Jan 16, 2020
Iconic Posters from My Past
I remember several popular posters from my Christ-less days of middle and high school. First was the iconic (1976) Farrah Fawcett poster so many of my middle school buddies proudly displayed, which back then was a gateway into pornography even though she was wearing a full one piece bathing suit!
Then there was the classic overweight, shirtless man, sitting on a keg of beer with the caption, “No Pain. No Pain.”
I loved that one!
But my favorite was the desperate 1970’s poster of a cat, suspended in mid-air, while hanging on for dear life captioned, “Hang in there, Baby!”
I laugh whenever I remember it.
Jan 8, 2020
It Ain’t Over until It’s Over
And it’s over. The holidays are long gone. The long-anticipated Christmas is over, New Year’s Day bum-rushed me, punched me in the face, and kept running. I sit in the wake of the holidays with a bank account in a recession and my waistline in inflation! Men, 2020 is upon us!
Dec 20, 2019
20-Year-Olds, Time Travel, and 20/20 Hindsight
I wish I could have a conversation with my twenty-year-old self. I have a few things I’d like to say to that guy: “Football is just a game and not worth your worship(ouch). Go ALL IN when the dotcoms hit and pull your money early. Buy your grandma’s house on Pecho Street in Morro Bay. Surrender your life to Jesus now. Save your heart for Shanna. The one you are with is about to break it. The sins you celebrate now will be the ones you battle as an adult.”
It’s true that “Hindsight is 20/20”. The idiom is used to explain that now obvious things were not obvious from the outset and that one can evaluate past choices more clearly than at the time of the choice.
One of my favorite questions on the Men in the Arena Podcast is, “If you could travel back in time, what would you say to your twenty-year-old self?”
How many of you would pay good money for ten minutes of time travel?
Dec 13, 2019
Immanuel—God with Us
Christmas is a time when we celebrate the most wonderful act of love—Immanuel—
God with us. It’s a time when we celebrate the God who drew near to us when we were far from him. Romans 5:8 says it best, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Better yet, Christ came for us!
He stepped out of eternity and into time. He surrendered his throne for a feeding trough. He surrendered omnipotence for weakness. He relinquished his universal authority to be raised by teen parents.
“Although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7).
Christmas is a season to remember the God who drew near to us, and we should follow His example by drawing near to others.
Dec 6, 2019
The “Other” Reindeer
I love the story about the game show contestant who, in order to win the grand prize, had to answer one question.
“To be today’s champion,” the show’s smiling host explained, “… name two of Santa’s reindeer.” The contestant, a man in his early twenties and clearly an ex-football player, gave a sigh of relief and smiled, “Rudolf!” he proudly announced, and the audience cheered.
“And Olive!” Silence.
Slowly the studio audience began to mumble, and the dumbfounded show host spoke, “Yes, we’ll accept Rudolf as the correct answer, but can you please explain Olive?”
The young man looked very frustrated at the question, “You know the song, Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glowed. OLIVE, the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names…”
I love it! There is a lot of confusion around this season.
Who is Saint Nicholas, and is he the same as Santa?
Do I say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Or neither!
Do I tell my kids the truth about Santa or keep lying about his true identity?
But the one that always had me stumped is, why do I receive presents on someone else’s birthday?