Good Words Podcast

Tim and Becca, parents of toddlers, are making some strange decisions. Sometimes they talk about marriage and life. Somtimes about movies and books. Follow along on their world travels.

25: Try Rubbing Sheep Dung on It

Kwizniac- Remember that one time Becca answered the “Space Invaders” question correctly?
The yellow jackets love of Tim continues

Another item off Becca’s bucket list

[exterminator ninja outfit]

A discussion of Mice and Men and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Verse Correction: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
It’s ok to stay in the mental institute, but watch for the open window

Idols for Destruction

  • Can everything be seen and understood by the sciences and the human mind?
  • Medicine is more an art than a science
  • Do you believe at the end of science there will be perfection?
  • Science and history seem trustworthy, but anything that makes you feel safe besides God will lead you into trouble
  • The importance of listening to the stories of other people who are being honest about their stories
  • Is our generation more interested in experiences then materials?
  • Are animals more innocent then people?

24: The System Becomes the God

  • Trivia
  • So here’s what I learned… exercise is hard
  • Parenting
    • Yelling at your kids
    • Learning to apologize to a toddler
    • Becca’s war against Daniel Tiger’s mom
    • Simon’s horse deconstruction
      • [horse donut]
    • “You are not your mistakes”
    • Wanting our kids to look normal
    • Kids with developmental issues…wanting to support your child, not knowing how much to intervene in your child’s life
    • Chameleon parenting
  • Amusement parks
  • Our new “pet”
  • Idols for Destruction
    • The fear of savings
    • How much savings is enough?
    • Wrestling with our own fiscal insecurities
    • Does bureaucracy have more control over us then our employers?
    • Elections department work
    • The love of systems
    • As christians where does our responsibility lie when we participate in government?
    • Pragmatism is not honest…We are not called to be pragmatic
    • Don’t lend your voice to what you see as the unavoidable system of this world
    • What if technology is improving/accelerating at such a rate that productivity per person will increase to such a point that all the service needs are taken care of by smaller number of people?
    • Would you kill your robot to hire a human?
  • An unusual freelance request

23: Staring at the Small Things in Life

  • My latest bone to pick with Tim…He was awesome until he wasn’t
  • Tim the bludgeoner
  • The bee that traced a poisonous spray straight to Tim
  • Tim is now Bee Man…Also he is now Rocky instead of Adrian
  • Our war on loose dogs continues
  • Trivia Game…It’s a zany one
  • INSIDE OUT! BING BONG!! And the further tale of spiritual
    struggles of Becca

Inside Out

Dumbo…Spoiler alert he is encouraged to repress his feelings and then accidentally gets drunk.

  • Idols for Destruction
  • “Idols of Mammon” – yes that is the actual chapter title
  • Does our culture feel strongly envy is a sin?
  • Gratitude for the creation verses the Creator
  • The reorganization of the Kathmandu cupboard
  • Inflation
  • Bitcoin The Fork
  • Let’s talk dictators

Even My Robot Does Not Listen to Me

  • New mic set-up
  • TV Watching record
  • The disobedience of our robot daughter
  • Military honors for dad
  • I need an imaginary husband
  • The proper protocol of wrestling by tombstones
  • Acorn slippers- It’s like wearing a sheep inside out…without the blood of course
  • Trivia…Tim has been killing it, can he keep his lead? Or, will I punch him in the face?
  • You only have one bible app on your phone?!?!?!

Another chapter of Idols of Destruction!

  • Humanism…Humanitarism
  • Do you feel like the world has used guilt to shape your attitudes and feelings towards poverty?
  • The importance of sharing stories between people across the world
  • Has poverty become a virtue?
  • Is there something intrinsically Christian about working hard or not working hard?
  • How poor would you be willing to be?
  • I may not be able to snare a rabbit but I can definitely snare some cockroaches
  • Are there some cultures that are inherently better?
  • The more we are consumers, are we less concerned with the rights of our elders or unborn children?
  • Fairness vs. Love

Grief - We Don't Know the Next Chapter

The history of the “gate wars” the Methodists strike back
What toddlers think about babysitting
Trivia question…”You’re doing it wrong if you use 39 ingredients to make this thing”

Parenting Assesment!

