How to be Rich…

I would highly recommend Andy Stanley’s How To Be Rich:  It’s Not What You Have, It’s What You Do With What You Have.

Stanley suggests, “The more a person possesses, the greater his potential to acquire a distorted sense of reality and the greater the odds that he will lose his sense of balance… Specifically, Paul writes, money does two things to people:  It makes us arrogant, and over time it becomes our primary source of hope, leaving us with the impression that we are self-sufficient” (424).

Our teaching team is planning a stewardship series loosely based on this book for November of this year at Blue Bridge Church.

Check the book out and let me know what you think.

How to be Rich…

Monty Williams…

“I want to close with this, and I think it’s the most important thing we need to understand. Everyone is praying for me and my family, which is right, let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well,” Williams said. “And we have no ill will toward that family. That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard — it is very hard — and that was tough. But we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well. So let’s not lose sight of what’s important.”
Monty Williams…

The Man Who Saved the Union…

One of my goals is to read at least one biography on each and every U.S. President.  As mentioned before, I began this journey back in 2003 when I stumbled upon the fine works of David McCullough.

I took another step towards completing this task by reading H.W. Brands’ The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace.  A fine and complete work.

Honestly, Grant has to be one of the most under-appreciated and largely-misunderstood of our presidents (aside from Adams, himself).  Historians who followed him, for a variety of reasons, exaggerated his scandals and down-played his accomplishments (both militarily and politically).  Brand recovers the legacy from the rubble.
That being said, here is an update on my progress through the list of presidents…
2.    John Adams
16.  Abraham Lincoln
18.  The Man Who Saved the Union:  Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
30.  Coolidge
32.  FDR
33.  Truman
As of today, I have officially read biographies on 23 of the 43 presidents (Cleveland was in office twice).
The Man Who Saved the Union…

My Year of Saying Yes To Everything…

Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. “When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling,” she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God’s whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her “year of yes” and find out how she got her hum back.

My Year of Saying Yes To Everything…