad took me on a canoe trip when I was a teenager. He did something like this with each of boys. Matthew picked baseball, Marshall drag racing; but we all listened to the same cassette tapes. It happened just before puberty, so this...

Proverbs 5

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter A couple years back, I was in great shape, eating clean and feeling good. I even ran a marathon and finished in really good time for a first marathon. Actually that was more than a couple years ago. This year, when I took some time to...

Proverbs 4

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter It didn’t take long after getting into a rhythm to notice faces at the gym. Usually the same people came at the same times and did the same things. The fittest people didn’t chat; but we’d exchange nods. I’d avoid the people who were...

Proverbs 3

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter My dual-tone blue, 1973 Pontiac LeMans didn’t last long. I’d failed my driving test the first time. Something about a light, I swear was yellow being red. Maybe Dad saw that coming, too. He picked the car. I payed him the $75 the...

Proverbs 2

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Bold letters read “JESUS SAVES.” At first I thought is was an underline, but something wasn’t quite right, so I creeped forward. Just before the light changed, and the car rolled off I caught three words: smaller, subtle and hilarious:...

Proverbs 1

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Beach Boys aren’t really my style, but they were added to the playlist first. Jack Johnson was next and as I typed in his name, the computer suggested Jason Mraz. I didn’t know he surfed; maybe the computer didn’t know what my playlist...

Look Back

Before we actually look out, after we’ve ⏬ asking “Where am I?” and ⏫ asking “What are my options?” it’s time to look back and ask, “Where have I been?” That's the guiding question of look back. Like I said, I love to look out. I’m excited and energized by the new....

Your rhythm may vary.

I press pause on Saturdays. Sunday starts my work week. Your rhythm may vary. Generally, you won’t hear from me on Saturday or Sunday... at least not here. However, on Sunday I’m usually giving a sermon. If you’d like to listen they are on iTunes or Google Play. At...

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