The Reason For The World

One thing about social media (good or bad) is that it thrusts you into the lives of others. It’s almost scriptural in that we can rejoice with those rejoice and mourn with those that mourn. If there was a year 2011 version of the bible it was say “Like status updates with those that rejoice and unlike status updates with those who mourn”. Regardless, it can make or break your day when you care enough about your friends and read whats going on in their lives. I post this today for several friends that are having a tough go of … Continue reading The Reason For The World

Dear Friend

I just read on twitter that Dana Key of the legendary Christian Rock band “Degarmo and Key” passed away yesterday. I find that sad on many levels. They once had a song called “Dear Friend” and it only seemed appropriate to post this morning. Thank you Dana Key for creating lasting memories and music in the 80’s. You paved the way for so many bands and inspired many. Dear Friend by Degarmo and Key Season change, days go by People come and people go Though our paths lead us apart They will meet one day I know For I owe … Continue reading Dear Friend

Thoughts on Tiger

Like most of the rest of the world, I just watched the streaming video of Tiger Woods statement of apology. Unlike most of the internet world, I am not going to offer an analysis, judgement or opinion. There is a family in need of restoration. There is a marriage in need of repair. There is a man in need of help. Any words I put on this blog are not going to change those things. As a man who has personally been shown more grace than I could ever repay, I offer Tiger nothing but the same. I won’t stand … Continue reading Thoughts on Tiger

A Home In Haiti

If you are like me, the devistation and aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti continues to break your heart. If you are also like me, you want to help but at times feel helpless. Cutting a check or giving your credit card information doesn’t give the knowledge of where that money went. We can’t see it, touch it or know that helped at all. Today I was made aware of an effort that is both a necessity and will allow you to know where your generous gift went. A Home In Haiti is a web site which was launched by … Continue reading A Home In Haiti

32 Hours: The Church In Haiti

I interrupt my 40-Day Blog fast to post this sermon from Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. While I have been away, I have been challenged to use the power of the blog to share links and giving opportunities which I have been made aware of. I have battled between giving in to the fast for something so important as the events in Haiti. Throughout this time away, I have been following and monitoring the progress of Pastors Mark Driscoll and James McDonald as they have launched “Churches Helping Churches” to respond to the devastation in Haiti.  I challenge each of you … Continue reading 32 Hours: The Church In Haiti

Praying For Tiger

On Friday afternoon, I sat watching football with family and reading the ESPN ticker reporting the details of Tiger Woods “minor accident”. With each passing hour, the details were more and more odd. That little alarm in my head was ringing that something just didn’t seem right. The truth is that no one except the Woods family knows what happened that night. Maybe we should leave it that way. The tabloids are all over this story. Each time I launch Google Reader, there is another news feed with details. This morning, Tiger released a statement to respond to many of … Continue reading Praying For Tiger

Scary Stuff

A few years ago I found myself on a trip and without a book to read. I picked up “Jerusalem Countdown” by John Hagee in the airport bookstore and began to read. This book was written in 2006 and I read it not long after it was released. This isn’t a book review. If I remember right, I already did one. If you want to know, it was a great book. Scary stuff, but a great book. For some odd reason last night as I was drifting off to sleep, I remembered a quote from the book. I remembered thinking … Continue reading Scary Stuff

An Open Letter To Jon and Kate

Like the rest of the world, I watched the “Big Announcement” from Jon and Kate last night. I won’t go into the many feelings, objections and thoughts that I had regarding what was said and the decision that was made. I will let a song do it for me. Jon and Kate if you ever find your way to this blog, take 5 minutes and really hear the words to this song. Let them penetrate those parts of your hearts which have become hardened to your first love for one another. My prayers go out to Jon, Kate and that … Continue reading An Open Letter To Jon and Kate

Under The Chuppah

The television show “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” entertains me. Even though we don’t have eight, there is something about watching parenting little children on a TV that captivates me. Plus, I just cannot begin to understand raising eight children. Then it happened. All of the headlines now are running this family through all sorts of scenarios. The latest People magazine states “We Might Split Up“. When I read that today, I was instantly reminded of a quote by Rob Bell from the book “Sex God“. He simply said, “There’s too many people under the chuppah“. The quote was referring … Continue reading Under The Chuppah

