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Question for today

August 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

What are you most passionate about?

(leave your answers in the comments below)

Charlie Hall Band

The Charlie Hall Band

Oklahoma native — Mr Passion himself — Charlie Hall, has just released a new album – The Rising.

It’s a pretty sweet album (if I do say so myself).

As part of the album release, Sparrow Records has generously offered up a giveaway for the readers of my blog…


The Rising
The Bright Sadness
Flying Into Daybreak
On The Road To Beautiful

There will be one Grand Prize winner who will receive a copy of each of these albums! Four brand new albums to add to your collection.

Along with the Grand Prize winner, there will also be four second place winners who will receive a copy of Charlie Hall’s latest CD – The Rising.

Charlie Hall - The Rising

Charlie Hall - The Rising

To enter, simply answer the following question in the comments below:

Who has the best “chin beard” — Charlie Hall or David Crowder?

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

David Crowder

David Crowder

Or for an additional entry, simply Tweet the following:

“Win a collection of Charlie Hall’s albums (via @jdblundell). Please RT.”

Be sure you include the link and my Twitter username so I can track all the entries.

The contest will end at 10 p.m. on Sunday evening (10-10-10) and I’ll chose one Grand Prize winner from all the comments and Tweets and four 2nd place winners at random on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010.

So be sure your comments and Tweets are posted before 10 p.m. CST on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Please, only one comment and Tweet per person.

Thanks for entering… and thanks even more for reading!

What did you enjoy?

October 5, 2009 — Leave a comment

On this week’s podcast, Justin Snyder makes a comment that’s stuck with me since our chat last week.

“You should do what did when you were 5, because that’s what you really enjoy – that’s what you’re really passionate about.”

I twittered it yesterday, and got some fun responses on Facebook…
Continue Reading…

Crazy Love

April 6, 2009 — Leave a comment


I got a copy of a great DVD last week in the mail — Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love.” The DVD is a companion to the book of the same title and is put together as a great resource for small group discussion.

I watched four or five chapters right off the bat and loved the simplicity as well as the quality of the videos. I instantly thought it would be a great resource for our small group in the coming months and I’ve asked all the other community groups at encounter to consider doing the same.

The DVD is broken into 10 chapters, to correlate with the book. In each “chapter” of the DVD, Chan talks about various topics related to the same chapters in the book. The videos then wrap up with several questions for the group to discuss.

Publisher’s Weekly writes about the book:

Chan, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., offers a radical call for evangelicals to consider and emulate in this debut guide to living crazy for God. Chan’s own life compels him to live with urgency, and with good reason. His mother died giving birth to him, his stepmother died when he was nine, and his dad when he was 12. As a pastor, Chan says that conducting weekly funerals for people younger than himself has likewise sobered him to life’s unexpectedness and frailty. Chan writes with infectious exuberance, challenging Christians to take the Bible seriously. He describes at length the sorry state of lukewarm Christians who strive for a life characterized by control, safety and an absence of suffering. In stark contrast, the book offers real-life accounts of believers who have given all—time, money, health, even their lives—in obedience to Christ’s call.Chan also recounts his own attempts to live crazy by significantly downsizing his home and giving away his resources to the poor.Earnest Christians will find valuable take-home lessons from Chan’s excellent book.

Just the first few “chapters” on the DVD alone had me re-thinking my relationship with God and how lacking it can be. Chan makes the point early on that he realized as a teenager that his prayers really seemed to be lacking – he never really “prayed to anyone.” His prayers were more about rattling off a list of requests than actually talking with someone.

He shared that as he began to read about the God of Scripture (in places like Revelations 4) and saw the mighty power and majesty of God, he began picturing coming before this mighty God each time before he prayed — it suddenly changed his heart, his mind and his thoughts. Suddenly he was no longer just praying out into space, but he was talking to his creator and God.

I’m looking forward to going through this book/DVD with our group and seeing and hearing what they take from it as well. If you’re in the DFW area and want to come join our discussion – let me know! We meet every Saturday at 6 p.m. in Red Oak.

And to get your own copy of the book, Amazon has a copy of the book in paperback, or you can buy the Crazy Love CD/Audio version, Crazy Love Kindle version or has the Mp3 version for your portable player.

Or for more information about the book and DVD visit or read other reviews at has a great theory about presenting ideas to clients. I think he may be on to something. In his article, One Idea is Better than Three he wrote:

If you present clients with multiple ideas and expect them to choose one, invariably, the end result is muted and diluted as the message of the different ideas gets blended together. This is what happens when you approach the situation with an offering.
Instead of spending time creating 3 differnt comps, ideas, or concepts, take aim at that one that’s great and make it amazing. Blow them out of the water. Leave them speachless. That’s guiding.
It’s really about taking them where you feel and know they need to go. You may be a little off course and that is to be expected. Believe it or not, your clients are looking to you for answers, and they want to help you find those answers. They are looking to you for guidance to the best solution.

While I really haven’t purposely tried this, I know from past experiences that presenting one plan or design to someone and then letting them see why you’re passionate about it tends to get them on board with whatever your idea is.
When people see that you’re passionate about something they tend to want that same fire and passion in their own life.
I can’t recall who said it, but they were right, “Preach always, use words if necessary.”
If people see a passion in our lives about Christ or life or a silly computer game, they will want to be a part of it.
So be passionate and live hard and strong.
Let the grace of God shine throughout your life.

I just read an article that truely inspired me. Why am I dependent on other people to make a living? What if I had the faith of a mustard seed and stepped out and really went forward with 121 Media. There are many opportunities that I would love to work on, given the time.
It’s the business and money side of it all that scares me.
Lord, grant me the peace to do Your will. Help me to move in the direction You want me to go. If You desire I stay at the newspaper, keep me there as long as You will. If not, show me the door.