Lighten Up Gear Blog

Thoughts, Musings and Challenges from Des Moines, Iowa

Weekend Worship Set

I love the church I attend. I hope you do too (Yours, not mine. But if you went to mine I would hope that you would like it). One of the many blessings I've received through our church is that I get to serve as a volunteer worship leader on an amazing worship team....

Meeting Strangers, Do-Overs and Replays

A few months ago I was traveling on business to and from Dallas, TX all within a day. Dreadful, I know. It had been a late night and we an unfortunate long wait at the airport prior to boarding the plane so the last thing on my mind was striking up a conversation with...

Trip Lee, KB and Romans 1:16

After graduation from Iowa State University, my wife and I accepted jobs in Minneapolis and lived there for about 6 years. Because I've always loved music, I took advantage of a variety of great music venues in Minneapolis from First Avenue to the Fine Line Music...

I’m Not A Bum; I’m A Human Being

Yesterday I was restless, and when I'm restless sometimes I'll surf videos on YouTube. Yesterday I stumbled across this interview with Ronald Davis, a homeless man in Chicago. He was wearing the same barn jacket that I own except his was significantly more worn out....

Introducing Our God Over Bacon T-Shirt

I'm from Iowa. We like our fair share of bacon here. Last week, professional golfer Mark Calcavecchia, won The Principal Charity Classic wearing bacon-patterned pants. My local donut shop offers bacon maple donuts. At the Iowa State Fair you can get a Bacon Mac N...

10 More Cool Christian Snapback Hats

Last fall, we wrote a blog post about our 10 favorite Christian apparel snapback hats. You guys definitely have good taste, and we're proud to say that we've driven a lot of traffic to some great Christian brands to check out their gear. This year, we've discovered...

New Hillsong United Empires T-Shirts

Today's a great day. Want to know why?  It's because Hillsong United's new album "Empires" launched worldwide. That's worth celebrating right? What's also great is that Hillsong United will be touring this summer on the Outcry Tour with artists including: Jesus...

Best of 2014: Top 10 Christian Shirts

I've never really done anything "by the book" so it makes perfectly good sense to me to take time out of the middle of the year to recap 2014 and our top 10 best-selling Christian t-shirts. But first, let me say thanks. Last year was an epic year for Lighten Up Gear,...

Lighten Up Gear Is Back Online

A couple of weeks ago, my previous hosting provider decided to take my website (along with a few others) hostage. It's a long story (thankfully it wasn't anything I did), but I ultimately decided to transfer my domains and hosting service over to my new friends at...

Favorite T-Shirt from SoCal Vacation

Last week, my family was on vacation in Southern California (San Diego / Carlsbad) having some great family time and enjoying the sun. (It was a long winter in Iowa...although I got a lot of respect for the folks in Boston, MA). My wife loves the beach. Now you know....

The Best Sermon on Forgiveness

A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Troy Nesbitt (the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church of Ames & Ankeny) gave one of the most heartfelt, passionate and stirring sermons I've ever heard on forgiveness. I was so moved I immediately shared it with my parents and some of...

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