Don’t Mess With Carbon Monoxide

February 26, 2010

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

Carbon monoxide gas is invisible, odorless, and deadly. carbonIt’s produced when any fuel is burned; this includes gasoline, propane, natural gas, wood and coal. It is extremely serious when combustion by-products are not vented outside. Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States each year. Here’s what you can do to prevent the danger of carbon monoxide in your RV.

In RVs carbon monoxide gas usually results from:

* Exhaust leaks from either an engine or a generator.

* Improper use of portable powered heaters.

* Someone else’s vehicle or generator when camping in close quarters.

If your RV doesn’t have a carbon monoxide detector you need to purchase a battery operated one designed for use in RVs. Test it every time you use the RV. Replace its batteries when you change clocks for daylight savings time.

Here are some more important notes about carbon monoxide:

* Inspect the generator exhaust system before using the generator, every time.

* Avoid leaving windows down and roof vents open when in close proximity to vehicle and/or generator exhaust.

* Follow all directions and safety cautions and warnings when operating gas powered heaters.

* If you use a portable generator direct the exhaust away from the camping area.

* Never use the range burners or oven to heat the RV!

* When cooking with the range burners use the range fan & always leave a window cracked open for fresh air and ventilation.

Learn how to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

1) Dizziness
2) Vomiting
3) Nausea
4) Muscular twitching
5) Intense headache
6) Throbbing in the temples
7) Weakness and sleepiness

You may also experience an inability to think coherently.

If you or anyone else experiences any of these symptoms get to fresh air immediately. If the symptoms persist seek medical attention.

Shut the vehicle or generator down and do not operate it until it has been inspected and repaired by a professional.

This information is an excerpt from our RV Safety Features, Tips and Tricks DVD.

Happy Camping,

Mark

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

Ever Ask “Why”?

February 23, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

I have, and I still do. As we travel the Christian journey we are why copygoing to experience circumstances that we do not understand. Being human, it is natural that we want to know why our loving God allows or perhaps even causes them.

Job’s trials were not caused by God but by the devil in an effort to get him to turn away from God. In an effort to understand the whys of our own trials, we must recognize that the battle between the forces of good and evil have been going on since the Garden of Eden and that it is being fought all around us today (Eph. 6:12).

We must seek God’s wisdom (James 1:5) to recognize the true cause of our trials. Remember, “in all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrong doing” (Job 1:22).

It is amazing that those with no faith in God seldom blame Him for their troubles but that those who believe often ask, “Why did God allow this to happen to me?” While we are on this earth, our physical and spiritual lives are not disconnected, but totally interconnected. It is in our circumstances (physical lives) where the spiritual warfare takes place.

When we become believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we are volunteering to become soldiers and to participant in a spiritual battle. We can expect victories but also battles that try our soul, our spirit, and our faith. It is even quite possible that the more we seek to please Him, the more we will be aware of that spiritual battle.

In studying the Bible we become aware that Jesus and His disciples were constantly waging the battle against the devil and his evilness. Who could have experienced this battle more than our own Savior in His ministry, in the Garden, before Pilot, and on the cross? He promised that in this world we would have trouble but He also encouraged us to “take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

I will be praying this week for each one who reads these words and ask that you also pray for me as I sort out the whys in my own life. May we together live as Peter admonished us in 1 Peter 5:6-10.

As always I welcome your questions or comments.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

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RV Lifestyle Can Bring Freedom

February 23, 2010

as appeared in the Chicago Tribune
February, 25, 2010

Her e-mail nickname, “roadabode,” says it all.

Evanne Schmarder is only 44, but she’s been living what many people consider a retiree lifestyle for a decade with her husband, Ray, 55. The couple live full time in a 31-foot recreational vehicle, combining a public relations business, RV cooking show and Ray’s music career.

“We don’t have traditional jobs, mortgages or children so we’ve felt for a long time that we have more in common with retirees than we do people our own age,” Evanne said.

