It’s amazing how much has happened in 2013. Reflecting back, we have laughed a lot, learned a lot, and grown a ton. So as the year comes to an end, here is my annual recap of my,
- Top 10 books
- Top 5 memories
- Top 4 Instagram photos
- Top 3 blog posts
- Top 2 Movies
- Most Impacting Scripture
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Top 10 Books Read
10. Leadership as an Identity (Crawford Loritts)
9. To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain (Matt Chandler)
8. Finally Alive (John Piper)
7. The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
6. Who Do You Think You Are (Mark Driscoll)
5. King Leopold’s Ghost (Adam Hochschild)
4. Your Available Power (Charles Spurgeon)
3. The Pastor’s Justification (Jared Wilson)
2. A Call to Resurgence (Mark Driscoll)
1. Dangerous Calling (Paul Tripp)
Top 5 Memories of 2013
5. MARS HILL STUDENTS GOING ‘ALL IN’.
4. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS IN LEAVENWORTH.
This year, all my family made the trek out to the USA for a family Christmas up in the bavarian town of Leavenworth. Having 13 Australians in 1 house was loud, fun, and loud.
A couple of weeks ago, my wife went for a refreshing getaway to Australia using my frequent flyer miles…leaving me alone with 3 adorable tornadoes named Alaiya, Benaiah, & Ezra. I decided from the beginning to hashtag everything with #SingleDadWeek to let the world in on the joyful mayhem.
2. DECISION TO ADOPT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)!
The DRC is the poorest country in the world, with most families surviving on an income of just 90 cents per day. The average person only lives to 48 years old and an estimated 465,000 children in the DRC die each year from preventable diseases like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. Ephesians 1 tells us that even before God made the world, He loved us, chose us, and decided to adopt us into His own family through Jesus Christ, because this gave Him great pleasure. We feel this. And by the grace of God, we want to demonstrate that same life-altering love that we have received. You can follow/support our adoption journey by clicking here.
1. ALAIYA BAPTIZED ON EASTER SUNDAY
During the final sermon at Mars Hill on Easter Sunday, our little girl Alaiya listened to the gospel and decided she wanted to get baptized, because, “I want everyone to know that I love Jesus.” My favorite part of her baptism interview backstage was when she was asked, “If we are sinners, how do we get to Jesus?” She patronizingly responded, “Dadddddd! That’s why Jesus came to US!” She gets it. She knows Jesus loves her.
Top 4 Favorite Instagram Photos
4. Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express. ~Joseph Addison
3. What. #Ezra
2. About to board a plane to Australia with a purple unicorn & one VERY excited travel assistant!
Top 3 Blog Posts
3. A Lesson on ‘Missional’ from my 4-yr old: The following is a conversation my wife Kristina recorded between Alaiya and her Hindu friend who lives up the street from us.
2. Are we there Yet?: Many leaders have everything they’ve ever dreamed of—except contentment. The Apostle Paul teaches us a secret that is the antidote to our endless search for achievement.
1. 5 Ways to Bomb a Sermon: Finding your own voice, style, and rhythm as a communicator of God’s Word is a journey that takes a lifetime. However, you can get a head start by learning to avoid these common mistakes preachers make.
Top 2 Movies Watched
2. After Earth
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
#1 Impacting Scripture This Year
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to uswisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!