Summer Reading List

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I am usually not much of a reader, but I have recently found a new appreciation for reading and here is what I have picked so far for my summer reading list.

Weird by Craig Groeschel

Crazy by Francis Chan

Plan B by Pete Wilson

Simple Church by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger

Radical Together by David Platt

The Millennials by Thom & Jess Rainer

12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching by Wayne McDill

Communicating for A Change by Andy Stanley

7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley

What is on your reading list this summer?  What other books do you recommend that I put on my reading list?


Because People Matter


Influential Genereation


Just food for thought-

In Thom and Jess Rainers’ book “The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation,” They suggest that the Millennial Generation (those born between 1980-2000) has become the most influential generation.  Over 78 millions births occurred between 1980-2000.

What does this mean?  This means that people from the ages of 11 years old to 31 years old have surpassed the Baby Boomers and have become the leading influence in America today.

What are you doing to reach this generation?  Churches can not afford to miss out on the opportunity to reach this generation.  I believe that if we are going to reach the world for Christ, we must start with reaching the Millennial Generation.


Share your thoughts!!!


Because People Matter-


Spiritual Markers



We are getting ready to start the second half of the year. 

As I think about the fact that we are almost to June, I look back over my life to reflect how my life is different now than what it was at the beginning of the year.  I look back at the "Spiritual Markers" in my life to be able to see where I have grown and where I have not grown.

What is your spiritual growth plan? 

How is God using you this year?

Will your life be any different at the end of the year than it was at the beginning?

What are the spiritual markers in your life?

Do you know how to recognize them?

How are you keeping track of your spiritual growth?


Because People Matter,


iPad and the Pulpit


With the release of the iPad 2 a few months ago, the buzz among pastors recently has been about utilizing the iPad from the pulpit.

Many pastors have found that the iPad proves very useful for sermon preparation as well as delivering the sermon from the pulpit using the iPad.

I have an iPad myself and I can see where it would become very useful for the pulpit.

Various programs such as EverNote, GoodReader and Dropbox make it possible to store and access all study and sermon notes by organinzing them in folders with a central location accesable via any internet access.

What about you? How do you prepare your sermons? What "tools" do you use? Have you ever thought of utilizing an iPad within the pulpit?

Share your thoughts!!!!

Because People Matter

Life and Theology

Aiming for 2nd place

At a family dinner last week, I overheard one cousin ask another one
this, about her recent dance competition:

Was it one of those competitions where you competed? Like for 1st or
2nd place?

The conversation then proceeded as normal.  She just wondered
whether it was a competition with prizes or one where “everyone wins” or one
where there are rankings when you’re done.  I get that.  But in the
moment, I was struck by two words: 2nd place.

Nobody competes for 2nd place, do they?

If that’s your goal, any good coach would tell you you’ve sold
yourself short.  Even if you’re not that good, you always
start out competing for the grand prize.  No NFL team says, “We hope to
lose the Super Bowl game this year.”  Coaches are honored
and revered because they won the Super Bowl, not
because they lost it.  Pitchers are remembered because they
won the World Series.

Nobody dreams about ‘winning’ second place.

So why in our churches do we think it’s ok to aim for second place
in areas like

  • leadership
  • church events
  • Sunday’s music
  • Sunday’s announcements
  • the resources we produce
  • the small groups we lead
  • the trainings we offer
  • the meetings we plan
  • the blogs we write
  • the conversations we have
  • our sermon series
  • our outreach initiatives
  • community impact

Does the Gospel make it ok for us to shoot for
Because the message is so powerful, are we then given the
freedom to not give our best effort to all areas of
our life and ministry?  It’s tough to see how God is honored when we put
forth half-hearted efforts.  Ever.

So let me be your coach today.  Don’t compete for 2nd
place!  Give it all you’ve got!

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly
prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. – Philippians


This is a great article from Ben Reed Director of community groups at Grace Community Church

Daily Reflection 15 March 2011
John 14:27- "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful."
Worries are easy to identify and peace may be a scarce commodity. But no times are too turbulent for God.


Things are going well here in Afghanistan. We are finally starting to get some nice weather. We had rain, hail, sleet, snow for the last several weeks, but last week kicked off the nice weather and I hope it continues.

I have decided to start taking some online classes. My classes start on the 11th of April. I am ready yet nervous at the same time.

Other than that, not much going on.

Be Intentional,

Luke 21:10-11

Thought this little fact was pretty interesting and wanted to share it.

Sept 11th(NY) Jan11th(Haiti) and Mar 11th (Japan)…Luke 21:10-11==Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven." Jesus says, For behold I come quickly, (so…ask yourself are YOU ready?)

Luke 21:13 says "It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness"

So as we sit and look at the chaos that is going on around the world and at home…Ask yourself–AM I READY

Be Intentional


I have been getting ready for a deployment to Afghanistan. Things have been busy with training and preparing to leave. I am currently at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

We have about 3 inches of snow on the ground right now with mnre forecasted this week.

God Speed

Monday Night Mind Dump

Wow…It has been busy around the Logsdon house.

I had a 3-day drill this past weekend.

I am praying about changing jobs. I have been looking and applying for some different jobs. Please continue to pray that God will lead me to the location that He desires.

Mel is enjoying school. She is going 2 days a week.

Rylee is really enjoying being in Preschool. He gets upset on the weekends cause he can't go to school