Soaring gas prices and the nasty recession have put a dent in RV sales, inspired RV foreclosure Web sites and slowed the movement of warriors still on the road. Devotees say they are hopeful, nonetheless, that baby boomers will keep the industry alive, even if it means reinventing its image.

One example: Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties last year began offering lectures by Ivy League professors at its RV parks in Florida and Arizona. Other parks offer kickboxing and yoga, though bingo and spaghetti dinners are still on most agendas as well.

Now that Ray is 55, the couple can stay in RV parks geared to older adults, where Evanne says she’s most comfortable.

“We meet mostly people in their mid-60s and up,” she said. “They’re the most vibrant, active and sharp people you could imagine.”

Anita Lalonde, 76, has essentially lived on the road for seven years with her husband, Robert, 69. Anita’s former husband was in the military, so she got used to moving.

“It’s an adventure every day,” she says of her lifestyle, which involves spending winters at the Fountain of Youth Spa in Niland, Calif., in a “park model,” an RV that is a fixed structure and stays put in the park. During other months, she travels to see relatives.

“I am not a person that’s attached to home,” said Anita, who said she lived in 35 homes before settling into the couple’s three-bedroom, two-bath park model.

Think life on the road might be for you? There are some caveats, though most RVers say they are spending far less to live than when they would in a permanent house:

Rising costs: Costs to stay in full-service parks have risen dramatically in the last decade, Evanne Schmarder said. There are ways to economize, however, including seeking RV-friendly retailers, such as Wal-Mart, where some stores allow free overnight parking. Many retirees work at some RV camps in exchange for stays. Check out http://www.work-camping.com and http://www.workamper.com

Logistics: This has gotten easier with conveniences such as online bill pay, RVers say. And an organization in Texas offers mail forwarding. Go to http://www.escapees.com. As for the mechanics of operating a giant mobile home, many RVers maintain Internet chat rooms devoted to minute details of issues such as repairing a GFCI outlet (basically the circuit breaker), but ask yourself whether you’re up for such hassles.

Finding the exits: Leaving the RV lifestyle can be costly if health issues arise. Finding a down payment on a traditional home can be prohibitive, especially if you’re relying on the sale of your RV to finance it, experts say. One strategy that’s gaining steam is the park model structure, where you own the RV and stay in it at least several months a year, but rent the campsite underneath on a permanent basis. One of the potential downsides, of course, is that you have little control over rental costs.

Appearances: Friends and relatives still ask the Schmarders whether they are ready to settle down and find a permanent home, and Evanne suspects they think the couple is poor.

“That really irritates me,” she said. “We chose this lifestyle and we love it.”

Gas To Go Over $3/Gallon

February 22, 2010

keith bennetby Keith Bennett
The RV Travel Examiner

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has predicted that gas prices will continue to rise as we get closer to warm weather and that the $3 mark should be crossed in the spring and summer of this year.  The demand remains very low in the U.S. but overall demand is up, mainly due to China.  This continues to put upward pressure on the price of crude and therefore the price of gas.

RVers are very price sensitive to fuel costs and coupled with many state parks being closed for economic reasons; we predict that RVers will stay closer to home.  The patterns may be very similar to 2009.  The patterns may change if RV campgrounds increase rates to take advantage of fewer choices for RVers due to state park closures.

In informal chats with RVers the resistance point for a full hookup seems to get intense the closer the rate gets to $40 per night.  Where is your resistance point for staying in a private RV campground if gas is at/above $3/gallon?  Drop a comment with your thoughts.

Happy Camping

You may comment below or visit Keith’s site at The RV Travel Examiner for additional RV Travel articles.

Got Any Throwaways?

February 17, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

It was like a dagger through my heart. The call was from my daughter who informed me that my oldest granddaughterrecycling was in jail on drug charges. This was not the first time—it was just another time. How many times would there be? I had never visited her when she was in jail before and didn’t intend to this time either.

