It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
If you were trying to get somewhere important, you wouldn’t drag a cow along.
Yet “sacred cows” anchor many church leaders to the past or present, sabotaging vision and action.
Maybe it’s a worship style the church cannot seem to move past. It might be a ministry that has far outlived its effectiveness. It could even be an old way of thinking that still influences every decision.
Whatever your sacred cow may be, I’m sure you’ve felt it holding you back. I’m sure it’s made you feel stuck.
What the State of Your Lawn Says About You. (via @keithblanchard, HT @recreatn) I waver between a guy who cares and a guy who just wants to bulldoze the yard and put down concrete. Mr. Blanchard respectfully disagrees. I want to be like him when I grow up.
Not everybody obsesses about their lawns, I know. I have friends, good friends, who treat mowing the lawn as a nuisance, like shaving, or raising children. But that is not my situation. I accept, with all my heart, the traditional male responsibility—passed on to my father by his father, right back I’m sure to Adam and Cain—for creating a perfect, bright, springy rectangle of welcoming green. When it comes to the yard, I don’t want to “get it over with,” I want to demonstrate my mastery over the natural world and bend life itself to my will.
Brothers Convince Little Sister of Zombie Apocalypse. (via @cabot_phillips) This has only been shared a bajillion times on social media this week, but if you haven’t watched it, watch it If you have, watch it again. There are many things I want to say about this: (1) Definitely the funniest video I’ve seen this year. (2) It just keeps getting better as it goes along. (3) I can totally see my two oldest sons doing this to their kid brother / baby sister. (4) “The dog is the worst, he’s already dying! Get the cat!”