Brian Buchanan

The King Has One More Move

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I heard this story  in 2005 at a Christian Conference in Pittsburgh. I just stumbled  upon it online after a few years of forgetting about it. I thought it might fit where we are as a nation and world: I was at an art gallery with my friends, perusing the paintings and just walking through, pretending to have a greater appreciation for art than I actually held. My friend got stuck on one of the paintings, a piece titled “Checkmate” that depicted a chess game at (you guessed it) checkmate….read more

The Woof Washer?

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As the owner of 2 crazy awesome but sometimes annoying dogs, I can tell you first hand that “bath time” with dogs is usually not a fun time. My  husky and pitbull hate getting in the tub or being hosed out back. They love the post-wash feeling of being clean but despise the process that got them there. Today I saw an ad online for “Woof Washer”. This attachment to a hose is supposed to make dog washing easier. Watch this video and leave a comment letting me know your…read more

The Christian version of Candy Crush?

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Today on my Twitter feed something caught my eye. Some has developed a “Christian” version of Candy Crush called “Stained Glass“. I haven’t downloaded either Candy Crush or Stained Glass so this isn’t going to be a game review. I’m really just curious as to why us who identify as Christians feel the need to make a “Christian” version of everything. There are literally Christian mints called Testamints. Am I less of a Christian if I prefer Altoids or prefer an iPhone game about ticked off feathered creatures? It’s so…read more

My Essential Social Media Tools

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A question I am asked frequently is “are you on social media all day every day because you’re always tweeting or posting stuff?”. The short answer is “no”. The longer answer is “no my wife would kill me”. The longest answer is “no my wife would kill me so I found some tools to help me and I came up with a game plan”. The tool I use the most is called Buffer. This app has paid options but I just use the free version. It not only allows you to…read more

Lauren Hill

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This morning southwest Ohio lost one of it’s heroes. Lauren Hill was young woman who bravely fought cancer and inspired millions doing it. In a world where the news is usually filled with negative stories about humanity at it’s worst her story was about hope. Take a few minutes and watch the tribute video from WKRC-TV: Let her story and her life inspire you to make a difference and impact others. Thank you #22 for being a source of inspiration to a city and nation that needed it.  

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Passion: The Bright Light of Glory – Book Review

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Passion: The Bright Light of Glory By Louie Giglio In the early 2000’s I got connected with the Passion movement. I attended as a student and later helped out as a “door holder” (volunteer). I loved the part of this book that included a history of Passion and what it’s about. Some of it I knew but I did learn a bunch of new things about Louie and the team and the beginning of it. The compilation of messages and stories are weaved together almost like a scrapbook of the…read more

The God First Life – Book Review

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The God First Life by Stovall Weems I got a chance to meet Stovall and take a personal tour of his church a few years back and really was taken back by how orderly everything there is. This book helps show that life really is un-ordered if it’s not putting God first. This book tackles questions like what does it mean to put God first and what are some practical ways to do that. It’s short enough that you can read it in a week but in-depth enough that you…read more

Settled

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Moving sucks. My wife and I recently moved from South Carolina to Ohio. For 6 weeks during that transition I was living up here and she was still in the south. That separation (even though we knew it was temporary) was a struggle. It was worth going through all that knowing that in the end we’d have a much better life and opportunity up here. The motto of this quick post is to look at the big picture. Yes you might be dealing with pain or hurt or a struggle……read more

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Ohio here we come!

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 After meeting in Savannah and getting married there, Amber and I made the decision to move to Charleston. She found a great opportunity and we thought since Charleston was bigger than Savannah I would quickly find something as well. We had ups and downs here but I don’t think we ever felt like Charleston was home. We were away from both our families (hers in Savannah and mine in Ohio) and finding time to visit both and balancing all of that was tough. We made a decision to either move…read more

Lessons from Skyline Chili

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This week I learned that Ruth from Skyline retired. Ruth was an amazing example of living your faith out at your workplace. She was a waitress at a Skyline Chili by Cincinnati Christian University. The 2 years I attended Bible college there I probably ate at that Skyline 100+ times. My friends and I had our own booth, Ruth had our orders memorized so we never needed a menu, and we’d share prayer requests with her and pray for her requests. On my birthday one year they decorated the dining…read more

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