Intoxicated by Connectivity

I was on vacation the week of July 7th. In a recent post I described some goals for the month of July. Lori and I had a GREAT time going to Chicago and taking in the beauty of the city as well as catching two (yes, two) wonderful baseball games at Wrigley Field. Lori enjoys baseball almost as much as I do so it was a blast for us to experience such a historic ballpark. Since arriving back I have been deep in planning, working out the sermon and church calendar for the next 12 months.

Are you intoxicated by connectivity?

Are you intoxicated by connectivity?

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Listening: A Neglected Gift

We are all so different, thank goodness! I know that the world would be a very scary place if everyone was just like me. If that was the case everything would stay broken, there would be a lot more road signage (as I’m always lost), AND professional baseball would be a year-around sport! I could go on… but that probably sounds horrible enough to you. I would also venture to say that the world be a little quieter.

One of the most profound displays of Christ-like love is to truly listen.

One of the most profound displays of Christ-like love is to truly listen.

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Ctrl + Alt + Delete

I was a senior in high school when my family purchased our first home computer. At that time in history the Ctrl+Alt+Del command was bitter sweet. It was bitter because it meant you had reached a road block and things were locked up. Sometimes, you were even staring at that horrible blue screen which strobed in front of you in a tantalizing way. It was sweet because it allowed you to pull out of the immediate symptoms and be rescued to a fresh start.

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Procrastination is Deadly

I remember as a student beginning a new term with lofty goals of studying a little bit every day to reap greater benefits and to avoid the last minute cram. Every time, without fail, those lofty goals would meet the reality of sitting the night before a test or paper due date needing to accomplish everything in the few remaining hours. To be honest, I did learn how to function pretty well in that routine and ended up depending on that ability.

We can not procrastinate a relationship with Jesus.

We can not procrastinate a relationship with Jesus.

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Predigested Truth

In my home we have an ongoing debate of the quality, or lack there of, that is found at Luby’s Cafeteria. I understand that Luby’s can be a pretty polarizing topic… and I may lose a few friends and readers over this one. If you are not familiar with Luby’s it is usually the only eating establishment in which the parking lot is full at 4pm.

I have a theory, it is not trademarked yet so feel free to use it as your own, that the food served at Luby’s is based on a predigested menu. What once began as normal food is pre-chewed and then pre-digested so that it is in the most comforting state for the aging members of any local community. Let’s face it, this segment of the population is plagued by everything that is needed to chew and digest their food effectively. How wonderful is it that they have a local establishment which removes these obstacles and even offers great discounts. I have yet to mention the creative marketing which produced a cultural icon like the Luanne Platter.

Are you becoming dependent on predigested truth?

Are you becoming dependent on predigested truth?

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A Little Facelift

We’ve worked through some changes here at Suburbia Uncovered. I appreciate your patience. Honestly, it was nice to get the questions of people wondering what was going on with the site.

The short story is that we began having some compatibility issues. While working through how to fix those issues I realized that it was time for a little update to the site. The first post on the site was on April 26, 2011. I began with a strong vision and purpose, but that strong beginning found itself getting diluted amidst all of the day to day pulls of pastoral ministry.

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Some Thoughts on a Selfie Culture

A selfie, according to Wikipedia, is a “self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr. They are often casual, and are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror.”

What if this selfie culture represents a generation who merely wants to be seen?

What if this selfie culture represents a generation who merely wants to be seen?

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God Does Not Only Work Through Rainbows

Although it may sound a little cheesy, the truth is that the most beautiful rainbows often find their full glow after the most tumultuous storms.  Here is a less cheesy and more vulgar illustration, have you ever noticed that while feeling really horrible at your stomach, if you actually ‘get sick’ things seem to feel significantly better for a bit?  I didn’t want to leave anyone out… whether a rainbow watcher or someone intimately familiar with nausea, you get the idea.

However, I’ve come to find that I miss out on so much of what God wants to teach me if I am consumed with the season of struggle coming to an end.  God does not only want to work through our hindsight – although that is one aspect of the way He works.

Are you pursuing what God is doing in the middle of your storm?

Are you pursuing what God is doing in the middle of your storm?

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Parenting: Leveraging Literature for Spiritual Growth

Engaging children through literature is an easy way to pass on such needed swords in our battle to protect them against the world. And not just protect them, but equip them with the armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit.

Reading secular literature as a Christian has been a topic of debate for as long as there have been books and Christians. As parents, we often question whether our children are reading appropriate material at school. We worry they are independently selecting the wrong stories…, stories too violent, or worldly, or sinful. It becomes especially difficult when we see a trend in young adult literature emerging that we aren’t sure is appropriate for our children. Take The Hunger Games for example. This series ignited interest for children who had never read before. Because some parents weren’t reading it for themselves first, there were probably children reading about particular topics that would have been unacceptable to parents if they had known. We must be a critical component in guiding them through secular literature through the eyes of a believer.

As parents we must be intentional with our book choices for our children.

As parents we must be intentional with our book choices for our children.

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Created for Physical Activity

If you take a moment to daydream about the differences between our lives today and our grandparents or great-grandparents lives years ago, you’ll identify some drastic change.  It really is mind-boggling.

I love the efficiency, productivity and value that technology brings to my life today.  However, for most of us the gift of technology has created a daily routine which repeatedly places us in a comfortable chair sitting in front of a screen for 8-10 hours each day (at a minimum).

The gift of technology has not only changed our work in dramatic ways but it has changed the way we spend our time away from work as well.  Whether sports, movies, reality television, or the latest Disney hit on replay, we spend so much of our time sitting in front of a screen.  Oh, and don’t forget that little screen that once was only for phone calls but now provides all sorts of games and social stalking.

The balance between our physical and spiritual health has suffered a slow but undeniable erosion over many years.

The balance between our physical and spiritual health has suffered a slow but undeniable erosion over many years.

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