Love this simple rack

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this is a simple clean custom rack.

looks easy enough.

french cleat or regular cleat to hang.


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Is transgenderism faulty?

I watched this video the other day.  An interesting view on both transgenderism and abortion.

Ben Shapiro makes an interesting argument that I think is well spoken, un-emotional, and well thought out.  Very interesting.


I believe this is a longer version of the same conversation.

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Gay Christian


30 years ago the two words of the above title would never be publicly considered.

On this topic, I have friends who are gay. I have friends who are Christians and  I have friends who are both.  Is that possible?  Yes.    Is it right?

A couple of years ago I reconnected with a friend from College on Facebook.  It had been  20 plus years since we chatted.  One day, I noticed on my feed some of his posts. It was not the usual posts I would have scrolled by on my feed.  It was clear that he had come out, and now I was intrigued/confused/uncertain on how to even respond.  Back in the daye we had both attended a very conservative Bible College.  This would never have been permitted!

I privately wrote him. He responded. I asked if people were being cool to him about this? As would be the case with many, his was no different, people including his own parents and family were not approving.  Other friends from college?  Some were brutal.

So what was I to do?  Easy.  My job was not to condemn.  I don’t see that in scripture.  Jesus loved first. He loved, period. I wrote him back and simply said, I would continue to be his friend, continue to care for him.  “Remember all the discussions we had back in the dorm, sometimes heated? Remember there were plenty of times we had to settle to agree to disagree?”  Well, that’s where I’m at with this, except for one thing. I’m grown up enough to not storm out of the room.  I’ll still have his back.  We have a strong difference of opinion but that ought not to change the way i interact and treat him.  He is my friend.

So recently I saw this article online.

I don’t even know who this chick is. Jen Hatmaker? Never heard of her.  But she has stirred up quite a commotion on this topic again.

I think she is an evangelical, but regardless this was her post.

The politics of Jen Hatmaker: Trump, Black Lives Matter, gay marriage and more


And this is the response, not based on the opinion of an outsider but from someone within the gay community. A Christian.


I don’t know what your stance will be? Most positions seem to move with the wind of public opinion.  Biblically I find it difficult to miss.

I think I struggle more with the emphasis that people place on this topic as opposed to other issues. Alcoholism, Drug addiction, Prostitution,  Child trafficking and World hunger just to name a few. Why is this such a lightning rod issue when we could be putting an emphasis on these other problems to help others?

My hope is that ultimately we can not forget to love as Christ loved.  When you look at scriptures the people that Jesus seemed to be most frustrated with weren’t the gays, or the government, but the Pastors/Pharisees.  Some might argue, “the Christians.” So let’s be wise in what we say and do, and maybe consider putting down the stone you have picked up, and be quick to examine your own life.

Just a few thoughts.



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Happy Memorial Day?

Are you allowed to say Happy Memorial Day?

Obviously you can, but is it appropriate?

Someone told me today not to use the phrase.   Good grief.  Then again maybe that’s their point. Their grief is not good. 

There’s plenty of folks that believe to wish someone a happy Memorial Day is being insensitive to those who have paid the ultimate price.  I get that. To a degree.

I understand their concern that the day is for remembering the lost. Their friends, their soldiers, their family, my uncle. Memorial Day should be solemn. Nobody would ever argue that.

But here’s where the lines blur. In our ultra sensitive/politically correct society it seems that many folks scoff at others sensitive feelings for certain days/holidays or phrases, until their passion for an event or a holiday applys. Does that make sense?

When Christmas comes around Christian memes, bumper stickers etc come out saying, “Keep Christ in Christmas.”  Regardless of others beliefs, whether it’s Kwanza, Hanukkah, or Atheists that don’t want those religious holidays thrust upon them, Christians fight with great love to impose that phrase on others.  

However if a Christian asks you not to use the phrase Happy Memorial Day or any other phrase, are they not disqualified? Can you have one without the other?

I realize this is a bit simplistic but you get the idea. So what is it?

Can you impose your passionate beliefs on one Holiday/phrase etc…without being upset when others ask you to not respond to theirs?   Is this being overly sensitive? 

Should we not say Happy Mothers Day because of the mothers that have died. After my mother in law died of cancer it has become the worst day of my wife’s year.  Should we stop saying that? What about all the moms that can’t conceive? It must be a brutal day for them.
Saturday evening before Memorial day an article popped up on my FB feed. It’s from the perspective of a Navy Pilot who had a few run ins when he used the phrase”Happy Memorial Day.”  His response is one that I enjoyed although I’m sure he’s recieved a ton of grief about it.  I’m not going to summarize it because he did a terrific job of writing it.

Check it out.

Navy Pilot: It’s Perfectly OK to Say ‘Happy Memorial Day’

I guess for me I’m going to attempt to be sensitive, even at Christmas. Yep, Happy Holidays is okay with me. Mother’s Day…that’s still weird, and with Fathers Day around corner and my dad struggling in his last days…it’s weird.  But I will love having my kids celebrate it. And my father would want nothing less. 

I say rejoice. Celebrate. In all things Hod is working for good.  Certainly in this life there will be troubles, and there are times to be quite and reflect. But I will not mope around all day. It’s a day of remembering and celebrating what these guys were about. Freedom. 

