Monthly Archives: January 2012

Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

I’m just finishing Go Down Together, by Jeff Guin, a biography of the short, and according to the author, inept criminal lives of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. To sum it up quickly, Barrow grew up in poverty-stricken West Dallas, … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Life of Abraham Lincoln: Part III

Lesson 3: We are in the Hands of Providence Even though Lincoln wasn’t a Christian (although my college professor Ron Rietveld thinks he might have come to faith after his son died during his term), he had a very strong … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons Leaders Fail

An interesting blog post from Thomas Rainer, president of Lifeway Christian Resources.  Why do leaders fail?  He lists seven reasons.  A good thing to read and contemplate if you are in leadership or ever plan on being in leadership (hint: … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Life of Abraham Lincoln II

The second lesson that I take from thinking through the life of Abraham Lincoln is: The Big Picture is the Most Important The professor, Allen Guelzo, says that Lincoln had a “coup de l’oeil,” which I would explain as an … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Life of Abraham Lincoln

I’m listening through the Teaching Company’s excellent course on Abraham Lincoln [We bought it as a Christmas present for our neighbor, then borrowed it from her after she had listened to it.  How brilliant is that?].  I’ve been thinking about … Continue reading

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Praying and Swimming

I like to swim; no I love to swim. I’m willing to drag myself out of the bed on a freezing cold morning at 6 am, and drive 25 minutes so I can go swimming (it helps that Cherie likes … Continue reading

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Following the Emptys

So I’m watching through a Teaching Company course on classical archaeology that I borrowed from my pastor.  From start to finish it has been a fascinating course.  Indeed, I found it so fascinating that I ordered the new course on … Continue reading

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Quotable Quotes: The Message

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.” (Matt … Continue reading

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Snappy Quote of the Day: The Message

Beat it, Satan – Christ to Satan during the great temptation (Matt 4.10, The Message).

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The Pharisees: Slithering Snakes

John the Baptizer’s blunt words to the Pharisees when they come to witness him baptizing the people, as paraphrased in The Message:  “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think … Continue reading

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