Archives For January 2010

Sunday provides us a day to relax, reflect, and refuel. On Sunday’s I like to sit back and ask a couple of questions. Maybe it sounds a little like those awkward games you play with people you do not know so that you can get to know each other better. Lets just call Question(s) for You.

You can answer them all or just one….

1) What do you do in the car? Listen to Radio, CD Player, Text?

2) The iPad, your impressions?

3) What church service do you go to? Saturday night, early service or late service?

Answer them all or just one….these are questions for you.


After watching most of the State of the Union Address last night there were two
things that stuck out to me.
First, this quote:

Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.”

This was said at a very intense time. President Obama was speaking to both parties, Democrat and Republic, and asking for a by-Partisan Congress instead of the Partisan Congress that we have today. I found this statement very interesting in and of the fact that the call to say No is much easier then to say Yes. I would agree with President Obama, there needs to be more conversation rather then conversation killers (No’s).

How can we work on having conversation rather then just saying NO?

After watching most of the State of the Union Address I tuned into news coverage on CNN and Fox News channel. The one thing they mentioned that peeked my curiosity was that President Obama said the word “I” 98 times in his speech and “we” 15 times (this is off of a report from Fox News). I found this very interesting as well. This is something that I am very aware of at all times. I can even be over obsessed with making sure that I do not talk about MY church but OUR church, or that it was not MY idea but OUR idea. This is something that I think is very important and shows where your attitude about being on the team really is. I know that some of these “I” moments were unavoidable and he needed to say them, but most were not. And at a time where the Country is looking for leadership, I think President Obama stepped up and placed the reins in the hands of Congress and asked them to be leaders but also missed a chance to talk about how “we” are doing this, or “we” can can change this.

Does it bother you when you hear someone say “I” instead of “We”?

If you are interested in more of what President Obama said check out this site that breaks down the words of all the presidents in their State of the Union Address.

Some of the tweets that you mentioned last night were great as well.


It was said to be the biggest announcement yet from Steve Jobs and everyone at Apple.

“We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a truly magical and revolutionary product today.”

Wow, that is a big deal. Something revolutionary is never a bad thing, magical is a little weird (which btw, what is up with all the magic talk coming from apple?). The tension and hype in the room was undeniable, people were waiting with great anticipation. First, Mr. Jobs wanted to recap where Apple has been before he talked about where they are going. Announcing that Apple is now worth an estimated $50 billion dollars and has sold over 250,000,000 iPods, Steve Jobs seemed to be laying the foundation of a take over. Everything was about to change in the next 2 hours, at least that is what we thought.

“iPad, that sounds like a women’s hygene product” that was the common response heard around the world on twitter. Even to the point of having #itampon trend on twitter. Wow, that doesn’t seem to be what they were going for. Not only was the name a let down, the product as a whole seemed to be a let down. The only redeeming quality of the iPad was the price, starting at $499 (some said it would be anywhere between $800-$1000). On a day that was going to change the history of technology and revolutionize the game of publishing, people walked away very disappointed. It left me to think about hype and how it can be more of a tool to failure then a means of excitement.
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What is a faithbook of Jesus? Glad you asked…Faithbook of Jesus is a book of devotionals for 20 somethings. That is right, a book for 20 somethings that doesn’t try and have some cheesy looking picture on the front or use hip language to get you to read the book. Simply, it is a book of devotionals for 20 somethings by a 20 something. That 20 something is Renee Johnson.

Renee Johnson

Renee has become known as the devotional diva to her followers and more importantly is known for her self reflecting devotionals that ask questions that get to the heart of Jesus teachings then she is for being a diva (she is really not a diva). The thing I find most exciting about Renee’s first book (that is right folks, she is not just done with one, but is working on another as you read this) is that she is more concerned about creating a conversation through self reflection and honesty. What struck me about this devotional book is the grace that it was written with.

When I was talking with Renee about why she wrote this devotional (I mean seriously, this is a huge task, why would anyone attempt this) she simply told me that she could not find any devotionals for 20 somethings and wanted to change that. Awesome.

She has interview well over three hundred 20 somethings and has their reflections in each days devotion. Not only do you hear from others you also are given some things to pray through as well as a couple of questions to consider. Each of these goes into a day’s devotion found in Faithbook of Jesus.

This will be a great resource not only for yourself (no matter how old or young you are) but also will be a great resource for any ministry. Do yourself a favor and pre-order Renee Johnson’s Faithbook of Jesus now.

You can pre-order the Faithbook of Jesus here
Faithbook of Jesus

Can I get a little controversial up in this mug (that sounded way cooler in my head)? Of course I can, who doesn’t love a little controversy besides former places of work?

Is being religious something that can change
governments, schools or places of work?

To be honest, I would say no.
Obviously, to blanket the question with a NO can be a little absurd, but I do believe that religion inside of government brings about more problems then solutions. At its surface level anyone who would take the beliefs of Christianity and apply them to authority or ruling would realize that it would be a healthy establishment. King David is an example (even though he struggled) of following God and leading people. Unfortunately, religion does not rule, people do. One thing I know about people is that they are sinful, they make mistakes and fall more short of God then they come close to being God. I think government, teaching, and sometimes even the work place calls you to suspend your religious judgment.

We have talked on this blog in the past about suspending judgment. I have asked the simple question in regards to being in government office means you have to suspend moral judgment. We have seen this played out in front of us in regards to having Presidents who follow the conservative Christian right and run on platforms that deal with faith and not policy. Opinions aside I want to ask one question (even though I have given my opinion and I think you know my opinion)

What if a Muslim or Buddhist became President?

Would we expect them to stop practicing what they believe or would we be okay with adopting some new policies?
How would this change the way we view politics and faith?


Tomorrow Carlos releases his EP to the world. I have heard most of it and it is awesome.
Make sure you stop by iTunes tomorrow and spend 4 bucks on some goodness.

Did you get a chance to check out Conan O’Brien’s farewell speech?
In a class act of calling a generation up instead of down, Conan asked to leave the cynicism at the door. In fact he said he hated cynicism. For a guy that makes a living off of telling jokes, he also teaches some truth.

This point reminded me of something I heard a while back. It is important that we do not use humor at the expense of others, mainly our loved ones. I am a big culprit of this. Using my family as punch lines can get a quick laugh, but often comes back to be something that hurt their feelings.

Here is the video of Conan saying farewell, what do you think?
Conan Farewell
Couldn’t embed it because it is copyright protected.

What is your reaction?