Category: miscellaneous

  • TGC coupon

    I just received a special discount code for my friends who may want to attend The Gospel Coalition’s national conference on the new heaven and new earth this April. Enter the code, SPEAKERFRIEND, and you can save $40 off the regular registration fee. The registration price increases on Feb 1, so the combination of using…

  • Reformation sale!

    Zondervan is putting several of their stellar books on sale for Reformation Day. For a limited time, you can get some ebooks for $2.99, which as Martin Luther would have told Johannes Tetzel, is pretty much $3. This deal includes “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” and “Don’t Stop Believing,” so to quote Luther again,…

  • home movies

    My youngest brother is a bit competitive, in an understated sort of way. You’ll have to look closely or you might miss it.

  • paypal purgatory

    Just overheard my 15 year old son talking to an eBay operator:  “So is it possible to give my new email address to my old account so I can use the alternate email that is there to generate a new account that I can then use to delete the email addresses from the two accounts…

  • the silly six

    Today’s high is 48 degrees, which means we’re all going to wear cut-offs, tank tops, and get very sick. I’m feeling good, also because I just finished grading a stack of papers. As I wait for the next wave to wash over me—today around 3:00, then Wednesday morning, then Thursday night’s tsunami (34 papers on…

  • variations on a valentine

    Now that Valentine’s Day is over, we can discuss the valentines we should have sent, if we were honest. Please feel free to add your own. 1. I’m single and it’s not my fault valentine: Roses are red, Violets are blue, I’m so hot, What’s the matter with you?! 2. Middle-aged, it is what it…

  • worldview comparison

    It’s Monday, which means another snow day–time to wonder why it is I live in Michigan and thank God that I didn’t just move to Minneapolis (I’m looking at you, Matt and Andy). I think I understand why John Piper exudes so much passion when he preaches. He’s trying to stay warm. It should also…

  • what does the fox say?

    If you are interested enough in this title to have clicked on its link, then you probably deserve to read this. Cow goes moo, sheep goes baaa, but what does the fox say? The fox says whatever they do, just with different signs. What something says is what it communicates, not how it communicates it.…

  • christmas moochers

    The other week one of my students who leads worship mentioned that December is a frantic month for everyone involved in his area. This led us to wonder why every church must put so much effort into its Christmas programs. I understand why we do children’s musicals—because parents and grandparents insist on it—but why must…

  • fresh bloopers

    I keep a running tally of the funniest bloopers from student papers, which pace many educational leaders, seem to increase with the use of technology. Every year and a half I post the best bloopers in a shameless attempt to goose my blog stats, because nothing goes viral as quickly as humor. My summer grading…