monday update

Monday Update #84 – September 29, 2014

[alert-note] Note: Every Monday I will be posting about what I have been reading, listening, writing, and doing in my life. Hopefully it gives a little insight into my life. Enjoy! [/alert-note]

What I’m Looking Forward to This Week

#Schmidty Being Born?!? This Friday is the due date for our baby girl. We won’t publicly reveal the name until she is born, so we are referring to her by her hashtag: #schmidty. Here’s hoping she makes her appearance sometime this week.

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

Fall

Redemption

  • Bengals Raise $1 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

    Nearly three weeks since beginning a fundraiser to donate all proceeds of the sales of Devon Still jerseys to pediatric cancer research, the Cincinnati Bengals announced Sunday they had sold nearly 10,000 of the jerseys, and had approached $1 million raised.

What I’m Listening To

Over the last few weeks I have had the new album by Bellarive on constant repeat. The whole album is amazing: great melodies, powerful lyrics, and no letdown songs. Here is one of my favorite songs from the album:

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monday update

Monday Update #83 – September 22, 2014

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What I Enjoyed This Past Week

Northside Block Party! This past Wednesday was the Northside Block Party. It was a great event, with plenty of our neighbors enjoying free food and inflatables. Members of our church were able to meet a ton of people, get to know their names, and invite them to our midweek ministries. Here’s a quick highlight video of the Block Party:

Here’s some of the coverage in the newspaper:

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

  • NASA’s Amazing Image of a Black Hole

    The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is inside one of the densest galaxies known to date – the M60-UCD1 dwarf galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th of our galaxy’s diameter.

Fall

  • Staten Island Ship Graveyard

    The scrap yard is known for its large assortment of obsolete steam tugs, ferries, car floats, and other craft. Witte acquired them faster than he could break them up; the result is dozens of vessels slowly rotting in the muck of the Arthur Kill.

Redemption

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monday update

Monday Update #82 – September 15, 2014

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What I’m Looking Forward to This Week

Northside Block Party! Every Fall our church throws a big party for those in our Northside neighborhood. For them it is free food and inflatables. For us, it is a chance to meet our neighbors and get to know them. It is just one of the ways we are seeking to minister to our neighborhood.

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished Our Great Big American God by Matthew Paul Turner. Look for a review later this week.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

Fall

  • Can Facebook Really Ruin Your Marriage?

    A third of all divorce filings in 2011 contained the word “Facebook,” and more than 80 percent of U.S. divorce attorneys say social networking in divorce proceedings is on the rise.

Redemption

  • Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War 2

    From small Pacific islands to sprawling European depots, soldiers discovered the addictive delights of good books. By giving away the best it had to offer, the publishing industry created a vastly larger market for its wares. More importantly, it also democratized the pleasures of reading, making literature, poetry, and history available to all.

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monday update

Monday Update #81 – September 8, 2014

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What I Enjoyed This Past Week

The Wedding! Last Monday we celebrated the wedding of my sister-in-law Mallory to her husband Jon. It was a great ceremony, a fun reception, and a tiring-but-rewarding weekend.

Football is Back! Don’t worry, all is right with the world: the NFL is back! You might not know, but the epitome of relaxation is to come home from church, sit on the couch, and watch football!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

  • Historical Treasures found at Panama Canal

    Workers who have blasted through mountains and dug up thick vegetation, have also uncovered the fossils of some 3,000 invertebrates and 500 vertebrates, as well as of more than 250 plants – including the remains of a forest consumed by fire after a volcanic eruption.

Fall

  • The Most Amazing Lie in History

    To make D-day a success, the Allies needed to keep [Hitler] in the dark: They’d have to trick the Germans into thinking the real invasion was just a bluff, while making it seem like a major attack was imminent elsewhere. The task seemed impossible, but luckily, the British had a secret weapon: a short, young balding Spaniard. He was the king of con men, an amateur spy gone pro, the world’s sneakiest liar. He was also, of all things, a chicken farmer.

Redemption

  • On Mastering the Bible

    The fundamental idea is to pick one book of the Bible and read it over and over. And over. And, yes, over again.

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monday update

Monday Update #80 – September 1, 2014

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What I’m Looking Forward To This Week

Wedding Day! Today Megan and I are down in Lititz, PA for the wedding of her sister. It’s gonna be a great party, and the start of a very busy fall for us!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre. It is one of the top spy books out there, and for good reason: the mystery builds as you learn more about each character and dive deeper into the story, which culminates not in a big firefight, but a rewarding trap of the mole.

I also finished How can I be sure? by John Stevens. Look for a full review this week.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

  • Solved: Mystery of Death Valley’s Moving Stones

    On a cracked lakebed in Death Valley called Racetrack Playa, there are a collection of stones, some weighing several hundred pounds, that clearly, mysteriously, move. They leave long serpentine trails behind them in the dirt, and for decades visitors have guessed at how they migrate across the desert floor. Hurricane force winds, sliding sheets of ice — and, of course, aliens — were all contenders, but then last December the cousins Richard Norris and James Norris caught the rocks in the act.

