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This week the bag is all video. Back in 2004, David Foster Wallace gave this commencement speech at Kenyon College called, “This is water.” It has since taken on a life of it’s own. Here it is in video form, the most effective at reaching those sitting in front of computer screens.


As Friday’s lend themselves to playing catch-up, here is some Internet Gold that I’ve loved over the past few weeks.

The Gospel and the (Im)perfect Marriage - “Depending on how well we do in our own eyes, perfectionism can play out in a variety of negative responses: feelings of worthlessness, inordinate preoccupation with the opinions of other people, paralyzing fear, impatience with others, and a sense of superiority.”

Shaping a Child’s Soul: A task to Important to be Entrusted to a Professional –    Efficiency is not the goal of gospel-motivated ministry.”

How to Save Money around the Home - Sometimes we put these small changes off because we forget just how much money we could save if we do them.”

The Secret to Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids - “We live in complex times. As I work with thousands of parents and faculty each year, I’m increasingly convinced we have a more engaged set of adults who care about kids today than at any time since I began my career in 1979. Simultaneously, however, I am observing a more troubled population of kids, especially by the time they reach their teen years. It appears at first like an oxymoron. How can such a cared-for generation experience such emotional difficulties?”



It’s that time of year again. Since 2008, I’ve had a fun opportunity to spend a week in Atlanta, Georgia with friends that do my job and those that love the things we do. I have a real passion for parents, kids, and everyone that loves them; and when I’m in Atlanta at the Orange Conference I never feel more surrounded by likeminded people than I do when I’m there.

In honor of what will be a few updates from the Orange Conference 2013, I give you the Friday Bag…Orange Edition.

New Orange Conference Family Ministry Track — This is a great opportunity to really narrow down what we do for families within our church, and it’s a special chance for me to lead a breakout with these same leaders. I’m stoked to be teaching “Clarifying the Win for Family Ministry” on Thursday Afternoon, April 25th.

Tune into The Orange Conference! “We d love for everyone to be here in person for OC13, but realize that s not always an option. So, we d like to offer you the next best thing: tune in online. You ll be able to see on and off-stage action, including session streaming, speaker interviews, mayhem and hi-jinx, resource updates and giveaways, and perhaps even win a ticket to OC14!”  

The Orange Conference App “If you’re planning to attend The Orange Conference this Spring in Atlanta, Georgia, this app will help make your experience on site pretty darn stellar.”

Why come to Orange Conference 2013? from Orange on Vimeo.

I’m a big fan of the Image Social Network, Instagram. I’ve used it for a long time now, and while I don’t update as frequently as a professional photographer…I enjoy my time contributing. Here in Athens I’ve been able to see Instagram at it’s very best, and at it’s best for the benefit of our city.

Maybe your city is like my city, in that people love this place. We brag about it, we enjoy all the happenings around town, and we never miss a chance to show it off to visitors. Some of those lovers of this city started something called “Athens Is” and it’s  blown up  to a full scale art show that has brought together charities, churches, and businesses.


My Athens was born out of a desire to unite the people of Athens, Ga., to celebrate the many beautiful aspects of the city. Photographers—of any experience—posted photos on Instagram capturing the essence of The Classic City and tagged them with the hashtag #my_athens.

The website is stellar, but the idea is golden.

#MY_ATHENS from Southern Lights Productions on Vimeo.