a list for friday–things you will never hear me say

“Steven Tyler really has some insightful comments on American Idol, doesn’t he?”

“Actually, I’ve been looking for a reason to move to North Dakota.”

“Sure, let’s pierce that.”

“Do you have to kill the mouse?”

“I don’t know, running a marathon might be fun.”

“It’s fine that your dog barks all night—I’m just glad he’s happy.”

“Told you I’m a good bowler.”

“This pinot is lush and unctuous….I’m getting hints of cherry and currants with confident fruit-forward flavor notes that capture the soul of the soil.”

“The movie was better.”

“Shhhh…..football’s on.”

“Really wish I could gain a few pounds.”

“Palin 2012!”

“Of course you can take the whole …


happy blogiversery

Today marks three years for this blog! (And tomorrow involves a birthday with more threes…….heaven help us.) Here’s a look back…..

Ten of the posts I like best, for one reason or another:

Do we really want a country of McChurches?

The story is bigger than our short-term happiness.

Can Christians drink?

A Holiday Tip.

“Leadership” means dealing with reality—including conflict.

eHarmony: I’m not a fan.

If you must read “The Shack“……

On preaching politics from the pulpit….

Why I’d rather work for men.

An open letter to Tim Keller.

Ten of the posts that received the most feedback, on or off-line:

Apparently …


Pout to the Lord

A few days ago a reader asked my opinion on the recent controversy surrounding American Idol‘s “Idol Gives Back” program, specifically the big ending when the finalists sang the popular worship song “Shout to the Lord” amidst showers of confetti and sometimes-on-key emoting. The kerfluffle stems from the show’s decision to replace “My Jesus, my Savior” with “My Shepherd, my Savior” in the first line of the song. Christians predictably reacted with outrage and Idol used the correct lyrics in its reprise of the song the next night.

I actually haven’t watched AI in years, so I didn’t hear about this until it hit the blogosphere the …


A Holiday Tip

People who should be allowed to sing “O Holy Night” in public:
–Placido Domingo
–Renee Fleming
–Sandi Patty
–The Vienna Boys Choir

People who should not:
–Jessica Simpson
–The Muppets
–Bob Seger
–Boy bands
–Aaron Neville
–Anyone who’s competed on American Idol
–Everyone else in the universe