Things I’d Like To Take More Seriously

  • Writing, playing and recording music (check out Melanie Penn, she’s fantastic!)
  • Devouring good books
  • Writing about anything and everything that grabs me (Tristan, Noel Piper and Andrew Peterson inspire me)
  • Exercising, be it triathlons or yoga (avoiding the weirdness often associated with it)
  • Digging into the Bible and developing those sharpening relationships that we need to spur one another on
  • Living life to the fullest

How about you?


Financial Support Changes

I sent this email out to those I support toward the beginning of the year. It’s been helpful when deciding whether to support someone or not, and people have appreciated the thought given to the decision. I’d recommend coming up with a list of priorities to everyone.

I’m changing how I go about financially supporting people to reflect my personal convictions and priorities, while remaining biblically faithful. If you are receiving this email, it means that I financially support you.


  • Enabling and encouraging new missionaries
    • I want to be able to say yes to people who are testing the missions field, enabling them to experience what it is like.
    • Once a person has experienced missions, their pool of potential financial support will likely increase.
  • Focusing on long term missions
    • I have seen how effective long term relationships are when reaching difficult hearts.
  • Focusing on unreached peoples
    • I can’t single-handedly counterbalance statistics that show how small a percentage of support goes to unreached peoples, but you always fail if you never try.
    • This will negatively affect those of you who are domestic missionaries.
  • Rebalancing my giving
    • I love my local church and have become convicted of how my support for it compares to other ministries.
    • Bethlehem is a magnet for missionaries, often painfully so (i.e. folks come for training and support, you love them, they leave). Thus, giving to my church is strategic for global outreach.

Prayer Support

I don’t intend this change to be reflected in my prayers for you. I’ll continue to plead with God to bless your ministries, to win and build (and send) disciples who love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

This is not an exhaustive defense of these convictions. Please be gracious in your reading. Give feedback if you feel it appropriate.

In Jesus,

Music I’ve Noticed

Here’s what I’ve tagged since the end of August. I tagged these songs because I liked them, wondered what they were, or just wanted to remember them. Some are duplicates, some I can’t remember any more, some I don’t like, but apparently I thought they were noteworthy at the time. Enjoy!

  1. Buster Voodoo by Rodrigo Y Gabriela (8/31/2009)
  2. Her Diamonds by Rob Thomas
  3. Free To Be Me by Francesca Battistelli
  4. Buster Voodoo by Rodrigo Y Gabriela (I loved hearing an instrumental song on Cities 97)
  5. Rock & Roll by Eric Hutchinson
  6. Nothing Ever Hurt Like You by James Morrison
  7. Hard To Handle by The Black Crowes
  8. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
  9. Tempted by Paul Carrack
  10. Oxygen by Colbie Caillat
  11. On Broadway by George Benson
  12. Does Anybody…Time It Is? by Chicago
  13. Use Somebody by Kings Of Leon
  14. Lady Madonna by The Beatles
  15. The Letter by Box Tops
  16. Go Or Go Ahead by Rufus Wainwright
  17. Closer To Love by Mat Kearney
  18. In Love With A Girl by Gavin DeGraw
  19. Fallin’ For You by Colbie Caillat
  20. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John/Kiki Dee
  21. Lucky by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
  22. Leave The Pieces by The Wreckers
  23. If You Could Only See by Tonic
  24. Cold As Ice by Foreigner
  25. Into The Night by Santana Feat. Chad Kroeger
  26. I Want You To by Weazer
  27. Where I Stood by Missy Higgins
  28. All We Are by Matt Nathanson
  29. Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry
  30. Fireflies by Owl City
  31. Gimme Sympathy by Metric
  32. The Ballroom Blitz by Sweet
  33. Black Water by The Doobie Brothers
  34. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
  35. Black Balloon by The Goo Goo Dolls
  36. Renegade by Styx
  37. Jumper by Third Eye Blind
  38. Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw
  39. I Like The Way by Bodyrockers (my favorite driving song ever)
  40. Leave The Pieces by The Wreckers
  41. On Broadway by George Benson
  42. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  43. First Train Home by Imogen Heap
  44. Bad Case Of Loving You by Robert Palmer
  45. Bordonco Y 900 by Orquesta Color Tango
  46. Born Again by Cory Chisel And The Wondering
  47. Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone
  48. Kids by MGMT
  49. Got To Get You Into My Life by The Beatles
  50. Don’t Bring Me Down by Electric Light Orchestra
  51. Boad Behind by Kinds Of Convenience (I thought this was the Avett Brothers)
  52. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Harry Connick, Jr.
  53. Believe by Josh Groban
  54. Man About Town by Brian Hughes
  55. Down by Jay Sean Feat. Lil Wayne
  56. Sour Girl by Stone Temple Pilots
  57. Let’s Get It Started by The Black Eyed Peas
  58. Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol
  59. Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw
  60. You Get What You Give by New Radicals
  61. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John / Kiki Dee
  62. Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel
  63. Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon
  64. I Like The Way by Bodyrockers
  65. Human by The Killers
  66. I Never Told You by Colbie Caillat
  67. Tempted by Squeeze
  68. The Way by Fastball
  69. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga (as much as I hate to admit it, this one will be remembered)
  70. All The Right Moves by OneRepublic
  71. Love Story by Taylor Swift
  72. I Never Told You by Colbie Caillat
  73. Still The One by Orleans
  74. Celebration by Kool & The Gang
  75. South Side by Moby
  76. Realize by Colbie Caillat
  77. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes by Ladysmith Black Mambazo/Paul Simon (3/10/2010)

