This past Christmas, Kiana and I gave Robbie an XBox … or, as he says it, an XBox 360 Kinect.

It’s been a lot of fun, but I’ll admit, I was a bit hesitant about getting one. It’s not that I’m opposed to video games, and, perhaps surprisingly to some, it’s not because the XBox is a Microsoft product. Rather, I had some concerns about how it might be used and abused. And that’s why, while there are days the XBox rules, there are also three major XBox rules.

Robbie's mad XBox skills

Robbie demonstrates his “mad skills” on the XBox.

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Our Family XBox Dancing

February 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

The title says it all … here’s our family dancing to the XBox.

A super simple review of how to set up folders (which Google calls labels) in gmail.

A very simple tutorial on how to add a signature to your gmail account.

This morning, when I woke up, I found this email in my inbox. It’s good to be the daddy!

Am I Losing My Lutheran?

January 20, 2012 — 17 Comments

As I said in my post yesterday, while my new blog, Restorying Life, isn’t an abandoning of my Biblical faith, it does flow out of a rethinking of my theology and how I read the Bible. This begins with what I see as the central theme of the Biblical narrative, which has move from strictly justification to a broader theme of the Kingdom (which includes justification).

Now, I’m sure some in the Lutheran world would be quick to say that this makes me a non-Lutheran. Perhaps it does, perhaps it doesn’t. In the end, I really don’t care.

For those who are interested, here’s an overview of how I came to this conclusion … a journey that began with a paper I wrote for my first semester of my DMin work (most of this work was developed in October and November of 2010):

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Late last month, I quietly launched a new blog called Restorying Life. Last week, I began to share that it was online and one of the posts sparked some interesting questions about where I’m at faith-wise these days (I’m sure some recent Facebook posts have done the same).

As a bit of setup, I’ve been writing a series of posts that reflect on my personal journey from a year ago at this time.

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A Year Ago Today

December 8, 2011 — 2 Comments

When I woke up a year ago today:

  • I had no idea it would be the last time I’d wake up in that life.
  • I was clueless when it came to the love of friends and family.
  • I knew it would be another day of trying to prop up my life.
  • I didn’t think healthy was possible.
  • I was hopeless about the present, and desperate for eternity.

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#10 – Promark Financial: Promark has the most amazing corporate ethos ever. We’re a for-profit company that gives away all our profits, and this is in addition to providing custom insurance plans that not only help with basic security but also college and retirement planning. It’s an amazing company and I’m excited to be in the mix! By the way, if you haven’t had anyone look at your life insurance in the past couple years, let’s talk.

#9 – REI: I swear I was born for this job. When I’ve got my green vest on, I spend my time talking to people about gear and products I’m passionate about. I get to inspire, educate, and equip people for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. I feel extra lucky given that I was one of 15 hires out of over 800 applicants at the Denver Flagship Store.

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This past week, I was pondering what I wanted to write about when it comes to Darth Vader for the never beyond campaign. In the process, I re-watched all of the Star Wars movies … at least the originals, and, in the process, I introduced my 4-almost-5 year old son to the classics.

The Emperor’s line, “His compassion for you will be his undoing.” was going to be the key to my writing, after all, I believe compassion towards those who are hurting and broken is the key to their second chance, but then my son spoke up:

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