You’ve come a long way baby. (And we still have a long way to go!)

In honor of today being International Women’s Day here’s a great motion graphic presentation that highlights the economic opportunities of women around the world. It’s a tribute to how far women have come in society, as well as a sobering reminder of how far they have yet to go. Continue reading You’ve come a long way baby. (And we still have a long way to go!)

Love Wins: A Community Dialog

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks you have no doubt caught wind of the firestorm of controversy that surrounds Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. In his latest release, Bell addresses traditional ideas about Heaven and Hell and asks his readers: “Will only a few select people make it to Heaven? And will billions and billions of people burn forever in Hell?” Even though the book has yet to be released, the questions Rob Bell has raised have set off a firestorm of criticism around the internet. Justin Taylor labeled Bell a “Universalist” … Continue reading Love Wins: A Community Dialog

The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine

For the past several weeks the series of teaching at our church has focused on the subject of marriage and relationships. Prior to the beginning of yesterday’s message on divorce – the conclusion of the series – this song was performed by two young women with angelic voices; one on keys, the other on guitar. I had heard stuff by The Civil Wars before, but not this tune. It’s beautiful. Enjoy! Continue reading The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine

Said Musa has been released!

According to a reports, Said Musa – who was sentenced to death for converting to Christianity – has been freed from prison and has been safely transported out of Afghanistan! Sources indicate that he was actually released on February 21st, but due to the sensitivity of the situation, officials acted in secrecy until he was secure. Little is known about the events, but it has been reported that both the U.S. and Italian Embassies offered him asylum. Continue reading Said Musa has been released!

“My body is theirs to do what they want with.”

If you find yourself short on heroes these days, please allow me to introduce you to Said Musa. In a few short days he is scheduled to be executed in Afghanistan. His crime? Converting to Christianity. Said Musa (also; Sayd Musa, Sayed Mossa) is an amputee; having lost his leg in a land mine explosion in the 1990s. For the past 15 years he has worked with the Red Cross, bringing relief to other amputees as a physiotherapist. For the past eight months he has been held prisoner in Kabul after a television station showed Westerners baptizing new Afghani Christians during secret … Continue reading “My body is theirs to do what they want with.”

A Father’s Voice

Yesterday, Nike unveiled a new ad featuring Tiger Woods – the first such ad since his numerous infidelities became public. It features the voice of his late father, Earl Woods, speaking in a very fatherly tone to his son. The original context of the elder Woods’ words to Tiger are unrelated to his recent troubles, but the implications are unmistakable. As a father this ad really stirs a lot of emotions in me. I love how stern, yet gentle, Earl’s voice is as he’s speaking to his son. He is aware of the multitude of sins his son has committed, … Continue reading A Father’s Voice

Tiger’s Back!

It was announced earlier today that Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour at the Masters Tournament in April. This marks the first time Tiger has entered a tournament since his numerous extra-marital affairs became public following a bizarre traffic accident in November. The Masters is by far my favorite golf event of the year. It’s scheduled viewing in our home and has been ever since Tiger pulled on his first green jacket at age 21. The Masters is a great tournament that always showcases the world’s best golfers on one of the sport’s premiere stages. But … Continue reading Tiger’s Back!

Manufacturing Jobs.

Dear Genesee Brewing Company: Congratulations on the recent news that you’ve created a few production jobs and are adding a third shift. Had your Buffalo-based marketing team not been asleep at the wheel, there could have been a few of these billboards along the 490 corridor to coincide with the announcement. It might have provided a boost to local morale, as well as local interest in your product. Regards, Shane Continue reading Manufacturing Jobs.

Countdown to “Opening Day”

Don’t tell my dad this, but when I was a kid I would occasionally go without food at school so I could spend my lunch money on baseball cards. With the money my mother gave me for lunch each day, I could buy three packs of 1987 Topps cards. At the time it seemed like a pretty sweet trade in exchange for some lousy cafeteria food. I was obsessed. I just loved holding those cards in my hands and reading all the stats. I would spend hours learning all the players names, what teams they played for and what town they grew … Continue reading Countdown to “Opening Day”

With Glowing Hearts – Vancouver 2010

The 2010 Winter Olympics kick of with tonight’s opening ceremonies and I couldn’t be more excited! I really enjoy the winter games. I think much of it comes from the fact that you get to see so many sports that don’t get much attention during other times of the year; Bobsledding, Speed Skating, etc. But this year I have a few other reasons to be excited about the games. For one, the host city is Vancouver. It’s a city that’s pretty high on my list of  “favorite-cities-I-have-yet-to-visit.” Partially because of my fondness for Canada, but also because of the breathtaking … Continue reading With Glowing Hearts – Vancouver 2010