My Favorite Sunday Morning Pencil

If you know me, or follow me on Instagram, you know that I have developed a love for pencils. I have loved writing for as long as I can remember, but I’ve primarily written using a computer of some kind. However, the experience of writing something down with your own hand, without spell check, feeling each word leave your mind and hand, is strangely satisfying. I’m not gonna spend much time today explaining exactly why I love pencils because that’s for a future blog post. But suffice it to say, I love writing with pencils because of the experience.

Sunday mornings are a special time for me and my family. We gather with our faith family to worship the one, true, and living God. During the sermon time of our service, I will usually take notes one way or another. When I choose to take notes by hand in a Field Notes pocket journal, I will mostly likely only have one pencil in my hand–a Cedar Pointe pencil.

61vY94kVN8L._SL1200_The Cedar Pointe from General Pencil Company is an excellent pencil for note taking because of its firm, yet soft graphite core. It allows me to write much, write fast, and still feel every stroke. This is especially important when you’re needing to write down thoughts quickly, like during a sermon or class lecture. My lead pastor is incredibly insightful and one of the most application driven preachers I’ve ever heard. I learn so much from his ability to take a seemingly obscure passage, preach its meaning in context, and then draw out clear and valuable application points. His preaching style and abilities warrant much note taking!

So, I need a reliable pencil that’s firm enough to not require sharpening in the 45-60 minute sermon, but soft enough to flow smoothly.  Oh, and they smell amazing! I hardly want to admit it, but I often like to use the Cedar Pointe just for the strong and lasting aroma.Generals_Cedar_Pointe_pencil_2HB_1024x1024

If you see me on a Sunday morning, I’ll likely have a Cedar Pointe close by. I highly recommend the Cedar Pointe pencils from General Pencils. Whether you’re a pencil fanatic like me, or just looking for a different writing utensil, picking up some Cedar Pointes will be well worth the money. You can find them on Amazon or at my favorite pencil store, CW Pencils.

19149367_2014653971893374_3834793165439186257_nMathew Gilbert is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the author of Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God. Mathew and his wife, Erica, live in Tupelo with their two boys, Jude and Jack.


Morning Mashup 10/20


Sunday nights provide me with a unique opportunity. I will without fail be doing four things simultaneously: (1) Shaping up a paper due for class at 11:55 pm, (2) Watching both The Walking Dead and Sunday Night Football, (3) Watching my wife and our dog take a long, long nap, and, finally, (4) Work on the Morning Mashup post for Monday.

This all made for an exceptionally interesting night, especially when Gareth was gnawing on Bob’s leg at the end of TWD. Not sure I have recovered from that yet. But as intrigued as I was throughout the night, I kept this in mind as I prepared this edition of Morning Mashup. I hope you find these articles interesting, encouraging, challenging, informing, edifying, or all the above. But seriously…those Terminus folks are MESSED UP!

Peyton Manning Breaks Brett Favre’s All-Time TD Record – Last night, Peyton Manning set the NFL record for career touchdown passes. He threw four TD passes against the 49ers in an all out shellacking. So, here’s to the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Yeah, I said it.

Hillsong Shifts on Homosexuality – When asked to clarify their stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, Hillsong pastor, Brian Houston, was anything but clear. He essentially gave a non-answer and this article from Andrew Walker shows why evangelicals should be concerned.

Hillsong (kind of) Clarifies Statement on Gay Marriage – While Houston affirms traditionally held Christian views on homosexuality, he remains unclear. I don’t see this statement as invalidating Walker’s above article.

How Boko Haram’s Murders and Kidnappings are Changing Nigeria’s Churches – “Leading Nigerian evangelical says Christians won’t abandon the North.”

Why I’m Not Afraid of Ebola – Inspiring words from a doctor who is a Christian.

One of the Oldest Known Synagogues Seized by ISIS – “Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists not only threaten the current Middle East according to antiquities officials in Iraq and Syria, the terror group threatens to erase 5,000 years of history and relics in upper Mesopotamia, including one of the earliest Jewish synagogues.”

The Better Half: SEC Wives – This brief feature on the lives of the wives of SEC football coaches is unique and interesting. However, there is a saddening effect inherent with their lifestyles.

The Mid-Degree Crisis and Value of Work During Seminary – This was timely in my life. I am a theology student who works. I received much-needed encouragement from Phillip Bethancourt in this post.

Book Review of “The Bible Tells Me So” – Don’t miss this important review of Peter Enns’ controversial book.

Marriage on the Edge of Eternity – Francis Chan: “Eternity changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next.”

5 Bad Substitutes for Discipline – Tim Challies: “There is nothing easy about parenting, and nothing easy about the responsibility of training our children in obedience through discipline. Because discipline is unpopular and unpleasant, parents often find themselves looking for substitutes.”

The One Key Component to Good Writing – Barnabas Piper with some helpful advice for all of my fellow writers out there.

As long as we let the Word be our only armor we can look confidently into the future. –Deitrich Bonhoeffer