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Friday, April 01, 2005

Random thoughts... or are they?

I wanted to take a minute and tie together some random stuff I've had going around in my dome.

First a couple of shout-outs:

  1. If you haven't had a chance to check out Ethos lately, take a look. An especially tasty morsel was posted today (March 31) on "10 Power Questions for Personal Growth and Fulfillment." Also, if you get a chance, take a listen to one of Randy's podcasts. Great stuff, Randy. Keep it coming.
  2. Another blog I've been reading lately is Relevance, written by one of the guys in my band. I've really seen a lot of growth in his spiritual life in the past few years. I appreciate Chad's honesty and openness. Take a loook at his post from March 29, "Fighting to be heard..." He's got some great thought on teamwork while remaining really transparent.
  3. Finally, take a look at This Guy Falls Down. Mark is back in action with some great posts. Check out his posts on the "Roaring Lambs winning essays." Also, if you are into writing music, take a look at Mark's post from March 14 on "21 Songwriting Hacks Introduced." Or better yet, check this out on all of Mark's "creative process" posts. Mark should know a thing or two about writing... he's got two Grammys.

One of the other random thoughts for the day are some book recommendations.

I finally finished reading Hugh Hewitt's In But Not Of. Wow! What a great book!!! This is a definate recommend. I plan on having both my sons read it when they are 16 or 17 - and paying them $$$ to do it.



I also finished reading Blue Like Jazz. While it started kind of slow for me, I really liked how it ended and I will probably read it again with a greater appreciation. I appreciate the author's transparency about his spritual life and his struggles with his faith. I will probably pick up Donald Miller's next book after I return from vacation.



The other book I am in the middle of but need to recommend even before I finish is Bob Briner's book, Roaring Lambs. If you are a Christian, you need to read thi book and let it become the subtext to everything you do. Wow! Basically it is a fresh look at what it REALLY means to be salt in the world. Read this book!
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The final of my random thought is that it has been a very slow April Fool's Day for me. My feeble attempt to freak my wife out about mechanical problems with my truck amounted to nothing. My mom - who is an easy target - is in Paris. That means I need to race home and see if I can pull the wool over my oldest son's eyes, if only for a moment.

My wife says I am immature. She's probably right.

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