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The Top 10 Favorite Apps for Ministry!



We’re all searching for something. In this case, its great apps that will compliment and focus our energy’s for ministry.

Wait! Don’t close out the page yet.  Regardless of whether you are a minister or not, there’s a ton of apps here that might be perfect for your job too.

Here are 8 peoples top 10.

Check it out. For more info click on the link below for more info from Church Mag.

1.Eric Dye

  1. Chrome
  2. Asana/Trello
  3. Slack
  4. Postbox
  5. Adobe Photoshop CC
  6. Firefox
  7. 1Password
  8. Adobe Audition CC
  9. Excel
  10. Tweetdeck/Google Apps

Honorable mention: DropboxBitdefenderSteam

2.Jeremy Smith - Image

  1. Chrome (Windows and Android)
  2. Slack (Windows and Android)
  3. Twitter (Windows and Android)
  4. Pocket Casts (Android)
  5. Photoshop CS4 (OS X, soon to upgrade to Adobe CC)
  6. Buffer (Android)
  7. Gmail (Android)
  8. Handbrake (OS X)
  9. iMovie
  10. Minecraft (your welcome)

3.Phil Schneider - Image

  1. Evernote
  2. Elevate
  3. YouVersion
  4. Keynote
  5. Kindle
  6. 1Password
  7. Pixelmator
  8. Instacast Cloud
  9. Chrome
  10. Habit List

These are the ones I love/use the most. Honorable mention should go to Dropbox (always running in the background) and PolarFox, which I use…whenever I remember to take a picture.

4.Rachel Blom - Image

  1. Wunderlist
  2. Evernote
  3. Chrome
  4. My FitnessPal (especially in combination with number 5)
  5. Runkeeper
  6. MileIQ
  7. Cozi
  8. Pixelmator
  9. Handbrake
  10. Slack of course, d’uh!

5.Chris Wilson - Image

  1. Evernote
  2. iA Writer
  3. Adobe Lightroom
  4. Slack
  5. Workflow
  6. Atom
  7. 1Password
  8. Textexpander!!!!!
  9. Todoist
  10. Day One


  1. Amazon Music
  2. Wunderlist
  3. Sublime Text 2
  4. Minecraft
  5. RDCMAN (Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection Manager – I’m an IT guy, what can I say?)
  6. Steam (My #1 way to purchase and play games)
  7. Podcast Addict (Android)
  8. Pulseway (Server management application, multi-platform)
  9. Glympse (location sharing app. I use this every day on the way home so my wife knows when to let the dog out if the kids are sleeping)
  10. JuiceSSH (top-notch SSH application for Android. I use this to manage all of my Linux servers, including the ChurchMag Minecraft server)

7. jesse-gruber-image

  1. Nova Launcher (w/Prime) – Android
  2. Ever Accountable – Android/Desktop
  3. Logos Bible App – Android/iOS/Desktop
  4. Pocket Casts – Android/iOS/Web
  5. Calmly Writer – Chrome App
  6. Adobe Illustrator – Desktop
  7. Talon for Twitter – Android
  8. Weather Timeline – Android
  9. Spotify – Android/iOS/Desktop
  10. Google – Everywhere (right behind you?!?!?!)


  1. Evernote
  2. XMind – great mind mapping tool
  3. Hemingway
  4. iTunes
  5. Twitter
  6. Waze
  7. Nike Running
  8. Bible (YouVersion)
  9. Mail
  10. Calendar


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Is God really good all the time?



I finished reading a blog post and swallowed hard.  Wow

I’m a minister.

I speak with people all the time that are struggling and have had to walk with them through some of the most difficult of situations.

I’ve sat at the bedside of a 4 year old girl in the wee hours of the morning and listened to agonizing cries of her young father as she slowly passed away.  That still haunts me.

I’ve had to deal with hurt, divorce, affairs, death with many- many people.

I’ve struggled with my own pains and wrestled with the “why’s” of my spinal chord injury and the side affects of it.


Pain and suffering are a constant.  Scripture makes that clear. “In this life there will be troubles.“-John 16:33

But you can’t read this verse without the conclusion.  John 16:33 concludes with…”But take heart! I have overcome the world.

It’s a great verse. A terrific quote. A nice slogan. But how does that really play out in the midst of the worst of circumstances?  How does Jesus assist you in overcoming your most brutal of pains.

This blog post was powerful to me and that’s why I’m recommending it.

The author clearly articulates one of the worst things a person can go through, the trials he’s had to endure, and how he has wrestled with God and truth throughout.

If your struggling, I encourage you to read what I think has been very eloquently written to those in need.




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Black Holes

Space is brutal.  I mean Brutal.  Everything moves in space but nothing lives in space.  If you don’t have an atmosphere, your dead. At least, that’s what we know as of right now.

There’s so many things that fascinate me about space.  The speed of light is amazing traveling through space, being able to see Stars millions of miles away…and imagining how long that light has traveled to reach my little eyes. I always thought that light was the fastest thing in space. But it seems that gravity is faster or at least has greater strength than light.  And when you think of gravity you have to think of Black Holes.

These massive, and i mean massive black holes suck everything into itself, including light.  Even the speed of light can’t break free. Gravity is brutal.

Check out these Black Holes:

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