The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udS-OcNtSWo?rel=0] When I first watched this video, it was just a video. Just a really funny video. Now, as strangely as it sounds, this video has transformed to a ministry rule for me. One that I have begun applying everywhere I can. So, here it is: The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat I know what …

Why Ken Ham Scored Big Last Night

After watching last night’s debate, it’s clear that if you view origins from a creation science worldview, you feel that Ken Ham clearly won the debate; if you view origins from a molecules-to-man science worldview, you feel that Bill Nye clearly won the debate. So, who won? Nye? Ham? That’s the beauty of debates – they aren’t designed to have …

Support Me in the 2014 Special Olympics Polar Plunge

I’d be honored if you would support me in the 2014 Special Olympics Polar Plunge – make your donation here. Yep, I’m taking the plunge. The crazy, frigid, people-will-doubt-my-sanity plunge. But, it’s for a very worthy cause – the Special Olympics. What’s the Polar Plunge? This is a fundraiser event held each year in a ton of locations around Arkansas …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part Two

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience – be sure to check out part one. People like simple. Like most everything else, people tend to prefer the simplest path to where they want to go. In a hardware …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part One

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience. People like to be greeted. Something deep in the human psyche makes us long for positive human contact. The best hardware stores and churches are intentional with making people feel …

Hardware Stores: My Most and Least Favorite Experience

There’s just something special about hardware stores to a man. Maybe it’s the manly smell of wood. Maybe it’s all the tools I don’t understand. Maybe it’s the promise of a project that has captured my imagination and is just waiting to be completed. Whatever it is, I love going to hardware stores. But, I’ve discovered that when I go …

Holding On to the Past

So, today Ashley (my wife) and I decided to break away from our normal grocery shopping market and try a larger store a mile or two away. As always, going to a new place is interesting – new sights, new smells, new people. Speaking of people, a gentlemen somewhere between the age of sixty and seventy with a long gray …

What iOS 7 Means for Your Design

With Apple seeding the fifth beta of iOS 7 to developers yesterday, I’ve been reflecting on what all the Cupertino redesigns to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch mean for the design industry as a whole. The complete redesign of Apple’s mobile OS has drawn both loud praise and loud criticism from professional designers and armchair commentators alike. The clean …

Why I Preach One Point Sermons

In many ways, the three point sermon is the sacred cow of the traditional pastor (or preacher, if you prefer). The three point sermon is lauded as the ideal balance for meeting the spiritual needs of the congregation and can only be improved upon if there is a sweet morsel of poetry attached delicately to the end. Or is it? …

Why Detroit’s Bankruptcy Shouldn’t Surprise Us – But Should Scare Us

The Motor City. If you haven’t heard the news, last week the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy. Detroit was once the crown jewel of the industrious American nation. Now it’s a sad punch line. The famous town that was once the fourth largest city in the country now sees three people leave each hour – with over 80,000 of its …