A Holiday Tradition

Back by popular demand it is my annual posting of “A Sesame Street Thanksgiving”. Just when I thought no one would remember or care anymore, the requests came pouring in. Those on facebook were treated to this little gem yesterday. As a side note, I dedicate this posting to one of my childhood friends,  Tim Schott. Timmy passed away at about this time last year. Tim would send me an email every year to remind me to email the Sesame Street Thanksgiving to everyone. Although Tim is gone, he is never forgotten. We miss you friend. For those new to … Continue reading A Holiday Tradition

The Remedy

What a week it has been. I have always had a rule to leave politics out of my blog. I’m not going to change any of that now. Yet I sit here today with such a mixed bag of emotions. Reading articles and comments on blogs, facebook and twitter has been quite an experience. I go from inspired to disappointed. I go from angered to completely perplexed. All of these emotions have nothing to do with the election. They are all based on the posts and responses leading up to and following the election from Christian brothers and sisters. I … Continue reading The Remedy

We’re Listening

Our friends lost their house The co-worker lost her job The couple next door lost their retirement It seems that everyone is losing their footing This scares us. This bailout with billions. These rumblings of depression. These headlines: ominous, thunderous- “Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What Next?” What is next? We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right. You told us this would happen. You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money. Greed will break your heart, you warned. Money will love you and leave you. Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain. You were … Continue reading We’re Listening

We're Listening

Our friends lost their house The co-worker lost her job The couple next door lost their retirement It seems that everyone is losing their footing This scares us. This bailout with billions. These rumblings of depression. These headlines: ominous, thunderous- “Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What Next?” What is next? We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right. You told us this would happen. You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money. Greed will break your heart, you warned. Money will love you and leave you. Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain. You were … Continue reading We're Listening

Four For Friday

It’s that time of the week again. This weeks “Four For Friday” happens to fall on the holiday of July 4th! Parades, Fireworks, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, friends and fun! Maybe even some good old apple pie! What could be better? Here are my VERY Random Four songs this week. Thanks to Mike for contributing last week! Agree 100% on the Casting Crowns song by the way. Was really disappointed in that CD when it first came out but it’s one of my favorites now. Especially after seeing them live. 1. Independence Day by Martina McBride – It’s not exactly about … Continue reading Four For Friday

Get Expelled This Summer…Again!

I received an email this evening from a subscriber to my blog that has an opportunity for each of us to consider. It is my honor to share something this important through my site. Below is an excerpt of the email I received… “I am subscriber of your blog…..I have enjoyed reading and listening your blog for sometime now…. Can you help me with something? I am in charge of the re-release of our film Expelled…The goal is to gain 1,000 new theaters to release the film….over the summer…We are booking new theaters now… The caveat is that we need … Continue reading Get Expelled This Summer…Again!

Before, During and After

The Girls (Heather and Amanda) and my man “D-Rich” completed another race yesterday. The order of the day was a 5 mile race run for the Armed Forces Honor Run in Westerville, Ohio. As always I was proud of the ladies, but “D-Rich” stole the show with his pre and post run interviews. Check out the quick bit we put up on youtube to mark the occasion. While we had some fun joking around about it, there is something to be said about getting out there and running 5 miles for a good cause. As for me….I’m bringing lazy back. Hey…someone … Continue reading Before, During and After

With Hope….

The news this morning was unbelievable. I had to read it twice to make sure I understood what I had just read. As this day has gone along, I’ve read the other posts, seen the reports and I just couldn’t bring myself to post anything. Not even sure I want to do it now. It is at times like this when I have to be real honest and say I don’t get it. Once again, my finite mind trying to understand an infinite God. I’m sure you have heard already, but Steven Curtis Chapman lost his little 5 year old … Continue reading With Hope….

