Notes from the Trail

Ode to a staff team

Ministry is definitely not fun and games. There are many long, hard days. However, when you are surrounded by a great team of leaders, joy is around each corner. This is a brief tribute to the Northstar Church staff team.

Review: The Insanity of Obedience

Is spiritual persecution missing from your life? You might want to consider the implications. Check out this ongoing review of Nik Ripken’s book “The Insanity of Obedience” for challenges and insight about global discipleship.

Nuff said: Saving Daylight, the church “stand and greet time,” the iPhone cone, why go to church and more

In this “Nuff said” entry, you’ll learn about the new movie “Saving Daylight,” why people hate the church “stand and greet time,” the iPhone cone, and you’ll hear why you should go to church. Heck, you’ll even get tips on writing. So drop by and read, comment and share.

Observations from Mark

This entry contains regular reflections from the gospel of Mark in the New Testament, and it collects quotes and observations from others about selected passages as I read through the gospel.

12 things it’s important to know about me

On a cold, rainy Halloween night, Jeff dashes off twelve things you should know about him. Prepare for random and a chuckle or three.

Top 5 conspiracy theories in light of the midterm elections

Midterm elections are just around the corner, and here’s a hat tip to 5 conspiracy theories related to current political realities. Ranging from President Obama’s birth certificate to his religion and including climate change and the homosexual voting bloc.

What am I running from?

It’s strange to consider myself a “runner” or “jogger,” but here are some thoughts about it six months into the activity. I get to talk about cannabis and “the catchy quality of pop songs by jilted adolescents.”

Nuff said: Fix annoying iOS 8 tidbits, charts!, the world’s largest religion, why working from a coffee shop may not be a good idea

In this collection of tidbits from around the net, learn how to fix annoying iOS 8 tidbits, see some amazing charts, do you know the world’s largest religion?.. and why working from a coffee shop may not be a good idea.

The song I wrote

This post features a song I wrote a while back that climbed the charts quickly and has become the working person’s chorus. “Tired and Hungry” – You’re welcome.

10 Recommended Books (that you may not have heard of) #5

#5 in the series of “books to read that you’ve never heard of” is “The Gifts of the Jews” by Thomas Cahill. It’s readable, warm and winsome. You’ll be done before you know it due to Cahill’s writing style.

‘Nuff Said: Improving Your “Do,” Things to pray for your kids, 20 things you shouldn’t do if you’re over 20, 30 things you may already be doing that impress others, when a cult repents, too much phone? and Star Trek

This “nuff said” is a random assortment from the web, including: a cult that repents, why you need to quick looking at your phone so much, Star Trek and praying for your kids. Oh, and if you’re over 20, don’t say YOLO. Ever.

A living masterpiece

A “spoken word” video by Jefferson Bethke amplifies the truth that we are God’s canvas, and supplements a sermon I preached at Northstar Church called “Selfless Self Love” in our r12 series.

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #6

The sixth book in the series of “books to read that you’ve never heard” of is “Rare Jewel of Chrstian Contentment,” written in the 1600s. If you’re looking for a book that will help your heart find peace, this is a great place to start.

Full circle with a “straw cake”

A simple coconut cake brings life full circle. Check out the time lapse video of it being made.

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #7

The next in the series of books that you haven’t heard of is.. “Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History.” Don’t rule it out. It’s an epic tale of the first three centuries of the Christian movement.

Many thanks to Northstar Church in our first five years

Northstar Church recognized us on Sunday, September 14 2014 for our five year anniversary of serving with them. The video they produced for the occasion captures our fun and enjoyment pretty dead-on.

Ode to fantasy football

Before fantasy football was done on websites, it was a pencil and paper affair. This epic post recounts the evolvement of the “Sport” and Jeff’s shenanigans along the way to winning a few championships.

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #8

It’s the kind of writing that makes one a lover of history. The 1927 Mississippi flood didn’t change the course of the river (it was that big!), it changed the course of our nation and the destiny of towns up and down the river. This is another entry in the “10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of)”

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #9

This entry continues a series of posts about “Ten Books That You May Not Have Heard Of” in which I recommend some wonderful, but obscure books. This post is about an out-of-print, 1945 tale of a young Baptist preacher and his wife struggling in their first church.

10 Recommended Books (that you may not have heard of) #10

This entry begins a series of posts about “Ten Books That You May Not Have Heard Of” in which I recommend some wonderful, but obscure books.

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