Sad Day in the Mahaffy Home

This morning, sadly, our daughter Natalia woke to find her hamster Gus barely clinging to life. We did our best to revive him, but in he end he didn’t make it. Natalia was a very good mother to him, and we are grieving with our little girl.

Books I Read in 2012

  1. 101 Conversation Starters for Families by Gary D Chapman and Ramon L. Presson
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry by John E. Fuder and Noel Castellanos
  4. A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Matthew Dickerson
  5. Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller
  6. Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Reflection by Stephanie Dowrick
  7. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
  8. Everybody’s Called to Youth Ministry by Darren Sutton
  9. Fragments by Dan Wolgemuth
  10. I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum
  11. If I Knew Then What I Know Now by Len Woods and Dave Veerman
  12. Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton
  13. Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel
  14. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  15. Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
  16. Speaking to Teenagers by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins
  17. Stretngths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
  18. Texts That Linger, Words That Explode by Walter Brueggemann
  19. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
  20. The Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice
  21. The Complete Short Stories of Earnest Hemmingway
  22. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  23. The Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds
  24. The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America by Gabe Lyons
  25. The Pastor by Eugene Peterson
  26. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  27. The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage by Glenn T. Stanton
  28. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Rod A. Beckstrom and Ori Brafman
  29. There is a God by Anthony Flew
  30. Two Sides by Darren Sutton
  31. When Church Kids Go Bad by Les Christie
  32. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Enjoying Plays in NYC

During the past two weeks our family was able to go to New York City to enjoy a couple of plays. The first was the 85th Anniversary of The Rockettes Radio City Music Christmas Spectacular, and the second was Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical. Very fun!

Music Video to Get You Thinking About My Message Sunday

This Sunday I will be preaching at Shelter Rock Church (Syosset campus).┬áIf you’re local, join us at 178 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset, NY 11091. If you aren’t local, you can watch live at 9:30 or 11am EST online (Click the Syosset tab above video feed):