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Re-Thinking How We Do Church: The Next Leg Of Our Journey

Posted by nbarnes on December 13, 2010 in Church, My Life |

We decided that to solve the problem, we wouldn’t stick with “church as usual,” but we would employ a little divergent thinking to come up with a different path. So, here’s what we’re planing to do. Instead of trying to find a facility where we can do everything we feel necessary in one location, we’re going to come at it from two different angles.

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Learning to Live Like Little Children

Posted by nbarnes on November 19, 2010 in God Thoughts, My Life, Practical Advice on Faith |

This morning my boys were running and jumping and diving into every little bit of snow they could find. They let their imaginations run wild and alternated between being astronauts in space, and their favorite Star Wars characters. They had an amazing time and never once did they worry about what the neighbors were thinking about them. I think Jesus was a lot like that as well.

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Getting Cynical About Being Cynical

Posted by nbarnes on October 18, 2010 in God Thoughts, My Life, Pseudo-Psychology |

The dictionary says that being cynical is defined as being “bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic.” I used to think that there wasn’t really anything that wrong with being cynical, in fact I almost felt as if it was a good thing. I saw myself as being a realist; someone who objectively analyses the world around them. After thinking about what my friend had to say, I think I’m getting a little cynical about being cynical. I’m starting to get distrustful and pessimistic about the benefits of cynicism. I think it’s time for a change.

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God Was In The Darkness, & I Did Not Know It

Posted by nbarnes on December 16, 2009 in God Thoughts, My Life |

This past week was a tough week. It’s not that I was drowning in the depths of depression, or anything like that, it was just a low week. They happen every now and then, and you just need to wait them out, kind of like the flu, without the weight-loss. What bothers me about these times is how hard it is for me to see God and to know that he is present. Well, maybe “know” is the wrong word. That’s the problem with the dark times, it’s not what we know that’s in question, it’s more a question of what we feel.

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Procrastinating Processing Prose Pertaining to Proscratination

Posted by nbarnes on October 8, 2009 in Books and Reading, My Life, Pseudo-Psychology |

Lately, I’ve been struggling more than usual with the problem of procrastination.  I have big plans, and ideas, task lists, and dreams, but I just can’t seem to get them done.  It’s as if there’s always something else that needs doing, or that gets my attention.  It feels a bit like high school again, when [...]

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Misguided Promotions

Posted by nbarnes on August 31, 2009 in God Thoughts, My Life |

So a few weeks ago I was down in the states for a friends wedding. My buddy Aaron and his fiance, Joanna, were scheduled to exchange their vows, and commit themselves to each other for the rest of their lives and they felt that I should be present to witness this occasion.

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SillyFest 2009

Posted by nbarnes on August 10, 2009 in My Life, Pseudo-Psychology |

When’s the last time you did something silly? When’s the last time you ordered a coffee at Starbucks and told them your name was Franklint, with a “P”? Or, when was the last time you struck up a conversation with a random cashier and did everything in your power to get her laughing hysterically? I think the world needs more silliness in it, especially these days.

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Preaching the ADHD Way

Posted by nbarnes on July 10, 2009 in Books and Reading, My Life, Practical Advice on Faith |

I have come to see my ADHD as a blessing when it comes to preparing messages, and gaining a different perspective on what the scriptures are trying to communicate. Some of my most profound messages have come about as I chased a rabbit down yet another trail led by my distracted brain, only to find a beautiful paradise of understanding at the end of the trail.

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Slow to Fast

Posted by nbarnes on June 28, 2009 in God Thoughts, My Life |

slow? I think God wants me to fast for a while this summer, and I don’t want to.

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Robin Got Mad At Me

Posted by nbarnes on April 21, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, My Life |

Okay, so my buddy Robin Dugall got mad at me (okay, so he might just have made a comment on my facebook, but I’m overly sensitive) for not posting to my blog, so I thought I had better update my blog a bit before he unleashes a can of …  well, you know what comes [...]

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