Monday Wake Up

Well as I mentioned last week, we were embarking on our first full week as a healthy married couple. I’m thankful to say the we both survived the week and came out on the other side staying healthy. I must say it is amazing to be married to someone that I can have fun with, but also sit down and talk about what we’re learning, and how we can form thoughts and opinions on certain things that we’re thinking through.



One of those things recently, being election season has been what it looks like to love and respect our political leaders even if we disagree with what they stand for? This thought has played itself out this year through social media. So one of the questions I’m going to attempt to address in a future blog post is, how do we as Christians voice our thoughts and opinions through social media without slandering the name of someone else?

I’m still forming my thoughts around this topic, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this question. 

In later news…my wife is obsessed with Instagram, in fact she’s Instagramming me as I’m writing this post.

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  • I love this campaign by Sevenly. Their goal is to build two new school buildings for children in Guatemala, and all you have to do is buy a t-shirt. I love the concept, and they have created a very moving video to tell you more about it. Check it out here.


  • Apple announced their new iPhone 5 this past week. It was everything that we were expecting, and to some it may not seem like a great upgrade, but check out this great article by MG Siegler on why you shouldn’t be disappointed. Check it out here.


  • We have the great opportunity for the 3rd year in a row to have the STORY Conference in our building at Park! This is one of my favorite conferences each year, as Ben Arment does a great job of gathering hundreds of creatives in the church together to network, and fuel our inspiration. I’ll of course be blogging all of my notes so make sure you catch all the action here on my blog. From the STORY website…

STORY is a two-day conference for creatives in downtown Chicago. The event features presenters from a variety of creative fields, including artists, filmmakers, musicians, authors, innovators and designers, among others. Our goal is to fuel the creative class through inspiring performances and insightful presentations.

You can still get tickets here! If you’re going to be in town, hit me up! Would love to meet you!



  • I’m writing this post in a Panera Cares. Panera Cares is a non-profit arm of Panera. It’s a really cool concept, and seems to be executed really well. This is only 1 of 4 locations in the U.S. and it is a cafe of shared responsibility. From Panera…

We are not about a hand out. We are about a hand up for those who really need it. In the end, our nonprofit cafe can only survive if you support its mission…and each other.

The way it works is, you order food, and then the total of what the order would normally cost is added up (minus sales tax, because it’s a nonprofit) then you choose how much you would like to pay. You can pay as much or as little as you would like. After Amy talked to the manager a bit, we learned that if someone needs a meal, but can’t pay for it, they can sign up to work for an hour, and in return they will receive a free meal, drink, and pastry. The manager said that the first person that signed up for this was so reliable and hard-working that they actually ended up hiring him as paid staff!

I love it, because it doesn’t just handout food to people, fostering a mindset of dependance, but instead they foster a mindset of work and sustainable livelihood. I think we need to be more intentional about how we help people. What ideas might you have to create sustainable forms of livelihood?

Well that about does it for this Monday.


Checkout this great video below of a guy who went to my high school and has experienced life transformation through the Gospel. It reminds me that God can use each one of us in cool ways if we just step out of our comfort zone and talk to someone…

How’s your Monday so far?

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