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Favorite Worship Songs from 2020

Favorite Worship Songs from 2020

Disclaimer: Not all of these songs were released in 2020. Can we still be friends? Awesome. Worship music is one of the best ways for me to connect with Jesus. It's been something that has been near and dear to me as a volunteer worship leader over the past 15 years....

Christian Face Masks

Christian Face Masks

The other day, my mom suggested that I create a line of Christian face masks. While I appreciate the free advice, I shut down the idea in my head immediately because I felt like I missed my window of opportunity to create something meaningful customers would want to...

Jesus For President | 2020

Jesus For President | 2020

The other day I ran across this post on Instagram by @pastorhumor who posts funny Christian memes and pastor humor. https://www.instagram.com/p/CFhhgF8lS2r/ "Oh man," I thought to myself. "I had no idea he was running. He'd win in a landslide." Or would He? Being my...

Bike Rides and chance encounters

Bike Rides and chance encounters

When the pandemic became serious back in March, I felt like a caged animal stuck in my house. It's so much more fulfilling to meet with people in person so working from home full-time was a difficult transition for me. When the weather started to warm up a bit, I...

Promote yourself on our blog

Promote yourself on our blog

I'll admit this may blow up on me and backfire. But you miss 100% of the shots you don't take, right? A long time ago, I used to run a website that featured artist interviews and album reviews. I'm old (school) so it was before digital music, blogging and Wordpress....

What Bible Version Does Lebron James Own?

What Bible Version Does Lebron James Own?

Ever since I wrote about Bible versions in our last blog post, "My Church Changes Bible Translations Every Year," I couldn't stop thinking about Lebron James, Not because we're in the middle of the NBA finals, but because Lebron's Twitter account is @KingJames. Did...

2020 Has Been Hard

2020 Has Been Hard

From COVID-19 and racial inequality to land hurricanes hitting my state, this has been quite a year. Just when I think it can't get any harder or weirder it just does. Admittedly this past week has been hard as we sent our two oldest twin sons off to college. It's not...

Favorite Soccer Jerseys

Favorite Soccer Jerseys

If you know me, then you know that I absolutely love soccer. Over the past few years, I have become an obsessed fan of Minnesota United with my sons. While we live 233 miles away from Allianz Field in Saint Paul, MN, over the years we would catch about a half dozen...

Trying Out Knockaround Sunglasses

Trying Out Knockaround Sunglasses

My dream finally came true. I'm taking my family skiing at Whitefish, Montana over spring break a week from today. After a ton of research, I finally purchased several ski helmets, goggles and skull caps earlier in the week. But I totally just made a spontaneous...

Soccer (AKA Futbol) T-Shirts

Soccer (AKA Futbol) T-Shirts

I wish I was a kid again. Seriously. When I was a kiddo, soccer was in its infancy, but now it's bursting at the seams. I played as a youth all the way through high school, but the sport has grown so much in popularity and in skill sets, that's it's completely...

Weekend Worship Set

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....

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