A Retraction

I have to print a retraction to a statement that I made last night. Actually, I really just need to retract the statement from my wife since she is the only one that heard me say it. I was watching the coverage of the final 3 outs of the no hitter that John Lester threw last night and I simply said “that is what makes sports great”. Big deal right? Let me give you some context. In case you missed it, John Lester beat cancer last year to return to the mound for the Boston Red Sox. Incredible story. To … Continue reading A Retraction

For The Love Of…

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…shall we? For those that have followed this thing since the beginning, you might remember when I wrote a post 3 years ago about a dilemma I was having (HERE). Matter of fact, last time the Tar Heels played for a championship, Heather almost had a baby…literally! (Details HERE) So it just seems appropriate that we are steamrolling our way into Final Four weekend and the Karma is everywhere. See if you can follow the bouncing ball on this one. You might have noticed that I am trying to discern a major decision which … Continue reading For The Love Of…

Saturday’s All Pro Dad Day!

Wow…where did March go? A new month must mean that this Saturday is another All Pro Dad day. The topic this month is “Caring for the less fortunate“. We are privileged to have a guest speaker from Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio with us. He will share a little bit about Faith Mission, but even more exciting is what will happen between our meetings in April and May. Based on the information from our guest speaker, Dads and kids will have the opportunity to spend the month gathering needed items and raising awareness of the less fortunate in our community. … Continue reading Saturday’s All Pro Dad Day!

Saturday's All Pro Dad Day!

Wow…where did March go? A new month must mean that this Saturday is another All Pro Dad day. The topic this month is “Caring for the less fortunate“. We are privileged to have a guest speaker from Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio with us. He will share a little bit about Faith Mission, but even more exciting is what will happen between our meetings in April and May. Based on the information from our guest speaker, Dads and kids will have the opportunity to spend the month gathering needed items and raising awareness of the less fortunate in our community. … Continue reading Saturday's All Pro Dad Day!

The Voice Part II

After some emails and phone conversations, I guess I need to answer some questions that have come up regarding my previous post. Sorry it was a bit cryptic, but to quote Brian McKnight “in all things time, time will reveal“. While we all wait, let me answer a few of those questions and put some rumors to rest. 1. I am not going to build a baseball field in my backyard. I don’t even own corn. 2. I am not going into business with bornandbreded. 3. I am not going into the ministry. 4. I am not quitting my job, … Continue reading The Voice Part II

The Week Ahead

Big week in my little world. Check it out: 1. “90 Days in Heaven” landed at the library today. I’ll pick it up tonight. 2. The new Michael English CD hit the streets last week. Review coming soon 3. Tomorrow is Primary Day in Ohio. Get out and vote. 4. Really looking forward to the Casting Crowns concert on Thursday. 5. Pray for my friend and brother Stef this week. Especially on Thursday. Refuse to Lose brother! 6. I’m honored to be a part of Daily Blessings “Friday’s are Full of Blessings” starting this Friday. 7. What can be better … Continue reading The Week Ahead

My Bucket List

There has been much talk about the movie “The Bucket List” (which I have not seen yet). I don’t really have a Bucket List, but if I did, I think the number one item would be this: To break up a parade by jumping on a float and singing “Twist and Shout” ala Ferris Bueller. If nothing else, I would at least like to be a part of the dance crew on the steps. The only condition is that it would need to include TBDBITL. Continue reading My Bucket List

Soulja Boy

This song and dance is everywhere. After seeing some little kids performing it while I was at the Ohio State Basketball game tonight, I am determined to teach it to Brynn. Since the last dance craze I know and can remember is the electric slide, I went looking for some help. Who else to have as your personal dance instructor than Lebron James himself? For those that have missed it (I might be the only one)…here’s how to “Soulja Boy” Continue reading Soulja Boy

The Legend of Silent Night

Bellau Wood – By Garth Brooks Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence Over Belleau Wood that night For a Christmas truce had been declared By both sides of the fight As we lay ther in our trenches The silence broke in two By a German soldier singing A song that we all knew Though I did not know the language The song was “Silent Night” Then I heard my buddy whisper, “All is calm and all is bright” Then the fear and doubt surrounded me ‘Cause I’d die if I was wrong But I stood up in my trench And … Continue reading The Legend of Silent Night