In response, I almost screamed into the phone, “I think it is time for some tough love. Let her sit it out. It will maybe do her some good. Give her time to think for a change.” My daughter’s response surprised me and made me think. “Dad, I don’t have any throwaway children!”

I would later come to realize that my daughter’s reaction was also God’s reaction when Adam and Eve disobeyed Him in the Garden of Eden and partook of the forbidden fruit at the serpent’s suggestion. God could have just returned them to dust from which they were made. But He did not set that example for us to follow. He had given them the ability to choose to follow His directions or that of the serpent. But when they failed, He continued to love them and even made clothing for them to cover their nakedness.

Although He did punish Adam and Eve and send them from their paradise, God still loved them and sat out to bring them home to Him again. He spared no effort or time in doing so either. Throughout the Old Testament God constantly worked to get mankind to follow His commandments. He finally sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to provide the ultimate sacrifice for all of mankind.

Sometimes it would be so much easier to just throw some individuals away than to suffer the disappointment and heartache that God’s way provides. So as I pondered my own earthly father’s reaction to my behavior as a young man, I realized that there were times when perhaps I could have been thrown away, disinherited, disowned or written off as hopeless. But my earthly father continued to love me and provide for me.

So it was with my heavenly Father. Hadn’t I once been a servant of God but listened to Satan’s lies and turned my back on Him. Hadn’t I disobeyed God many times, yet God had never given up hope and sent the Good Shepherd to rescue me.

Now I realize that God’s way was the way to deal with my wayward granddaughter. Although the way has not been easy, today she is gainfully employed, has two beautiful sons, and is drug free.

Do you have any “throwaways”? Have you given up hope? Although continuing to give love to a wayward child is difficult, it is amazing what God’s way can do with prayer and faith. Jesus Himself challenges us to provide that special love that comes from Him in John 14:32-36. Tough love is really loving when it is tough to do.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

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7 Tips to Better Motorhome Driving

February 15, 2010

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

After numerous requests we finally decided to produce a motorhome driving DVD. polk_smallI enlisted the help from aprofessional driver and book author Lorrin Walsh. I always thought I was a good driver, but even old dogs can learn new tricks. Here are my top 7 tips to help improve your driving skills.

1. Know where your pivot point is and what it means. The pivot point is defined as the fixed point on a vehicle at which the vehicle rotates around in a turn. On a two-axle vehicle it is the center of the rear axle. This means that if an object, for example a tree, is located at the center of the rear axle or behind, you can turn toward the object and not hit it. If the object is ahead of the pivot point and you turn toward it, you will hit it.

2. Have an understanding of what off-tracking is and how it affects the way your coach turns. Off-tracking is the difference between the path of the front wheels and the rear wheels, during the course of a turn. You really don’t need to know how much your coach off-tracks; you just need to know what it is and how it affects the way your coach turns.

What is beneficial is to establish what Lorrin calls “turn offsets.” A turn offset is the distance that your coach will travel forward during a turn, in relationship to how far away you were from an object when you started the turn. It basically shows you how your coach turns. To establish your turn offsets, park your coach parallel to a line and 1 foot away (you can do this in a parking lot). Then mark the line adjacent to your pivot point. Now, turn the wheels full lock, or as far as they will turn in the direction of the line, and move forward until the pivot point you established on the coach intersects with the line. Measure the distance you have traveled from the starting mark that you put on the line, to the pivot point. This is your turn offset from 1 foot away.

It doesn’t hurt to take these measurements turning both left and right. This gives you an opportunity to see what it looks like in the mirrors, and not all vehicles turn the same in both directions. Repeat this exercise at two-, three-, and four-feet intervals from a parallel line. If you tow something behind your motorhome it’s a good idea to take it with you when you try this, to see where the towed vehicle crosses the line. Then you know what to expect when towing a vehicle.

