A Great Leadership Lesson from a Marine Named Fitz (and the Reason that I Blog)

Fitz. Fitz is a great guy I grew to love while I was serving as Youth Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Prescott, Arkansas. He is a straight-talking, no-nonsense guy who loves to serve God. During the time God gave me in Prescott, I loved that I never had to wonder about where I stood with Fitz – I always knew because …

The First Kickstarter Project I’ve Ever Backed

Sign up to receive my blog posts via email and be automatically entered to win one of two decks of CMYK Playing Cards on June 27. — You’ve probably heard about Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform. If you haven’t, Kickstarter is a company that helps other companies receive funding to bring projects to life. Here’s how it works: Those needing funding for their …

Five Reasons You Should Vote Early

I’m not going to try and convince you that you should vote. Having the awesome privilege and responsibility of making local, state, and national decisions for your future and the future of your kids and grandkids should be enough. Just sayin’. Early voting is already in full swing here in Arkansas. Voters can cast their ballot early until May 19 …

Three Neat Ways to Help Arkansas Tornado Victims (Plus 9 Photos from Mayflower)

For a list of donation ideas, go here. To know where to take it, go here. As relief efforts continue, I’ve come across three really neat ways to help Arkansas tornado victims. I know many of you have worked all week and have made plans to volunteer this weekend in disaster areas, so I thought I’d share these ideas with you. …

The Best Place to Bring Relief Items (Plus 14 Photos from Vilonia Today)

As the relief effort continues to develop, most of the supplies are heading to The Ministry Center (Second Baptist Church’s former building). We are starting to send our supplies there as well to streamline the effort. Here are 14 photos from the other side of Vilonia today.

Updated Needs List for Arkansas Tornado Victims (Tuesday Morning)

Yesterday, I posted a list of things that you can do to help the tornado victims along with some pictures from the city of Vilonia. Here’s an updated list of what you can donate and where to take it. Rakes Work gloves Flashlights Batteries Baby supplies Tarps Sunscreen Water coolers Plastic tubs (seriously, we need a ton of these) Gatorade …

How to Help Arkansas Tornado Victims (Plus 13 Photos from Vilonia)

Last night a severe weather outbreak devastated two Arkansas communities near my home in Conway, Arkansas. The cities of Mayflower and Vilonia are disaster areas with wreckage across miles of landscape. Today, I spent several hours in Vilonia today helping two families who have lost everything and dozens of other volunteers were serving the the shelter at Antioch in Conway, …

Focusing on Here, Not There

There is the place we’d rather be. There is where the money is at. There is where you can prove yourself. There is where the grass is greener. Much greener. Have you ever realized that we are always wanting to go there? We’re always preparing for moving from here to there. The next promotion. The next pay raise. The next …

“Is It Necessary?” – A Truly Unhelpful Question

If this question is ever asked, the answer is usually no. When we ask “Is it necessary?”, we are asking if something is absolutely required for survival. Is food necessary? Yes, but not three meals a day. Is water necessary? Yes, but humans can survive for days without it. Is oxygen necessary? Yes, but we can hold our breath for a …

If You Have Any Scientific Creditability, You’ll Reject Every Meteorologist

Yep, I said it. If you want to take science seriously, you must unilaterally reject all meteorologists. Those charlatans. They think the sun sets. Don’t they know that the sun doesn’t actually set. The earth spins on its axis and it’s the rotation that makes the sun appear to set. What? They know that? It’s just an expression? Oh, gotcha. …