Tig-Notaro-NYT-300x300-Tig Notaro is a great story teller. But my favorite part has to be where she blanks on national television.

-I’m usually the guy going, “Man, TV is so good these days.” And then I saw this….

-Debating on doing another one-worship-song-a-month thing in 2014. I’ve done a good bit of co-writing the past 2 years, but it may be time to get back into writing solo.

There’s something massive under Seattle.

What makes an atheist love religious music? Interesting post. (Some language.)

-“While, indeed, we attempt to prove our identity by vainly clinging to other people, things, ideas, organizations, etc, we also self-justify through the things that we turn away from.”

“I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.” – Kanye West (June 16, New York Times)



act_of_killing_031-Been fascinated of late by the new documentary, Act Of Killing. There are tons of blog posts about the premise, but here’s the director giving the background. Sounds like a bold, but depressing, film.

-The Steven Furtick controversy was here and gone (like most of us expected,) but I think this article highlights on some of the more nuanced issues involving transparency among Christian leaders.

-I promise I’m not harping on megachurches (at least, intentionally,) but this may be a thing.

-I’m impressed by what Joel Klampert and Ember Church did for Thanksgiving outreach.

-How observant are you? Colgate thinks NOT SO MUCH.

-Finally finished Double Cross. It was a slow read, but I’m glad I did it. Impressed with how much research went into the book. (It could easily be an espionage film if you focused on one or two of the principal  players instead of the whole “team.”

-RELATED: Now that I’m done with that, I’ve got two “church” books to read. One for our staff reading list and one for myself. Have a feeling they’re going to move a bit slower than the spy book.

-I may hijack a few upcoming Bookmark posts for just plain ol’ blogging. Or maybe something more…


Screen shot 2013-11-27 at 9.28.46 PM-This post from Musicademy about what a congregation needs to hear in worship. Good reminders!

-I’m all about the BINGEWATCH. Here’s a list of shows that can be binged in 9 hours. Pretty manageable, I’d say!

-Oh, man. Please let this be real. PLEASE LET THIS BE REAL.

-Just added a funny, interesting podcast called James Bonding. In their first episode, they referenced this video revealing the man responsible for Bond using the Walther PPK.

-I’m almost finished with Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. It’s a massive story and starts a little slow, but it’s a great book.

-Not only is this a sweet article, but it reinforces how important color can be in any artistic endeavor.

True – but gross – ways to wish someone a happy birthday.

*Since I love Batman, I’ve decided to have at least one Batman-themed link in each post. I think I can do it. Here.


Screen shot 2013-11-09 at 9.44.53 PM-I get the frustration of calling a movie “World War Z,” when it was almost comically unlike the book, but man, that book’s terrible. Lots of people loved the movie (including me) and there may be another one.

-There’s a football player named “Richie Icognito”? Is that real?

-I love Barry Katz’s “Industry Standard.” There are great behind-the-scenes stories and inspiring lessons about hard work and risk.

Andy Samberg is proof that sometimes, people are just funny without even trying very hard.

-Had my first Steak N’ Shake milkshake this past weekend. MAMMA MIA.

Finally started Hell On Wheels. I get it now. GREAT show.


Screen shot 2013-11-06 at 4.44.37 PM-I watched the first episode of Arrow (way back when) but need to pick it up again. Hopefully before some of these DC Shows go on-air. (The Gordon script seems remarkably close to the Gotham Central comic book series which is surprisingly amazing.)

-Agree with Kevin Smith on this one: 30-second trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins does a better job of creating pathos than any full-length Batman film to date.

-Spent the last few weeks compiling some of my favorite Christmas albums into a playlist. Had totally forgotten about this one. What a voice.

I dare you to finish Alex Buono’s awesome – but oh so detailed – description of how SNL shot the recent Wes Anderson horror-movie parody. Most amazing thing? They decided to do this on Wednesday night, three days before air.

-My pal, Cory, linked this brief post on missing church.

Pomplamoose is back. IN A BIG BIG WAY. So creative, these two.