Fall

  • A History of Scandals in the Vatican Bank

    Officially dubbed the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) and founded in 1942, the bank’s history has been defined by scandal, secrecy, and noncompliance with the West’s standard anti-fraud measures. In fact, calling the IOR a bank may be stretching the term.

Redemption

  • Our Changing Understanding of the Bible in America

    The Catholic church has long been accused by Protestants of discouraging people from reading the Bible “on their own,” outside the context of worship services. The Bible in American Life Report found, however, that Catholics are reading the Bible on their own more and more—so perhaps it’s time to retire that old criticism.

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monday update

Monday Update #79 – August 25, 2014

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What I’m Looking Forward To This Week

Eagles Game! This coming Thursday evening my brother-in-law and I will be watching the Eagles-Jets game live at Lincoln Financial Field! Sure, it might be the 4th preseason game, and sure half of the players will be cut the next day, never to play another NFL down, but it’s an Eagles game!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished both Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry and Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard, in preparation for an ABF lesson on homosexuality and same-sex attraction. Both are timely, winsome, and helpful for Christians looking to love and minister to people in this area.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

  • For 40 Years, Clock Curator Keeps the Met’s Clocks Wound

    Visitors wandering among the Met’s paintings, mummies and other treasures probably don’t notice that every European clock on exhibit not only still ticks but also tells the right time.

    That’s because for 40 years, Ms. Vincent, who oversees the museum’s European timepieces, has been making sure they are wound like clockwork. Until recently, she wound up to 15 clocks a week on her own, climbing stepladders to reach into the tallest ones.

Fall

  • Burying Your Dead Without Religion

    Tattooing yourself with a dead person’s remains is one new way of memorializing death in the absence of faith, she said. “As society becomes more secular, and people are more and more turning to that ‘spiritual but not religious category,’ they’re forming their own do-it-yourself ways of remembering the dead.”

Redemption

  • Iron Curtain is now a 7,000km Bike Trail

    For more than 40 years, the Iron Curtain partitioned Europe, but now, nearly a quarter of a century after the symbolic division disappeared, it is being remembered and revived as a cycle path called the Iron Curtain Trail.

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monday update

Monday Update #78 – August 18, 2014

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What I Enjoyed This Past Week

Calm Before the Storm! This weekend was our last free weekend in a long time. Future weekends will hold visiting friends, a wedding, church events, and hopefully a new baby. So this weekend we enjoyed sleeping in, reading, and being lazy for the last time ever!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. What a great read by one of my favorite historians! Even though all of this happened 100 years ago this month, I felt like I was reading as it was happening. No wonder it won the Pulitzer Prize!

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

Seventeenth century mathematician Johannes Kepler defined some basic rules for the how the planets move, and given his predilections for contemplating spheres, he suggested in 1611 that the most efficient way to stack spheres was in a pyramid formation.

But he was unable to prove it in a mathematically satisfactory way, and the idea remained unproven for 400 years.

Fall

Redemption

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monday update

Monday Update #77 – August 11, 2014

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What I Enjoyed This Past Week

More Vacation! This weekend we continued our vacation, heading down to see family and to celebrate my niece’s 1st birthday. We also got to see a Phillies game live, something we haven’t been able to do in a few years. This week we are back in New York and starting to get ready for our own bundle of joy.

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

  • Robot Folds Up and Walks Away

    A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks – the classic children’s toy that shrinks when heated – to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human intervention.

Fall

  • Religious Groups Under Attack by ISIS

    The Sunni militant group ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, has steamrolled into Iraq’s north, forcing hundreds of thousands of minorities from their homes. The militants have beheaded some who won’t bend to their will and are “putting people’s heads on spikes” to terrorize others.

Redemption

  • Indoor Mapping Lets the Blind Navigate Airports

    This summer, Bryan Bashin experienced Terminal 2 of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), a hub he travels through with a fair bit of regularity, in an entirely new way. As he walked, he knew the location of every gate, newsstand, wine bar and iPhone charging station throughout the 640,000-square-foot terminal. “I noticed all these things that I didn’t even know were there.”

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monday update

Monday Update #76 – August 4, 2014

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What I Enjoyed This Past Week

Vacation! After the beach trip, I have been taking a few days off to rest and recuperate. This gave Megan and I time to read, relax, work on some projects at home, and spend time together. Also, I got to play a few extra rounds of disc golf.

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. This is a fun introduction to the crazy continent and country of Australia. Bryson humorously details the people, the weird place names, and the odd history behind the Land Down Under.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

Creation

  • 25 Creative Buildings Around the World

    Here is a list of 25 creative buildings all over the world that quickly caught our attention with their interesting designs and just might be worth visiting. [Brandon: My favorites are #22 and #14]

Fall

Redemption

  • Breaking the Curse: Disney Rediscovers True Love

    In both movies, there is a curse that can only be undone by true love. For years, Disney movies have portrayed love’s power over the curse, but only in the romantic love fashion. Now after 70+ years of romantic love being displayed as the ultimate saving power, Disney is breaking the curse.

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