3. Find out what your tail swing is. Tail swing is the distance that the body of the coach behind the pivot point moves in the opposite direction of the front when you turn. To establish what your tail swing is, stop your motorhome with the side of it parked along a straight line. Then, make a full lock turn away from the line and have someone measure the maximum swing as you turn. When we were filming, Lorrin’s motorhome had a tail swing of 18 inches, but another coach we tested had 30 inches of tail swing. In general, a newer motorhome chassis will turn more sharply, which equates to more tail swing.

4. After you have your turn offset and tail swing information you will know exactly what you need to do to properly setup for a maneuver. The setup is the most important part of any maneuver. Setup is how you position your motorhome to start a maneuver after taking all these other factors into consideration. By setting up farther away from the obstruction and starting to turn earlier, you would be able to turn into a much smaller lane or opening. Also, by knowing your tail swing you know at least how far to be from a wall or other objects before you start your turn. In traffic you will need to allow space in the lane on the opposite side from the direction that you are turning, for your tail to swing into. Something that really needs to be stressed here is don’t force a turn. If there is not enough room to make the maneuver, stop and wait for traffic to clear to complete your turn. And if it doesn’t look like there is enough room to make the maneuver, don’t do it!

5. Proper mirror adjustment is an important element to improving your driving skills. Approximately 30 percent of the hazards you will encounter come from the rear, so getting the maximum viewing area from your mirrors is critical. If you have the type of mirrors that extend out in front of your motorhome on long arms, make sure the inside edge of the mirror is flush with the side of the coach. When we were filming, we found that the majority of motorhomes with mirrors of this type were not set correctly.

The best way to check the mirrors is to stand in front of your coach and sight down the side. The inside of the mirror head should look like it is just touching the side of the coach. Having the mirror flush with the side of the coach gives you the best overall view. Some motorhomes taper in on the front and can give you a false setting, so make sure you are looking down the side. On the passenger side you should set the mirror flush with the outside of the awning arms. If the mirror is too far in or out, you are losing valuable viewing area. Adjust the flat part of the mirror so you can just see the side of your coach along the inside edge and so you are looking back level with the ground about one-fourth of the way from the top of the mirror. You really don’t need to see a lot of sky.

6. Establish reference points. In a car you have a hood in front of you to use as a sight, but in a motorhome you have very little in front of you to assist in staying on course. While you are at the parking lot to establish your turn data, park the motorhome with the driver’s side of the coach on a long line and see where that line intersects the bottom of the windshield. If there is no specific reference point, mark that spot with a piece of tape or other type of marker. Then move the coach, so the line is on the passenger side, and mark the windshield the same way. This will give you your limits. These marks will give your subconscious some help to stay centered in your lane and maintain a straight course. You should also note where your windshield marks or any reference points you have established on the dash are when centered on an average-width roadway.

7. Make sure other adults who travel with you are capable and confident in driving the motorhome, too. It’s better to share the driving duties or, at a minimum, have the ability to drive if the need presents itself.

These are simple driving tips you can apply to help improve your driving skills. I want to thank Lorrin Walsh for his contributions to this article. For more information on how to drive like a pro, check out Lorrin’s book or our DVD available at www.rveducation101.com.

Happy Camping,

Mark

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

Hosting Opportunities for RVers

February 10, 2010

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? February 10, 2010jaimie_250

The RV Daily Report notes that the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is concerned that there is a shortage of trained hospitality employees to work and manage RV parks that now offer more amenities and live entertainment. Snowbird RV resorts in the Phoenix area regularly offer big-name entertainment plus have loads of activities and excursions planned for winter guests. Not all owners and managers have the experience to run RV parks and resorts at this level.

Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, says that parks struggle to find managers and support staff with the proper training and experience. She goes on to say, “Much of the hospitality industry does not even know that hospitality, entertainment and management job opportunities exist in the private park sector, which is why we’re trying to get the word out.”

