This is Us – November 14th, 2019 - I am probably one of the few people I know that hasn't seen the hit NBC show, This is Us. I know a lot of people love this show, but I just haven't seen it. It has a 94% Rotten Tomato rating, but I haven't seen it. It is the second-most-watched primetime television show for ages 18-49 (7.16 million viewers), but I haven't seen it. This show is probably fantastic and I would love it, but I haven't seen it. Why? You know there is always a show out there that is a "must-see" and people love to give me a hard time when they find out that I haven't seen it. What those people often do not take into account is what other shows, events, and… Read More
God Doesn’t Want Your Offering! – October 31st, 2019 - God doesn't want your offering! Yes, you heard me right. In Isaiah 1:10-18, the prophet Isaiah speaks on the behalf of God to say that the offerings, sacrifices, worship, and even prayers of the Israelites is not what God wants. Instead, God desires that they do good, avoid evil, and seek justice. For as long as I have been a Christian I have heard pastors plead with members of the church to be better stewards and give. As a pastor, I get it but I also find it a bit shallow. I get that the church needs the offerings of its members to maintain its buildings, staff, and ministries, but I don't go to church to be told I need to give, I go to… Read More
The Game of Life: How to Win – October 24th, 2019 - Whenever I play a new board game, my first step is to immediately scan the instructions for the section that is usually labeled "How to Win". Why? Becuase I play to win! The "How to Win" section describes how the game is won and helps you to establish goals. In the board game, The Game of Life, the "How to Win" section describes the winner as the person who has the most money after everyone has reached retirement. Once you reach retirement you sell your house(s); collect cash for the "action" cards you have collected and for the number of kids you have; repay your loans; and then total it up. Knowing what has value in the end is helpful in developing a strategy for… Read More
The Game of Life: Revenge – October 17th, 2019 - Do you remember the "Revenge" space on the board game, The Game of Life? Depending on your answer to that question, I could probably guess how old you are. The game as most of us know it was released in 1960 by Reuben Klamer and Bill Markham. It included spaces like "Revenge" and "The Poor Farm", but has seen many revisions since then. Although the game looks quite different today than it did nearly 60 years ago, it original version created over 160 years ago would be unrecognizable to most. The original version of the game was created by Milton Bradley in 1860 and looked like a checker board. It was called "The Checkered Game of Life" and it had some pretty intereting spaces you… Read More
The Game of Life: STOP! – October 10, 2019 - This week we continue our series based on the popular board game, The Game of Life. Last week we discussed a valuable lesson we learn from board games about "playing well with others". This week we will be discussing something that is very unique to The Game of Life, the "STOP!" spaces. On the board game are several "STOP!" spaces where you are required to stop and make some life decisions. The first "STOP!" space you encounter in the game is called "CAREER". Before you reach this space, you have to make a decision to either go to college or enter directly into the workforce. Both choices have their advantages and disadvantages. If you choose to forgo college you can skip the spaces related to going… Read More
The Game of Life: Playing Well with Others – October 3rd, 2019 - Board games are a great family activity and one that my family enjoys very much. Researchers of adolescence have shown that playing board games as a family can have several positive effects on children. Here are 5 reasons you should play board games: Board games make you smart. Playing board games increases brain function. Just like physical exercise makes our bodies stronger, playing a board game is a mental exercise. Studies have shown that children and adults who play board games regularly show improvements in both memory function and complex thought processes. Board games teach us to make goals and be patient. When we play board games we wait for our turn. In the process, we strategize and set short term goals to reach the ultimate goal of winning… Read More
You 2.0: Why We Refuse to Update – September 26th, 2019 - Are you a laggard? Do you even know what a laggard is? A laggard is someone who makes slow progress and falls behind others in the acceptance of change or innovation. Laggards are the most resistant to change and do so only when forced to adopt because everyone else has. Supposedly laggards make up 16% of a population. The rest of the population consists of innovators (2.5%), early adopter (13.5%), early majority (34%), and late majority (34%).  Being an innovator or even an early adopter, however, does not mean you are better than the rest, it just means that you are more willing to take bigger risks for percieved gains. Also just because you are a laggard in one area of life doesn't mean you… Read More
You 2.0: Reallocate – September 19th, 2019 - So, you have $86,400 in your account and someone stole $10 from you. Would you be upset and throw all of the $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at the person that took your $10? Or move on and live? Right, move on and live. See, we have 86,400 seconds in every day so don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds ruin the rest of the 86,390. Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is bigger than that. -Unknown This is a really good piece of wisdom. I try to think of this when someone cuts me off on the road or says something rude to me. I try but I am not always successful. It really is such a waste to allow 10 seconds to… Read More
You 2.0: Rebrand – September 12th, 2019 - Apple Co. and their products (iPhone, iPad, Macbook, etc.) you either love them or you hate them, but despite that, they are one of the most successful companies today. Did you know that in 1997 the company was on the verge of bankruptcy? A little over 20 years later, they are now a $1 Trillion company! In December of 1997, you could have purchased a share of Apple stock for about $0.50; today a share in the company is about $226. How did they do it? One primary reason for such a significant turnaround was that they developed elegant and reliable products. But producing a great product does not always guarantee success. What Apple excelled at during this turn around was in rebranding themselves as… Read More
You 2.0: Terms & Conditions – September 5th, 2019 - I lied today... This morning as I was installing a new app on my Macbook I scrolled down to the bottom where it asked if I had read the "terms & conditions" and I checked the box to say that I had, but I didn't! Do you read the terms & conditions of the products & services you use? I usually end up tossing them out or scrolling down to the bottom so that I can check the box to continue, but not reading the "terms and conditions" can cause you trouble. Two years ago I saw a deal online for tickets to see the Houston Astros play the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The deal was great. For $40 I would receive 4 tickets, unlimited… Read More