Moving the blog

January 9, 2009

MandoRon has moved to!

The time has come to try out the self-hosted version of WordPress, so I’m moving.

I’ve closed comments on this site, but feel free to go to the new site and add a comment there.

Also, please take a moment to update your blogroll links and your feed reader subscriptions.

See you there!

This is tough stuff!

January 9, 2009

Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.” – Jesus (Matthew 16:24)

Recently added links

January 9, 2009

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I just wanted to point out a few new links in the blogroll on the right…

Funeral Songs

January 8, 2009

As I mentioned a few days ago, Andrea and I went to a funeral last week.  It reminded me that Andrea and I have had several conversations about funeral songs over the years.

There are good ones, bad ones, and overused ones. 

Andrea wants Kimberly Hoy to sing I Can Only Imagine at her funeral, and she wants Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes.  I’m not sure what I want.  Nothing overused.  No canned karaoke music.  No organ.

So, I’ve compiled a list of funeral songs that I’ve seen or heard about or that I’m merely suggesting.  There are some good ones and some less stellar ones, so I’ve also added my comments for your reading pleasure. 

Please chime in with your ideas or thoughts.

The list got kind of long as I worked on it for several days and asked a few people for suggestions…

  • I Can Only Imagine – Mercy Me (Getting to be overused?)
  • In Better Hands – Natalie Grant (Not my style, but a great funeral song.)
  • Thank You – Ray Boltz (So 1980’s…  I would strongly advise against not using it.)
  • The Dance – Garth Brooks (If you’re into that sort of thing; I’m not.)
  • Hello Again – Petra (This song could be pretty appropriate.  I only want it at my funeral if John Schlitt will come and sing it!)
  • See You In Heaven – Guardian (I played this at a funeral last year.  Great song!)
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler (I’ve threatened to come back and haunt my wife as a poltergeist for the rest of her life if she has someone sing this at my funeral.  I loathe Bette Midler!)
  • Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf (Only appropriate at biker funerals.)
  • Amazing Grace (It’s a classic.  Bagpipes get bonus points.)
  • Because He Lives (This hymn is used a lot, but I wouldn’t vote for it.)
  • Home – Daughtry (Andrea’s vote for the perfect funeral song.)
  • Love You ‘Til the End – The Pogues (Andrea wants this one at my funeral.  Nice touch!  I’d be okay with that.)
  • In the Garden (A classic hymn.  I think my grandmother once told me that my grandfather wants this at his funeral.)
  • Candle In the Wind – Elton John (Only if you’re a princess…)
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Greenday (An excellent choice!)
  • Who Wants to Live Forever – Queen  (Hmmm… Not sure if it would work or not.)
  • In the Blink of an Eye – Mercy Me (My wife’s suggestion; I can’t stand the song personally.)
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton (That would be a tough one to pull off…)
  • Come to Jesus – Chris Rice  (My wife’s suggestion.)
  • Go Rest High on That Mountain – Vince Gill (A good one for you country fans.)
  • Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) – Cinderella (My friend Dawn says this was used in her brother’s funeral.)
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python (Hmmm…  Probably not.)
  • There Will Be a Day – Jeremy Camp (Not a big Jeremy Camp fan, but this could work…)

For more funeral song ideas… check out, this article about an Australian funeral provider, and this post on The Best and Worst Funeral Songs.

And finally, thanks go out to Andrea, Heather, Dawn, and Clara for their suggestions.

Please add a comment with your thoughts on the list or any other funeral song ideas you have!

“Pure Praise” devotional study

January 7, 2009

pure_praise_144Hey!  I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about a 9-week devotional study that will be taking place over at  People from all over the country (world?) will be reading “Pure Praise”, a Bible study on worship by Worship Leader and Author Dwayne Moore, and then having online discusssions each day at

The study begins January 12.

For more information, check out Fred McKinnon’s blog and get the details on how to join in.  It’s not too late.

GracePoint Video

January 5, 2009

The multi-talented Eron Rawson shot this video at GracePoint yesterday, and then edited it that afternoon.

It came out really cool.  I suck at embedding video so you’ll have to click on the link to check it out.

Giving Up On Being a Maverick

January 5, 2009

A few years ago, I was taking a Leadership course where we had to write (and present) a paper about ourselves in ten years.  One of the topics was “how will others see you in ten years?” 

I decided that I wanted people to see me as a bit of a maverick – someone who doesn’t always play by the rules and isn’t overly concerned what people think about me.  I want to be the guy in the back of the room that only speaks up from time to time and says the oddest things… but is usually right!

“Be a maverick” has kind of stuck in my head.

Just in case you’re insanely curious (like me), here’s an interesting Mental Floss post on the origin of the word.

Since last May, I’ve been writing my personal leadership philosophy.  As I was editing it today, I noticed the phrase “strive to be a maverick”.

As I’m sure you are well aware, “maverick” has become a bit overused lately.  In fact, Lake Superior State University has added “maverick” to it’s 2009 list of banned words


So… thanks to John McCain and Sarah Palin, I’m having to revise my leadership philosophy. 

Thanks a lot!!!  Makes me feel even better about voting for the other guy.

It used to be a such good word…