Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lessons from a scary night

So a scary thing happened recently.  My son Adrian was bit by a neighbor's dog.  Twice.  Once near his ear.

By God's grace he's totally fine.  A bruise, a scare and a couple cuts, but totally fine.  (Parents are still recovering.)

Here's my thoughts:

How you react in adverse situations speaks about your relationship with Jesus.  Anyone can react kindly to their neighbors when they keep their lawn neat and tidy and never have any issues.  But how do you react when your kid gets bit by the neighbor's dog? 

Tough circumstances show who you really are, who you truly follow and what's on the inside.

Nothing new here, but the lessons hit home when it's you.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Letter to the President

I'm submitting the following letter to the President (via the White House Correspondence page).  If you read and agree, please do the same.

Dear Mr. President, 
Nearly 237 years ago the founding fathers of America signed the Declaration of Independence.  It was a bold and daring document, committing them to the cause of American freedom.
Today, generations later, most Americans know that there is a Declaration of Independence but  few have knowledge of it's actual content.  Outside of hearing it once or twice in school (or maybe just hearing about it) our interaction with this important document is non-existent.
In one of her books, Laura Ingalls Wilder writes of the tradition of a public reading of the Declaration each Fourth of July in the town square.  The yearly reminder of the cause American freedom served to unite the people and put petty matters into perspective. 
I would like to ask you to renew that tradition on a national level.
This Fourth of July, could you publicly read the Declaration of Independence?  It's time for all Americans to be reminded of this important document and to remember that their was a time when we didn't have the freedoms we have today.
I look forward to your response, but even more, I look forward to hearing you on the Fourth of July.
Respectfully, 
Peter Lindell

If you're on board with the President starting the tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence every Fourth of July, please 1) copy the content above and submit it to him on the White House Correspondence page and 2) forward or share this with anyone else you think would be interested. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

HIRI: Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin

A few thoughts and points from Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin:

Quotable: "Every year we church out millions of workers who are trained to do 1925-style labor." (#3)
"The universal truth is beyond question - the only people who excel are those who have decided to do so. Great doctors or speakers or skiers or writers or musicians are great because somewhere along the way, they made the choice." (#27)

What I Liked: Seth didn't pull any punches.  He laid out why our current schooling system is broken.  He offered some solutions to fix it.  The book was both informative and challenging.  If you have a kid in school, you should read it.  (And I mean any kind of school: public, private, Christian, homeschool, etc).  And why not?  It's free.

What I Didn't Like:  I can't imagine a book on this subject that I would agree with 100%.  Maybe not even if I wrote it.  There is so much to consider and so much change needed in the system, that it was almost inevitable I wouldn't like some of Seth's suggestions.  That being said, the dialogue (both internally and with others who have read it) is worth having.

2013 Personal Impact Ranking: 
  1. T4T by Steve Smith
  2. What Jesus Started by Steve Addison*
  3. Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin*
*I own this one and you'd be welcome to borrow it.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Feedback on Partner Like Paul

Here is a blurb written on Partner Like Paul by CCCA (the Christian Camp & Conference Association):
Peter “Pheaney” Lindell, program director at Camp of Champions USA, has written a how-to guide for fundraising. Starting with a review of Bible passages as a foundation, the book continues with how to develop a list of contacts and how to approach prospective donors. The book is breezy, simple, straight-forward and eminently usable by young people who need to raise support for a summer of ministry. 

I wish I was smart enough to write a description like that!  You can still find the book at partnerlikepaul.pheaney.com

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Summer Posting Schedule

Since I started this blog my goal has been to have a post ready to go every Monday and Thursday morning.  Overall I've held to that goal, which has been a really good experience overall.

Last summer however, I realized that I was prioritizing blogging over more important things.

So starting now and going through September 2nd, my blogging is going to be a little more erratic.  I have a few posts already planned (I'm especially excited about a Fourth of July special).  But it's also possible you won't hear from me again until September.

Until then, follow Jesus and make disciples of Him.