We are told in John 1 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Upon continued reading of John 1 you can come to find out that the “Word” in this sense is, of course, Jesus. Jesus existed before the creation of the world because he actually is God. 

The Bible is also known as the Word of God. It is no accident that you are supposed to connect Jesus with the Bible. They are inseparable. When you speak of Jesus you are speaking of the Bible, and vice versa. 

This really struck me this morning while reading my Bible. We just got back in town from a road trip and, just as normally happens when you go on a trip, things have been a bit disorganized. In the process of coming back from North Carolina somehow my Bible ended up in the trunk of the car. When you live in a city going out to the car to get something is a big ordeal. It involves having to get fully dressed, going down a flight of stairs opening two heavy exterior doors, crossing a large parking lot, walking down the street, retrieving your object, and then repeating those steps. If it is snowing that is a whole different ordeal.

So, my Bible sat in the trunk for a few days. In the meantime I read Leah’s Bible, but honestly it wasn’t the same.

When I sat down to read this morning I said to my Bible “Hello, old friend.”

Then, it struck me… in a lot of ways the Bible has become my friend. Though it seems odd to feel that way about in inanimate object, this personification seems really appropriate. If Jesus, the Word of God, is inseparable from the Bible, the Word of God, I feel like it makes plenty of sense to have an interpersonal relationship with your Bible.

If I am going to have a “friendship” with my Bible, how does that friendship grow? I would suggest that it  grows in the same way that any other friendship does… through trials and tragedies and difficult circumstances. Nothing brings two people together like having them go through something difficult together. I would suggest the same about your Bible.

I wake up most mornings before 3am to go to work. During that time I usually read a chapter or two from the Bible to set my heart on God for the rest of the day. In a lot of ways this daily ritual is a necessity. Over the course of the day I will literally spiral down into despair if I don’t intentionally spend that time filling my heart with God’s Word.

If the old hymn is correct and we really do “have a friend in Jesus” I believe we could justifiably say “what a friend we have in Bible”.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am looking for a job in Boston. This is been a really long process and I have applied to literally hundreds of places. I have read countless job descriptions and requirement lists. For some reason, one that I looked at last week was the only one to stir up a desire to blog about.

In Boston there is a community on the south side of the city called Roxbury. Roxbury carries with it a reputation for being, well… frightening. When you ask anyone what neighborhoods you should avoid, Roxbury is always at the top of the list. I have never actually been to Roxbury so I can not comment personally about the community. I just know what I have heard.

I found a job running communications and social media for a group whose aim is the put down the “racist stereotypes” of the community of Roxbury and highlight the great historical and arts features of the community. That sounds great! I am all about putting down racism and promoting arts. Where do I sign up? I began writing a well-tailored cover letter for the position and checked back at the description page so that I could use particular phrasing to make myself sound perfect for the job. Then I noticed something…

Though the job requested that you have a B.A. And 2 years of experience with PR and social media it only paid $18,000 a year. You can’t even begin to live on that in Boston.

So, a job whose goal is to help show people that Roxbury is not an impoverished haven of crime is not willing to pay someone a living wage to do that job. If I took that job I would also have to sell drugs or rob convenience stores to provide for my family.

I know that the group probably can’t afford to pay more than that. I understand that. However, if you want someone to have a degree and experience, you have to start out by showing a little more employee value.

I have 2 points to make here…

1. Pay your employees well. Don’t hire people if you can’t pay them a living wage. If they have to divide their attention between your job and another job they can’t give you as much devotion as you would need them to.

2. If you want to create a certain image for your organization (non-profit, church, community, etc) don’t directly violate that image with the salary that you offer employees.

I just want to note that I have no intention of defaming the community of Roxbury. It isn’t their fault that this oversight was made. I have already been planning a trip down there to check out the community.

You may have noticed that Over-Communicate has consistently decreased in post frequency for the last few months. That is simply because I’m running out of material. I am a big fan of making sure that a social media presence stays alive and active, but I am an even bigger fan of not forcing a social media presence to stay alive with boring content. I don’t want to write a bunch of posts that I don’t care about just so I can make post quotas. I honestly see that this blog will come to a conclusion soon. I still get occasional inspiration for a new post, but it is coming increasingly fewer and farther between.

I’ve also got a few new things on my plate that are taking getting more attention than this blog. I just moved to Boston and am fervently searching for a job. I am living with some friends up here while I secure employment and then housing. Once I get that sorted out I will move my wife and son up here with me. Until then… I am busting my butt trying to find a job anywhere. With that said, if you feel like helping us out with our move, I would greatly appreciate your prayers and/or gifts (see how I put prayers in front of gifts so it makes me look like I’m not panicking about money?). You can make a donation HERE.

I also just started volunteering at my new church up here and am leading a small group.  This is the first time that I have been the leader of a small group, so please pray for my guidance and feel free to send me any pointers.

I really appreciate the people that regularly read this blog. Honestly. You guys are awesome. It was really overwhelming to see that people actually found what I had to say interesting and that they would come back and read my posts over and over. Thank you so much.

