What I’m Giving Up This Year

I said a few days ago that the key to focusing is willing to give up and cut out some things in life. So, with that, here’s what I’m cutting out in 2012: Personal: Reading non-Bible stuff. As I said, this year is the year of the Bible, reading-wise, for me. So I will do […]

What I’m Focusing On This Year

Taking into account the questions I asked myself to help me focus this year, here’s what I want the next 12 months to be about: Personal: Reading the Bible. I love to read and have lots of interests. My default reading genre is theology (but recently I dabbled in lots of business, marketing, and financial […]

How to Focus

I ran through a list of questions in my mind to help me decide on what to focus in 2012: Is it pleasurable? Things you spend time on should, if possible, be pleasurable. Yes, there are certain tasks and responsibilities that you can’t get away from, but I bet you would be surprised how flexible […]

Focus in 2012

A new year is upon us and so I am inclined, like most, to reflect a little bit on the past and make some adjustments moving forward into the future. First, some observations about the past. Time Creep My makeup naturally makes me want to learn about anything and everything. I buy lots of books, […]

I’m Now a Part-Time Youth Minister

I’ve maintained blog silence for a little while because I knew a change in my job was imminent, but I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Effective October 1, my status as an employee at my church was reduced from full-time to 10 hours a week, at my request. Now that I’ve gained a […]

5 Year Blogging Anniversary

Yup, today is it. It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging for five years (although with varied degrees of commitment). For those who think that they will start blogging in order to become famous, I say: Ha! Blogging is a lesson in perseverance, my friend. For those who are wondering how this thing […]

A New Job

Yesterday was my first day at my new job. Okay, that might be a little bit of a stretch. Yesterday my job at Hope Lutheran Church changed from Youth Director to Director of Youth and Ministry Development. Our Associate Pastor of Ministry Development, Wendy Berthelsen, decided that she wanted to devote her time to the […]

The Ultimate Ubiquitous Capture Device?

In case you didn’t know, I’m a subscriber (though not necessarily a hardcore enthusiastic legalist) to David Allen’s personal productivity system for Getting Things Done (for an introduction to this system, go here). Over the past couple of years, I’ve played with different ways to implement the system, from an all-paper system to a hybrid […]