Nov 7, 2019
The other day I ran into one of our ex-Starbucks baristas who fervently proclaimed my marriage to Shanna as, “the perfect Facebook couple!”
I laughed, “If you only knew what our marriage was really like you might not say that!”
Social media is a liar. It’s the place where we put our best foot forward. It’s our highlight film. It’s a micro view into life, but it’s not reality. It’s not that we purposely lie, but we want people to see the best version of us, not the daily grind.
Oct 31, 2019
The Power of a Man
I read often in preparation for the Men in the Arena Podcast, and just finished The Power of a Manby my friend and the founder of Better Dads, Rick Johnson. Rick is my favorite author on fathering and I highly recommend his books. Rick will be one of our presenters at this year’s only PNW (Pacific Northwest) Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference on April 4, 2020 in McMinnville, OR.
Ask us for your event packet today.
Oct 23, 2019
Radical Husbands and Bumper Stickers
We recently interviewed Regi Campbell, founder of Radical Mentoring about his book, What Radical Husbands Do.His book was one of the best books on marriage I’ve read in years. It’s short, hard hitting, and filled with great stories. It’s a much better book that I initially expected, which made it even more enjoyable.
In the coming weeks I’ll unpack several principles from Regi’s book. His organization also offers a ton of free quality material you may want to check out.
Oct 16, 2019
2005 Hawaii? No Thank You!
In the summer of 2005 Shanna announced that we were taking our first family vacation via airplane to Maui, Hawaii, of all places. But I had a couple of problems with this. First, I grew up on the beach. I graduated from Morro Bay High School that was literally built ona beach. Go Pirates!
Second, in 2005 I couldn’t swim and had no desire to “float” in an ocean where I could just as easily be the hunted. Who would ever want to forfeit glorious deer season for a week drowning in the Pacific and being fried like an egg by the sun?
Long story short, we went (are you shocked?) and I experienced tropical water for the first time, could actually float in the buoyant salt water, and discovered an underwater planet through snorkeling!
We even baptized my oldest son James that week. It was amazing!
Oct 9, 2019
Fishing With God
By Chris Jackson
In Church, Thinking of Fishing…or on the River Fishing with God?
A couple of Sundays ago I went fishing—just me and God. I’ve been tired lately, really tired. My candle had been burning on both ends for the last few months. Plus, had been messy. Life is like that. But my fatigue was not remedied by sleep. I was getting plenty of sleep, but was still tired. My weariness was beyond physical; my soul was tired!
Sometimes I feel God drawing me away. Do you ever feel this way? Like Jesus said to the disciples in Mark 6: 31, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”
So I went.
I grabbed a rod, a handful of lures, my fishing vest, Crocs, which were now in “off-road” mode, and off I went—just me and God.