A new video, just released by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
I love my city.
A new video, just released by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
I love my city.
On today's episide of The Wednesday Conversation, a great podcast produced by Coram Deo Church Community in Omaha, Mike Kresnik discusses Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent with Pastor Bob Thune and Pastor Dusty White.
Before you blow off Lent as irrelevant or legalistic, invest 25 minutes and give this a listen.
My wife and I are currently reading through Tedd Tripp's Shepherding a Child's Heart together. Here are a couple of choice gems from chapter six:
If you faithfully hold out God’s standard, you are keeping before [your children] the Law of God that is a schoolmaster to take them to Christ.
Teaching your children to live for the glory of God must be your overarching objective. You must teach your children that for them, as for all of mankind, life is found in knowing and serving the true and living God. The only worthy goal for life is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
I’m deeply persuaded that we’re addicted to the pursuit of self-glory because, when we look in the mirror, we think we see someone who deserves to be glorified. Instead of using the mirror of God’s Word to keep our judgment sober, we see an aggrandized version of who the Bible says we actually are.
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I made our first-ever trip to IKEA. Our shopping list included the parts needed to build a Standest 2200. I've been wanting to hop on the standing desk train for some time now and $22 seemed like a reasonable price for a trial run.
Overall: cheap, ugly, but perfectly useable.
I was intrigued.
As it turned out, the wall-mounted drop-leaf table checked all of my standing desk boxes:
So, after much thought and deliberation, we left IKEA with a Norberg.
I've since installed the desk and I'm really liking it. The size is sufficient, especially since it isn't the only desk in my office. If it served as my only workspace then it would probably feel a bit cramped. It also folds down and stays out of my way when I'm not using it. Bonus.
It's worth mentioning that IKEA has two additional wall-mounted drop-leaf tables: Norbo ($39) and Bjursta ($39.99). They are wider and have better color options but they didn't offer quite as much depth.
I had concerns about sturdiness and stability, but so far it's holding up just fine. Instead of trying to hit studs, I have it attached to a whiteboard which has a wood backing that provides extra strength.
I'd sleep better at night if it came with beefier hardware, but this'll have to do.
If I had it to do all over again, I would make the same decision to go with the Norberg. If you're looking for an inexpensive standing desk solution and have some wall space to spare, then it might be a good fit for you as well.
Well, I wrapped up my move to Squarespace today. As a bonus, I think I may have even managed to do so without breaking my feed. I did notice, however, a few old posts resurfaced as "unread" in my reader. Sorry about that.
I'm planning to move this site from Wordpress to Squarespace in the very near future. In the event that I manage to break my RSS feed, you will be able to re-subscribe at feed.adamstahr.com. Of course, this link won't go live until I pull the trigger on the move.
Well, here goes...
You’ve probably heard by now that sitting is killing you, right? "Sitting is the new smoking."
“This is a Sitting Free Zone."
"Friends don’t let friends work sitting."
“Think before sitting."
“This is your brain. This is your brain on sitting.”
Well, I’m convinced and ready to start standing with the cool kids. In addition to the health benefits, I also find that I’m much more focused and productive while standing. Sitting less will likely be just as good for my work as it will be for my body.
Unfortunately, we’re talking about a fairly cost-prohibitive endeavor here. Have you priced standing desks lately? An entry-level standing desk can easily set you back several hundred dollars. Want an adjustable desk that offers a sitting position too? That’ll cost you even more.
So before taking the plunge, I’m going to get my feet wet and wade into the standing desk kiddie pool for a while. I’m planning to make my first-ever IKEA visit this week and while I’m there I’ll be picking up supplies to build my very own Standesk 2200.
Twenty two bucks seems reasonable for a standing desk experiement and, assuming it goes well, I’ll consider making another trip to IKEA in the future.
In short, the AeroPress hype is real. If you like variety then the AeroPress lets you mix it up. If you mostly prefer this or that type of coffee, you can find a great way to brew it with the AeroPress. Regardless of the coffee beans or the style of coffee you prefer, there’s a good way to brew it with the AeroPress.
