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The Big 4-0

Today is my 40th birthday. 40. The big 4-0. There is absolutely no definition of the word "young" that applies to me anymore. Because of my newfound old age, I figured I would offer you 40 little nuggets of wisdom I have accumulated over the past 40 years. These appear in no order whatsoever because I am too old to attempt that sort of mental task. 1) ...

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I’m Back!

Today marks the end of my second annual month long social media fast and it was very different this time around. Last year, I found myself wanting to post to Twitter and Facebook constantly, this year it was relieving to take a break. Last year, I enjoyed the break from my email and dreaded the pile of messages my assistant said was waiting for me at the ...

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iFast 2.0

Last year, I fasted from Social Media and much of the internet for the month of July and it was a super fruitful time for me.  You can read my post-fast thoughts here and here.  Because of this, I have decided to do it again.  The bottom line is I will be mostly offline between July 15 and August 14. Here are the parameters I am laying out for myself: No ...

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Prayers

Would you be willing to take a few minutes to pray for me? I have a lot going on these days (you may notice I have been a little slow on the blogging front) and I could really use a few extra prayers.  Here are some specific requests: School - I am officially done with school this week and I am presenting my final project for feedback.  The final version is ...

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Money Question #3 – Too Poor to Give

This week, I’m answering common questions I am receiving about Riv’s series on generosity. Today’s Question: What do I do if I'm really struggling financially?  Should I give anyway? I know there are a lot of people facing this very question in Michigan these days (not to mention all the broke college students around here).  Let me answer in the form of ...

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Merely Talking

"In all hard work there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty." Proverbs 14:23 (NET) "Merely talking about it." Solomon could have been talking about Twitter or Facebook status updates. In fact, his verse would easily fit in the 140 characters of a Tweet. Do we spend more time talking about the stuff we have to do / the stuff we ...

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Re:Train

Dan and I will be spending the week in Seattle as we begin taking Master's classes in The Missional Leadership Program at The Resurgence Training Center. This year we are going to attempt the crazy plan of going to school in Seattle, all while trying to be good dads and husbands and continue pastoring full-time at Riv. It's going to be an interesting year, so we ...

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What’s Next?

Now that I am back from my Social Media Fast, it's time to jump into the new year (Riv's calendar really goes along with a school calendar). With this new season of life and a little bit of perspective from my month off, I am going to modify my use of Social Media a smidge. Here's what I am thinking: Twitter I am suspecting this is going to be the hardest part of ...

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I’m Back!

I'm back from my month long Social Media Fast. Did you miss me? I figured my first post should be a little look at what this month has been like without Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. Week 1 Countless times a day, I found myself starting to log into Facebook. It made me realize the number of "breaks" I take during the average day to consume Social Media. Once I ...

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iFast

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a tech-junky. In particular, I'm a bit of an Apple Fanboy. I am always tapping away at my MacBook Pro or iPhone or iPad. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it can become a bit obsessive. In fact, I've been thinking about my social media consumption and production lately and I think it's time for a break. Conveniently ...

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