For Father’s Day my wife bought me “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It was written while Bonhoeffer was leading an underground seminary in Nazi Germany during WWII. The purpose of the book is to give the seminary students a picture of what is would look like to live in a true, healthy Christian community, especially during such an adverse situation as Nazi occupation.

At one point in the second chapter Bonhoeffer brings up the practice of singing hymns together as a community. He spends a great deal of time talking about the beauty of a community uniting in one voice to sing praises to God. But then he said something that I didn’t expect:

“There are some destroyers of unison singing that should be rigorously eliminated. There is no place in the service of worship where vanity and bad taste can so intrude as in singing.”

He then went on to completely tear apart the idea that people would do things like sing in harmony or sing solos:

“…the improvised second part… attempts to give the necessary background, the missing fullness to the soaring unison tone. There is the bass or the alto who must call everybody’s attention to his astonishing range and therefore sings every hymn an octave lower. There is the solo voice that goes swaggering, swelling, blaring, and tremulant from a full chest and drowns out everything else to the glory of its own fine organ.”

Wow. That is intense.

However, it makes me really think about the way we do worship in modern, evangelical churches. I am not so quick as to assert that all worship leaders are pride-filled soloists that drown out everything else to the “glory of its own organ”. However, Bonhoeffer does hit a nail on the head here.

There is definitely a tendency to become prideful because of your musical talent (or video talent or preaching talent). It makes me wonder if it wouldn’t be helpful from time to time to take brief Sabbaths from our talents for the sake of our own pride. Just throwing that out there.

So this is how this would look:

If you are talented with video, have a service where you do no video work at all. If you are talented with singing, have a service where you do congregational singing instead of led singing. If you are talented with preaching, bring someone else in to preach that Sunday that isn’t an intellectual equal. I’m sure that it could be extremely healthy to be regularly reminded that church will still happen regardless of our involvement.

The other day my son, who is 19 months old, and his friend were playing with toy drums in the living room. It was, as you would expect, a bit chaotic. They would both hit the drums with sporadic beats and booms that simply served the purpose to be louder than the previous hit. It was pretty awful.

However, for just a moment, they got on the same beat. They played together for about 8 seconds. It was actually kinda beautiful. For those 8 seconds two toddlers created a rhythm that was stable enough to be considered pleasant.

It made me think about the nature of community. Community is like two people playing instruments together. If both people work hard and put all of their time and effort and love into the playing of the instrument, they create beautiful music. They don’t have to be playing the same melody, they just have to be playing the same song.

However, if just one of them neglects practice or passion it creates an ugly mess of noise.

Community works best when everyone who is involved puts their heart into it.


I passed a church sign in my home town the other day that said:


So, there is nothing inherently wrong with this sign. As Christians we affirm that we do need Jesus. However, asking the question in such a public forum as a church sign shows that as a church we are asking the wrong questions of society.

Asking “Can we not see our need for Jesus?” to a society that rejects faith would be met with a resounding “NO!” We can not see our need for Jesus. That’s obvious in that people do reject Jesus… actively everyday. I guess there is a possibility that the question was rhetorical and that they were trying to make a subtle point in their sign’s message. However, church signs have never been much of a forum for subtly. I’m going to assume the worst.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that we should not assume that the society we are trying to reach sees the world through the same eyes that we do. They have different ideas, different values, and they see the world in a lot different way. They don’t look at their messed up lives and think “we need Jesus” like we do. In fact, that is what differentiates us from the rest of the world. When we see our brokenness we see Jesus as the cure. The rest of the world has all sorts of different cures: more money, health, family stability.

So yeah… Christians don’t think the same as the rest of the world. We don’t speak the same language. We don’t even understand the same concepts. Let’s stop assuming that what we say means anything to anyone else… at least with our church signs.

I’m a Mac guy. I own all sorts of Apple products.

I will admit right now that I am severely caught up in the “coolness” of exclusively purchasing Apple products. There is something affirming about sitting at a table at a coffee shop with an over-priced cup of ethically-traded, shade-grown coffee and opening up my laptop so that the soft glow of the Apple logo bursts forth from the brushed silver casing of my MacBook Pro.

With that said, I want to share my opinion on something.

Over the years I have used a variety of different technologies to display words at a church. When I was a kid I changed transparencies on the overhead projector that shown on the white walls inside our sanctuary. I’ve used Powerpoint. I’ve used SongShow. I’ve used MediaShout once or twice.

I have never used a program that had an interface that worked quite as well as ProPresenter loaded on an Apple computer.

At the church I used to work at I purchased an iMac loaded with ProPresenter. For years we had used a PC running SongShow. That method worked well, but there was a pretty long learning curve for volunteers running the software. I would make a volunteer do at least 3 “practice runs” with SongShow before I let them use it on Sunday morning.

With ProPresenter I can give someone a 3 minute tutorial on Sunday morning before a service and trust them to do a decent job of running the slides.

It’s just a lot easier to navigate in a live setting.

Take it or leave it.