Not like the kind in the Bible that turns you bad…

I’ve had this song in my head for a couple days now, mostly because of the brilliant lyric that closes the song:

I wanna have pride like my mother has,
And not like the kind in the Bible that turns you bad.
And I wanna have friends that I can trust,
that love me for the man I’ve become and not the man that I was.

The song is off of The Avett Brothers’ terrific album, I and Love and You, which is great if you like Mumford & Sons and the like…

Give Your All aka “Crush It!”

This morning, I preached at my home congregation.

The theme was “Give Your All” and the focus scripture came from the 12th chapter of Mark — the story of the widow’s mite. And while I love that story, it was used enough in the service (including in my children’s focus moment right before my sermon). I wanted to bring something a little different.

So I talked a little about Gary Vaynerchuk‘s new book, Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion. I met Gary at Big Omaha and we had a fun interchange during his Q&A. His passionate approach to business got me thinking about what a passionate approach to God might look like.

I guess that’s enough of an intro.

I will say this, however. For the five years that I’ve run this blog, I’ve never actually posted video of myself giving a sermon. I’ve posted partial contents before and I’ve given a bunch of sermons at different congregations, but never actual video. This is kind of a momentous. So please be nice.

You can view it at Vimeo, too.


I blogged at length about how much I loved Big Omaha. The speaker lineup was phenomenal: Gary Vaynerchuk, Jeffrey Kalmikoff and Jason Fried were all people I was so excited about hearing talk and they all completely delivered with relevant, interesting insight into how they got to where they were in their businesses.

One speaker that I knew very little about and that I didn’t quite understand at first, was Micah Baldwin. Micah (or Me-ha, as he is known by some) is the Chief Evangelist at Lijit Networks, a startup based in Boulder, Colorado. Micah writes regularly at his blog, Learn to Duck and he is consistently insightful and interesting. Oh, and he started #followfriday on Twitter, an extremely popular tradition in which people recommend others to follow.

Micah’s latest post on Learn to Duck talked about the concept of moments and contained the video posted below, which he got from the Social Vibe blog.

One of the things that I really love about Alli’s current work that she’s doing for her show in October is that it is aiming to capture the moments which Micah is describing and which are so beautifully illustrated in the above video.

The moments in between are oftentimes the most important parts of life. It’s not necessarily how you deal with the big events that defines who you are as a person, but more appropriately, the collection of moments along the journey from big event to big event.

It’s the moments that matter.

Thanks to Micah for reminding me and to my amazing wife for all the moments we’ve had and all those yet to come.

5 in 5 for Silicon Prairie

About a month ago, Silicon Prairie News asked me if I’d participate in their Five in Five series, a video that I would shoot, edit and upload that answered five questions about my blog and was less than five minutes.

  1. What is the name, subject and URL of your blog?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. How long have you been blogging and what blogging software do you use?
  4. What’s your favorite blog (besides your own)?
  5. What do you think the state of the blogosphere is in our region?

Today, my video was posted. I thought I’d cross-post it here.

I’m pretty happy with how it came out, although I thought of stuff I would have mentioned later, like more specific shout-outs to KC bloggers that I like. But oh well. Another time perhaps. (Or even another post.)

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you probably wouldn’t know about this, so enjoy.

And please… try to be nice.

How to grow a beard

All you have to do, apparently, is walk across China. That’s what Christopher Rehage did, photographing himself every single day, from the moment he shaved his head and beard at the beginning to a year later when he did it again. It’s almost as if you can see the wisdom being added to his face as he treks across deserts and mountains and villages.

Really cool stuff.

(via kottke)