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She’s here!

And mom, hello, she did all the work!

» Posted By James On January 11, 2010 @ 5:55 am


Congratulations, Dad!

» Posted By James On January 11, 2010 @ 5:53 am

Heather, you are my Chuck Carter

Don’t even get me started on cell phone companies!

Nice work my friend!

You are now…….Ledgend!

» Posted By James On November 29, 2009 @ 11:52 am

Baby Lund

It’s just nice to see Sarah with an engineering project for once.
She’s gonna show you buddy!

» Posted By James On July 2, 2009 @ 9:52 am

Congratulations Rob, we are so excited for you two!
I love that translation of Psalm 139.

» Posted By James On June 25, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

Dead man walking!


Here’s to a speedy recovery!

» Posted By James On May 12, 2009 @ 6:21 am

Knee, round 2

Well, Rob!

I’m a little late but I hope you are doing well.  Keep us up to date!

» Posted By James On May 10, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

Lux Aeterna


You know, I tried to sing in the choir at New Life.  I quit after my second “solo”.

» Posted By James On April 14, 2009 @ 6:26 am

That was very beautiful indeed.

When are you going to give a solo?  I want to hear that!

» Posted By James On April 13, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

How Madoff did it? Cake futures.

Hey, I loved that Ponzi guy from Happy Days!

» Posted By James On March 16, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

The pinnacle of achievment

Ew, yuck, auto mechanics!

» Posted By James On March 16, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

What is manhood?

I do have full authority over my kids.  If you don’t agree with that keep it to yourself!  I don’t need them getting wind of that!  :p

» Posted By James On February 9, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

I’m not disagreeing with you here! :p

I’ll try one last time to explain how I see my role in my family.

I have never heard of a ‘third priesthood’ concept nor has any church I have ever gone to taught anything of the sort.  Of course Julie is also responsible for the spiritual upbringing of our children just as she is solely responsible for her own relationship with God.  She no more needs me for her relationship to her heavenly Father than I need a priest to get forgiveness of my sins.

What I’m trying say that I have completely failed at is this…

I’m not giving myself hierarchy of roles.  At no point have I said that.  I agree completely with the articles you referenced above.

I’m talking about personal accountability on my part.  If my family is struggling the first place I’m going to look is myself.  I am going to take a look at my role as the head (as described in the articles you reference above) of this home and make sure I’m functioning as God would have me.  I’m responsible for the spiritual growth of my family.  The article you referenced lays this out very clearly.  I’m supposed to help my family grow.

I understand perfectly what the NT means when it calls me the head of the home.  Just because I claim to be conservative doesn’t automatically mean I have some warped view of the male and female functions in the home.  Julie and I make ALL of our decisions together.  The times that I’ve been bull headed and done what I wanted have turned out so poorly that I’ve learned this the hard way.  If what you listed above was what the NT meant by ‘head’ of the home then an overbearing husband that tries to control every move of his wife would actually make a good marriage, but it doesn’t.  I think the results speak for themselves.

The roles you list aren’t exclusively male.  I’ve never heard it taught that they were nor do I know anyone who believes they are exclusively male.

I’m an evangelical but I’m not an idiot!  :p

» Posted By James On February 9, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

Do you think that’s what I’m talking about?  I’m not talking about a totalitarian dictatorship where the male dictates to the female on a daily basis how she is going to behave.  I don’t know a single couple where the man shakes his finger at his wife and dictates his wife’s actions to her.

I’m talking about a Christ-like, unconditional love every born again MALE child of God is supposed to display for his family.  I’m talking about a male that makes sure his family is in a solid Bible believing church on a weekly basis.  I’m talking about a man that is not afraid to teach his kids about who Christ is and what He did for everyone on earth.  I’m talking about a man who will not except mediocrity within his family when it comes to the spiritual things of God.  I think there are a lot of women who crave those types of leadership actions from their men and don’t get it.

In the 18 years Julie and I have been married I’ve seen a lot of families (my sister’s and my cousin’s to name two) who would have a completely different result today had the men in those families taken a spiritual role in the home.  In stead, those men decided to just please themselves for the entirety of their marriage and because of their selfishness those marriages have crashed leaving in their wake a lot of hurt and pain.

I’m not sure how you got ‘patriarchy’ from ‘spiritual’.

» Posted By James On February 9, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

Yeah, Julie and I were talking about this a little bit ago and neither one of us can put our finger on it either.

What I think I’m going to try to do is just say why I think I’m manly.  Maybe each person does just have their own unique view on what being a man really is.

My roles as a man in my family may be very different than it is in other families.  I’m the main bread winner in our family.  It’s a role I’ve had for our 18+ years of marriage.  When I struggle in that role I feel, to some degree, a level of failure as a man. 

There is a book that just came out by Meg Meeker called “Boys Should Be Boys” and after this conversation now I really want to read it.  She wrote a book called “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” that I read last year and it was incredible.

I haven’t read “Wild At Heart” and don’t really have any plans to.  I have so many other books I’m trying to get through right now.

Being the crazy conservative that I am I do tend to want to lay out a man’s roles in society in a very pragmatic, black and white, way.  I realize that it’s not really all that simple.

The Bible does make it clear who the spiritual leader in the home needs to be.  I’ve seen a lot of really rotten things happen in marriages when the man does not take his spiritual role.

» Posted By James On February 3, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

Well, I’ve got to think about how I want to answer this.

