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Book Review – Jolt!

Looking to make a change in your life, but not sure how? This is the book for you. Phil Cooke explains not only the positive case for making change, but also deals with the most common objections and obstacles.

I particularly appreciated his insights into changing organizations (businesses, churches, non-profits, etc) by starting with personal changes.  “You don’t change organizations without changing people”, he says. This may involve a change of personnel, or simply changes of thinking within the personnel you already have.

“It’s not our environments, the people around us, or the conditions of our lives that determine our futures; it’s the personal choices we make or don’t make.” So… why aren’t you making those choices??!! Cooke rejects these common scapegoats and points out that the problem that stalls us out is usually ourselves. But he doesn’t leave us there. He examines the typical reasons we choose badly, and suggests alternate ways of thinking and acting.

Executives are paid top dollar for one reason and one reason alone – their decision making ability. Cooke explains the process of moving from stagnancy to proactive decision making in a way that is accessible to everyone. This process is as valuable to each of us as it is to the top execs, so why shouldn’t we learn it too!

Whether the current situation you are trying to move past is relational, financial, professional, or spiritual, Jolt! will help you find the motivation to get off your duff!

Question: What change would you like to make in your life?

New Addition: Book Reviews

I love to read.

And I’ve been reading more than ever since I got my Kindle.

In addition, I’ve been approached by a few different sources asking me to review their books. As a result, I’ve decided to start posting my thoughts here, along with my other posts. These books are on a variety of topics and from a variety of sources. Some are even centuries old. What they all have in common however is some aspect of Christianity and its relevance to culture.

If you’re interested in finding all book reviews, I’ll use a blog category to make them easier to find.

If you have any books to suggest, let me know!

Question: What is the best book you have read that fits this theme?

Attention Apologetics Nerds!!

You like apologetics? Me too. This is a big (early) weekend.

The big ticket is the 2011 Online Apologetics Conference. It starts at noon CST, Thursday April 7, and runs through Saturday evening. You can buy a pass to the whole weekend, or for a single day. It will also be recorded, so you don’t necessarily have to be online to watch it live.




Big deal number 2. Tonight, William Lane Craig debates Sam Harris on the topic, “Is Good from God?” It will be streamed live from 7-9pm EST at Notre Dame Television’s website. (If you compare schedules, you’ll see that not all of this can be viewed live.) Last week, I watched William Lane Craig debate Lawrence Krauss on whether there was evidence for God. There seemed to be a bit of confusion on the topic, and Dr. Krauss did not fare well, but it was well worth watching. If you missed it, audio and video of the event are available from Apologetics315.


If you’re “attending” either of these, post a comment to let me know. Feel free to post your thoughts from any of the events as well.

March in Review

Here are the top 5 posts from March, by number of hits.

  1. Crossing the Line
  2. Trying to Talk When Nothing is Knowable
  3. A Mindless Faith
  4. Fat Geese Stuck in a Fishtank
  5. “So I’ll cherish the old chocolate cross…”

Question: Did you have any favorite topics?

Crossing the Line

Momentary Light Afflictions

Have you ever seriously thought about what comes after life? For Christians it will be in heaven, but how long will that be? I’m not sure if we will experience time the way we do now, but imagine if we did. What is the best we can do to envision infinity or eternity? We’re not capable of grasping such concepts. I think the best we can do is comparisons. I think that’s why the bible uses them. Peter compared our experience of a day and 1000 years as interchangeable with God. That’s quite a difference.

Compared to eternity, how long is our life? It’s like a thimbleful of water missing from the ocean. Significant in relation to the container, but less impressive when compared to the ocean. Our lifespan is likened to a breath or a vapor. It is fleeting. As I grow older, each season seems to pass faster. I can’t imagine how they will seem from the perspective of 70 years, let alone 1000.

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