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Tuesday Rambling 9.24.13

Here are a few thoughts on some varied and random topics, otherwise known as Tuesday Rambling:


  • The following conversation was heard Monday morning in our house. David: “Lexi, did you know the Bengals beat the Packers?” Lexi: “I don’t care.”
  • Yes, the Browns won.  The real war rages on against Satan.


  • I am excited to be preaching from the Old Testament.  It’s fun to think about how things were in the beginning days of the faith.
  • I am praying for God to be at work and stay at work in our community.
  • Spiritual warfare is constant and something to stay aware of all the time.

Social Media

  • I think a lot of people waste a lot of time on social media. There really isn’t much new. I do enjoy basic status updates, pics, and things like that. But the complaining, drama, negativity I can do without.
  • Twitter is hard because there is absolutely no way (that I know of) to filter my feed.  For instance, I’d like to categorize the types of things in my feed but I don’t think I can.  Oh well.
  • If you are on social media, realize it is NOT reality.


  • Someone recently told me they thought our kids listened to us well.  They must have caught us on a good day.  C’mon, each family has its ups and downs so let’s not pretend they don’t. Also, let’s not build ourselves up by comparing ourselves to others.
  • Thought: Julie and I both believe it is important for our children to understand that we say what we mean and mean what we say. We believe God’s Word is to be trusted, and the logic for us is that we want to give our children a picture that our word can be trusted as well. We think that as parents we will give our children a picture of what God is like.
  • That is a LOT to think about.


  • I have ZERO hope the Yankees make the Wild Card game.  They could win all six games left and STILL miss the game. Not likely for them to be playing past Sunday.

Tuesday Rambling 9.17.13

Ready for some rambling? I suppose you wouldn’t be reading if you weren’t. Here goes:


  • The wildcard is hitting the stretch run. I am hoping for the Yankees to play the Indians in the Wild Card game so I can go to Cleveland to see my first post-season game.
  • However, I am doubtful right now because the Yankees really need to go about 10-2 and just don’t have very much pitching. Too many injuries may have finally sunk the ship.


  • I feel like our involvement in Jocelyn’s life is an incredible picture of God’s calling on our lives. We responded to do foster care several years ago and God finally showed us the finalization of her adoption about a year ago. It’s exactly what He called us to do and that’s a sweet place to be.
  • It is fun to help people when they are grateful.
  • In preparing to preach this week about Adam and Eve, I am overwhelmed by God’s grace.


  • We are settling into the family structure and routine of a new school year quite nicely. Not without bumps, but very good so far.
  • It takes a lot of balance to make sure you invest in your children in equal ways.
  • There are a lot of things written about parenting today. I pray for my own wisdom and also for parents I know. The Bible lists very few specific things to do, and instead points to a lot of principles on how to parent children. If we focus on principles, we’ll be ok, even if our specific methods may vary.

Fried Chicken

  • Yes, two weeks in a row. Listen, I know it’s shallow, but I like to spend my money well.
  • I had some Barberton fried chicken (Whitehouse) last week that just wasn’t the best. Then I ordered Talamos again over the weekend. This was my third trip to Talamos. Let’s just say this: I had Talamos’ leftovers yesterday for lunch and it was STILL fantastic.
  • Ok, I feel better now.


Tuesday Rambling 9.10.13

It’s Tuesday. Let the rambling begin.

Fried Chicken

  • How’s that for a lead? Our car got stranded yesterday in Barberton, supposedly the friend chicken capital of the world.  We used the opportunity to do some grocery shopping and then after Julie left for an appointment with Jocie, I decided to comfort my miserable situation with my new found favorite, a fried chicken dinner.
  • I got a four piece meal from Whitehouse, and it wasn’t my favorite.  Out of all the places I’ve tried, my order so far is: 1) Talamos (Kenmore Blvd) 2) Showcase (16th St. in Kenmore) 3) Regina’s (best Jo-Jo’s on the planet) 4) Golden Corral 5) Whitehouse. After this list I’d put all fast food chicken places, but to be honest I haven’t tried too many yet.

Car Broken Down

  • Talk about ouch.  Ouch! I’m tired of car repair bills. Two repairs in my ignition system in 15 months? At least the guy said that the problem was common.  They ought to have antacid sitting on the counter when you go in to pay your bill and get your key.
  • However, it is cheaper to keep the car and maintain it than it is to get a new one.  The discipline is in saving money to keep the car on the road.  I suppose a massive repair would drain said savings, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Hopefully, we don’t!


