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Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog, Life | 1 comment

Will Bulletproof Coffee Make You a Man (or Woman) of Steel?

Will Bulletproof Coffee Make You a Man (or Woman) of Steel?

If you know anything about me, you know that I do my best to take my health seriously.  For me its as much about my family as anything else.  A lot of that has to do with losing my father as a teenager, but that’s a different story.  Perhaps I’ll share it sometime. Last week I shared on Facebook that I would be embarking on another 10-day cleanse, which was part of the 24-Day Challenge that my wife and I used to kick off our year, boost weight loss, and jumpstart a renewed focus on health and wellness.  In the comments, one of our friends (actually, a former youth group ‘kid’) pointed me toward a website of a company her fiance works for, The Bulletproof Executive.  Interesting story of how the company came to be through a near-death experience, resulting in a health and lifestyle philosophy aimed at making you ‘bulletproof’. I haven’t taken the time to do much digging into the research on the site, but one of...

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

How Should We Measure Spiritual Growth?

How Should We Measure Spiritual Growth?

I attended the Twelve Conference today, a huge online gathering of small-group leaders and point people. So far, it’s been a great learning experience, and I’m so glad that many SmallGroups.com writers are represented, including Ben Reed, Carolyn Taketa, Rick Howerton, and Spence Shelton. One of the discussions today was about how to measure spiritual growth. If you’ve ever tried to measure it, you know just how difficult it can be. After all, simply recording attendance, number of groups, and number of new people in groups doesn’t give us an accurate picture of spiritual growth. These speakers, though, came up with some great questions to ask to gauge spiritual growth: 1. What are you doing today that you weren’t doing yesterday? 2. How are you growing in the areas of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5? 3. Are you following Jesus today better than you used to? 4. Are you growing in the one another commands of the New Testament? When it comes to assessing groups, you...

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog, Media, Technology |

Virtual Choir Live | TED

Virtual Choir Live | TED

You may have seen the video on TED from a couple of years ago after a fan video posted to YouTube sparked a crazy idea: could he take singers from across the globe, have them sing the same piece on video, and edit it together into a virtual choir? The results of this experiment quickly went viral. And at TED2011, Whitacre spoke about the aha moment behind the choir, and debuted a new piece from the unusual ensemble. In his latest talk, given at TED2013, Whitacre takes this idea to the next level — combining multiple choirs on stage with singers from 32 different countries via Skype, all of them making beautiful choral music together in real time.  The choirs who appeared on the TED stage are from: California State University, Long Beach Campus California State University, Fullerton Campus Riverside City College A list of the remote singers and the countries they represent: Gina Alvarado, Argentina Wei Jiang, Australia Lucas Mateus, Brazil Ariana Del Bianco, Canada Anita Yañez, Chile Meg...

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Blog, Life |

A 38-Year-Old Invalid

I found this old post on my iPhone app that never went through. So, I thought I would send it on. Full disclosure: I’m not 38 any more. “One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?'” (John 5:5, 6 NIV) I read John 5 as part of my devotional time this morning and this passage leaped out at me. This man had been an invalid for 38 years! Unwhole, crippled, longing for answers that never came his way. Seeking, hoping, trusting, despairing…but no change…for 38 years. And I’m 38 years old. I began to imagine what it would be like to be an invalid all my life; if all I could remember is being incomplete, marred, and inadequate. Striving for healing and self-sufficiency, and seeking comfort in remedies just beyond my reach. And then I realized that, in...

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Summer Is Coming

Summer Is Coming

April is here, which means that summer break is now less than 10 weeks away.  For some, that represents a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, a coming respite from toil, a long awaited vacation.  For others, it harkens an end to certain freedoms, an impending absence of peace and tranquility. For me…hey, its just summer. Regardless of what summer means to you, many (myself included) begin to think about ‘getting ready’ for summer.  Usually there are some kind of health and fitness related goals associated with these preparations.  This year mine is pretty simple: Do a little digestive system ‘spring cleaning’. This has been a great year for me health-wise.  I feel like I’ve been able to achieve and maintain a good, sustainable level of fitness with more consistency than I have in many years.  But even so, since I haven’t gone completely organic and do enjoy occasional moments of nutritional weakness, my system has gotten a little mucked up over the past few months.  So,...

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