Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year!

As we prepare for a new year, new goals and new projects, here are some helpful links to help make 2013 the best ever.

Stay Focused
Building A Platform
Smart Goals For 2013

Friday, December 21, 2012

Favourite Things Friday - Dec 21

Favorite Reads
This Is Beneath Your Dignity
If You Like It...
Why We Should Rest - Avoiding A Dust Bowl

Favorite Cat (a line I never thought I'd write)

Favorite Commercial Targeting Moms

Favorite Explanation Of Why We're Still Here

Favorite "Someone Is Getting Fired" Moment

Favorite Kid At A Christmas Musical

Monday, December 17, 2012

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year

It's that time of year again.

Time for Christians to start proclaiming...
the birth of Jesus,
the arrival of the awaited messiah,
hope and forgiveness,
the war on Christmas!

The freedom of speech/religion/choice that we enjoy in North America goes both ways. If we can post billboards proclaiming the arrival of Christ, why can't others post billboards celebrating Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice?

I'm pretty sure the wisemen didn't arrive to wish Jesus "Merry Christmas". Paul wrote most of the New Testament, and I doubt he and Barnabas/Silas ever had an ugly Christmas sweater party.

If you want to say "Happy Holidays" to me, that's cool. You want to write Season's Greetings on your storefront, be my guest.

I think it's time we stop focusing our energy on the "War On Christmas", and focus on spreading the message of hope and forgiveness, the real reason for the season.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Favourite Things Friday - Dec 14

Been a crazy week!

Favorite Reads
Sacred Cows in Church
Why Risk It Now
Leadership Qualities Found In Joseph

Favorite Public Service Announcement

Favorite Behind The Scenes

Favorite Christmas Production From A Church

Favorite Christmas Prank

Favorite New Christmas Song

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

James Reimer - Class Act

Last Thursday night I had the pleasure of hosting Faith Night With The Peterborough Petes with special guest James Reimer from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He might be the nicest celebrity/athlete I have ever met. Let me explain...

Usually (if autographs are an option) you stand in line, while the celebrity quickly signs whatever is put in front of them. They often have a 'handler' that tells people to move along and discourages any verbal interaction longer than 5 seconds. You get your autograph, but it's not a great experience.

James Reimer was not like that. He would talk to people as they approached the table and seemed genuinely interested in them. Even when asked "Why don't you guys and the owners just sign a deal and get back to playing hockey?", he responded with grace and a smile. We tore down the LIFE set-up and were heading out the door, and James was still sitting at his table talking to a fan. I'm telling you, that guy is a class act.

I'm still not a Leafs fan, but I'll admit I'm cheering for James Reimer now.