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The GoodFaith Blog

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You know me as one of the hosts of Carnivore Theology. Al has invited me to share my new project with you. I have recently begun writing The GoodFaith Blog, where I share my thoughts on faith, family, books, and culture. After a decade of pastoral experience, I returned to school. I did this, in part, to help myself and the church better understand and engage with our culture. What’s in a name? For me, the name of the blog communicates a desire to engage honestly with significant issues. I hope to do so with integrity, or a just regard for the viewpoints of others (those whose ideas I engage with, my readers, and the church). It is my hope that people will join me in thinking deeply about things that matter without ever compromising the good faith.

Good faith is a term used to summarize an organizing principle of contract and commercial law. A duty of good faith is a duty to act honestly and with just regard for the commits made to another party. I see a parallel in the Christian faith. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing the New Art of the Christian Ninja Podcast

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Thank You!

It has been my desire to bring glory to God and praise to Jesus through this blog. I want to start this post by thanking you for following the blog. It gives me a chance to serve God in a special way, and you are a huge part of that.

According to my statistics page, though the site has been steadily growing in visitors over the past months, there was a huge leap in visitors in February! If 25 more people come to the site, I will have broken 1000 views in a month (the highest ever!) That’s all because you have been liking and sharing the articles with your friends. I am humbled and so very thankful! Glory to God!

The Podcast

Starting this week I’ve added a new feature to the blog — a podcast! You may have already noticed that the past few posts have had audio attached to the top. The podcast will be an easy way to get access to all of these audio clips from multiple devices. Most often these clips will be from my preaching and teaching ministry, but I also want to include  audio book reviews, devotionals and other special features. I’m definitely open to suggestions for content!

There are lots of ways to listen:

  • On the Blog: The audio will be at the top of the post, so you can listen at your computer.
  • On your Favourite Device: Take AOTCN with you on your favourite device. Click here for instructions.
  • On iTunes: If you like to use iTunes to organize your music and podcasts, click the banner above, or this link.
  • On Almost Anything Else: I’ve set up the podcast using Feedburner so no matter what you want to use, you’ll probably find it here.

 

How You Can Help

It would be great if you would keep up the good work of liking and sharing the Art of the Christian Ninja. Here’s some ways to pass it around:

  • Like & Share on Facebook
  • Retweet on Twitter.
  • Use the “Share This:” feature at the bottom of each post (which gives you 14 different ways to share including E-Mail, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google+!)

Another way you can help is to give me feedback! I love hearing from you:

  • What was your favourite post? Least favourite?
  • What do you think of the length and style of the posts?
  • What topics would you like covered that you haven’t seen already?
  • What would you like to hear on the podcast?
  • What are you curious about?
  • How can I minister to you best through AOTCN?

Thank you again for all of your support and I hope to keep serving you in the future.

Favourite Thinker's Blogs

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I’ve shown you my favourite Leadership and Christian Living Blogs, but today I want to show you something different. These blogs are more inline with my personal interests, but I think you may find them interesting — I certainly do.

These are not Christian bloggers, but they are intelligent, insightful and entertaining. Some of them do, on rare occasion, use potty-words, so if you’re sensitive to that read no further.

Thinker’s Blogs

Frugal Dad – “This site was created for the average family to find financial resources with a conservative slant. By “conservative slant” I’m not referring to politics, rather the “conservative” approach to personal finances.”

The Art of Manliness – “The Art of Manliness is authored by husband and wife team, Brett and Kate McKay. It features articles on helping men be better husbands, better fathers, and better men.”

Freakonomics – “Steven D. Levitt is an economist. Stephen J. Dubner is a writer. They co-authored Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys. They figured it would sell about 80 copies. Instead, it has sold 4 million, in 35 languages.”

Kottke.org – “”he editorial direction of the site is all over the place but clusters around a pair of hand-wavy ideas: the liberal arts 2.0 and people are awesome.

What if? – “Answering your hypothetical questions with physics, every Tuesday.”

TED – “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.”

My Favourite Leadership Blogs

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The internet is full of extremely bad blog writers, but coming across a good one can be a real blessing to spiritual growth and open life to new and challenging ideas. Therefore, I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite blogs.

On a practical note, I’ve been using Google Reader to follow blogs. It’s simple to use, has great interactive features, lets you see all the multimedia content, and makes subscribing super easy.

I’ll parse these revelations out over the week so I don’t overwhelm you with too much at once.  Keep in mind that these are going to be completely bent towards my interests in leadership, church life, personal growth and my own nerdy pursuits. BTW, if you know of any other great blogs, let me know so I can check them out.

Let’s Start with the ones I have under “Leadership”. I’m taking most of the descriptions straight from the “About” page of their blog site.

Leadership Blogs

9 Marks: Building Healthy Churches – “9Marks is a ministry dedicated to equipping church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources. Our goal is simple: churches that display the glory of God.”

Catalystspace – “Leadership has been the topic of focus for the Catalyst brand since inception and will continue to be so. Catalyst and the annual Conferences provide a wide cover for addressing a variety of topics specific to Next Generation Leaders, including organizational leadership, personal leadership, integrity, character, relationships, and teamwork, among others.”

Catalyst Leadership Digital Magazine – An amazing magazine put out for FREE by the Catalyst Leadership folks and Christianity Today magazine.

Michael Hyatt – “It is focused on “intentional leadership.” My mission is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus and lead with extraordinary influence.  I write on personal development, leadership, productivity, platform, and publishing. On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories.”

Leadership Journal – “Leadership Journal provides today’s church leaders with biblically faithful, pastorally practical writing. Leadership Journal offers smart, honest perspective on matters of ministry and the Christian leadership experience.”

Out of Ur – “This blog from Leadership Journal is where you can join a lively conversation about the intersection of faithful ministry and popular culture. And those two worlds often collide in unexpected ways.”

Tony Morgan Live – “He’s a consultant, leadership coach and writer who helps churches get unstuck and have a bigger impact…. Tony has also written several articles on staffing, technology, strategic planning and leadership published by organizations like Outreach Magazine, Catalyst and Pastors.com.”