It doesn’t look like much, but this shed took two days. Built yesterday with my dad and brother and then all waterproofed and sealed up today.

So, I find myself doing a lot of ministry around folk who are smoking. Anything I can take? Second-hand smoke makes me feel sick! 🚬🤢

The greatest joys of learning German, Dutch, and French were not the increased economic utility, but the cultures I got a glimpse into. To speak these languages fluently one must in some part enter the German/Dutch/French mind and culture. Such a joy!

Though it is super convenient — and a huge privilege — natively speaking a dominant global trade language, I do kind of wish French or Spanish had won out. Sad seeing your native tongue spoken and used without culture and joy, as a mere tool.

Are ESL programs in India universally teaching that it’s colloquial or friendly to shorten someone’s name? Near universally Indian colleagues immediately and unprompted shorten my name to “Mike.” Super not cool.

Sports people: I just got into “big” sports with Nashville SC. Other than going to a bar, is there a free/inexpensive way to stream games on ESPN? I really don’t want to miss Sunday’s game! ⚽️

There’s a Macintosh 512k and PowerMac 8800 for sale on Craig’s List. Lord, give me strength! I do not need more old computers!

Psalm 41 really hit me this morning. Today it’s not for me, but I feel like it speaks to someone in my circle, so I’m sharing. — Psalm 41 KJV

Any of my mutuals done the MNPD (Nashville police) volunteer chaplain thing? Is it a worthwhile program? Is it a pathway to prevent violence? Checking in before I call for my application.

Since we’re all about adding emoji to represent all families, where’s my option for more than two kids? Statistically, my family of five has greater numbers than others that’ve achieved representation. I’m out here ensuring the growth of humanity, give me an emoji!

Post-Boomer Families

So, it’s not a matter of making any new arguments so much as it is just saying as proudly, without apology: it’s okay to want babies and want to raise them yourself, and to want society to make that goal achievable for the average American.

Even in a “conservative” denomination, it sometimes feels awkward or unwanted to say the above. How odd that me and my wife feel the need to defind or sometimes remain silent about our super boring and logical decision to raise a family in the way its been done most successfully for a very long time. — Five Questions With Family Studies: Helen Andrews Talks Boomers - Institute for Family Studies

Very not cool with Plex tracking. Locally-hosted files that I control is the whole reason I use Plex! Zero reason for them to be snooping!

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! — The tomb is empty! Sin, death, and the devil have been defeated!

Good Friday

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world

The cross made these words true. In the darkness of the cross and tomb, we must remember that today is Good Friday. It is good because Jesus redeemed us on the cross and freed us for an eternal, resurrected life in the new creation with him. Thanks be to God!

I think I’m becoming one of those 1662 people. It’s just so beautiful! — 2019 is a great prayer book, but it just feels empty and dull in comparison.

Is it just me or has social media, especially Christian social media become meaner over the last year?

Labor laws & the tax code should be updated to support all families being able to live on a single-income with children. 40-hours/week should be the upper limit for dad, with a flexible 30 or 35 the norm. — Pandemic Parenting

Dual-column, paragraph format King James Bible; this doesn’t exist so far as I can tell, right?

So, if you start the morning office reading in Genesis 31 instead of Exodus, you’re going to be real confused for a bit. — I was like, wait, we’re defining tabernacle worship, why is Jacob here all of sudden!

Somehow, I’ve been married to this beautiful lady for six years. It is indeed “not good that the man should be alone.” I’m so thankful to have helper along life’s journey!

On some level, we need to stop being ashamed of our Catholic faith & worship. Instead of acting like an odd-ball uncle, we need to stand firm in the reality that American, low-church, Evangelicalism is the aberration in Church history. We are “normal” Christianity!