Top 10 Books of 2014


For some crazy reason I love to read.  I mean really love it.  I read a ton.  On any given week I read anywhere from 2-7 books.

Thus, it isn’t uncommon for me to be asked who is my favorite author, or what are my favorite books.  With that in mind, here is my list of top 10 Books from 2014 in no particular order:

1.  Wandering Stars Trilogy by Jason Tesar (novels built around Enoch and the Nephalim garnered from the Book of Enoch and the Old Testament Book of Genesis)

2.  Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News? (Great book on grace and the church)

3.  Never Fight Again… Guaranteed (helpful marriage book with an awful title)

4.  With Love From the Streets (written by my friend Nate Bull.  This is a book that challenges the status quo within the church)

5.  An Irish Doctor in Peace and War (fun Historical Irish Novel)

6.  The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (delightful little book written by author of Wizard of Oz)

7.  William Wilberforce:  The Freedom Fighter  (Biography about this guy who fought against slavery in England)

8.  Finding Ultra:  Rejecting Middle Age… (Interesting autobiography from a long distance runner)

9.  Overcoming Barriers to Church Growth (title is obvious)

10.  Uncovered: The Truth About Honesty and Community  (written by my friend and fellow River Pastor, Rod Tucker.  Helpful and insightful look at honest and authentic living)

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Dead Cat (Almost)


My friend backed his truck over his daughter’s cat.

Broke its pelvis and a leg or two.

The crazy critter was lucky to not have been killed.

As the fortunate feline recovered, wonderful blessings came its way.

Whereas it once was an outside cat, relegated to weather the bitter cold weather in the barn, it became an indoor cat after the accident.

After all, you don’t let your comatose cat convalesce in the cold – so my friend’s daughter argued rather convincingly.

So now little, frisky Felix (I changed the cat’s name to protect it’s identity – I’m thoughtful that way) weathers the weather toasty warm while lazily lying on the Lazy Boy.

Good things out of a bad thing.


Might be good to remember that the next time I’m in the midst of a bad thing.




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Peanut Butter


Today’s blog brought to you by my favorite guest blogger, Kristy Joy Link, my wife of 20 years.  Enjoy.


It would be wonderful if more people felt about/responded to the Bible the way our dog Barkly feels about & responds to peanut butter.


No matter where he is in our home, as soon as he hears the cupboard open and/or gets a wiff of the beloved p.b, he comes to me, sits at my feet & waits patiently for something yummy to his tummy.

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The Tails Wagged


My friend Wil and I took our dogs to the dog park.  Barkly, as you know is a Newfoundland.  Timber is a Huskie.

When we got to the park the two canine companions took off in a happy frolic, playing with every dog in the park.  They were welcomed warmly as the play commenced.

There were 3 other huskies, 1 black lab and a mutt named Jasper.

From all appearances the 7 pooches looked like they had been life long buddies.  Their interactions were care-free and joy filled.

All 7 of them could care less what breed the other was.  Not a single doggie thought was given to the color of fur.  They didn’t give one iota which dog came from a rich home or poor home.

None of that mattered.

The only thing that mattered was the open field and whether or not the tail was wagging.

The world might be a better place if we all could learn a thing or two from the dogs


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Too Many Times


2014 is in the books.  It’s over.  Finished.  No more.

Looking back I see too many times when I let my temper get the best of me.

I see too many times I held a grudge.

There were too many times I fought to win an argument with my lovely wife.

Too many times, as the Apostle Paul says, “I did what I didn’t want to do and didn’t do what I wanted to do.”

Too many times.

I’m glad I have a good grasp on Biblical Theology.

If my understanding of God were shaped solely by people I might think God is mad at me for those “too many times.”

If my theological construct were built upon my own larger than needed guilt meter I would be convinced God was about to strike me down.

Yes, it’s a good thing I have a good understanding of Biblical Theology.  I would be paralyzed with remorse over my shortcomings if I didn’t.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life.  For God didn’t send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.”

“He destined us for adoption to be his children.”

“See what manner of love he has given unto us that we should be called children of God.”

“It is by grace you have been saved, through faith and not a result of works.”

And my favorite to calm my overly active I-am-a-miserable-failing-idiot inner voice; “If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, everything old is gone!”

So, I’d imagine if you reflect on your 2014 you’d see a stupid thing or 30 too.  You too have your list of “too many times” don’t you?  As you reflect on those times and prepare for 2015 be sure your understanding of God is built upon some good old Biblical Theology.


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