• Some Yes, Some No

    Whenever I watch a movie for the second time – THAT’S how I know it was a worthwhile film, at least for me. Three movies and a book. Recommendations to watch, read or avoid are impending.  Presumably, you, the reader, are privy to my investigation into my Irish…ness. My journey so far has allowed me to climb a mere 2,610 feet to the top of Piestewa Peak. Yet I stand in the shadow of Mount Everest as it towers over me with its massive 29,029 feet. There’s a long road ahead to arrive at a sufficient grasp of these things.… Continue reading

  • Whataboutery

    “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” Parents say this to little children when they put an excessive amount of food on their plates. Let’s be real here: I am guilty of doing this, preeminently if chips and salsa are a part of the meal. Or better yet, if chips and Serrano’s bean dip are involved. Flautas with beans and rice. Chips. Salsa. Bean dip.  Seconds of chips and bean dip. Thirds of chips and bean dip. Fourths of… well, you get the idea.  Boy oh boy does it look appetizing with the steam rising from the plate. You know… Continue reading

  • Éire

    How well can you multitask? Be honest. Some of you might describe your ability as top shelf; it’s as though you have an uncanny ability to perform two actions at once. Your attention can be placed onto multiple objects at the same time, and you are miraculously dexterous. But for the multitaskers among us, would you not agree that your aptitude for excellence increases when your mind’s eye is focused on a single target? If we have learned anything from Gold Leader, it is this: stay on target. Touché.  A short amount of detective work will reveal my lack of… Continue reading

  • You Celebrate What You Love

    Every week. Twice on Sunday. We do the dishes and take out the trash Saturday night. Starting on Monday, I make a habit of talking about it with the kids. We count down the days until it happens again. Our friends share our fondness. When the day finally arrives, the sound of alarm clocks goes off early to give us plenty of time to ready ourselves. There’s delight for what’s about to happen. As it kicks off, people are smiling, shaking hands, and hugging. Everyone takes part. Honest gladness fills the building – after all, a whole week has gone… Continue reading

  • Still Just a Geek

    What do you think? Are autobiographies worth a read? For some the answer is a resounding “YES!” Still others live between the dreadful realms of “Eh” and “No way, Jose!” I’ve made a habit of reading Presidential memoirs which are full of noteworthy events that draw the reader into their world for a time. But when it comes to autobiographies written by lesser-known figures, sometimes it’s a gamble. Once I became aware of Wil Wheaton’s revised book, Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir, my mind was drawn to it. One could say that resistance was futile. Overall, it’s not… Continue reading

  • The Forgotten Man

    I survived public school. For a long time I’ve wanted a t-shirt with that message printed on the front. The back would read: I’m ok… but just barely. I’m part-joking, part-serious because while it’s kind of humorous after the fact, it was a challenging experience to live through. My parents raised me in a Christian home with conservative values and politics. It doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to recognize my dilemma. Let’s just say my upbringing didn’t jive with the messages taught to me in the classroom. If, by chance, you can’t relate to my experience, it’s very likely you’re left-leaning… Continue reading

  • This is Just the Beginning

    The year was 1995. The school year: 7th grade. Allow me to tell you about one of my favorite childhood memories that happened one night during Summer break: the first time I spent the night at Scott’s house.  What was so memorable about that? After all, we would do this dozens and dozens of times over the years, but I have vivid memories of this first sleepover. If I had to guess why this memory has stuck with me, it is because it solidified the start of our friendship.  We became friends like most young kids do … we happened… Continue reading

  • Mediocre vs Active Church Involvement

    I ask uncomfortable questions for a living. The funny thing is: I love it. It isn’t like I want people to squirm in their seats. But if asking a single uncomfortable question can help turn the lights on for someone to see clearly, I say that’s so worth it.  Uncomfortable Question: Do members of Christian churches have responsibilities?  Follow-up to the Previously Asked Uncomfortable Question: If they do, and if you are a member of a Christian church, are you performing your responsibilities?  Anyone squirming in their seats out there? I’ll admit, there was a time when these questions would… Continue reading

  • A Blog? RUSerious?

    Haven’t you found the first swim each summer a little strange? My childhood sport was swimming, and I would often swim all year-round. As a grownup, however, I’ve found that I will go long stretches without being in a pool. Each Summer I sense the strangeness and the familiarity of jumping into the water. These days I make more of a let’s cannonball in type of entrance because “I haven’t got time for anything else” (Han Solo, Ep. V). This brings me to why I find myself sitting and writing this. For some time, I’ve been toying with the idea of restarting… Continue reading

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Husband. Father. Most of all, Reformed Baptist Christian, saved by God’s free grace.

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Rusty's bookshelf: currently-reading





  • All that is in God – by James Dolezal
  • Reformed Dogmatics, Vol 2 – by Herman Bavinck
  • All of Grace – by Charles Spurgeon
  • Dune – by Frank Herbert
  • Braving Britannia: The Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online – by Wes Locher