Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Why this website? (circa 2009)

"Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man." - Sir Francis Bacon, an English statesmen and philosopher in the 16th and 17th century. (How cool would it be to have the name Bacon?! Yum.)

To be honest, I found this quote after I decided to start working on a website that bears my nickname. Better late than never.

As Bacon said, I feel "full". (Does anyone else see the irony in putting the words "full" and "bacon" in the same sentence?)

I feel full partly from reading, but also from life and ministry experiences. (And I admit that last sentence seems a little pretentious, so it is possible I'm just filled with pride.)

The real purpose of this website is to write, and I hope that in doing so I can become more "exact," both in what I believe and what tactics and strategies I use. I hope that eventually the content I put together here will be such that anyone (especially myself) can take it off the virtual shelf and put it to use very easily.

Then, I hope to be able to use what I've written to speak ("conference" as Bacon would say). I would love to be more ready in my conversations with people and speaking opportunities. Too often I leave with the thought: "Why didn't I think of saying that?"

The challenge I'll leave YOU with is this: Do you need to be more ready or exact? What can you do about that?

As you can tell, I have a thing for (parentheses) and "quotes." This should be fun. Thanks for reading.

Here goes...

Written September, 2009

Edited October, 2009

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Pheaney

So my birthday is this month.

Here's how you can help me celebrate:

1. Find a book
2. Read it
3. Let me know how you're thinking or acting differently because of what you read.

(If you're stumped at #1, take a look at my lists of books to get you started.)