  • The Browns look like the Browns – too one sided in their play calling, and just not good enough.
  • The Yankees look like the Yankees – ok, but just not good enough to make the playoffs.  The Indians stand a better chance.
  • Ohio State? I won’t know what to think until I see them play someone good.

Being a Pastor

  • I remember something that was said in a class I took once: being in full time ministry is unlike any other job because it connects professional, spiritual, and social all in one position.  Very good wisdom.
  • Additionally, this statement is tough to balance.  I’d say one of the hardest things is the social/spiritual.  Sure everyone needs friends and I have good friends.  But when you have to be the pastor to your friends it’s easy to get those lines blurred.

Have a great Tuesday everyone.  Put your mind to what you’re doing!

Tuesday Rambling 9.3.13

Just a few things to say.  I enjoy this weekly processing of thoughts.  Always fun to think about what’s going on!


  • We put some energy into making sure we were in a good spot for organizing our home and communicating about the schedule.  So far, things have gone pretty smoothly. When really pressing times do hit, it seems like we’ll be ready.
  • I don’t know about you, but I value having time to myself.  It’s necessary for what I do.  A slight shift in going to bed earlier and getting up earlier seems like it will meet that need.  That’s something that will build a lot of consistency during those hours when interruptions are few, thus making time for interruptions during hours when they’re more likely to occur.


  • Question (probably mostly for men): As football season starts and baseball season ends, is there something that satisfies you more than what your sports (or fantasy sports) teams are able to accomplish?
  • The Yankees are hanging around, making things interesting. The more days go by that they are in it, the more hopeful I get.  They have an easier schedule toward the end which should increase their chances if they can stay in it for now (no guarantees, of course).


  • Talk about being stretched! Just trying to stay close to God with so many things going on.  Lots of life transitions and church transitions.  Looking forward to the present and the future.
  • The Bible is not so far away that we can’t understand it.  God puts it right into our view so we CAN understand who He is.  What a thought.


  • “Having a good understanding of the sovereignty of God is the key to sleeping in ministry.” I got a chance to toss this idea around at lunch on Saturday with some missionaries. It proved both enlightening and challenging.


  • It was a thrill to run a 10K in Alliance yesterday (Labor Day). I was pleased with a 7:13 clip per mile after a summer of not doing very much, and a winter of feeling very very slow. Recovering from an ultra-marathon has been a slow process, but I feel like there is a bit of pop in my step.
  • I am excited to run the Akron half marathon at the end of the month.  I will be able to run with a friend, Brad Horner, as he seeks to run his first half marathon.  Go Brad! I think we’re looking in the 10:30 range for a pace per mile.  I’ll let him determine that and go along and run my mouth, ahem, encourage as much as I can.
  • I’m going to have to whip up some 8 to 10 mile runs over the next couple weeks to make sure my legs will be underneath me for 13.1. Gotta be intentional!

Tuesday Rambling 8.20.13

As usual, some randomness – all in one place.  Enjoy!

Time Off

  • My mom (thanks mom!) has had our kids since Sunday afternoon.  We have used the time to get really caught up and organized in our home.
  • We have organized paperwork, and taken steps to reduce clutter and make our home more efficient. This is all well timed, as school starts next week.
  • For us, good routine means more peace in our home.  I’m willing to invest in that!


  • I don’t like to preach about giving, but this coming Sunday will be an opportunity to explore some avenues I haven’t really thought of before regarding giving in the local church.
  • Is your faith something you really believe – or do you find yourself simply trying to copy others and fit in? The challenge is to put in the work to dig deep and figure out what you believe. Then, ask: how much does it really influence my life?


  • We are experiencing (some are perhaps enjoying) a soap opera in professional sports that they will be talking about 10 and 15 years from now. The Alex Rodriguez saga is quite unlike anything I’ve witnessed in sports.  Maybe the Harding-Kerrigan fiasco compares?
  • I am looking forward to the end of baseball season – I hope the stories about the game itself will drown out the noise about the intrigue off the field.


  • I have been listening to someone trying to sell us on a certain kind of plan for retirement.  It’s very interesting, so I’m doing my homework.
  • I have enjoyed not training for anything overly competitive or challenging this summer.  Days off, days on, not much structure.  I’m staying in shape, but giving the body a bit of a break.
  • What steps do you take in your life to get the space you need to make good decisions? Creating that atmosphere is a choice.  Well, come to think of it, creating any atmosphere is a choice!