I don’t know why you would want to, but feel free to check out what else I listen to at

None Other Can Console Me

My prayers feel like poison
How could I draw you into this
My sin has separated me
I pray in my unrighteousness

I give God cause to hate me
Then I approach the great white throne
I hate myself for what I’ve done
But I can come to Him alone

Though I feel unworthy
And that I am in this dark season
None other can console me
None other has the right or reason

Jesus Christ, my righteousness
By His dark death I am now pleading
He is all my hope and stay
His broken body bloodied, bleeding

Nailed on the tall Roman cross
To cancel death and sin’s old power
He advocates for me today
And I run to Him, my strong tower

Missing Tristan

I was in the grocery store yesterday and realized that I missed Tristan. So I bought some bread.

it's really good with olive oil

It’s really good, and the kind that he likes. His got moldy while he’s been gone. He can have some of mine when he gets back today.

February Reading: Seeing And Savoring Jesus Christ

I’ve been working through Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ for a while now. Since I hadn’t really read much in February, I thought I’d finish it real quick to make good on my resolution.

I kind of liked the book

You know some books are so engaging that you get sucked in and barely have enough time to breath between chapters? This wasn’t one of those for me.

Honestly, I don’t remember a lot of it. Stretching a book out over a month or two always leaves me wishing I had finished it faster. There were good chapters and less interesting ones. The Tough Side was one of my favorites. I was surprised at how quick the book went by. Short chapters will do that for you. I really loved the prayers.

The afterword should have been first.

The afterword was so helpful describing Piper’s purpose that I wish he had put it first. The way it framed everything in the (sadly) preceding chapters made it all seem to light up with understanding. But it was such a struggle to make it through! If it had been first, the vision he cast would have drawn me along, instead of leaving me wanting things that weren’t there. And the foreword seemed to be just right for finishing the book. Just swap them.

It’s a good lens.

This book is clearly not a substitute for actually reading about Jesus within the Biblical context. Every chapter reminds you of where all this stuff comes from. It could be described as a lens: helpful for correcting vision and seeing things you didn’t before, but not the object you’re looking at. And it embraces that vision, trying to guide you to appreciate the Jesus of the Bible more on every page. So…

Read this book, then read the Bible.

Actually see and savor Jesus Christ. That’s why Pastor John wrote it.