How Much are Dog Teeth Worth?


Michelle and I had an interesting conversation last week. She took our dog Chloe to the vet and then came home to report to me that we had just committed $600 for our dog. What’s the $600 for? I’m glad you asked… cleaning her teeth.

Now depending on how you are predisposed to feel toward animals you might react to this in one of two ways. For the animal lovers who cry every time Sarah McLaughlin sings a sad song about pets (you know who you are), you look at this as an obvious investment into a family member. For the non-animal lovers among us, this is a tough pill to swallow for teeth cleaning. For a dog.

As Michelle explained the details to me it was obvious she had mentally spent the money already. This wasn’t a whitening service we were getting for our dog. Apparently her teeth were in bad need of deep cleaning. I offered a few contrary perspectives that I felt should be discussed. She eventually put it into perspective for me.


John Piper

The Best Fat Michael Jackson

About five years ago my friend J.J. Peterson was in a Missy Elliot music video (it happened to be the first music video in 3D). Recently, he had a chance to tell the story. Not only is this great storytelling, it’s also an example of how to handle a very delicate moment like a pro.

For those of you who have read my book (or heard me share my own story), J.J. is the guy who spoke a prophetic word into my life when I was at a crossroads during my senior year of high school (he was a student pastor back then). He’s lived quite the productive life so far!

After you watch his story you’ll for sure be wondering about his big moment in the spotlight. Below is a screenshot from that music video to give you an idea of what he’s talking about.


Easter 2013 at Central

We just released our first promo video for our Easter series at Central. We tried something new with this one and actually made a fake promo video. I’m sure this will be confusing to some people but hopefully it creates some conversation and anticipation for what is coming. We still haven’t released the specifics of the series yet but I am beyond excited to see how this one plays out. In the meantime, enjoy a good laugh with our 2013 Easter promo video below.

Also, there are a few subtle things in this video that will take you a few watches to catch. See if you can spot my Easter egg look-alike. I’ve been told that the resemblance is striking.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day

I once gave my wife a Valentine’s Day card explaining the history of the holiday. It was such an epic gift that it is still discussed today (with quite a bit of mocking I might add). To make sure that your celebrations today are well informed, I would like to give you a snapshot of the origins of this fine day of love.


The Two Headed Beast from Hell

Alarm clock

At the beginning of the year I wrote about having a new year’s resolution. We are about midway through February now. So… how are you doing on your resolution?

Mine has been waking up earlier in the morning. This is part of my quest to transform from a night owl to a morning person. I’ve attacked this from two angles by both waking up earlier most days and also by aiming for an earlier bedtime at night. So far, it’s worked better than I’d even hoped.

Through this process I had an intriguing insight. Whenever I had tried to wake up early in the past it was also to workout. This was never something I was able to maintain. Since I’ve been waking up early this year I haven’t been using that time to workout but to read, check emails, and go in to work early. This has proved immensely more doable. It made me wonder how often we attempt things but we bite off more than we can chew without realizing it.