We found out this weekend that Adam West passed away.  Of course, he is Batman.  The Batman.

The fun, calm and original Batman.

My favorite part of the original Batman series was the fight scene.  I’m not sure if it was every week, but watching Batman take care of the goofy villains was fun to watch.  And I can’t explain why, but my favorite part of a fight scenes was the Bat-fight words.

And my favorite Bat-fight word was SOCK.

Again, I’m not sure why.  I suppose it just felt like a good shot from the hero.  SOCK wasn’t one of the regular Bat-words.  You had to watch for it, and I did.  It was always satisfying when Batman finally landed one!

FastCompany combined all the Bat-fight words in one GIF.

What does all that mean for ministry? For faith?

I don’t know.   Sometimes it’s okay just to enjoy things.  Enjoy life.  There’s something Ecclesiastes-like about that.


Stay blessed…john


Another Word Week of June 5, 2017

I was Annual Conference this week getting inspired and prepared for ministry.  Hopefully, some of our daily messages help you to do the same!

A New Day!

Too much time is given to blaming the past rather than learning from it (Isaiah 43:18). Today is a new day!
Real People of the Bible
See the real people of the Bible & you’ll see the Bible is for real people trying to live faithfully (Joshua 1:8). May God’s word bring life to you!

No Good Excuse

There is never a good excuse for not doing the right thing (James 4:17).

Give In or Live In

Don’t give in to your fears. Live into your hope (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Right Time or God’s Time?

Don’t worry if it’s the right time. Set your mind on whether it’s God’s time (Genesis 18:14). If it’s God’s time, it’ll be right!


Stay blessed…john

What’s new

By the way, sometimes it’s okay to start change small.

Doing something completely new can be daunting.  It can be scary.  Well, for most people.  There are those among us that love to blaze the trails; we call them trailblazers–we’re so creative.

For most of us, however, trying anything new is feels like feeding Gizmo after midnight.

But if you’re not willing to move to the new, you’re bound to get held back.  So, instead of fretting about having to do something new, sometimes it’s good to splash a little new into the old you’re already doing.  Yes, new wine in old wine skins is foolish.  But that’s not what we’re talking about.

Jesus knew that new mixed with an old mindset is useless, even destructive.

I’m willing to assume you want the best for your church, your family or for whatever you’re thinking about.  If that’s true, add a little new here then a little new there.  Pretty soon you’ll look back and realize you’ve done more than you realize.  As a reminder, you don’t always have to start completely new. It’s good to sprinkle in new into what you’re already doing.


Stay blessed…john


Another Word Week of May 29, 2017

I love hearing how people share these messages. Some are posted on Facebook and shared. Others are forwarded through texts to friends and family.

What Others Have Done for You

You haven’t moved through life alone. Give thanks to God for what others have been willing to do for you (Philippians 1:3).

A New You

A new you often begins with a new attitude (Ephesians 4:31).

Thankful or Envious

You can’t be thankful for what God’s given you if you’re envious of what’s been given to others (Proverbs 14:30).

What’s Stressing You

Don’t let what’s stressing you get in the way of how God’s blessing you (John 14:27).

Be Wise in Your Anger

Be wise in your moments of anger & see the difference you can make for yourself & those around you (Proverbs 29:11).

Do you do anything with these texts?
Stay blessed…john


Facebook helps us do something we should be doing already.

By now every Facebooker has seen the daily reminders of what you posted previously on this date the year before; it’s creatively labeled On This Day. It began with displaying just what you posted one year ago, I believe.  Now, it takes you back several years.

You also see who you became friends with that day and for how long you’ve been connected through Facebook.

What Facebook is doing is helping us to remember.

We need to remember what we’ve experienced, what we’ve learned, even how we’ve loved and how we’ve failed.  Remember.

Remembering is good because, in part, it reminds us that life is to be lived.  We’re a little a lot too quick to move on to whatever has grabbed our attention next.  Remembering leads to recalling, which leads to reflection, which leads to growth, which leads to wisdom, which leads to an appreciation of what our lives have been.

That’s a big part of why keeping a journal is important–it helps us remember.

Take a crack at doing 1 of 2 things:

  1. Take 5 minutes everyday to write down your thoughts about your day; creating a video journal seems like a good idea for some people.  Don’t worry if you can’t come up with deep insights.  That’s not the point.  Mention what happened with our family or at work.  Were there any particular experiences of the day?  Let you know.
  2. Take 10 minutes out of each week to do exactly what I wrote in #1, applying it to your whole week.

Now if I could just remember my cell phone password.

Stay blessed…john