How do I keep track of all my books?

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I often get asked how I catalogue my books in my home office. My physical collection is approximately 700 books and growing. For the past 5 years I have used a software (mac only sorry) called Delicious Library (Delicious Monster).

It allows you to scan the barcodes on your books with an app on iPhone. The app then adds the book to your digital bookcase. It pulls all the keywords from Amazon as well. When I am researching one of my talks I can then search for keywords and the program will put all the books I own that has those keywords onto a digital bookshelf. I can then go and find them in my bookcases. Personally I categorize all my books alphabetically by authors last name to make it easy for me.

Check out their website here.


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Some great thoughts here from Walk Mueller. Make sure you check out both videos as well.

The prophetic mode is where we tell the truth about sexting from a biblical perspective. We explain that it is a horribly flawed and broken expression of the God-given gift of our sexuality. We also tell them that it is immoral, sinful, and wrong. In fact, we should flee from it! (I Corinthians 6:18).

The preventive mode is our effort to derail sexting by explaining ahead of time the moral, spiritual, relational, ethical, and legal consequences of sexting. In other words, consider now the consequences that could stick with you for life if you choose in the moment to send and/or receive sexually explicit texts and/or photos.

Click Here for the article.

Andrew Peterson – Be Kind to Yourself (Official Lyric Video)

After a tough week of anxiety struggles last week a friend of mine sent me this video.

For those of you who are on tough journey’s and struggles this one is for you.

Be kind to yourself…

You got all that emotion that’s heaving like an ocean
And you’re drowning in a deep, dark well
I can hear it in your voice that if you only had a choice
You would rather be anyone else

I love you just the way that you are
I love the way He made your precious heart

Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself

I know it’s hard to hear it when that anger in your spirit
Is pointed like an arrow at your chest
When the voices in your mind are anything but kind
And you can’t believe your Father knows best

I love you just the way that you are
I love the way He’s shaping your heart

Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself

How does it end when the war that you’re in
Is just you against you against you
Gotta learn to love, learn to love
Learn to love your enemies too

You can’t expect to be perfect
It’s a fight you’ve gotta forfeit
You belong to me whatever you do
So lay down your weapon, darling
Take a deep breath and believe that I love you

Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself

Gotta learn to love, learn to love
Learn to love your enemies
Gotta learn to love, learn to love
Learn to love your enemies too

Robert Whitley: Why men commit suicide

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Really great article talking about a topic most people shy away from.

Men’s mental health is an area of key concern, especially the high rates of suicide. Around 75 per cent of suicides are men, with over 50 per week dying by suicide in Canada. These are particularly pronounced in the 40-60 age group. This has led Prof. Dan Bilsker of Simon Fraser University to declare that we are experiencing a “silent epidemic of male suicide.”

Click here for the article.


Dear Church, 11 signs you’re burning out your staff.

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Something I see as I travel around Canada and the US speaking is talking to many church staff members teetering on the edge of burnout or breakdown. Working 80 hours a week ongoing is not a badge of honour; it is actually a problem. Some great thoughts here. Senior leaders take a few minutes to see if you might be burning out your staff.

I saw burnout after burnout as staff members fell away from the church, and in some cases the faith, after bad experiences.

My favourite. #11. “You think this list is dumb.”

I took a lot of heat when I mentioned this post on Twitter. If this list fills you with rage, you might be this list.

Click here for the article.

How can parents keep updated on the changing trends in culture?

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I often get asked how I keep current on today’s social media, current trends, music and other aspects of todays popular culture. Below are the blogs that I sign up for. I would encourage all youth workers and parents to sign up for all of them. I am NOT saying just “like” them on social media but actually sign up for their blogs.  It means you will get updates directly to your mailbox each week on where current culture is and where culture is heading. All these are free.

  1. Center for Parent and Youth Understanding: Click Here. Sign up for their weekly e-update
  2. Fuller Youth Institute: Click Here. Bi Weekly updates.
  3. Azuza Pacific University HomeWord: Click Here. Sign up for their Weekly Culture Updates.
  4. The Youth Culture Report: Click Here. Daily youth culture trends
  5. Pluggedin: Click Here. Sign up for their newsletter and choose Culture Clips
  6. Youth Ministry Unleashed: Click Here.
  7. Brett Ullman: Click Here. Sign up for daily or weekly updates.

If you know of other great blogs let me know and I will add them to this list.

Why we choose suicide | Mark Henick | TEDxToronto

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When a leading cause of death among new mothers in the first year after childbirth is suicide – that’s NOT acceptable.

When our First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities are being ravaged by a suicide rate 5-6x higher than the national average – that’s NOT acceptable.

When almost a 1/4 of 15-25 year olds die by suicide – that is NOT acceptable.

So for those of you who might be thinking about suicide today … good.  Keep thinking about it. Then start talking about it. Then start doing something about it too. And for those of you who might be contemplating suicide I know that there’s a hope somewhere deep inside of you – I felt it too. Keep that hope alive.

We need you. We need you to be leaders in this conversation whether we are ready to have it or not and trust me if your anything like me it’s this conversation that’s going to keep you alive every single day .. as if you’ve got one more day.

Really tough but good to hear TED talk on Suicide by Mark Henrick.



New talk on dating: Need your Help!

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In the past few years I have created new talks on sex (The Sex Talk) and pornography (The Porn Project). In both of these cases dating is a must have conversation. I have had a dating talk ( that is presently on Youtube (click here for the talk).

I feel that this talk needs a complete update. Here is where I can use your help. I would love to hear:

  1. any thoughts on dating
  2. great quotes on dating
  3. any current stats you have heard on dating
  4. any good podcasts or sermon series you have seen on dating
  5. any great books on dating
  6. anything you think I need to cover in a talk on dating
  7. any youtube clips on dating
  8. any movies (documentaries) on dating
  9. any funny dating stories
  10. my last talk was called Any thoughts on a new title?

If you could share this around so it reaches as many people as possible it would be a big help. I want to hear thoughts and ideas from all ages and stages of people.

Thanks for any help.