My Favorite Big Cities in the United States

I love big cities. Cheryl and I have traveled to many and we like the variety of activities, the people watching, and, on a spiritual note, the opportunities to reach people (because there are so many).  Here’s a list of some of my favorite big cities and some of the reasons why. If I’m missing one you think I should consider please leave me a comment. 


New York:

*Central Park

*Upper West Side

*Lower Broadway



*Running in Lincoln Park

*Deep dish pizza

*Hot Dogs


Washington, DC:

*People watching on the Mall

*National Zoo




*Pat and Geno’s (and Jim’s) Philly cheese steaks

*University City




*Fish Market

*Space Needle

*Coffee Shops



*Country Music Heritage

*Centennial Park

*Friendly Southern People (and food)



*Graeter’s Ice Cream

*Cincinnati Reds


Running a Marathon is Stupid!

Okay, the title says it all.  I’m way too busy for this.  I don’t even like running with a bunch of people.  But, for whatever reason, I’m in!  At least I’m trying to be in. 

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Michael Bayne Got a “NEW” Parking Space

Big Shot Michael Bayne thought he got a parking space.   He bragged about it on his blog saying “I have arrived….”


Well, Michael, you’ve arrived alright.  See where your parking space is now. 



















Right where you belong!  In the trash man! 

25 Things You Have to Experience to Understand

All my life I’ve heard the phrase, “you’d have to experience it to understand it”.  The older I get the more I know that statement to be true about many things.  I was reflecting today about ways I’ve heard that statement used and ways it’s come true in my life.  Some of these below I have experienced; some I haven’t. Some I hope to; some I hope I never will. 

Here are 25 things you have to experience to understand (in no particular order):

1.      Meeting a payroll.

2.      The pain of divorce.

3.      Completing a degree.

4.      Skydiving.

5.      Becoming a parent/grandparent.

6.      Living by faith.

7.      Falling in love.

8.      The speed at which a child grows up.

9.      The pain of kidney stones, or having a baby. 

10.  Going on a mission trip.

11.  Getting married.

12.  Receiving Salvation.

13.  Driving on the Autobahn. 

14.  Losing a job.

15.  Getting hired.

16.  Finally forgiving someone.

17.  Missing the last flight home.

18.  Receiving unconditional love.

19.  Buying your first home. 

20.  Loss of a child.

21.  Caring for an elderly parent.

22.  A first kiss.

23.  Loss of a business.

24.  Battling depression.

25.  Completing a list.


For what have you heard that phrase apply? 

My “Real” Myers Briggs Type

My whole world has changed. I’ve been a certified administer of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for several years.  I have prided myself in knowing personalities and quickly helping people identify their “type”.  Recently, with the help of my son Nate, I’ve reevaluated my own type.  I’m convinced I’ve been wrong. 

I always thought I was an ISTJ.  Reading the descriptions recently at


I realized I am really an INTJ.  I’m a whole new person now.  If you want to know more about me read some of the description of an INTJ from the site.  This describes me perfectly. 

Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging


To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don’t know.


INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.


INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be “slacking,” including superiors, will lose their respect — and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.


Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ’s Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.


This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to “work at” a relationship. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.


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Don’t be Quick to Post Ron!

I’m learning with blogging that I don’t need to be too quick to post.  It’s not a quick firing off thing like Twitter can be for me.  I posted about churches having an agreement before I investigated the story anymore and turns out it was satire.  Glad Twitter corrected me.  Lesson learned.  I took the post down. 

Sorry for those who may still get this post by email.  At least they’ll get this too. 

BTW, I also learned that this is a personality flaw for me. More on that in a upcoming post this week.

What To Do During Uncertain Times

In today’s message we looked in Luke 5 at the story where Jesus called His first disciples.  He asked them to trust Him by faith, even though they were in their own time of uncertainty. They were fishermen who had caught no fish.  In their culture…no fish…meant they didn’t get paid that day.  Who could know if there would be fish tomorrow?  Could this have been a week with no fish?  Having been self-employed I know what it’s like to face the uncertainty of cash flow. Still, in the midst of their uncertainty, Jesus called them to their greatest show of obedience.  Because of their willingness to face the unknown and walk by faith, God used them in incredible ways to launch His Kingdom.


We considered 5 principles about times of uncertainty in our own life from this story. 


1. Times of uncertainty will come.  They are a part of life.

2. The fact that uncertainty causes you to question or be afraid doesn’t upset God.  God’s plan is not diverted because of our periods of doubt. 

3. Faith that is developed through uncertainty produces some of God’s greatest work.

4. In spite of uncertainty ultimately we need to have faith. 

5. Uncertainty is not a call to give up.  It’s a call to surrender more of ourselves to Christ. 


To hear this message, go to our podcast site and listen to: What To Do During Uncertain Times.

College President’s Firing a Good Leadership Reminder

“What I do in my private time is of no one’s concern but mine.”  I’ve heard that line all my life.  I wonder if that statement is less true, however, for those who are in leadership positions, especially those who desire to lead people towards some sense of a better life, who work with students or children, or who are representatives of other people in their leadership.  In a day in which authenticity is such an admired character trait, it is important that leaders not be one person on the job and another when off duty. 

Did you see the story of the college president who resigned for helping “keg up” someone of the age he was supposed to be leading? 


I certainly don’t want to kick a man when he’s down; although with $400,000 he has a pretty good cushion to rebuild his career.  I do think his story though serves as a reminder to those of us in leadership positions that what we do in our private time does matter.  For that reminder I’m thankful. 

Americans are Boring

Americans are so boring sometimes. While we watch conventions on TV every night, work 45 hours a week average, and take less vacations than the rest of the world, some countries are finding ways to simply have fun. 


Look what happened at this Tomato Festival in Spain.  Be sure to check out the pictures. 


And I was going to have a salad tonight….


Anyone for starting some new traditions here? 

Donald Miller Prayer at Democratic Convention

The current debate is whether a believer could pray at the Democratic Convention for fear that he/she would be seen as endorsing a party.  Frankly I don’t understand the dilemma and would think we would take any opportunity to advance the message of the Gospel on national television and to a national audience.  Cameron Strang, editor of Relevant Magazine (a great magazine we all read around here) turned down the offer and so Donald Miller, author of “Blue Like Jazz” accepted. 

Anyway, I just saw the prayer today.  I think Donald did a great job.  Do you have an opinion here?  You can watch Donald’s prayer here:

Donald Miller Democratic Convention Prayer

Of course, since some in my church have launched my own campaign for president, I’m really not paying attention to the conventions much this time.  (J/K)  See my earlier post if you are confused.