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Dan O'Leary
Long Island, NY
Husband, Father, Pastor, Martial Artist.
Interests: My Family, Preaching, Teaching, Martial Arts, Ice-Hockey, Philosophy, Theology, Inspiration, Honor, Singing, and a bunch more stuff.
Recent Activity
Boy, have I been getting hit with life lessons, lately. God is trying to tell me something. Again. (This is, like, the third or fourth ‘again’ for me, by the way) Last week we downgraded to a no-cable and no-smart phone home. The cable I could take or leave. Now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at backseat pastor
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Prelude: Forgive me now for typing all over the place, it's been a long time and my brain works in crazy ways. (Plus I had Starbucks this morning) Try to keep up! Why am I blogging about this? Well, I'm a stay at home mom who sits around with so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at backseat pastor
Seriously, there should be better things to talk about. I should have stories to tell you about Christ changing the entire town of Port Jefferson and millions of dollars being given to organizations like Love146. Instead, I am talking to you about why I am boycotting the Pro Sports "Big... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Live Brave
My daughter's birthday was yesterday. Today, we were allowed to come to her class, bring some snacks, read a book, and sing to her. It was exhilerating. OK. So it wasn't that intense. But I have to say it was fun to be a part of that. Most Dads don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Live Brave
Mike, I don't want to get into a semantics war, but I said what I said and meant it. The Bible does contain the Word of God. It also IS the Word of God, but I did not want to use it in that context because the point of the blog was to show that it is a book that is meant to serve us, not us it. We serve a mighty God, not a book. The Bible was compiled by the church, for the church. Both God and the Church existed before the Bible was finally put together in one volume. We would not have the Bible without the Church (and the Holy Spirit of course), and we would not have the Church without Christ. That is what I meant. Thanks for the kind words about the rest of it though. Josh, I could not have said it better myself. And you weren't rambling.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2012 on Has the Bible Become Our Idol? at Live Brave
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This question started to haunt me years ago when I attended a Lutheran Church. "Sola Scriptura", Latin for, "Scripture Alone", was one of the mottos of Martin Luther, supposed founder of the Lutheran Church (sidebar: if Martin Luther found out they named a religion after him, he'd be rolling in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Live Brave
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Attached is a picture of a Christian tract I received in place of a good tip after excellent service. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Dan, why are you calling these Christians stupid? Don't they believe what you believe? Isn't the grace of God the best tip you ever could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Live Brave
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As a young chap in youth ministry and Christian school, I was always told to read my Bible (if I could find it). My biggest gripe was the confusion that would ensue due to the fact that there were so many translations and so many things I did not understand.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Live Brave
BEGIN! (WARNING!!! One of these videos has extremely foul language. I put it in because he raises good points. Furthermore, this is just posted to hear what is being said around the interwebs. Enjoy.) Jefferson Bethke aka The Original Hype: Father Claude (Dusty) Burns aka Father Pontifex: #SpokenWordMuslim: The Amazing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Live Brave
i recently got a ticket for failing to stop completely at a stop sign. i had committed this transgression all the time pre-ticket. you can be sure that every time since then, i have stopped utterly and completely, looking both ways before continuing. however. my thought at each of those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at backseat pastor
A picture of Ray Nitschke hangs in my Dad's office, signed to him because of his avid proof that he is one of the biggest Packer fans Ray ever met. Ray played his entire career as a Packer, and my Dad, who he met in New York in the mid... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Live Brave
i have kept a journal since i was in 3rd grade. sadly, the oldest one i still have is only from 10 years ago. there have been entries every day, week or month. then there have been entries where i only wrote every 6 months or so. i also never... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at backseat pastor
(Originally posted HERE at our website @ www.ariselongisland.com in the News column) This is just an informational post about Launch Day and our Money Bomb. Our official grand opening (what we are calling Launch Day) is October 2, 2011 at 10:15am (9:45am free cafe)! This is RAPIDLY approaching, and we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at Live Brave
9/12. Nobody talks much about this day. For me, it was probably just as hard a day 10 years ago as 9/11 was emotionally. But in America, 9/12 will not be remembered much. What was 9/12 known for 10 years ago? Well it was a Wednesday that saw many flags... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Live Brave
(The following is a speech planned for this morning at the memorial for 9/11 in Port Jefferson, NY) Never has a date meant so much to me in all my life. They don't even sound like numbers. When 9 and 11 are said together the meaning is drastically changed. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Live Brave
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalms 138:8a well, i have decided to write out my "before" story. because we all know that means there MUST come an "after" story... and i am praying that i can be patient with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at backseat pastor
I cannot begin to explain what these 4 words have done to my life. I am one of those guys who cannot stand the phone. I hate having a leash. Even texting bothers me... most of the time while I'm not even doing anything! I'm kinda old school that way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at Live Brave
This has been a tough week for the O'Leary household. As many of you know, it is near impossible to find a job. I have been looking for work for a long time and applied to pretty much every job on Long Island - including going to school and spending... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Live Brave
John Adams said this concerning July 2, 235 years ago: "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2011 at Live Brave
Recently, I was asked to be part of a conversation on a Christian talk radio podcast called "Getting Real". This was a lot of fun. I got to catch up with my old friend Marv Nelson and "meet" and converse with a church-planting pastor from Louisiana named Nate Lawson. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at Live Brave
Since the message I preached on Father's Day about Jesus and religion (the first in a 3-part series entitled "Sick of Religion") I have had many people already ask me about the issue I brought up about tattoos, the theology behind it, and my own testimony regarding it. I never... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Live Brave
So I am so freaking PUMPED about Sunday! We start a new series! Here is some info on it and a link to our news page. As always, go ahead and visit www.ariselongisland.com - we worked real hard on that site! We start a new series called "Sick of Religion"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Live Brave
I saw this video a few weeks ago and it really affected me in that as pastors, church leaders, and representatives of Christ, we need to study and think long and hard about what we are saying about some "religious" issues. Check the video out. He has amazing points as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Live Brave
right now i am sitting in the dark of my living room with our one fan blowing from our one screened window. it is HOT! the seasons must have skipped over spring entirely. but i love the heat way more than the bitter cold of winter, so i should not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at backseat pastor
I AM SO EXCITED! My friend, Jenna, has come up with this amazing idea for me. A whole world has been brought to my attention and that is the world of TOMS shoe lovers! I knew these were popular shoes. I had no idea that for every pair purchased, the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at backseat pastor