Turning 31

Yesterday my coworkers in the Collegiate office surprised me with a little birthday celebration, held a day early since we all are off work today for Good Friday. As we ate our cupcakes (mine gluten-free) I was asked two questions: What were some highlights from the past year, and what were some of my goals for this coming year?

Back when I turned 30 Kathy and I had only been living in Colorado for a couple months. I was still trying to figure out my new job and Kathy was still searching for one. Neither one of us really knew anyone in the state. The townhouse we just leased didn’t quite feel like home yet. And if I was feeling bold and turned off Google Maps I had a tendency to get lost just driving around town.

The whole “we live in Colorado now” thing was still surreal and, at times, stressful and lonely. We knew this would be the case when we decided to move, but it didn’t make it any easier.

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Creating the Topical Memory System Lite

Yesterday we released an April Fools Day post for CampusNavs.org, the national website for The Navigators collegiate ministry. This year I wrote a spoof on the Topical Memory System (TMS), the tool Navigators use to help them memorize Scripture. The original TMS has 60 verses, each one paired with a topic to help a person recall and use those verses when needed. Memorizing Scripture isn’t an easy discipline, and it’s something I have heard college students lament over for years. So, with that in mind, this year I wrote that the Navs had released a new Scripture memory resource called the Topical Memory System Lite, composed exclusively with the shortest verses in the Bible.

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Win a copy of “The Wrong Jesus” from Campus Navs

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended.

I’m the director of communications for The Navigators collegiate ministry. Right now on our website we’re running a giveaway for the book “The Wrong Jesus” by Greg Monette. I wanted to bring the giveaway to the attention of my blog readers and offer you a chance to win as well.

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High Hopes for Platform Conference 2014

In this week’s podcast episode I talk about what I hope will come out my experience attending Platform Conference 2014 this week.

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Challenge question:

Could a team you’re currently part of benefit from a powerful shared experience? Have you ever been part of a team that really turned a corner after you shared a powerful experience together? Let me hear your thoughts on this episode in the comments below.

Unpublished

Today’s episode is a follow-up to a blog post I wrote last week describing how I unpublished 358 of the posts on my blog. I thought I’d expound on the background behind that decision and offer a challenge to you to consider vetting your own past online content.

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Challenge question:

What online content do you want tied to your name representing you on your behalf? Is it time you unpublished or deleted some old content? Let me hear your thoughts on this episode in the comments below.