Month: October 2011

Question of the Week #13: “How are you celebrating today?”

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Some dress up in scary costumes. Some pass out candy out of their trunk at a church parking lot. Some think about a centuries old monk who dared to stand up to an oppressive religious system.

Whether you observe Halloween, Harvest Festivals, Trunk or Treat, or Reformation Day, October 31 is one of those unavoidable holidays. You’re bound to find someone celebrating something.


Just for fun: Here’s how one Southern California family chose to celebrate. Whattaya think?

Question of the Week #12: “How has technology helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually?”

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Gadgets! Gizmos! Doodads! Widgets! Whatchamacallits!

There’s always something new in technology being created to make our lives easier, faster, and more convenient. Sometimes they work. Other times they are frustrating.

This week’s Question of the Week is “How has technology helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually?”

Feel free to share recommendations for products, websites and apps that you have benefited from using.


Here is a compelling new product that might change digital photography forever. Whattaya think?


Question of the Week #11: “Agree or Disagree: Sundays are more important than the other days of the week?”

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(Smith & Harbaugh…hmm, Montana & Walsh, Young & Seifert???)

So the San Francisco 49ers are off to an unusual and unexpectedly awesome start! After defeating the previously undefeated Detroit Lions on Sunday, people are hailing the 49ers’ formerly woeful QB Alex Smith and “untested” head coach Jim Harbaugh as heroes. After all, 5-1 and first place is not what critics and reporters had predicted. Niners fans are pleased. Very pleased.

This week’s question is inspired by a quote from Alex Smith, who wrote the forward to a Christian Novel called “BETWEEN SUNDAYS” by Karen Kingsbury a few years ago.

Question of the Week #11: “Agree or Disagree: Sundays are more important than the other days of the week?”

In the forward, Smith writes:

“It’s not what we do in front of eighty thousand people on Sundays that defines who we are. Just as we are not defined by what we do on Sundays in church. It’s what we do and how we live Monday through Saturday, when no one is watching, that defines our legacy. It’s more than a game, it’s life, and we all have a chance to make a difference as we live our lives between Sundays.”

The Alex Smith Foundation helps raise awareness about the needs of foster children, and Smith was partly the inspiration for the book. Learn more here –

Question of the Week #10: “How do you enjoy a day off from work?”

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Monday is Columbus Day, along with its many alternative holiday names. Some workplaces and schools will take the day off, and others will not. Either way, when it comes to a day off, many of us struggle to make holidays meaningful significant.

This week’s question explores that very theme: “How do you enjoy a day off from work?”

Feel free to offer your own practical tips by suggesting ways to make a day off_______________:

  • Productive
  • Restful
  • Memorable
  • Restorative
  • Worthwhile
  • Educational
  • Other

Here is an extract from Christopher Columbus’ personal journals. If you actually have the time to read it (day off or not), you may be surprised to learn some amazing things from the guy after whom this Monday’s national holiday is named.

Question of the Week #9: “How would you spend a bunch of surprise money?”

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We’ve all imagined it. We’ve all hoped for it. Whether it’s a super lottery winning jackpot or a $20 bill on the sidewalk, we have all wondered what we would do with money that unexpectedly “showed up!”

How people use money that comes in (both earned and given) tells a lot about one’s motives, priorities and desires.

This week’s question is: “How would you spend a bunch of surprise money?” (could be $1 million, could be $100, or could be a few dimes in the crack of your couch cushions).

For your enjoyment, here is a performance of “96,000” from the Tony Award winning musical “In the Heights”. Everyone has an imaginary plan for their share of the winnings.


For further edification, here is Jesus’ unusual explanation of a parable about a shrewd manager who handled money in a strange way:

 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

   13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” ~ Luke 16″10-13