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8 Video Conference Games to Liven Up Your Online Group Meeting

As my youth groups at Life Connection Church start meeting again–online, of course–we have to start coming up with games that we can play via video conferencing.* I haven’t found a good list. So, I had to put one together and make some up myself. It’s a pretty good list of games–if I do say […]

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Video Conferencing Options: My Quick Take

For the uninitiated, Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, WebEx, GoToMeeting, FaceTime, and a myriad of others are online video conferencing systems. Choosing which to use can be quite overwhelming. For me, the biggest factor is how easy it is for other people to connect. That comes down to whether they need an account and whether they […]

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Spending Time Together

My wife wears a watch. I don’t. That‘s a hint but there is more to how we approach time. A few weeks ago, we started doing a study called “Your Time-Starved Marriage” by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott as preparation for becoming empty nesters. It was sort of like getting the car inspected before a […]

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My First Year of Bullet Journaling

On New Year’s Day, I and an anonymous community whom I’ll never meet all shared in a common activity. I sat at my desk (others on beds, floors, sofas or maybe even toilets) to close out my 2016 Bullet Journal and to begin my 2017 Journal. What is a Bullet Journal? Before I describe bullet […]

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Why Global Warming Might Not Matter: A Word for Ideologues

Just to get it out there, I don’t really care about Global Warming and, regardless of how you feel about it, that shouldn’t bother you one bit. To be fair, I would care more if I knew what I should believe. (And I would know what I should believe if I cared more.) I’m reminded […]

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Why Every Christian Should Join a Church

Over the past few months, I feel like I’ve been talking about church membership more frequently.  Most times it has been just sharing my thoughts with a few guys I’m discipling, but a couple times it has been almost a combative defense of church membership.  The Bible is clear that Christians are not supposed to […]

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Minimum Wages Need Not Be Arbitrary

For the past year or so, our Nation has been debating minimum wages.  Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, arguments on both sides are utterly indefensible because they are based primarily on emotion and full of conjecture and anecdotes.  To be sure, this same debate comes about every five to ten years and it will continue […]

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Hi! Hey! Hello, dear. (Punctuation and Salutations)

Dear Reader, Writing emails (Sadly, I never send letters anymore) always gives me more than a brief moment of frustration and anxiety because I often don’t know how to open then.  Should they be formal or informal, personal or professional, properly punctuated or commonly punctuated?  Similarly, I get a little anxious when I come to […]

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Let’s do Lunch!

I like to eat. People who get to know me figure that out really quickly. The last team I led was known for our mutual enjoyment of food. We had Taco Tuesdays, Waffle Wednesdays, Take-out Thursdays, and lunches at Fogo de Chao–not all in the same week but on a regular and frequent basis. Oh, […]

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Appreciating American Prehistory

Today being Columbus Day and me living in England, I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on the richness of American Prehistory.  When it comes to Columbus Day, I’m one of those cynical people who rather laugh at the idea that we set aside a day to celebrate a huge navigational blunder that ended up […]

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