Here’s some of what I loved in the month of May, 2018.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
An awesome movie! It does tend to bite off too much at points (the multitude of characters means no one story line gets a lot of development), but overall this was an epic film that made this nerd’s year!
2. The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
I was blown away by this book. Rosaria gives readers a peak into her own habit of “ordinary hospitality.” More descriptive than prescriptive, the book is challenging and inspiring.
3. Working on my lawnmower with a dear friend
I have fallen in love with my yard! I really love working in it, playing in it, and simply looking at it. I have even, for the first time in my life, loved cutting the grass. But I was particularly blessed by getting to work on my the lawnmower with a good friend. I learned a lot, felt cared for, and simply enjoyed some fun conversation around the engine.
4. Pork loin stuffed with apples
I had the chance to cook for some special guests and this meal came out well, if I do say so myself. The pork was super moist and full of flavor. It was a super simple recipe, but it was really good.
5. Buffalo wings at Eclipse Burger
Speaking of good food: Eclipse Burger is delicious. I have enjoyed many good burgers from this place, but just recently I had a chance to try their wings and I was blown away! They are meaty, crispy, and full of flavor. I could eat these every week!
6. The Narrative by Sho Baraka
I don’t like rap music. It just doesn’t have much appeal to me personally, though I greatly respect the artists who can create quality rhymes. This album, however, caught my attention. It is lyrically smart, musically intriguing, and presents the Christian faith in a new perspective. I was captured by nearly every song on the album. For those who like this style of music I highly recommend it.
7. Biblical Counseling Basics: Roots, Beliefs, and Future by Jeremy Lelek
Another phenomenal book. This new work from licensed professional counselor Jeremy Lelek, highlights some of the nuances and neglected ideas within Biblical counseling. Holding true to the foundations, Lelek moves us to the next stage of progress. I firmly believe this book can become the primer for the next stage of the Biblical Counseling movement.
8. Memorial Day Celebration with friends
We had about 20 in our home for the holiday and it was a wonderful time. We have great friends and I particularly loved the diversity of our crowd: from kids to 60+, single folks and married couples, and with all kinds of life backgrounds and experiences. It was an absolute joy to gather and celebrate.