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My Butterfly Effect
On Monday by buddy Sam called to ask me to watch a short film called "The Butterfly Circus". He wouldn't tell me anything about it except that I had to watch it and he'd call me later in the week to discuss it. So on Monday night I had 20 min to kill so I took a look. It was the best 20 min I had spent all day and will probably spend all week. It's one of the most beautiful films I've seen in recent memory and absolutely deserves all the awards and praise it's receiving.
I've had the opportunity to lead several small groups based of the Francis Chan book "Crazy Love". The discussion questions that come with the DVD study leaves a lot to be desired. So through my own personal questions and questions from other "Crazy Love" resources online I've been able to develope a more indepth study of the book. Below are the questions I have used for all 10 chapters of the book study. Feel free to use them as you'd like.
Chapter 1: Stop Praying
Stop and think about the last prayer you voiced. How did you begin? Our Father? Dear Lord? Jesus? What word or phrase did you use to start the prayer? Now, take a minute and consider the prayer you prayed before that prayer. How did you begin? Same word or phrase? Different? Sorta different or radically different? If you begin all your prayers in much the same way, ask yourself why.
Read these words from G. K. Chesterton:
A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of li…
“I have been
developing the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness for years. It’s a perfectly
calibrated recipe for maximum personal achievement. Categories include:
Capitalism, God’s way of determining who is smart, and who is poor. Crying,
acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon. Rage. Poise. Property rights.
Fish, for sport only, not for meat. Fish meat is practically a vegetable.”
“The less I know
about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring
about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his
name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.”
“Now, I know I’m
not going to find somebody that’s both aggressively mean and apathetic. April
really is the whole package.”
“You had me at meat
“I’m surrounded by
a lot of women in this department. And that includes the men.”
“When I walked in
this morning I saw that the flag was at half mast, I though, ‘All right,
another bureaucrat ate it!’ And then I saw it was Lil…
Tony Nolan, the speaker at this years Winter Jam Tour that I commented on in my previous blog, wrote a comment asking very nicely to explain my feelings about Winter Jam in more detail. The following is the emailed response I sent Tony. I am posting it not to start any type of public debate between Tony and I but to instead to explain myself more clearly in case there are others who were curious about my thoughts. I don't know Tony but I know he has a great reputation as a youth speaker and I appreciate him challenging me on my blog.
I appreciate you commenting on my thoughts. I know it may have appeared I was "down" on the whole experience but really it was just certain aspects of it. I'm also very sorry if it appeared like I was attacking you. I never meant that but I can see how my words were a bit harsh without a deeper explanation.
First a little background...I have been to every Winter Jam concert that has ever come to our area with the exception of 2007…