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Matt Skinner
San Francisco Bay Area
Husband to Carolyn, Dad to Lauren & Katie, and pastor at SVC.
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I got this from Mark Merrill at www.familyfirst.net and LOVED it. I'm gonna try out this curfew thing with Carolyn. Check it out. Matt Want to avoid arguments with your spouse? Here's one idea that involves good timing - choosing wisely when you will address important issues. My wife and I discovered that when we argued, it was often at night... when we were tired and irritable from a long day. So we set a curfew on serious discussions: nine o'clock is the limit. Now, when we start to get into a heavy talk after nine, we remind each other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
Greetings, Bleeps! (Blog + Peeps = Bleeps! (C) 2009 Matt Skinner - All Rights Reserved) Anyway... Greetings, Bleeps! Wow, in the last two weeks, I've coined two new words: Feeps (Facebook) and Bleeps (Blog). I know I've already seen others use "Tweeps" (Twitter + Peeps). Perhaps all 3 of them have already been used and I have no business claiming authorship. I'm writing this from my in-laws' home in Vacaville. We're temporary residents here until Tuesday while our home interior is being painted. We were kicked out today (something about primer fumes, asphyxiation, death, etc). So, Joe & Pat have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
I'm not naive enough to believe that we're all on the same page about the Bible. Scores of books have been written and entire organizations have taken shape to discredit and soil the claims, origins, historocity, and general validity of the Bible. But this much I know: critics who claim that the Bible is a crutch for weak-minded and needy people are just plain wrong. That's incredibly shallow thinking. God doesn't want us to check our brains at the door. In fact, His approach is quite the opposite. He asks us to explore. To search. To study. To prepare. If... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
I'm not naive enough to believe that we're all on the same page about the Bible. Scores of books have been written and entire organizations have taken shape to discredit and soil the claims, origins, historocity, and general validity of the Bible. But this much I know: critics who claim that the Bible is a crutch for weak-minded and needy people are just plain wrong. That's incredibly shallow thinking. God doesn't want us to check our brains at the door. In fact, His approach is quite the opposite. He asks us to explore. To search. To study. To prepare. If... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
Tonight, our new cycle of 2:42 groups begin. We have 5 groups - 3 on Monday, 1 on Tuesday, and 1 on Thursday. I'm leading a men's group, which I have not done in quite some time. It's been at least 3 years. Anxious? Not really. Confident? Not really, either. I've never thought of myself as a good group leader, but I guess I'll only get better with experience. So, I'm forcing myself to do it. Doing it afraid is better than not doing it at all, or so I've told myself repeatedly, as I sit on the floor in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
In The Love Dare, authors Stephen & Alex Kendrick share that a contract is an agreement based on distrust, which establishes specific conditions that must be met within a certain time period. A covenant is a commitment based on trust. It's promise is unconditional, and has no termination date. It's "till death do us part." A contract may be broken with mutual consent of the parties. A covenant is intended to be unbreakable. A contract is self-serving, focused on what one gets. A covenant is others-serving, focused on what one gives. When you think marriage, think covenant. © 2009 Family... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
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Sep 7, 2009
Another great post from www.allprodad.com. According to author Dr. James Boyce, we overestimate what we can accomplish in five years and underestimate what we can accomplish in twenty. We do this in our career, and often job-hop rather than stay in one place and get promoted. We can also do this in our parenting. We may get discouraged by the seeming lack of short-term progress in our children, but if we saw the long-term consequences of our involvement, we would realize it was worth every second. So, as you think about what you want to accomplish in life, think in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
Another great post from www.allprodad.com. According to author Dr. James Boyce, we overestimate what we can accomplish in five years and underestimate what we can accomplish in twenty. We do this in our career, and often job-hop rather than stay in one place and get promoted. We can also do this in our parenting. We may get discouraged by the seeming lack of short-term progress in our children, but if we saw the long-term consequences of our involvement, we would realize it was worth every second. So, as you think about what you want to accomplish in life, think in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
I went to Big League Haircuts today to, um...get a haircut? As opposed to getting my taxes done or my teeth cleaned. According to their website, Big League "is designed with you in mind! You'll notice the difference the moment you walk in the door. There's a big screen TV in the waiting area, box seats from sports stadiums, and sports memorabilia throughout the store. While you get your haircut, you can even watch sports on your own personal TV!" Dude, there was a signed Troy Aikman jersey on the wall. All I could think about was how good it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen." - Ephesians 3:20-21 Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
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I've been advised that, as a pastor, I must exercise caution when choosing subject matter for blogging, Facebook, etc...so as not to "alienate" folks in the church. I believe there is wisdom in that, to a degree. But, I must speak. I've always had sort of a healthy skepticism toward any kind of government program that promises to benefit the American people, and the "Cash for Clunkers" program is no exception. I came across this article from Dave Ramsey, which absolutely crystallized my thinking on the subject. When you're done reading it , ask yourself - do you really believe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
A couple of friends of mine have been using TypePad as their blog host, so I started exploring it. I'm not what you would call a tech geek, but I am LOVING it! So, welcome to my new blog. As for the title, if I can't get a response, I'll settle for a reaction. More to come, Matt Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2009 at Read This, Not That!
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Aug 27, 2009