Categotry Archives: Things that are too good to keep


Chew on This Awhile

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Categories: food for thought, quotables, Things that are too good to keep

From ReJesus by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch:

“To say that we are all made in the image of God is to acknowledge that there are certain, special qualities of human nature that allow God to be made manifest in us. It is a statement about God’s love for humans but also a statement about the uniqueness and beauty of humans. A belief in the imago Dei is not a denial of the inherent sinfulness of all people. To deny such is not only heretical, it’s just plain ignorant. The human race continues to give myriad examples of our depravity and potential for evil. Rather, it recognizes that God’s image is so indelibly stamped on our nature that not even the fall can completely erase it.”


Man, That Felt Good


Categories: Things that are too good to keep

Can I share a moment of personal achievement with you?

Yesterday, I went and did something that, to my knowledge, I have never done, ever, in my whole life.

I went to the mall and bought a pair of smaller jeans.

(It was getting almost to the point that I needed to go around holding my pants up with one hand.)

In the past five weeks (since Jan. 1), I have lost 17 pounds. That’s for a total of 31 pounds since I started trying to lose weight in earnest.

To borrow a line from Stacy the Hooting Waiter:


I Soooo Wish I Had Come Up With This One


Categories: Things I Wish I'd Thought Of First, Things that Are Amazingly Awesome, Things that are too good to keep

Hats off to Jonathan of Missio Dei for sharing this awesome story…

Guy walks into a bar and sees three guys engaging a passionate conversation about something. Curious that he is, he walks up to them and asks, “What’s the ruckus?”

“We’re trying to figure out what kind of beer this is,” the first guy says, a little taken aback by the interruption, but immediately turning back to his two friends. “It’s amber color reveals the rich texture of an bass pale ale.”


You Like Me, You Like Me, You Really Really Like Me

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Categories: fun, Things that are too good to keep

Wow, what an honor! I have been awarded the coveted Subversive Blogger Award. Thanks be to God, and to Jim. 🙂

I’d like to thank all the “little people”–oh, wait…subversive blogging is all about us “little people”, isn’t it? So, okay, what I said before. Thanks to all the little people. You are not so little in the eyes of Jesus.

Jake Bouma, who started this round of awards, says this on his blog:

“Subversive bloggers are unsatisfied with the status quo, whether in church, politics, economics or any other power-laden institution, and they are searching for (and blogging about) what is new (or a “return to”) – even though it may be labeled as sacrilege, dangerous, or subversive.”

The rules of participation are pretty straightforward:
1. If you are tagged, write a post with links to five subversive blogs.
2. Link back to this post on so people can easily find the origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Proudly display the “Subversive Blogger Award” somewhere on your blog with a link to the post that you wrote.

That’s all there is to it. Keep in mind that this award is meant as an encouragement to bloggers to keep doing what they’re already doing – being subversive (however you interpret it). May we never forget that Jesus (and His message) was the original and ultimate subversive.

The good news is that I got tagged. The bad news is that so many of the folks I would have immediately thought to tag have already been tagged! And yet…there are some others out there that I read regularly and think are pretty awesome. So…tag, you’re it:


A Funny Thing Happened the Other Day When We Were Leaving the House to Go Buy My Guitar

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Categories: Things that are too good to keep, What the heck was THAT?

(The McQuilkin family is in the car, backing out of the driveway. The garage door has just closed.)
The Wild One (searching her purse): “Where are my sunglasses?”

The Director and Me: ……

The Wild One (to The Director): “Josh, here’s my keys. I left my sunglasses inside. They are on the desk just inside. Go get them, okay?”

The Director: “Okay.”

(The Director exits the car and goes into the house through the front door.)

(We wait………a cell phone rings.)

Me (feeling for my cell phone): “That’s yours, hon.”

(The Wild One picks up her cell phone. It’s The Director, calling from inside.)

The Wild One: “Hello?….They aren’t there??….Where could they be?…I could have sworn…..(to me) He’s looking for them…..What?… (annoyed) He’s…forget it, he won’t find them. He never can find…I’m going in.” (slams phone shut and gets out)

(The Wild One approaches the front door and sees her reflection in the storm door. Sound of hysterical laughter.)

(The Wild One turns around. Her sunglasses are on her face. None of us noticed.)
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