Just For Fun
I know I just sent you an update yesterday, but I’ve been working hard on spreading my podcast around and I keep getting more and more ideas!
The latest brainwave is to give “Of Interest” it’s own Instagram and Facebook page. But, as I keep saying in my podcasts, neither platform is very nice to Christian content so I need your help telling people through good ol’ “word-of-mouth”.
If you want to go over and above, here’s a graphic that you could share on your own social media accounts:
Thank you so much for all your help.
I’m not sure why I didn’t do this a long time ago, but I’ve finally gotten around to submitting my podcasts to pretty much every provider I can think of. So, if one of the reasons you couldn’t recommend “Of Interest” to folks was because they used a different system than yours, I’ve fixed that problem!
I’m also working on getting them back up on various video platforms too, but that takes a bit more time.
Thank you so much for all of your support and here’s all the links:
How to set up the Podcast:
Apple Podcasts (iTunes Connect):
1. Download the free “Podcasts” app.
2. Click the picture or use this link
If none of that works for you, just click this address (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ArtOfTheChristianNinjaPodcasts) and select your favourite way to listen.
I’ve decided to take some of my older sermon series’ and put them into e-book format. My hope is that they bless God’s church and bring Him glory. Right now, I’ve only put together my 2008 series on James (it also has a Small Group study guide) but I hope to be releasing more over the coming weeks and months. You will be able to find them on the “My Books” page.
**UPDATE: I just posted my series on Hebrews too!
Caveat Emptor: Please note that these are the scripts I preached from on Sunday mornings and though I’ve tried to fix a few things and update the footnotes they are 99.9% as they were first delivered. I think they’re fairly readable, but then, I wrote them… ☺
How to Use: Download the ZIP file by clicking the book or the link provided. The ZIP file contains the ePub, Kindle (mobi), and PDF versions of the book so you can use them on any kind of e-reader. If the ZIP file doesn’t work for you, here’s a PDF version.
I just wanted to pass along that my publishers have allowed me to put my “The Art of the Christian Ninja” book on a 40% off sale from Back Friday to Cyber Monday.
Visit http://wipfandstock.com/the-art-of-the-christian-ninja.html and use discount code: CONF to get the deal!
Above is a little video explaining what it’s all about!
Thanks and please share this post and video with others. (I don’t have an advertising budget, so I need your help!)
In celebration of the launch and (hopefully soon to be) success of the Kickstarter for my new book “The Art of the Christian Ninja”, I’m giving my first book away for free in Kindle format. Go download it and tell your friends! And then, if you haven’t already, please consider checking out and sharing my Kickstarter video. I’m very close to my goal and could use a little help pushing it over the edge.
Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy the free book!
(Also available FREE on Amazon Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and Spain!)
I’ve had some requests for a KOBO edition of the book, so I’ve converted the file to EPUB and will make it available for the next few days. Just click here to be taken to where you can download it! I hope that works for everyone!
Be the New Intro Voice for the Art of the Christian Ninja Podcast!
Despite what you’ve heard, I don’t love listening to the sound of my own voice, so I’m looking for someone to introduce the podcast. I was going to do this quietly, but I think it would be way more fun to do this via a contest!
If you, or someone you know, has a decent microphone, a great reading-voice, and is willing to read a single paragraph for my podcast intro — go for it! (Or, if you are good friends with Liam Neeson or Morgan Freeman, ask if they’ll do it!)
To be entered into the contest record yourself (I use Audacity) reading the paragraph below (a couple of times) in the highest possible quality and attach it to an e-mail or instant message on Facebook. I’ll give them a listen and choose the winner on July 31, 2014.
What’s the prize, you ask?
I’ll ship you a hardcover copy of “Seizing Your Divine Moment” by Erwin McManus!
Here’s the paragraph to read:
“Welcome to Art of the Christian Ninja, hosted by Pastor Allan Descheneau, a podcast dedicated to helping you find the tools and inspiration you need to pursue a deeper, consistent and more meaningful relationship with God. To learn more, visit the blog at ArtoftheChristianNinja.com.”
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
A fellow pastor (Chad Graham), a good friend of mine (Steve Bastian) and I are in the process of putting together a new podcast/vodcast where we spend some time chatting about big questions and current events. So, just for fun, I put together an intro for him. He liked it so much that we agreed to share it!
Check it out.
[Yes, that was “Pinky and the Brain” in the background. Seemed appropriate. I’m not going to tell you which of us is “The Genius” and which is “Insane”.]
Sharing this also gives us an opportunity to gauge interest in this kind of program. Is it something you would want to listen to?
There are lots of global and Canadian issues we can chat about (The Slenderman Murders, Quebec Voting for Euthanasia, Legalizing Prostitution in Canada…) and here’s a list of other issues we’re thinking of taking on:
- Should Christians eat Organic & Local?
- Predestination vs Free Will
- What’s the Best way to do devos?
- Which is better, mega church or micro church?
- Who was/is the greatest preacher or author of the 20th century?
- What book has helped you the most as a believer?
- Should pastors have a dress code?
- Is being fat a sin?
- What is the role of women in the church?
- What’s the scariest (true) church story you’ve ever heard?
- How should Christians use social media?
- What can I do if I’m addicted to porn?
- Beards or no beards?
- What kinds of movies are Christians allowed to watch?
- What’s the deal with Mark Driscoll?
- At what age should kids be baptized?
- Who is allowed to take communion?
- Why are there so many kinds of churches?
- What is [Christian author]’s best book?
- Can Christians get cosmetic surgery?
Would you be interested in such a program? Do you have any suggestions that could make it better? If so, comment below and let us know.
Happy 2nd Blogiversary to me (and you)!
