Catalyst team + Varsity + Braves

= good times. A few shots from our team night out. Going to the Varsity truly is one of those things you ONLY do once a year, at most….. For those who’ve been there, you know exactly what I mean.

Don’t get stagnant

Recently spent some time with Pete Richardson, who is a good friend and consults with tons of ministries, not for profits, and businesses. Pete brought up a great analogy between growing as a spiritual leader and fly fishing, ultimately the inflow and outflow of life. For those who love to fly fish, you know that stagnant water is bad. The best water and ultimately the best fishing is in areas where water is moving and stays pure and filtered- areas that have a current and water flow. Areas of a river that don’t have great inflow and outflow tend to get stagnant, dirty, polluted and unpure. 

Similar to our life as a follower of Christ and spiritual leader. How are you creating rhythms in your own personal development, and creating a great inflow and outflow system that keeps you fresh and protects against becoming stagnant? All of us are aware how quickly we can become stagnant- in personal development, in Scriptural study and engagement, in community, in prayer and spiritual disciplines, and many other areas of life. It is important that we are constantly purging the things that are impure, and flowing in to our lives new things that are fresh, clean, and will purify.

Current books to read

Here is a recommendation on some books to read. Thought I’d give these to you by video to make it a little more fun. Chad Johnson, the popular voice and face for Catalyst, joins me. 

UPDATE: Here are the links to each book as well on Amazon. I just realized the titles are backwards on the video, thanks to Doug. Sorry about that. But all are now listed below. 

1. Just Courage by Gary Haugen 

2. Small Footprint, Big Handprint by Tri Robinson

3. The Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg

4. Wide Awake by Erwin McManus 

5. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris 

6. Make the Impossible Possible by Bill Strickland

Airplane Etiquette, part 1

Ok, I am starting a new series, which will be my insights (highly unobjective of course….) into why most people shouldn’t fly on airplanes because they lack airplane etiquette. I have flown in the last 10 years around 600,000 miles, on basically every carrier, and visited 10 countries and almost every US state. Many of you have flown much, much more than me, so feel free to add your own points to this ever evolving list. Power to the flying people on this one. Will make a good coffee table book in the future…..

Part One

1. The middle armrest– here’s the deal, middle seat boy always gets first right of refusal on armchair left and armchair right of their seat. If someone is sitting in the middle, the least you can do is allow them to have elbow space. Leaner Larry sitting in the aisle seat has no right to invade your space, nor does Window Wally.

2. Quick draw cellphone man– seriously, this annoys me to no end. Wheels down and cellphone on. Can you wait at least a few minutes before getting on your cell phone and talking as loud as possible so that you seem somewhat important to those around you, when we all know that all you did was just call the person most likely to answer so that you could act like something was incredibly important and couldn’t wait. Give me a break. How about 5 minutes of downtime before you jump back into cell phone land- and start making calls once you are off the plane. 

More to follow….. feel free to add your own.

Week Wrap Up

– The Roadtrip team was over at the Ignite Conference held at Perimeter Church in metro Atlanta over the weekend. 

– If you are a Thomas Friedman fan (I am) who is a regular columnist for The New York Times, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and has written books such as The Lexus and the Olive Tree and Longitude and Attitudes, then you’ll want to check out this link. You can download a FREE audio mp3 of the book The World is Flat from Friedman, which is one of my favorites. This free download is building momentum for Friedman’s upcoming release of his newest book the first week of September. 

– Another great song and incredible story from Hillsong, in regards to their soon to release new album This is our God

– If you are a MAC user, you need to download and use the application 1 Password. It is amazingly simple to use and will allow you to keep all of your passwords in one place. Thanks to Chris for helping me set mine up. 

– The Yankees are making a major comeback right now. Red Sox beware.

– Check out our Catalyst Voices video segments on vimeo. Some good stuff on there.

Friday fun- catalyst voices- Ben Arment

Get to know Ben Arment, the newest member of the Catalyst team. And the bumper sticker is not endorsed or condoned by Ben, just so you know….

Eat More Chicken today

Our team loves Chick-fil-A. And today was a special day at the local Chick-fil-A…. whatever you bought, keep your receipt and then up until the end of August you can go in and show your receipt and get the same amount of food for FREE! I’m not sure if this is running nationwide, but if so, head to your local Chick-fil-A this evening and get in on the deal.

We of course took advantage, as evidenced by the receipts…..