It’s a Major Award!

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by my friend, Jamison Swift. He blogs at Second Runnings and you should definitely check his stuff out. Thanks Jamison! According to rule number 6 below I would like to say, “I’d like thank all the people who made this achievement possible.”

The Rules

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them (guessing on the followers…).
  4. Create 7 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.
  6. Celebrate this achievement.
  7. Stay motivated and keep blogging.

Jamison’s Questions

Name one song that has touched your life and why.

I’d have to say, Be Thou My Vision. The combination of the tune, the hopeful struggle of the lyrics (just look at my blog title), and soulful feel of the combination give me chills each time I sing it.

What hobby/interest do you wish you had more time for?

History. If I could find a way to teach US History at some level I’d probably jump at the chance. I’d also love to teach Church history at some point.

What is your most favorite photograph you’ve ever taken?

That’s easy, this one. I blogged on that a couple of weeks ago, I think.

What is a fitness/sport goal that you’re the most proud of? Or, what fitness/sport goal do you want to achieve?

I’ll answer both if you don’t mind. In seventh grade I got an “A” across the board in the Presidential fitness challenges. In the future I’d like to down to 185 pounds and stay there – which I’ve already started toward.

What is your favorite beer or alcoholic beverage?

Now you’re just trying to get me into trouble. I do enjoy an occasional beer, and my favorite is a microbrew served in Colonial Williamsburg called “Old Stitch.” The beer is tasty, but the association with history makes it dear to me.

Of all the cars you’ve owned, which one is your favorite and why?

My senior year in High School I had a 1973 Ford Maverick. The thing had no shoulder straps, accelerated like an 18 Wheeler, and the brakes terrified me. I drove it from my home to the Campus of Lancaster Mennonite High School every Monday for a year, though, and that made it special.

My second favorite car isn’t one I owned, but was one of my friend’s in college. It was a partially rusted out Chevette for which my friend somehow managed to get the parking sticker 666. We called it, “The Car of the Damned.” I used to get soaked through the floor when he drove through puddles.

What piece of technology are you most thankful for, and couldn’t live without?

I won’t be socially conscious and say, “Clean water and modern plumbing,” even though I really couldn’t live with those things 1. I’d have to say the Internet. I’m sure my psyche would be able to cope without it, but Internet communications make me able to stay in contact with people without constantly wearing my energy level completely out.

The winners are

Here are my nominees for their very own Liebster Award. Check them out. Folks, my questions to you are below.

Mennonite Road

My friend Chris discusses his Anabaptist journey as part of the Mennonerds group.

Plot Twists

Mandy Park isn’t a known fantasy author, yet. I’ve read one of her manuscripts, she’s going to get there.


My friend Jim hasn’t blogged in nearly two years, but maybe if you follow him he’ll start up again. He’s strongly academic, and that’s a plus.

Todd Hiestand

I met Todd when he was pastoring just over the River in PA. He’s since moved to the West Coast and, even though he constantly reminds us of how warm it is out there, I still like him.

The Public Blogger

I actually need to go here more. The tag line is, “where writing is a performance art and every post is a show.” Read a few of these thought-provoking posts.

Tickled TK

The blog of a self-described “adorable nerd” who has stumbled on my blog from time to time and saw fit to like some of my posts. Just fair warning, if you happen to be a Potterhead, she’s not the biggest fan.

Mobile Ministry Magazine

My friend Antoine is a mobile master, even going so far to run a web-site from his phone. He’s got some great insights into the world of mobile, and what it means for ministry.

My questions

  1. What’s the last book you read, “just because?”
  2. If you could shake one bad habit what would it be?
  3. What is your all-time favorite academic subject and why?
  4. What are your three favorite video games?
  5. Kirk, Picard, or who cares?
  6. Finish this statement, “These kids today…”
  7. If you took a philosophy course where the final was one question, “Why?” what would you write?

  1. It’s true, but it’s also cheating.