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Ed’s Story

There are life stories and then there are situation stories. What I mean is that sometimes a person’s life is a great story worth telling. And sometimes a person’s situation is a great story, also worth telling. And sometimes the two collide and a great person and a great story are so compelling that is drives us to action. I pray tonight as I write and tomorrow as you read that this post would affect you in significant ways.

Ed Dobson has been a Moody Bible “Pastor of the Year.” He was an advisory editor for Christianity Today and a consulting editor for Leadership magazine. Pastors aren’t in the business for these types of accolades, but when they happen they should be noted and should add some context to this person’s life. I had no idea who Ed was while he was a pastor. But then his situation happened. Earlier I called it a “great” story. It’s not great as in a good thing. It’s great in its magnitude; it’s great in its opportunity. Easy for me to say. Great in this case is ALS. I wonder if Ed would call it great? Having never met the man, I bet he would.eds story couch

Eleven years ago Ed was experiencing twitching in his muscles. Within weeks, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS – you may know it as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. According to Ed: “There is no way to describe the hopeless feeling of knowing that you only have a few years to live, and most of that time will be in the disabled condition.” Eleven years ago he was given two to five years to live. Do the math. God wants Ed around a little longer.

The films that Flannel produce are first class. But there is extra gravity to this series. Some people have a great story to tell. Some people have a great situation that needs to be told. And then there’s Ed’s story. When you see and hear Ed’s story and his commentary on the situation, there’s an undeniable presence of authority, of experience, of knowledge that only comes from God.

I want people to see these films. I want people to help fund these films. They’ve filmed five and don’t have the money to film the last two. Let’s work together, let’s share this post, let’s buy some tickets so others can watch. Today I’m giving away ten free viewings for anyone who wants to watch. No obligation to donate. I just hope you consider and I hope you share. Thanks for reading. Ping me on Facebook, Twitter, or through the blog and I’ll email you a code to watch.

You can watch films one and two today for FREE! Below is called “It Ain’t Over” and after that you can watch “Consider the Birds.”

Consider the Birds can be viewed on Flannel’s website.

For $7 you can have the first FIVE films!

And for a donation of any size, you’ll get the biggest online hi-five I can deliver. ¬†Thanks again for reading.

Ok, still not convinced?!!
One more video:

I’d love to hear in the comments what you think of these firms.

Giveaway: NOOMA Whirlwind

I am happy to have another giveaway this week on my blog.  As a supporter of Flannel , which produces the Nooma series, we received two copies of the latest film, Whirlwind.  What a great opportunity to give one away.

Whirlwind is about the story of Job.  In this installment, Rob Bell challenges us to think outside of our circumstance, particularly ones that aren’t going our way.  Actually it’s when things are really bad that we must remember our place in history, HIStory.

  • Who is the author?  
  • Who is the character?  
  • What is the dialogue?

You’ll love this film.  But to get it, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Post a comment below telling me what your favorite Nooma was and why.  (Comments due Saturday 10pm)
  2. Send an email to me with your address so that I can get it to you if you win. (my first name at
  3. Check back on Monday morning to see who wins.
Flannel is an excellent organization and these films have reached a lot of people.  They’ve created Kingdom-centered stories.  Would you consider supporting their ministry ?  (They did not solicit this plug.)  When you purchase a film, they offer a free viewing to someone who can’t afford to purchase a copy.

Make the comments insightful!  Haven’t seen a Nooma film before?  Tell me why you should win this video.

And the free book goes TO…..

The first responder, Mr. Persistance, the reader and writer himself… Mr. Jaye Barbeau.  This guy hounded me on Facebook and recruited his friends to write on his behalf – well played, Sir.  It was difficult to turn down the web-man Jeff Miles because he’s helping to update my blog and take it to the next level.  Crowning him winner would have been for selfish gain.  Nice try Miles – I guess I’ll have to pay those consulting fees after all.  But today all the glory goes to Jaye Barbeau. 

Thanks to everyone who commented and participated in my give-away.  Please take a moment to see if my blogging material might interest you on a weekly basis.  My blog is focusing on family, leadership, fitness/exercise, social media, and a few stories about sports.  You can subscribe and get it right to your inbox for free.

And remember – there may or may not be a NOOMA video give-away in the weeks to come.  Thanks again.

Jaye – the book is on its way.

Book Giveaway – Donald Miller’s "A Million Miles"

I have recently started reviewing books for Thomas Nelson as part of their book review bloggers program.  My second title will probably be an all-time favorite – Donald Miller‘s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.”  Katie and I were sitting on the porch when the UPS man pulled up with a box that was bigger than expected… because there were TWO books included!!

The publisher (CEO Michael Hyatt) thought that the book was so good that he wanted us to give away a copy to a friend.  So I’ve decided to have a little fun with this.  I’ve teased this on Facebook and Twitter for the last week and here on my blog I’ll be giving away the free copy.

Here’s what will happen:

  1. You post a comment at the bottom of this post telling me why you deserve the free copy.  Include your first name or an identifying title.  Get creative!!
  2. You email me your full name and address in case I choose you as the winner. ( OR message me on Facebook)  IMPORTANT:  include “Donald Miller book” in the subject so I can sort through them.
  3. I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday night and post something on Thursday. 

If you’re so inclined, please check out my blog and participate in some conversations.  Oh, did I mention I may or may not have some Nooma videos to give away later?  Shameless promotion, I know.