Rob, you don’t exactly give your opinion of what a man is in your above statement.

» Posted By James On February 3, 2009 @ 8:08 am

Star Wars according to Sarah

That was pretty funny.  I needed a good laugh.

» Posted By James On January 17, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

Reinforced steel strike plate

I’ve been looking for a reinforced strike plate at homedepot and lowes and can’t seem to find them. where can i get some?

» Posted By James On November 21, 2009 @ 10:14 am

Electoral Epistemology

Rob, thank you for this post today.

This election is so charged that I think we will see record numbers at the polls today.  It’s great to get more Americans involved in this awesome process.

I’ve been kind of confused since your post from last Thursday.  I was absolutely shocked to find out you were voting Democrat this year.  The above post helps me to understand at least to a certain degree.  The links you provided to previous posts help me to see the path you are on as well.

I don’t believe this voting season has anything to do with good vs evil at all.  Anyone who says so is probably coming from an extremist point of view.  Many years ago I cut out all of the political radio in my life.  Lately I’ve turned it back on and it has effectively turned me off from it again.  I can’t believe how hate filled conservative radio has become.  It’s quite disheartening.  I’ll stick with radio that actually wants to help me not manipulate or coerce me politically.  I refuse to do anything based on fear.

I can see why you are taking the path you are today and I honestly say, “Good for you”.  It’s not healthy for any of us to follow blindly and I commend you for not doing so.

» Posted By James On November 4, 2008 @ 7:32 am

Kitchen remodel

Well, they do but I don’t.  :p

» Posted By James On November 3, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

Man, that looks like it was a LOT of work.

Are you going to help me open my Springs office?

» Posted By James On November 3, 2008 @ 7:19 am

2008 Rally

All opinions aside about who we should vote for….

I absolutely love our political system and what an amazing experience to be able to take part in.

Congratulations you guys. I bet it was a lot of fun.

» Posted By James On November 1, 2008 @ 10:58 am

Straight talkin’

I think it’s a BiDenphone. It hasn’t been making much sense lately.

» Posted By James On October 31, 2008 @ 4:17 am

my stupid iPhone won’t play that video. 🙁

» Posted By James On October 30, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

Hate mail

Here is a good article in USA today about this stuff.  It’s interesting.

» Posted By James On November 4, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

One of these days I’ll post some stuff out of this leadership book I’m reading by John Maxwell.

He talks about the 20/80 rule.  One of the things he mentions is that 20% of the people will give 80% of the money.  It’s a sad fact.

Joe Biden is guilty in this area.  Julie and I have given more to charity this year than Joe has in the last 10 years.  I’m not trying to turn this into a personal attack on Joe.  It just think it’s an appropriate comparison.

» Posted By James On November 4, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

I’ll have to admit to you guys. I am pretty biased against Obama.

I don’t care about all these associations and I would guess most Americans don’t either.

I can’t help but look at this from a small business owners perspective. I have to ask myself who will be the best for small business.

I don’t claim to have all these statistics figured out. Both sides give different numbers on the sizes of the ‘average’ small business and I don’t honestly know who is right.

From what I can tell Obama feels that he should tax the large businesses and give the money to lower income people assuming they will grow the economy. I’ll admit that any extra money I get from the government will be used to grow my business and take care of my family. I feel that’s a pretty good use of that tax money.

McCain’s plan is to continue to give tax breaks to the most wealthy people in America. He believes those are the people who create jobs. I can’t find where either of these statements are inaccurate.

Here’s the question I’ve had to ask myself. On percentage, who is better with money? The top wage earners in America or the lower wager earners? Well, most of the millionaires in American are first generation rich so I’d say to even get rich you gotta be pretty good with money.

I’m just not convinced that we need to punish the most successful in our country by having the government take their money and ‘spread it around’ to people who didn’t earn that money.

I’m not personally ready for the government to take on this role. I don’t think you can legislate fiscal equality.

It is my dream and my goal to make it to an income high enough for Obama to take my money and give it away. It scares me that that’s the reward he has waiting for me.

So far the five years I have in business have been, well, hell. It’s been the hardest crap I have ever had to do. Last year we lost more money then I made the previous 3 years combined. It’s a complete miracle (and I do mean a miracle from God) that my business even exists today. We have had to sacrifice in ways that neither Obama or McCain (or anyone else) can even imagine no matter how much they pretend to try. My reward for sticking this out and finding a way to really turn this into something big is to have a freaking politician decide that I have to much and some of MY MONEY will need to be taken away and given to someone who did nothing to earn it.

That is exactly what Obama is preaching and that isn’t spin. It’s the truth.

I hope to God Obama’s plan is the best one if he wins.

» Posted By James On October 30, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

Lol, John is ruining all my fun.

Here is more proof that Obama is bad for America. He plans on legislating rap.

» Posted By James On October 30, 2008 @ 11:59 am

Now, now, don’t bore me with the details!

» Posted By James On October 30, 2008 @ 8:24 am

Obama knows how to sling it around. He just makes fun of the average guy.

I’m sorry, but as a small business owner that is trying to make it in business I find Obama laughing at Joe Wurzelbacher to be disgusting.

I’m sorry to say that neither McCain or Obama have any idea what a small business man has to go through. Neither of them have ever had to make a payroll. Especially during a down time like this.

» Posted By James On October 30, 2008 @ 7:54 am

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