Mess With Glen’s Head

You now have a chance to mess with Glen’s head. That’s right–you get to pick my next hairstyle.

Why? I have a dilemma: I am balding yet not bald. I don’t know what to do.

Almost anything (emphasis on almost) will be considered.

Assuming there’s no evidence of vote fraud (always a peril on the internet), I commit to giving the winning hairstyle a sincere try.

So what are you waiting for? Mess with my head!

Staff Reading Cohort

Our staff team is going to begin a reading program together. We’re picking our books now, and I thought some of you might be interested in the guidelines we’re using. I sort of made these up and modified them based on the feedback I received.

Let’s start off with a book every two months. This will give us plenty of time to pursue our own reading without shortchanging our staff reads. We can always adjust the time later if we need to.

We make our list up two full cycles in advance (one whole year). We each get to propose 4 books, and then we each rank the resulting list of 12. We tally the votes using an internet script (Condorcet method for any voting geeks out there). The top six books win. We’ll decide the order in which the winners will be read informally, trying to alternate older books with newer books.


  1. We have to propose books that we have not read yet. Don’t pick something you loved and think it will be good for everyone else. The point of this exercise is personal growth.
  2. Having said that, it’s okay if someone else proposes a book that you have already read and the team selects it. In that case, you don’t have to reread it–skimming will do.
  3. Don’t try to impress anyone. No need to pick academic philosophy or anything like that–unless you really want to read it.
  4. Let’s try to alternate between new books and books older than we are. This isn’t a rigid rule, but an aspiration.
  5. Freshness is good when we’re talking about something based on research, and age is good when we’re talking about something based on reflection. If you want us to think about science or culture get a new book. If you want us to think about God or life get an older book. Unless you really don’t want to–these are guidelines and not rules. 😉
  6. The books can be about anything, but let’s keep fiction to a minimum.
  7. Nothing over 500 pages without first clearing it with everyone else.
  8. Nothing over $30 without clearing it first with everyone else.
  9. If you want, you can propose multiple short books as a single recommendation (less than 200 pages total).

After Reading
Following the reading of the book, by a specified deadline, the chooser will compose a few (3-5) questions for group discussion either in person, over the phone or online.

Anyway, it’s not too elegant but it looks as though it will serve us well. We’ve each made our suggestions and here’s the list we’re going to be voting on:

  • The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  • Prayer by George Buttrick
  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It by Richard D. Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • Creative Ministry by Henri Nouwen
  • In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
  • Pensees by Blaise Pascal
  • Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene Peterson
  • Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon
  • The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective by R. Paul Stevens
  • Margin by Richard Swenson

Once we have the results I’ll let you know what we wind up reading.

Dana’s Disconcerting Insight

Two days ago as Dana was helping me wash dishes, she blurted out “Robi have penis.”

I paused mid-scrub. “Really?”

Robi is our two-year-old neighbor and Dana’s favorite playmate. They see one another quite a bit, but evidently they have also seen quite a bit of each other. As I was contemplating this development, Dana expounded on her original thesis.

“Yes. Change diaper, Robi have penis.”

“Robi got his diaper changed and you saw that he had a penis?”

“Yes. Penis in diaper.”

“That was very perceptive of you, Dana.”

She smiled widely and continued to help me washing dishes.

I choose not to be disturbed that my two-year-old daughter was thinking about the fascinating anatomical differences between men and women on Valentine’s day.


I don’t normally participate in these meme things, but Scott Aughtmon tagged me publicly at lunch yesterday and so I feel obliged to throw my four cents in.

Four Jobs I’ve Had:
* Lifeguard
* Police Officer
* Computer Services (in a hospital)
* Minister

Four movies I can watch over and over:
* Monty Python & the Holy Grail
* Rat Race
* The Princess Bride
* Arsenic and Old Lace

Four places I have lived:
* Lafayette, LA
* Natchitoches, LA
* Springfield, MO
* Palo Alto, CA

Four shows I like to watch:
* Mythbusters
* Inside the Actor’s Studio
* Battlestar Galactica
* Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

Four foods that I like:
* Chocolate Chip Cookies
* Fried Rice
* BBQ Chicken Pizza
* Hamburgers

Four websites I visit daily:
* Cool Tools
* The Web Comic List

Four things I want to do before I die:
* earn a doctorate
* learn a living language
* write a book
* see Dana succeed in life

Four people I’m tagging: (Paula has been implicitly tagged since this is
* Lindsey Hawley
* Earl Creps (he hasn’t ppsted lately and needs a kick to get him started again)
* Will Phillips (ditto)
* Greg Davis