Archive - January, 2010


This is a guest post by Michael Meggison. Interested in contributing your voice to Find the details here.

He was a man about to grab the next rung on success’ ladder but it looked like the ladder had teeth. When he rushed into the Road Show Video, it was me behind the counter.

Could I please help him?

It was hard to catch what all he was saying.

His wife and their four-year-old little girl; I-80; Was it on the news yet?

Life flight.  Iowa City.

He’d lost their ATM card.  Three hours away.

He’d run out of gas on his way to get across the state to get to them.

Could I please help him?

I could feel the shock he was in–like the blizzard slaps on our way home from our own Iowa City bad news.

No bone marrow transplant would take.

Pop and I passed my flask back and forth—staring out into the fat white missiles coming straight for us, momma cracking not funny jokes in the back.

This would be her last year, the man they said should know said.

(She beat him by one month to the day 😉

We were right next to the Kelly’s Texaco on 63rd Street south of Grand.

I could see what I guessed was his car aimed at the street next to the pump:  colorless-crappy and apparently on fumes.

My heart went out to him.

I had a young niece.  I could probably…

If I couldn’t, he understood but man, if I could…

He took my number and address and thanked me profusely and God blessed me and I reached into my pocket and I gave him $80.

A lot.

As I watched him streak back to his car–I felt really good. I was really proud of myself at a time, when, for me, that was the exception of how I felt about me.

It didn’t occur to me until later that he didn’t put any gas in the car.

Maybe fifteen minutes later the South Side Road Show manager rang in to warn me to look out for a confidence man telling some boohoo story about his family and life flight. He’d taken them for thirty-five.

I miss the whole Road Show gang—they were very kind to a lonely Megs—Glenny, God Bless You!

It was my decision.  It was my money.

I never saw him again.  But I do remember him.

He preyed on something still alive and hopeful in me.

My heart wasn’t just a funky lonely hole and his short con only cost me $80 to show that to me at a time when I really needed to see it.

Sure, I felt stupid and foolish:  I had been taken. But every time I’ve looked back at it—I admire me in that moment.

I see me the way my Father sees me.  He likes me.  He thinks a lot of me.

Bill Johnson said in a sermon I heard recently that we can’t afford to think lesser thoughts of ourselves than heaven thinks.

I’d back-slidden right down to raw spinal-tap fluid—but I believe in heaven sitting next to Jesus–the One who knows me better than I do–on the best of reel:  that scene at Road Show Video when I got conned out of $80 American shows up.

I bet there are some of those moments where you blew it and someone abused you in some light—but your heart was right.

So—be blessed by it.  Share it, if you’re led.

Ostriches do put their heads in the sand.

But ostrich farmers say they do it in search of something to eat.

Best of the Week, v.5


Here’s a recap of the top three posts from this past week. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the site, check out these posts and get up-to-date. These got the most traffic on the site, were shared the most, and had the most comments.

  1. Just a Little Bit of Looping – A guy straps a digital camera to his face while walking around his house making fat beats. You can’t make this stuff up. Simon Panrucker is the man.
  2. Faith Bloggers to Watch in 2010 – Who’s going to have a big 2010? We think this assembly of bloggers are. Did you make this list? Are you reading these people? Check out the list and see.
  3. What Not Going to Church Taught Me About Church – A guest post from Ryan Johnston. Ryan talks about his experience moving from a small-town, Sunday-morning-only church atmosphere to what it is today.

So there they are, your top 5 posts of the week! Recap, refresh, re-read, re-tweet!

5 Steps You Can Follow to Monetize Your Blog

You’re ready when people are willing to pay you.

Seriously. It’s that easy.

Sure, there are sites like Dooce and Mashable that get a bazillion readers per day, but the likelihood of pulling those kinds of numbers is unlikely for most of us.

Does this mean you can’t start to monetize your blog? Heck no. It just means you have to know how to set your asking price.

Here’s a few tips that have helped me monetize


How Would You Describe Gen Y?

We had a visioning meeting yesterday for the ministry I’m involved in. We target 20-somethings in the Des Moines area with a desire to build biblical community.

One of the exercises was to describe the generation that we’re trying to reach. The presenting question was this:

What are three words you would use to describe to the Gen Y/Millenial/Young Adult generation?

Here are mine:

  1. Smart
  2. Compassionate
  3. What’s-In-It-For-Me?

Help me out with some “market research”–What three words would you add to the list?

What Not Going to Church Taught Me About Church

This is a guest post from Ryan Johnston. Interested in contributing your voice to Check out the details here.

“Unconform.” You’re right, it’s not a word…..yet.

Usually, the word should be nonconformity, but in the church it is the rare case that there is nonconformity.  If anything, we have conformity.

Which is why we need to unconform.

The church seems to be all about conformity

  • You can only go to church on a certain day, at a certain time.
  • You have to worship God in a church-nowhere else.
  • We’ll sing certain songs, the service will go in a certain order, and you better not mess up the order or God won’t love you anymore.
  • You have to begin and end at a certain time, if you’re outside those boundaries then God won’t be present.
  • I hope you’re dressed up, because God won’t accept those wearing t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, or anything else that doesn’t conform to the dress code.  And don’t ask what the dress code is, you’re just supposed to know.

Well, that sums up most churches I’ve been to anyway.  And, I have to admit, it’s hard to not think that way when you’ve done it your whole life.


Divine Commodity Giveway – And the Winners Are . . .

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If you’re one of those people, congratulations. You’ve just won a freshly pressed copy of Divine Commodity from Skye Jethani and Zondervan Publishing.

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Thanks to all who played. If you didn’t win, I’d still recommend you go and pick up this gem of a book.

Read on, Deviants. Read on!

Divine Commodity Giveaway – Here’s How to Win

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  2. Send this tweet out: “I just entered to win Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani. You can too. More details here:
  3. Come back tomorrow morning (9 am CST on 1/25/10) to find out if you’ve won. Winners will be selected at random via

Pretty easy, no?

Alright kids, have fun and be safe out there. Tweet away!

Special thanks to the good folks of Zondervan for the books and Jake Bouma for the contest format.

Divine Commodity Giveaway Coming Soon!

The good folks at Zondervan have given us eight copies of Skye Jethani’s Divine Commodity to give away to the readers! As you may have read, Skye’s book is causing quite a stir. It’s a no-miss for sure.

Watch for an announcement today at 2 pm CST on how you can win.

Free loot. Yahoo!

One Thing

This is a guest post from Kyle Reed. Interested in contributing to Check out the details here.

Did you know that when you search the word “Diets” on Google 19,500, 000 pages return? Seems more then enough info for you to find what you are looking for. In a world saturated by information, often times it can be overwhelming rather then useful.

Shane Hipps in his book Flickering Pixels says: “If we are not alert, the info age may stunt our growth and create a permanent puberty of the mind.” With so much information out there, where do you begin?


Pants on the Ground Remixes

Yes. It was only a matter of time.

Here’s a look at the General Larry Platt doing what he do!

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