Each Friday I share some of what I’ve found interesting on the Internet in the prior week. I read the Internet, I know, I know…it makes me stupid. On this Friday, enjoy the Internet I’ve found for you.

The Friday Bag

The Separation of Church and Hate (VIDEO) -   “Are we making a point or making a difference? It’s easier to make a point; to adopt a policy; to put up a billboard or hand out a pamphlet. Making a difference is messier. It requires relating to people with whom you may not agree. But that is what Jesus modeled. In this message, Andy shows us why relational evangelism – despite being more complicated and despite looking inconsistent at times – is what we were called to as a church.”

30 Bits of Commencement Wisdom for the Class of 2013 -    “It s graduation season, and that means platitudes are parading out the mouths of notable speakers everywhere.  Every year, speakers spew the same old sayings: Never give up! Embrace failure! Be passionate! Here s a look at speakers who said things a little differently this year.”

Daniel Dennett’s Seven Tools for Thinking -   “Cognitive scientist and philosopher Daniel Dennett is one of America’s foremost thinkers. In this extract from his new book, he reveals some of the lessons life has taught him.”

100 year old Never-before-seen photos tell gritty story of NYC -   “Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet.”

The War on Sleep -  “There’s a military arms race to build soldiers who fight without fatigue.”






The great thing about Orange curriculum is that it’s part of a whole bundle of resources that are designed to equip churches. Right now, Orange is making it easy to try almost everything they offer. Its called the Expanded Trial Package.

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If you haven’t tried Orange before now is a great time.



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Ever seen a 4 year old soccer game? Parents are spread out all over the field. Some parents would be in the middle of the field, some right next to their kids, some holding hands with their kids, and somewhere in the middle was the soccer ball. It proved to be a great way to help 4 year olds ease into soccer as a sport.

It’s also a great symbol for how parenting works. When those same kids are playing 10 year old soccer, guess where the parents are? Not in the middle of the field, they’re on the sideline. The sideline. Just out of view, but still participating from a distance.

Parents need to accept that as kids approach the preteen years, kis will see parents as on the periphery. They won’t consider their parents as part of their “real life” with their friends. The good news is that this is perfectly natural. It has to happen for our children as they mature and grow up. They can’t depend on us forever, so from preteen ages and beyond they begin to exerct some independence and show what they can do all by themselves.

Will they fail? You betcha!

It’s hard for us as parents, but it’s necessary. Time to start planning your sideline strategy. How will you influence the game from the periphery?


Over indulgence lives somewhere in the recesses of my parenting super ego. Sometimes it crops up when I want to show off how much I love my kids. It's always there, just waiting for the right opportunity to spring up and make things worse. It's the parent in me that wants to give my kids everything I never had.

It starts so well intentioned. There is love dripping off the edges of this idea, and it comes from a good place. However, it begins to set the tone for an unhealthy future. When I give my kids more and more things, I can slowly begin to place more value on the “stuff” and devalue the “words” that should come first.

When we give our kids the world in the palms of their hands, it's all too easy to be tempted to let up in other areas.

Don't let those temporary smiles fool you into believing that it's a permanent thing. Amusement parks, fancy dinners, beach vacations, and new lego sets all have their place; but they are no replacement for time spent with your kids. They don't replace meaningful conversation at the dinner table and at bedtime. They can't measure up to taking those kids to the back porch and reading them a book.

What's my point? For heaven's sake give your kids the best you can financially afford, but make sure that you guard against watering down your time with them as an side effect.


Friday Family Summer Bag

  • The Five Best Grills  - “With the summer grilling season upon us, you may be looking for the perfect backyard cooking surface for your next cookout, or you may just have strong opinions on which grills do the best job at helping a skilled cook turn out the best dishes. Whichever it is, we asked you for your picks for the best grills on the market, and you responded. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.”
  • The Food Lab: 7 Myths about Grilling a Steak - “It’s one thing that seems to happen every single year about the same time: the hordes of “X tips for perfect steak!” articles that crowd the internet, packed with misinformation, old wives’ tales, and outdated knowledge that, in some cases, has been outright disproven for  decades.”
  • 10 Steps to Create a Magical Summer -  “Summer can be stuffed with days that your kids will never forget and you will never regret. Simple, free ( or cheap! ) and designed to create a flow of magic summer memories, the following list contains my best ideas for every summer with my four kids, and hopefully your best summer with yours.” // Our family has employed many of the things on this list. Specifically #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5…

Have a great weekend!