Valentine’s Day

Scan of a Valentine greeting card dated 1909.

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Today, I want to wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely bride, Nicole.

I hope that your day is great – without or with a valentine.

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How Could the Church Have More Pleasant Surprises?

Chick-fil-A

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Last week my son and I met Nicole for lunch at Chick-fil-A. This is a restaurant that has hospitality down pat and from which the church could draw helpful lessons. I have come to expect this when I go there to eat, but this time I had a surprise.

We had ordered a Kid’s Meal and was taking the toy (which was a computer game on CD) to the counter to trade it in for the board book designed for younger children. The cashier gladly took back the CD and asked if I would like a cup or a cone. I was confused. I was bringing it back to trade in for the board book. It took me a bit to catch on to what the cashier was telling me.

I could trade the CD in for a board book, or I could turn it back in for a kid’s ice cream cone.

Amazing!

What a great deal. I took the cone and there was a benefit for everyone. I will gladly make this trade again in the future.

This started me thinking about how to pleasantly surprise people at church? What do people (both new and regular attenders) expect when they walk in the doors to worship? In what ways could the church have more pleasant surprises? I haven’t come up with any out of the ballpark ideas yet, but will keep thinking as Chick-fil-A made a great impression on me.

Relaxation is a Skill

Kindermusik International

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We enrolled our son in Kindermusik and Nicole takes him to class each week. A couple weeks ago they learned something that was new to me.

Relaxation is a learned skill. It is not something that we are born knowing how to do.

I recognize in myself a tendency to not allow myself to relax. It was encouraging to me to discover that relaxing is a skill which I can practice and improve.

Raving Bull @KansasStateFair

You read that correctly, Raving Bull.

This weekend I had the chance to go to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS. It was great to spend time with my family, see them win ribbons and spend time with Jeff, Amy and Ricky Slater.

I love the State Fair – Pronto Pups, Domestic Arts building, the midway, Arena shows, livestock, exhibits of all kinds, butter sculpture, etc. Most of all, there is Kansas pride.

This is an event that captures the ethos of Kansas like none other. Have you been to your state fair?

The Preacher Your Preacher Could Preach Like

I first heard about this fantastic video from this update:

Here it is – The Preacher Your Preacher Could Preach Like:

Likely, inspired by:

Thank you to everyone involved!

Google Fiber is coming to Kansas City, KS

I am pretty excited about the announcement that Google Fiber is coming to Kansas City, Kansas. Here is an update from the blog post announcing the decision:

As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. The response was overwhelming—nearly 1,100 cities felt the need for speed—and we were thrilled by the enthusiasm we saw across the country for better and faster web connections. Thank you to every community and individual that submitted a response, joined a rally, starred in a YouTube video or otherwise participated. After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community.

In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.

I don’t know what it means for the rest of the metro area, but I assume that this is very good news for the metro area and the state of Kansas.

Huzzah!