I finally got my hands on an AeroPress a couple of years ago for Father’s Day and I’ve never looked back. It’s my favorite way to make coffee and I’m thinking about getting a second one to keep at my office.
The well-known Christmas song, What Child Is This, was written by William Chatterton Dix, an insurance company manager in Scotland in 1865. The lyrics were based upon his poem, The Manger Throne:
Like silver lamps in a distant shrine, The stars are sparkling bright The bells of the city of God ring out, For the Son of Mary is born to-night. The gloom is past and the morn at last Is coming with orient light.
Never fell melodies half so sweet As those which are filling the skies, And never a palace shone half so fair As the manger bed where our Saviour lies; No night in the year is half so dear As this which has ended our sighs.
Now a new Power has come on the earth, A match for the armies of Hell: A Child is born who shall conquer the foe, And all the spirits of wickedness quell: For Mary’s Son is the Mighty One Whom the prophets of God fortell.
The stars of heaven still shine as at first They gleamed on this wonderful night; The bells of the city of God peal out And the angels’ song still rings in the height; And love still turns where the Godhead burns Hid in flesh from fleshly sight.
Faith sees no longer the stable floor, The pavement of sapphire is there The clear light of heaven streams out to the world And the angels of God are crowding the air, And heaven and earth, through the spotless birth Are at peace on this night so fair.
I hope that your Christmas season has been worshipful and joy-filled.
If you’re looking for music for the Advent season, check out this Advent EP from our friends at Coram Deo Church Community in Omaha. It includes a single from their new, upcoming album, Swallowed Up Death.
Swallowed Up Death is due out Tuesday, January 13. For more information, visit www.cdomaha.com/music.
In my latest post on the 2 Pillars Church blog, I shamelessly use Husker football in an illustration. I know, I know…how novel!
For Christians, much like the Huskers’ Tunnel Walk is a tradition established to build anticipation prior to Husker football games, Advent is a season of celebration and anticipation of the coming, or advent, of Christ.
You can also pick up the PDF for free over at the Desiring God website.
Looks like you can pick up the audiobook version of The Dawning of Indestructible Joy for free this month, too.
"The sheep are not dumb. In fact, we would do much better if we thought of the sheep in the way in which the Puritan, Thomas Watson, described them in his sermon, 'The Good Shepherd.'"
“The concept is simple: I want to bring you into the room with pastors, authors and artists for conversations about the craft of ministry.”
I’ll definitely be adding Ryan Huguley’s new podcast to my subscriptions list. The first episode drops December 1.
Unrelated: It appears that Huguley is not a fan of the Oxford comma.
“He has written a winsome, well-rounded book that leads through theory and into practice. It is one of the strongest books on prayer I have ever read and it receives my highest recommendation.”
Crossway is giving away free digital copies of “Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor” by D.A. Carson today in recognition of Pastor Appreciation Month.
And there’s more where that came from:
For the next few Mondays, in honor of this special month, we’re hosting a series of exclusive drawings, giveaways, and sales featuring resources pastors might find helpful.
In a new series by Matt Smethurst on The Gospel Coalition blog, Sam Storms answers the question, "What should young pastors today be studying?":
My counsel to young pastors is to make every effort and read every book that will facilitate and deepen their “delight in the Lord” (Ps. 37:4) and enable them to communicate this truth. The only way long-term to empower people to say “No” to the passing pleasures of sin is by cultivating satisfaction in the superior pleasures of knowing and delighting in Christ.
Several months ago I posted about the new 2 Pillars Church website redesign and promised a future post explaining some of the backend details. It’s about time I made good on that promise…
While we were previously with a company that specializes in building websites for churches, our new site was built using Squarespace. It’s relevant to note here that we didn’t make the move to Squarespace because we were unhappy with this company. Rather, we chose Squarespace because of its significant upside—something I’ll be writing about in an upcoming post.
