some things for Saturday

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago...

Last night I either had a really bad, really realistic dream... or I had some serious digestive problems. I won't go into details (because you can still hope it was a dream) but apparently I got it all figured out in my sleep because I felt better this morning.

Today was my long run day. I say that like I'm on some kind of "plan" or something and I'm not. But, I kind of make up my own "plan" based on what I read on Runner's World and how much my joints complain. It's not scientific or anything, but saying it's a "plan" makes it seem more official. Something I am realizing about 5 miles is that anything before 1 mile never feels awesome. I spend the first mile convincing myself running 5 is a good idea. Luckily, today I had Alistair Begg's incredible accent to accompany my steady stride.

I'm listening to all the speakers from the recent Gospel Coalition conference in Chicago you can find all the audio for FREE here but if you wait, I'm sure there will be video as well. I am impatient and convinced I'll need to hear/see them twice anyway. I LOVE learning because it simultaneously expands my knowledge while giving me the distinct awareness that I know nothing! I know I'm not the only one thrilled about it either... so that makes me feel pretty good.

So, I've been listening to Keller, Mohler, Begg, Carson, Piper, and the others who were gathered in Chicago to treasure the Gospel in the Old Testament together. I just wish I could process through some of it ... but I know God will provide those conversations in good time.

I have some pretty ambitious goals for books this week - I am almost too scared to write them down for fear I won't finish. But, I will anyway: Competent to Counsel by Jay E. Adams, A King's Cross by Tim Keller, revisit Dug Down Deep by Josh Harris, revisit Calvin (A heart for devotion, doctrine, and doxology), and chip away a bit more at the excerpts from the writings of people who influenced C.S. Lewis.

In addition, I'm going to crank out a newsletter - hopefully one that will have a special edition for the mission trip, which is a long time coming.

In the meantime, here's a few videos you might enjoy:

I found the Jesus Storybook Bible read aloud recently and HAVE to share it! Seriously, take a minute to check it out and if you have kids, I'm sure they will love it. It's a great way to share the story of Jesus with them this season!

CLICK HERE!

Here is an amazing time-lapse video that I hope will add a bit of awe and wonder to your night/day.

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and lastly, a strange tangent. Is the adage "less is more" really true? What if the whole world was edited to give a certain experience? Check out this article from a brand blog I've been reading lately.

alright, folks. don't forget to

let LOVE fly like cRaZy

Tomorrow is another day of celebration! As we prepare to remember His death, it is with the beautiful knowledge that He also conquered it!