Worthwhile: August 2, 2019

I just did a double take when typing August… This summer has flown by and I hope you have carved out time for adventure with other people, the reading of good books, and extra naps in the afternoon heat.

If not, take this as permission to catch up this weekend. Go for a hike, invite someone(s) over for a good meal, and sleep in (on Saturday, wake up and go to church on Sunday!).

A few items this week that will hopefully be worthwhile. The unfornuate, the wise, and the call to something better.


Starting off is an interview with a filmmaker from two years ago in a Canadian magazine. The film was a documentary on the effects of pornography. In 2016 it was a political conversation for our Northern neighbor. But the issues raised still stand.

Porn is one of those things that has waves of resistance and then a baseline attitude of acceptance, as if it is a normal part of life and it’s best to not talk about it. Even with data proving the devastating effects it is pervasive still.

Well why not review the effects and determine to forge a new way forward. Get support of those that will remind you of what is better and healthier.

Read the interview here.


Next up, the wise. Tim Keller.

I often listen to Keller sermons while out on a run. In this talk he gave to seminary students he gave some wisdom on the dangers for anyone in ministry. It is a doable 30 minutes.

There is something for all of us in it. Avoiding false identity and those things that ruin us in the pursuit of success. Instead finding our justification and bearing in Christ we are more able to survive.

This might also give you insight into the battle pastors are in the midst of. My friend Elder Bill shared it this week and I trust he was being helpful not accusing me of error!

Listen here.


Lastly in our brief worthwhile list this week is an invitation from Seth Godin to living in surplus.

To spend a bit less than you make, so you’re never worried about paying the rent.

To drive with the flow of (metaphorical) traffic, because not only is it safer, it frees you up to dream.

And to measure yourself against no one but yourself. Raise your standards as often as you can, but not because someone else you chose out of the lineup of success is somehow ahead of you.

It is a better life and I am on my way! Check it.


There you have it. Enjoy life this weekend. Know you are never alone. Go for a walk, say hi to strangers and find a place that will tell you the truth of Jesus and his love for you.

Worthwhile: June 7, 2019

Did you know that today is national donut day? Go get one!

Travel last week and summer in swing this week. There are still a few worthwhile bits of the internet for you to check out.

Post-Christian cities, praying for your food and graduating with gratitude.


Barna has released its look at the most “post-Christian” cities in the U.S. As Barna says:

To qualify as “post-Christian,” individuals must meet nine or more of our 16 criteria (listed below), which identify a lack of Christian identity, belief and practice. These factors include whether individuals identify as atheist, have never made a commitment to Jesus, have not attended church in the last year or have not read the Bible in the last week. 

What is surprising is not that there are post-Christian cities ranking with 45% or higher, but where they are. San Diego is ranked 38th most post-Christian but my hometown of Omaha jumps off the list at 34. The town I did grad school, Toledo, OH is 35…

Check the list and see where your city ranks. Then get to work and tell someone about Jesus!


Also funny to me last week the remark from someone that because a comedian told them they didn’t need to say grace before a meal, they discontinued the practice. Ha.

First, if a comedian is your life coach or source of Christian teaching, go to church (and I realize most pastors try to be comedians). Next, praying before meals, or other adventures for that matter, are about expressing gratitude to God for his gifts, his provision in our lives. If anything we should be praying more, not less.

Jeremy Writebol gives us a good model, “Prayer at the regular intervals of normal, ordinary life fuel our dependence on God.”

“Praying at a meal is a part of pursuing Jesus in all of life. When eating a meal, give thanks for it. The pattern to implement is this: First, pause before the meal. Second, pray aloud, expressing gratitude for God’s provision of the food. Third, if so desired or needed at the moment, express others’ petitions. Then, eat.”

Read the rest here and get to praying… and eating.


And finally, it is graduation season. Don’t let it get you down. While seasons of transition can at times leave us grieving we can look forward with hope and thankfulness. In fact it is good to grieve, the right way.

Melissa Kruger shares more and it might just be what you need to get through the graduations! Read it, live it.


That’s it faithful friends. Have a great weekend. I will be preaching a wedding and partying with the best of them. Onward with grace and peace.