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Heroes and Hobbits

01/23/2013

Heroes and HobbitsWhenever I’ve pictured power, I’ve always thought about the big strong hero destroying the bad guys.  I’ve pictured Superman saving the day, or some other superhero saving the damsel and defeating evil.  I’ve never pictured myself.  I mean, maybe pictured my face on superman’s body, or something like that, but not just as normal Seth.  When I was growing up heroes didn’t look like me.  I identified with Luke Skywalker as he was stuck on his family’s farm, waiting for his opportunity to become a hero.  I was waiting. Continue Reading…

Martin Luther King Jr. DayFor many across our country today isn’t just a day off work.  It’s not just a day we don’t get mail.  For many today is in honor of not just an incredible man, but the movement he represented.  Last month I had the chance seeing the MLK Memorial in Washington DC.  To be honest, it was perhaps my favorite of all the memorials.  The giant statue of a preacher who wouldn’t sit by and let injustice rule our nation.  Today’s post is simply a few of the quotes that spoke to me from the engraved granite as I wandered the memorial. Continue Reading…

Top Music from 2012

12/10/2012

Top Music from 2012Every year I try to wrap the year up with some posts summarizing my favorite stuff from each year.  Today I’m listing my top 5 favorite albums from 2012.  Albums I haven’t been able to help myself from listening to over and over.  I’d love to hear what you think I’m missing out on in the comments. Continue Reading…

The Best Part of ChristmasMy favorite part of Christmas is the humility that Jesus showed when he simply came to earth.  The God of the universe humbly became a cry, whining, baby.  How insane is that?  I love that he wasn’t born in a castle, or a palace, or a mansion.  Any of those things would have been insanely humbling for the God who created everything.  Yet he wasn’t born into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but rather a dirty manger.  Jesus could have been heralded by trumpets, or celebrations, or national holidays, or any other elaborate party.  But he was born in a backwater town, with only his unwed mother, and soon to be step-dad and a few mangy shepherds gathering around to watch.  He could have messengers proclaiming his birth in every town across the Roman Empire, yet it was just a star that guided the magi.  Continue Reading…

Clich ThankfulnessDuring the month of November tons of people on Facebook listed the things they are thankful for.  But I didn’t.  Not because I’m not thankful, but because I normally hate cliché things like that.  Plus, I have a strong feeling that thankfulness shouldn’t end on Thanksgiving at midnight (when everyone goes out shopping).  Rather I think it should carry on through the holiday season.  I think Christmas would be better if we focused less on buying stuff, and more on being thankful.  With that said, here’s 30 things I’m thankful for. Continue Reading…