It was 2 years ago yesterday that I started blogging and I want to celebrate by having a giveaway! I scoured my library looking for something new and worth giving away and finally found it in RC Sproul’s 10 message CD series on Predestination from Ligonier Ministries. It’s brand new in the package (I had 2) and I guarantee you’ll get a lot out of it.
I’ll keep the entries open for the next two weeks and choose a winner on Friday May 30th, 2014 at 12pm EST.
UPDATE: CONTEST IS CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Jamie!
Here’s a video of the draw:
I want to do something – as Monty Python used to say – “completely different”. A couple days ago I walked into one of my favourite coffee shops to buy some grinds and – after one thing lead to another – one of the managers asked me to review a new coffee making product! I can’t tell you how excited I was! I love writing, coffee, Keurig, and new gadgets, so this was perfect!
It (sort-of) fits with this blog’s mission too because our Christian worldview gives us more reason than anyone to take care of the planet God gave us. One of the ways we can do that is to think and act in environmentally sensitive ways. The Keurig K-Cup system, however, is very environmentally unfriendly. See here too. And here. And, ironically, here. So what to do? My answer has been to use a reusable coffee pod-system.
I love my coffee and I love my Keurig. It’s fun, fancy, super convenient, has a bazillion flavours, and the sounds it makes after I push the button gives me the illusion that I’m a fancy-schmancy barista. But there’s no getting around it – it’s the most wasteful and environmentally unfriendly way to make a cup of coffee. That’s why I’ve been exploring more eco-friendly options. So far I’ve tried three different reusable systems.
The KiennaCUP is definitely the worst of the bunch. It’s annoying to use, messy to clean, and still makes garbage by using a tea-bag-type system. On top of that, none of the three coffees I tried tasted very good (Columbian Supremo, Canadian Maple, & Hazelnut).
The system I’ve used for the longest time is the Keurig My K-Cup. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, and can use any type of grinds. I didn’t like it at first because the coffee was weak, but after some internet research and tweaking I was able to adapt it to make a decent brew. I’ve been happy with it for a long time.
I recently went to get some Mufferaw Jo from Equator Coffee Roasters Inc. and was asked to review a new, Canadian system called the EZ Way Pod Filter. It’s similar to Keurig’s My K-Cup but with two important differences. First, rather than having its own housing it fits into the existing K-Cup Holder, which is nice because it eliminates a step. Second, it can be pre-filled and stored, which might make bleary-eyed, pre-coffee mornings a little easier.
But, is it better than the Keurig My K-Cup? Here’s my comparative review:
- EZ’s system is a couple bucks cheaper than Keurig’s. Advantage: EZ.
EZ Way is a small, Canadian company from Trois-Rivieres, QC. Keurig is a huge, American company. Advantage: EZ (Go Canada!).
- Both are easy to use. Keurig has a twist lid while EZ uses tight silicone topper. Advantage: Tie.
- EZ doesn’t make me take apart my Keurig machine to use it, but its design means EZ’s filter basket has a 3mm smaller diameter than Keurig’s. It’s not much, but millimeters matter when you’re trying not to spill precious grinds. It also means that you fit less coffee. Advantage: Keurig.
- EZ’s filter basket has a much finer mesh than Keurig’s, therefore I didn’t have to adapt it to get a stronger flavour. However, it came out slower and the coffee was a little bit colder. Advantage: Tie.
EZ’s storage system is probably a cool idea if you buy a few of them and fill them in advance. However, since I only had one, it was quite a pain to clean (literally, since the filter was quite hot) so I could make a second cup for my wife. Advantage: Keurig (Unless you buy more than one, then Advantage: EZ.)
- Because of EZ’s smaller size and extra fine filter, it is also harder to clean than Keurig’s. I had to rinse and rinse and brush and scrub to get all the coffee out, something I never had to do with Keurig’s. Advantage: Keurig.
- I can’t comment on EZ’s longevity since I’ve only had it for a short time, but its open design and silicone topper don’t feel as sturdy as Keurig’s hard plastic system. Potential Advantage: Keurig.
- But how’s the coffee?! If I hadn’t adapted the Keurig My K-Cup, EZ would win hands down. However, with the fix, they are about the same. Advantage: EZ.K Cups will always be more convenient than a reusable system, but not by much. I’ve made the switch and I’m not going back. Whichever one you use, I hope you ditch the K-Cups and switch to a reusable, eco-friendlier system right away. It will help the environment and you’ll get to experience a lot more types of coffee that aren’t available for the K-Cup system.
So there you go. K Cups will always be more convenient than a reusable system, but not by much. I’ve made the switch and I’m not going back. Whichever one you use, I hope you ditch the K-Cups and switch to a reusable, eco-friendlier system right away. It will help the environment and you’ll get to experience a lot more types of coffee that aren’t available for the K-Cup system. I’d love to hear some feedback from you about this article. How do you make coffee? Which system do you like? Did you agree with my review? Should I do more things like this? Let me know by e-mail or in the comments section on the blog. Thanks for listening!
This is just for fun. Every year my brother and I get each other “interesting” gifts for our birthdays. This year I got him Death Wish Coffee and he gave me “Chocolate Covered Insects“. It took me a month to work up the courage to eat them (my b-day is on January 4), but I finally did it and recorded it for posterity. I even shared the white chocolate ones with my boys. You’ll see Edison’s reaction after mine.
Cricket Related Trivia:
- There aren’t many kosher bugs, but crickets are okay! (Leviticus 11:20-23)
- The 17 gram cricket I ate was about 21 calories, had 2 grams of protein, about 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of carbohydrates.
- If you want to go on a bug-eating safari, here’s a great article to start with: “Countries that Eat Bugs“