Monday, November 29, 2010

Tonight's Going To Be A...

Thanksgiving morning I sat with my children in front of our television continuing a long-standing tradition of watching the parades. As we flipped from one to the next, avoiding commercials like the plague...we listened to a high school marching band playing a familiar tune.

My son said, "Hey, I know that song. It's Tonight's Going to be A Good Night."

I was proud of him for recognizing the instrumental version as played by a high school band on national television especially since I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I knew it sounded familiar but it was his sharp mental acuity that identified the tune. I am getting somewhat used to his amazing 4 year old intellect but it still shocks me sometimes as to what he picks up on and recalls!

That was the last we heard of the song for the rest of the day until about 8:15PM. We spent a great day at my in-laws home celebrating Thanksgiving, stuffing our bellies, and watching the Cowboys (er, um Roy Williams) lose to the Saints. Now at home, with the kids bathed and in bed, my wife and I were settling into our living room for some down time. As we stared mindlessly at the random HGTV program I heard what sounded like loud singing. I paused the Tivo. There it was again.

"Honey, do you hear that?"

"Yes. It's probably just Mackenzie. She always sings, don't worry about it."

"No. That's not her. I think its Michael!!"

"No way! He doesn't do that."

"I know but that's definitely him. I am going to grab my camera and see if I can catch him in the act."

Watch the video below for the rest...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Living Out Loud

So what’s the BIG idea? Well with all the various transitions my blog has taken over the years, my hope is that this will be one that injects energy, fun, and value that keeps readers coming back for more.

Living out loud is the new title and as it implies, I intend to live my life as transparently as possible. St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel always and when necessary use words.” One of the struggles I have had with my online dealings is how to properly blend all of my interests and all of my circles of friends. For years now I have had a YouTube channel dedicated to amateur apologetics, a Facebook page where I shared a bit more details about me AND my family, and this blog where the two worlds would occasionally collide. Well if my goal is met, the collision will now be a bit more intentional as I will attempt to marry both worlds instead of continuing to compartmentalize the two.

Secondly I’ve come to a point in my witnessing online where I’ve had to re-evaluate my strategy. My conversion story is heavily emphasized by researching the topic of Jesus Christ and the evidence for or against the narrative told to me throughout my childhood. I found the case so much more compelling than I ever expected which not only led to my salvation BUT also got me excited about trying to put that same information into everyone else’s hands. So my original intent was to apologetically CONVINCE people into a relationship with Christ. Somewhere along the journey I figured out that (a) I am not smart enough to do that (b) there are already many others that are much more gifted than I doing a better job at it and (c) sometimes the best way to evangelize is to live out your faith and show by example.

So what if anything will change?

• Firstly, I hope to be writing more often. I tend to be a better writer than I am a videographer but really enjoy doing both.

• Secondly, I will be back to producing ideas on a wide variety of topics. My “life” lived out loud includes family, business, friends, church, political topics, etc. My born again status certainly affects all areas but that doesn’t mean every post will be a new sermon-ette.

• The inclusion of my family and more personal stuff. In effort to be more transparent I plan on capturing moments that normally would not have made it to YouTube or here. I plan on continuing to hold to some level of privacy, of course, but there is much I can share that thus far, I just haven’t.

• Regular posts – A new post twice per week is the goal.

• I will be asking for your feedback and participation. Subscribe to my blog and/or my YouTube channel to receive notifications of the new additions AND comment on my posts with your thoughts!

Well, what are you waiting for? You READ that last bullet point, didn’t you!!??

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

God's Way or Yours?

Originally created and uploaded to my YouTube channel here is my latest video. While the overall intent is to challenge the atheist world view...I believe that many Christians are also guilty of placing expectations on God.

Description details: There is a universal desire within humankind for God to interact with us AND reveal Himself to us. In this video I am challenging you to let go of YOUR expectations/criteria and instead let Him speak to you in His way. Stop expecting God to adhere to your terms!