Squarespace has a number of great, high quality themes that would have sufficed for the 2 Pillars site. They look modern and professional and don’t have a generic, canned feel. Further, customization is easy and doesn’t require that you have mad coding skills.
That said, we pulled together an impressive team of four volunteers—one local entrepreneur and three web developers who call 2 Pillars Church home—who were able and willing to build a custom Squarespace site from the ground up. I provided direction for the site’s design and layout and they made it happen.
2 Pillars is a church plant, so free is good. For this reason, we turned to Google Fonts for help with our website typography needs. You’ll find Montserrat for titles and headers and Open Sans everywhere else.
One day when 2 Pillars is rolling in cash, we’ll consider paying for premium fonts. Until then, Google Fonts it is!
The 2 Pillars blog and sermon audio podcast are hosted by Squarespace. The feeds are both run through FeedPress which provides tracking analytics for feeds and podcasts. I elected not to use Feedburner, the more common choice for feed management, due to its shaky and uncertain future. If I can avoid going through the process of migrating feeds in the future, I will.
I’ve been very pleased with FeedPress so far. The product is solid and their customer service has been top notch. On one occasion I was having problems with the feed for this blog and they patiently helped me to diagnose the issue. A few days and countless messages later, we discovered that my web host was actually the source of the problem, not FeedPress.
Well, that’s a quick, high-level look under the hood of the 2 Pillars website. If you have questions about any of the above or if I’ve left anything out, feel free to post in the comments.
Why would less email mean better productivity? Because, as Ms. Deal found in her research, endless email is an enabler. It often masks terrible management practices.
When employees shoot out a fusillade of miniature questions via email, or “cc” every team member about each niggling little decision, it’s because they don’t feel confident to make a decision on their own.
There are a lot of great iOS and Mac app deals out there today. Here are some of my favorites:
Fantastical 2 for iPad ($9.99 —> $7.99)
Fantastical 2 for iPhone ($9.99 —> $4.99)
Writer Pro: Note, Write, Edit, Read ($19.99 —> $4.99)
Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists ($4.99 —> $1.99)
Notifyr - Receive iOS notifications on your Mac ($3.99 —> Free)
WriteRight: enjoy writing ($2.99 —> Free)
Timeless: The Multiple Countdown Timer & Stopwatch with Style ($0.99 —> Free)
Tydlig - Calculator Reimagined ($2.99 —> $0.99)
Due — super fast reminders, reusable egg timers ($4.99 -> $1.99)
Notability ($4.99 —> $1.99)
PDF Expert 5 - Fill forms, annotate PDFs, sign documents ($9.99 —> $4.99)
Launch Center Pro for iPad ($4.99 —> $1.99)
Launch Center Pro ($4.99 —> $1.99)
PCalc - The Best Calculator ($9.99 —> $4.99)
MindNode ($9.99 —> $4.99)
Scanbot - PDF & QR Code Scanner, Cloud Upload, Multi-Page Scan ($1.99 --> $0.99)
Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists ($9.99 —> $4.99)
I just invoke the clipboard formatted as plaint text. My snippet is xpt (X-Plain-Text). This works everywhere on the Mac. (Even Microsoft Word.)
I use the same snippet with a different abbreviation: ‘,,clip’ instead of ‘xpt.’
This is probably my most-used TextExpander snippet. I rarely do a simple ⌘-C, ⌘-V when I’m working with text—you just never know what you’re going to get.
When working on the Sunday worship guide for 2 Pillars Church, for example, it’s not uncommon for me to use bits of text from a number of different sources. One person might send me text in the body of an email while another uses a Word document. I might also use text copied from our website or pull in our various liturgy elements from Planning Center Online. This snippet gives me a clean formatting slate to work with regardless of the source of the text.
If you work with formatted text, then you should give this a try. Not ready to invest in TextExpander? There are a number of apps and clipboard managers that offer similar plain text pasting features.