Archive for October, 2007

The newest Christian Carnival is posted at Brain Cramps for God.

I submitted my post about Teenagers and Church.  Go check it out!



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You may or may not know that I’ve been on the job market for awhile now.  So when I see a blog offering advice about the job search I stop and read it.  One of the blogs I read, Free Money Finance recently posted How Not to Get a Job.

In the post it links to two article from Anne Fisher hosted by  The first is 10 dumbest resume blunders and the second is 10 dumbest interview moves

Some of the 20 things she mentions are funny like:

  • The job hunter delivered his entire cover letter in the form of a rap song.
  • The job hunter brought his mother to the interview and let her do all the talking
  • A job candidate attached a letter from her mother.
  • A job candidate used pale blue paper with teddy bears printed around the border.
  • A job candidate explained a three-month gap in employment by saying that he was getting over the death of his cat.
  • A job candidate specified that his availability to work Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays is limited because the weekends are “drinking time.”
  • A job candidate stated that he works well in the nude.

But some of the comments left are even funnier.  People who showed up in their sweatpants or misspelled words like proofreading!

Now for a selfish plug. You can see my resume here (pdf).



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If you could save the world while saving money, getting fit, simplifying your life, and becoming happier would you do it?

Leo over at Zen Habits gave the prescription to complete that with 5 simple (ish) steps.  This was his Blog Action Day post.

His 5 steps/ways to save the world are:

  1. Get outdoors more,
  2. Commute by bike/walk to work,
  3. Do a clean-up,
  4. Use less energy at home, and
  5. Buy less, or buy used.

After each step he comments how it will do everything he promised.  I like this particular one because I can appreciate the “running around the house” line.

4. Use less energy at home. There are a ton of ways to do this: use compact florescent lightbulbs, set your thermostat lower (for heating) or higher (for cooling), insulate, use less hot water, dry clothes using a clothesline, turn things off when they’re not in use, get energy efficient appliances, etc.

  • How this helps the environment: Using less energy means you contribute less to global warming.
  • How this saves money: Using less energy means your power bill is lower. And that can be a substantial savings.
  • How this gets you fitter: It doesn’t … unless you’re running around the house more because you turned off all the heating. :)
  • How this simplifies your life: Using less energy is much simpler in the long run.
  • How this makes you happier: I think this is one of those times when just playing your part to reduce global warming and doing the right thing makes you happier.


I was recently encouraged by this article to write about the blogs I read and share why I read them, with you my readers. So here it goes!

Most retailers, businesses, and organizations have websites where you can find out more about a product or service and usually even purchase that service.  They also tend to have some type of special deals to entice you to use their service over another or to shop with them.  With a plethora of deals, sales, coupons available it seems possible that for any given purchase you might be able to save money, if you only knew about it! 

That is where a site like The Bargainist comes in handy. The site lists all types of great deals, sales, and coupons, with a searchable index, archives, and tips! When possible they link to more information about the product, provide expiration dates, and other information as needed.

In the past two hours they have posted:

There are many similar sites, but The Bargainist is the first one I subscribed too and so far I haven’t desired to subscribe to others!



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The Olympic Dream is one of peace, hope, and connectedness. This is something that the people of Darfur (and many other countries) will not experience as China hosts the 2008 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Charter says

…the goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. (emphasis mine)

It is for this reason that Save Darfur and others created the Dream for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay. Indianapolis was host to an event as part of the relay on October 14th.

We had over 300 people attend our event to raise awareness of the genocide that has killed at least 200,000 and displaced 2-3 million. Locally we bands, drumming groups, an African dance group, and a stirring ballet called “The Cleansing”. Our torch relay included a Holocaust Survivor, High School student, Student from local Jewish Synagogue, Native Americans, person with AIDS, Tibetan Monks, African American woman, and several Darfurian refugees. Our speakers included similar variety and ethnic backgrounds.

It was a powerful event and received excellent media coverage on all the local TV stations and front page billing in the Indianapolis Star. The article also includes some great photos. Nuvo, Indy’s Alternative Voice, also had some great coverage, including video. Other pictures are available here and here.

Take action to help end this atrocity.

“Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”
Olympic Charter, Fundamental principles, paragraph 2

This was the call given by Robin Wood at church on Sunday.  His premise was that too often churches focus on the next steps after salvation and forget to focus on the “first steps” of bringing people into a relationship with Jesus. 

This was the final message in the God Questions series.  The series has looked at questions we would all like to understand better about God, Christianity, and Life in general.  The message was “What Do I Do Now?”

I think he was right on that too often church tends to be about building up and into the current members and too often fails to continue “being the hands and feet” of Jesus in the local community.  I don’t think he really addressed this, but the church has to balance both serving and developing the internal body, while simultaneously reaching out and providing hope to the community. 

Since I’m not actually part of the staff leadership of a church I can’t say that this is an easy task or not.  But the point of the message was that we as individuals need to be willing to take the first steps with those in our sphere’s of influence and begin changing lives by showing acts of kindness and love.

We were challenged to show 5 Acts of Kindness each day.  But not to fall into legalism, we should strive to be kind always and be radically kind whenever possible.  It is the small first step that can lead to larger life changing steps!



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Well, after demolishing fellow Ohio team Kent State, the Ohio State Buckeyes have moved themselves into first place in the polls. But more importantly, OSU is now ranked #1 in the coveted BCS standings. And we were there to see it happen. I must admit it is a little hard to beleive that OSU is #1, but they are the only undefeated football team in the country now, so they do deserve it. Tim May at the Columbus Dispatch’s Blogging the Buckeyes says:

The Buckeyes are going to be No.1 today mainly because other people did stupid things at critical moments on Saturday. Is Ohio State the best team in the country? Hey, that doesn’t matter. Winning is all that matters, especially when everybody else keeps losing.

We had an excellent time watching the scoring rampange known as a football game! We had seats in 29A Row 19 so those were very excellent seats. My sister (a student at OSU) was way up high, in the highest possible seats! So during the 4th Quarter she came down to sit with us and enjoy watching the freshmen play! Or was that the band?

I really liked what head coach Jim Tressel said when asked about the Number 1 ranking:

Our guys have done what has been needed to be done to this point in the year,
and we are pleased with that effort and progress, but not content. With the most
demanding part of our schedule remaining with five Big Ten conference games,
there is a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve improved each week, but we understand
that the only poll that counts is the last one.

I like Tressel and what he has done with the team both on the field and off. They are family and he lets his Christian values be part of the family.

Great work coach!

View more photos from the game and pre-game skull session. I have some really grainy video of the band. See them marching the script Ohio and then Dotting the i.

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