Traditions

A few weeks ago, while I was outside “rigging up the lights”, the rest of the family was inside decorating for Christmas. For some reason, they didn’t want to be anywhere near me while I performed said task. Wonder why… When I reappeared in the house, my son announced that he had put the manger out, but he “didn’t put Jesus in the manger”. All of the fog from the task of hanging the lights was gone in an instant. For in that moment, a tradition that began when I was a child growing up was carried on for another … Continue reading Traditions

Our Christmas Card

As most of you know, I have been dubbed the “King of Restless” which is not too far from the truth. It’s a crown I wear with pride, but it sure doesn’t help when it comes to email address books. All of my moves, adds and changes have caused my address books to be spread over more email accounts than I care to admit. So, if I missed you on the initial email, consider this my attempt to get you our annual Christmas card. Last year, right about the time that the dollar figure for creating the family postcard and … Continue reading Our Christmas Card

A Sort of Homecoming…

I’ll be away from “the matrix” tomorrow as I head to my hometown to connect with the old gang to say one final goodbye to our brother Tim. While the reunion will be a time to reconnect and share stories of the past it won’t be complete. To those that have followed the journey the past week, thanks for letting me work through it and your support. I’m hoping some time away with friends and the drive will help with a bit of closure. Again, thanks for your kind words, emails and prayers. You’re an incredible community of people. Continue reading A Sort of Homecoming…

The End of the Innocence

Several years ago the shoe company “Keds” had an advertising campaign that simply asked some questions. I don’t know why it has stuck with me all these years, but it was great marketing. Featured in the commercial was a small girl with her Keds on and the narrator simply said things like: “What size Keds will you be wearing when you lose your first tooth?” “What size Keds will you be wearing when you meet your first boyfriend?” “What size Keds will you be wearing when the first of your friends gets married?” What captured me in this 30 second … Continue reading The End of the Innocence

Annual Tradition

I’ve already posted “Sesame Street Thanksgiving”, but the other annual tradition which usually goes out via email (and still might) is the sending of the link for Snowcraft. Several years ago, I stumbled across this game and look forward to it every year. In case you have never played it, I warn you…it is HIGHLY addicting! Below are the link and the directions. Happy Hunting! The Link –http://www.iconnicholson.com/holiday/ Directions – Click and hold down the left mouse button (red team) to move and arm your players with snowballs. Release the button to throw the snow ball. Hit the other teams … Continue reading Annual Tradition

Simply be my child…

It’s that time of year when you dust off the Christmas CD’s and give them 30 days worth of listening. This year, I decided to download some new offerings which included “The Christmas Sessions” by Mercyme. There is one song that has me reflecting on Joseph. Often when I look at the nativity, I see Mary. I see Jesus. I see the animals. But, as a father, have I ever put myself in the position of Joseph? Have I ever reflected on his thoughts, his feelings at the moment Jesus was born? The birth of all 3 of my children … Continue reading Simply be my child…

My Christmas List

In honor of “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday” and the time of year when family and friends begin asking for your Christmas lists, I thought I would post this song and the words. One day this wish will come true for everyone. Until that time, it would be my prayer to do our part to make it a reality here on earth. No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time would heal all hearts And everyone would have a friend And right would always win And love would never end This is my grown up christmas list … Continue reading My Christmas List

Under the Chuppah

Going through the news feeds this morning, I found a headline that is pretty sad. As soon as I read it, the words from Rob Bell’s book “Sex God” came to mind; “too many people under the chuppah”. The headline I read was that Hulk Hogan’s wife is reportedly seeking a divorce. If you watched the reality show “Hogan Knows Best” on VH1, you might remember that they were seeking counseling at one point. They were able to reconcile so the lights and cameras kept rolling. I am sorry to read these words and do hope that they are able … Continue reading Under the Chuppah