  • A “succint” compliment of Tim
  • Parenting in anger - grace & forgiveness
  • I have a “grown-up” who is going to take care of things
  • “Boys, the sooner you accept we are messing you up the better.”
  • Whack-a-mole parenting
  • Guilt-motivated parenting

Freelance and value in work
Showing the kids our old homes and sharing our family story
Walking through our grief and walking through it with children
The feelings of shyness with a podcast
The irritants are outweighing my large gratitude list

20: Foam Fortress

  • Trivia Game- Becca 6; Tim 7
  • Worst birthday Amazon wish list
  • There’s only one thing worse than ventriloquism; children’s dinosaur-ventriloquism
  • 6 months of filtering air through nothing
  • Violent lions versus silent termites
  • Would you want to know everything about your genes?

Idols for Destruction

  • Does our understanding of history leave room for God to break the patterns?
  • Do we pretend that we understand how God’s will is at work?

“A society that can not tolerate a judge beyond history will find that it can learn to tolerate anything.”

  • What if your duty as juror conflicts with your moral convictions?
  • Why did humans chose individuality?

19: Golden Statue of Me

Whew! We had to edit and post this one from the road, but we recorded it on the fourth of July. Enjoy.

Frozen party stupor
Energetic cake making
Isn’t the best kind of party a party of one?
Trivia Game tim- Becca’s enthusiastic acceptance speech
It’s the Fourth of July!
Expectations of freelance work
Deep conversations in public
Should I murder or take a risk?
If your spouse could choose your one life interest
The book of Daniel- Relating to ol’ Nebuchadnezzar
I don’t want people to bow down to a giant golden statue of me, but maybe just kind of admire it a little
It’s good you’re talking about something you’re passionate about—yourself

Two sample books for consideration:

  • 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
  • Idols for Destruction

History and the power of control
Do you believe “when we find our vocation, thought and life are one”
The library program and kids
Time anger about the word kiddos
Candy review: Reece’s peanut butter cups stuffed with Reece’s pieces
Tim loves him some climbing fourteeners
New title: the Risk podcast
At the end of our lives will we have changed enough to be able to play Risk together

18: A BMW in a Church Parking-Lot

Baby deer death
Processing sadness and honesty with kids
Becca will hurt dogs that aren’t invited on our property
The dead deer being immortalized in kids pictures
And the topic is…disappointment
When life moves you in a different direction
The years are passing… let me see some of these big dreams come to fruition, please?
On writing
Parenting doesn’t stroke your ego
Future childhood resentment about yard work
Latest dreams being crushed
Our personal relationship with God and needing to grab onto metaphors
Do our dreams come true in this lifetime or is it in a future way with future people- even if we feel like God’s not giving us His dreams, then we say like Schadrach Mesach… um, Rack Shack and Benny… that we will still chose to follow Him. And that’s when God manifested Himself
Corporate dreams passed on from generation to generation
Programming and “regular work” is not going into the void
Our regular job takes so much time and it can’t just be accumulating resources to do the next thing
Freelance business thoughts
What does the temptation to play it safe look like
Are American christians just “lightweights”?
It’s so difficult to remain unpolluted by freedom and hundreds of choices…a test we don’t even know we are under
Our current struggles with God
BMW in a church parking lot… well, I have a bad car so I love Christ more.
We have to know what battle we are fighting
Becca has a cold!
The rousing game of trivia continues - Becca can’t pronounce words

17: The Best 23 Minutes ever... Followed by Another 30 Minutes

Tim’s revenge - trivia game

Downhill skiing war

“Ok here’s the plan, we are going to wait until the enemy gets right to the bottom of this perfectly clear area and all slide down with pieces of wood on our feet”

skiing with cannons?

We have an email address for the show…possibly

Writers group short story

Would you break down and cry and let the t-rex eat you?

Weird 70 disaster movies that did not make me grow as a person in comparison to modern Chris Pratt movies

An awkward effort to be real even about topics we don’t talk about often

David Platt and his emotional bombs

How many of your beliefs do you have to hang up when you go out the door

How many of your beliefs do you feel strong enough to integrate them with your business

Let’s have a moral discussion, not culture warfare.

In our culture today we can’t point out anything that is the desire of your heart.

Is a commercial transaction a form of speech

What we choose to do with our freedom

16: You Are My Dude...Sadness Parfait


  • Our “new” studio
  • Self-employment
  • Dreams that aren’t coming true
  • Grief and public crying. Yikes!
  • Why would someone want to listen to vulnerability?!?!
  • What if Les Mis was a Disney cartoon with talking animal characters?
  • Tim’s embarrassing trivia game