Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for today?

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Well, I’m thankful for a few things this year—Family (Thanks Rachel for giving me such a great family), the grace of Christ, Church family, my friends, health, and that we live in such a blessed area of the world.

How about you? Give me 3 things that you are thankful for this Thanksgiving Day!


The most polarizing figure in sports today!


“Dad, who is your second favorite football team?”

I was watching football with my sons, Harrison and Colby, last week when Harrison asked me, knowing that I am a die hard Eagles fan, “Dad, who is your second favorite football team?” And, my answer is always the same, “Son, my two favorite teams are the Philadelphia Eagles and whoever is playing the Dallas Cowboys!” Now, he has had heard me say that before (a lot) so he pushed me a little bit further to get a real answer from me. So, without really thinking about it, I responded that my second favorite NFL football team (these days) is Tim Tebow.

I know… I know… Tim is not a team. But there is something that is just so authentic, plucky and likable about this kid that he’s hard not to route for. But, alas, not all people share my enthusiasm about this pigskin evangelist. The truth is Tim is one of the most polarizing figures in sports today. This is partly because of his will and determination to win football games without some of the physical characteristics we are used to associating with the NFL level quarterback position. (Don’t tell Doug Flute.) But, I also think Tim is polarizing because he has been outspoken about his relationship with Jesus.

Case In Point

Recently former NFL quarterback (for the Denver Broncos), Jake Plummer, was asked about his opinion about Tim’s recent success and he responded by saying that he liked Tim, but he wished he would stop talking about Jesus “…after every pass or hand-off.” Well, in this interview with ESPN’s Skip Bayless Tim responds to this criticism with respect and a great analogy. (Skip to 8:50 in the interview- really it’s worth it)

I love it! I think it’s great and I will be praying for Tim in whatever he does.  And not that he will just “win games”, but that as a uniquely gifted and prophetic personality that he will continue to tell people, through his own experience and humility, what God has done for him! —I am a Tebow fan!

What do you think? Are you a Tebow fan? Do you think the field is a place for faith? Thanks for leaving a comment, and please don’t forget to get on our email list or click on the coffee mug at the top of the page to get The Ordained Barista delivered directly to your RSS feed! (It makes a big difference!)

The truth? I’m a spoiled brat.



 The truth is…


I didn’t have to pay for this water.

I don’t have to worry if there are any diseases in this water.

I will probably not be one of the 3.5 million people that die, every year, from water born illnesses.

I didn’t have to walk 3-10 miles to get this water.

I didn’t have to carry a 50 pound jar of water on my head on the 3+ hour return trip home. (Where spilling it could be a matter of life and death.)

I didn’t have to decide if I should use this water for hydration or sanitation.

Nobody was going to try to rob or kill me for this water.

I didn’t have to ration this water between my children.

I can always get more water, whenever I want it, within minutes. (if not seconds)

As a parent, I am not faced with the dilemma of looking at a pool of dirty water and asking myself, “Do I want to watch my children suffer from dehydration or take my chances with water born illness?”

And, I’m really not concerned about drought or the affect it will have on my families food supply.

And yet, I find myself complaining when the only thing to drink around our house is water. Have you ever starred at your beverage options in the fridge and disappointingly said, “I guess I’ll have water”-*sigh.  These days I am trying to be more thankful for the blessings I have been given and trying to remember people who have less—no matter if they live next door or half-way across the globe.

If you would like to be more aware about the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world, take a look at the ministry of Church World Service. One of their ministry focuses is “Water for All”, and they have produced an amazing video addressing  some of the water scarcity issues facing the people of Kenya.

I have decided to make water (which I take for granted) one of my “prayer triggers”.  So, every time that I have a glass of water I will try to remember to give thanks for the blessings I have been given and to also lift up the millions of people around the world whose lives depend on the daily search for clean drinking water.  Will you pray too?

Dan’s Coffee Run & Random Acts of Coffee

Random Acts of Coffee

For a while now I have wanted to start a segment/page on the blog where I challenge my readers (and I) to buy someone, either someone you know or a stranger, a surprise cup of coffee and pass the story on to me in an email or a small video (actually capturing the delivery). You could buy coffee for someone at work, a friend, a firefighter, police officer, a veteran, a member of our armed services or a teacher as an act of kindness—hence my name “random act of coffee”. Get it? Clever, Huh? Well, this video will be my first segment of “random acts of coffee” about a guy named Dan. You can learn more about Dan’s Coffee Run by clicking here.

Remember—you never know what that act of kindness will lead to.

Would you be willing to do a “random act of coffee” and tell me about it?

Drink Coffee—Do Good!

Drink Coffee—Do Good!

You have heard me talk about Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company before, but I wanted to show you their new promo video. I also wanted to mention, with Christmas coming around the corner, that Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee makes a great gift—for the gift receiver and the coffee growers!



[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/30252946 [/vimeo]



My friend, and super talented photographer, Kim Jackson had the opportunity to go to hang out with some of the Land of a Thousand Hills folks, in Africa, and took some great pics.  Here is a link to her picture blog, and I also recommend you check out her web page, if you need a photographer or any type of Visual Media.  She does great work for families, businesses and ministries.

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