Thinking Out Loud

June 13, 2009

Hot Off The Presses

donald miller book

Our Book is Out!

Check out the picture at right.   Impressive, huh?  Notice my name as coauthor?  Wait ’til my family sees this.   They used a larger typeface for my name than I thought they would! How would you like to be the coauthor of Donald Miller’s new book?  Well you can.   Sort of.   Fresh off their blog and Facebook promotion for Andy Andrews’ The Noticer, Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson is at it again, and it’s not even April Fools Day.   You not only get to pretend to be Miller’s coauthor, but you get a webpage with your name on the introduction and your comments on what it was like to work with Donald.   You then blog it or e-mail it to your friends.   You can read my page here.   Join the prank at Hyatt’s blog, here.

Play that Worship Music, white boy

Chris Vacher, who blogs at Chris from Canada questions whether a high profile worship event purporting to represent “worldwide” worship and involving “all peoples” is living up to its goals when, without exception, every advertised participant is very white.    Read his thoughts here.

9 Simple Rules for Not Dating My Teenage Daughter

Tony Miano blogs at The Lawman Chronicles.  On the occasion of both of his daughters’ community college graduation, he talks about the qualities necessary for someone to ask for the girls’ hands in marriage.   Tony doesn’t believe in dating.   To paraphrase the title of the Josh Harris book, he’s kissed the concept goodbye.   But this may be new for some of you.  In one of the comments, he elaborates:

I don’t expect my daughters to identify a potential man to marry. I expect that young man to identify himself, since he will be pursuing my daughter and not the other way around. I also expect (and trust) the Lord to give us the collective wisdom and discernment as a family to recognize that man as the one He has chosen for my daughter.
Once that man is identified (using not only my list of requirements; but also my daughter’s list of requirements), and we (my wife, daughter, and I) agree that a courtship should take place, with the goal being marriage, then I would give consent for the man to court my daughter.

You can read the post here.   Just be careful if you leave any comments.   Tony is a policeman.   He knows where you live!

We interrupt this sermon…

Has your pastor ever stood up in the pulpit and said that he had a sermon all prepared, but God is leading him to share something entirely different?  While it does happen, it doesn’t stop Jon Acuff, at the blog Stuff Christians Like, from having some fun with what’s become a staple of evangelical life.   You can read his post here.   And if you missed this one from May 29th, Jon has guest blogger Tyler Stanton share “The Essential Cast of a Great Missions Trip,” just in time for summer.

And finally, a public service announcement

This is actually from 2007, but I thought I’d leave a reward for those of you still clicking.   Via YouTube, here it is.


  1. That’s just too coot — thanks for the laugh, Paul!

    Comment by kaybee — June 13, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  2. Hey-
    Thanks for the mention on your blog! I really appreciate it.

    Know that my blog is a safe place to air your grievances anytime about life’s more trivial matters.

    Comment by Tyler — June 16, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

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