3 Things I’m Enjoying in 2020

What’s Best Next Video Study

January 12 is almost half-over. Your New Years Resolutions are probably more than half-broken. And, if you’re like me, most resolutions deal with getting more things done. If that’s you, let me encourage you to think differently about productivity. Instead of getting more things done, aim to get better things done.

Matt Perman, the author of What’s Best Next, is a master of productivity. He’s studied productivity theory (in its various ways) and combined the best of multiple systems with theological God-centeredness to help you do “what’s best next.” I was pleased to receive a copy of his new video study. In 27 sessions (over 6 hours of content) Matt teaches through his material in short, accessible sessions. 

The What’s Best Next Video Study will be helpful for those who prefer to learn by listening. It would be useful for work-team training or for use with high school students learning to prioritize their responsibilities.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History

I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Recently, I’ve been watching it with my seven-year-old (who now begs me to watch it). It’s been a joy to revisit my television friend as an adult. I’m beginning to understand Mister Rogers’ wisdom, what he was doing, and why he did it. It’s helping me be a better parent and person.

So, I was pleased to receive Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History as a Christmas present. I read almost half of it the first night. It is filled with history, pictures, and interviews with the cast and crew. Any fan of Mister Rogers will be sure to treasure it.

Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women

Is it ok for me to say I’ve been enjoying a book that I co-wrote? Either way, I have been. For the past month, I’ve been anxious as the February 4 release date approaches. I’ve questioned myself on whether the book is any good or will be helpful to others. (For the most part, I’ve forgotten what we actually wrote since the last round of edits!)

I ripped open a manilla envelope on Saturday, expecting to find a different book. To my surprise, it was a copy of Worthy! I sat down and read almost all of it that afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised by how happy I was with it. Whether it is helpful to others or not remains to be seen. But, for now, I’m thankful to God for the opportunity to write it. And I pray he uses it to bless others and to glorify himself.

The Same Kind of “Different” as Jesus

Do you want your kids to be “different” from others?

I do.

And I don’t.

I want my kids to be “different” in all the ways that others admire and praise and value.

I do not want my kids to be “different” in all the ways that others mock and pity and despise and reject and ridicule.

God had a kid. Continue reading “The Same Kind of “Different” as Jesus”

“Watch the Woman!” — Why We Should See and Celebrate Women in the Bible

Watch the Woman! Why we should see and celebrate women in the Bible.I’ve been looking for, noticing, celebrating, and writing about the place of women in the storyline of the Bible a lot this year.

Why is that?

In seeing and celebrating women in the storyline of the Bible, I’m not sliding down a slippery-slope of liberalism, about to careen off a cliff into goddess worship.

In seeing and celebrating women in the storyline of the Bible, I am attempting to climb the ladder of careful exegesis and Bible interpretation. I am recognizing the rungs that the Author put in place, and stepping accordingly.

Why should we notice and celebrate women in the storyline of Scripture? Where do you look when you’re expecting someone important? If you’re a child waiting for mom to come home, you look at the front door. You look toward the place from which you know they’ll first appear.

When God first proclaimed the Gospel, he promised deliverance through “the offspring of the woman” (Genesis 3:15). The deliverer will come through her. This promise encourages us to “Look for the offspring!” We read the Bible looking for the arrival of the Redeemer. We read expectantly, hoping each birth brings him. Because of that, this promise then teaches us to “watch the woman” as the storyline unfolds so that we see the Redeemer when he arrives.

Join me in noticing her in the text and celebrating what we see God doing through her (then and now).