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Jan 23

8 Books I’m Reading Now

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

ReadI love to read.

I prefer non-fiction.

I don’t dislike fiction; I like fiction, but I prefer to listen to fiction through audio books. Audio books remind me of listening to old-time radio shows while on long drives with my family when I was a child.

It’s football season, so I try to work a couple football books into my reading list. I recently finished Steve McMichael’s Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline (Tales from the Team). You can find the review here.

I’m nearly done with Drew Brees’ Coming Back Stronger. You can read some of Brees’ insights here.

Feb 2

As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Author Kay Arthur explains to her readers, “We dare not go into battle unprepared!”

Throughout As Silver Refined, Kay Arthur challenges readers to prepare for life inevitable challenges.

“I WAS A FAILURE. I was convinced of it. I had failed God, and there was nothing I could do about it. I was impotent to change my circumstances. Disappointment overwhelmed me.” That kind of humility makes this book very approachable. I wish that there were more heart-connecting stories.

The author understand people and our circumstances: “The downward spiral begins…with disappointment. Disappointment comes when our expectations aren’t met. Consequently we’re not happy about it — we’re disturbed.

May 21

Never Before…

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last year I introduced you to my hero, June Oulund.  Today I’d like to introduce you to two more of my heroes.

We spent the weekend with my college roommate Gerry Andersen and his wife Julie.  Though we haven’t seen each other for almost twenty years, it’s like our relationship was on pause and we took up the conversation instantly.

Where Have They Been?

Gerry and Julie live in a small village in the mountains of Mexico with people who have never had their language in written form.

Apr 29

The Voice New Testament – A Review

Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you’ve been a reader of for a while you know that I use a variety of biblical translations.  I have my preferences, but I really do enjoy reading a variety of different translations.

Different translations use different styles of translating the original languages into English.

The NASB, ESV and others use a more literal word for word translation.
The NRSV, NIV, and others have a more phrase for phrase translation.
The NCV, NLT and others are increasingly thought for thought translations.
The Message and The Voice are both paraphrases; their translators are retelling and explaining the text while seeking to clarify the meaning of the text. 1

Jan 14

Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling Devotional Bible

Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

People I trust and admire read and discuss Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional. Their faiths have been strengthened and their lives transformed.

I was excited to review the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible even though it was published using The Holy Bible, New King James Version a translation I seldom have used.

There is a topical index listing more than forty topics most readers of the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible would have chosen.

Following the Topical Index is the “When Your Heart Longs for Help” index.

Mar 31

Weird Stuff – Biblical Paradoxes

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

Biblical Paradoxes – Weird but True

  • You can find your life, yet you lose it.  (Matthew 10:39; John 12:25)
  • You can lose your life, yet you find it.  (Matthew 10:39)
  • You can be unknown, yet you are well-known.  (2 Corinthians 6:9)
  • You can be dying, yet you possess life.  (2 Corinthians 6:9)
  • You can be dying, yet you can give life.  (John 12:24)
  • You can be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.  (2 Corinthians 6:10)
  • You can be poor, but make many others rich.  (2 Corinthians 6:10)
  • You can have nothing, yet possess all things.  (2 Corinthians 6:10)
Mar 30

Weird Stuff – Love, Fear & Paradox

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

“…the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…” [Psalm 33:18]

True fear and genuine love seem paradoxical; nonetheless, they are biblical.

A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think of God is the most important thing about us.”

If we could inquire of every person we happened to see on the streets of the Twin Cities, “What comes into your mind when you think of God?” we might be able to anticipate their spiritual future.

Mar 28

Weird Stuff – Sex, Porn & God

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’ve worked several jobs in my life.  Twice I’ve had jobs at motels.

When I was in my early twenties I worked the graveyard shift [11pm-7am] as a desk clerk at a hotel in suburban Chicago.

Back in the day, it was known as “a no-tell motel”; the kind of seedy place people took late night dates for an hour, or so, of privacy.

I won’t tell you which motel I worked at.  Today it’s known as “the ultimate in comfort and good taste”.  There is no reason to dispute that based on my experiences from two decades ago, but it’s safe to say that when I worked there the rooms were not chosen for their “comfort and good taste.”