ARVC is stepping up to the plate in several ways. They have a section at their Web site for national job listings. The have developed a fast track park management training program at The National School of RV Park & Campground Management, held in Wheeling, WV. They’ve also begun to develop park management and guest service training programs through local universities. The first one is being offered through Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

This creates more paid opportunities for Workampers who are looking for management positions or work as activity directors. Those still needing to make a living might find this a good career with a chance to move from park to park. See ARVCs Education page for more information about the programs they offer.

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]

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Where’s The Spare?

February 10, 2010

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

spare tire

Why don’t some RV manufacturers include a spare tire with a new RV? Is it a liability issue or a cost issue? I have heard both sides of the story over the years, and it usually depends on what type of a RV you are talking about.

I have owned three towable RV’s and two motorized RV’s. Two of the towable RV’s came with spare tires when I purchased them and I ordered a spare tire as an option on our Class C motorhome, but I could not get a spare for our Class A motorhome.

It seems ridiculous that you buy an RV, designed for traveling all over the country, and the one thing not included is a spare tire. Let’s try to find out why there’s no spare!

It has been rumored that many years ago an RV owner got hurt while changing a tire on his motorhome and that he sued the RV manufacturer. This is supposedly why many motorhome manufacturers opt not to include a spare tire, especially on larger motorhomes.

Admittedly changing a spare tire on a large motorhome is not the same as changing a tire on your automobile. From a liability standpoint the argument is because of the size of the RV and the weight of the tire and wheel it can be dangerous for an individual to attempt changing a tire. Plus you would need to carry some special type of equipment to safely and properly change a tire. I would have to agree, but why not include a spare (without a jack or the other necessary equipment) and have a mandatory warning label stating the dangers of changing a tire along with a recommendation to use a professional road side tire service to change the tire for the owner.

Here is what some RV and chassis manufacturers have to say:

Why doesn’t the RV come with a spare tire?

The combined weight of the tire and wheel is approximately 110 pounds. Even if you feel comfortable lifting that amount of weight, other variables pose a problem when it comes to changing an RV tire. You may find yourself on the side of the road in a confined situation, or during the nighttime when it is raining.

Jacking up the side of the RV would be difficult. Leveling jacks are not designed to lift the entire wheel off the ground to change a tire. To change a flat RV tire, it would be necessary to store the correct jacks and jack stands for safety. The next hurdle would be the lug nuts, which are torqued to 500 pounds and difficult to remove. Once removed, and while reinstalling, a tool to properly retorque the lug nuts would be needed. All these necessary tools, combined with the actual spare tire, would take up a considerable amount of space and add additional weight to the RV. Call roadside assistance for tire repair and save yourself the aggravation.

My vehicle doesn’t include a spare tire. Where can I get one and where can I store it?

Most larger motorhomes don’t provide a spare for several reasons. Generally, the wheel assembly is too cumbersome and heavy for one person to change alone without risking injury. We’d recommend that, in the case of a flat, you enlist the help of a roadside service crew to fix your flat tire. If you do decide to obtain a spare wheel assembly, contact your dealer for details on ordering one and the proper way to store it.

Now that we know why some motorhome manufacturers don’t include spares why don’t some of the towable manufacturers include spares?

This is where the cost issue comes into play. RV manufacturers look at every penny going in to manufacturing the RV. Not including a spare in the base price of the RV can save money, so they list the spare tire as optional. What this means is when the RV dealer orders the unit they can add a spare or not add a spare. If a dealer is trying to bring a unit in based on price point they limit the options included on the unit. When I was a RV sales manager I included a spare tire on every towable unit just because it made sense and it really wasn’t that expensive.

You still need to consider the safety aspects of changing a tire on a trailer. Even though it’s smaller and lighter than a motorhome tire you still need equipment like a jack, jack stands, lug wrench and torque wrench. In addition to the equipment required, you need to have a basic understanding of how to safely and properly jack the trailer up. But again, if you have a spare you can always call a roadside service to change it for you. If you don’t have a spare you may be stranded in some out of the way place until the tire can be ordered and come in. This could take a couple of days, or longer.

That brings me to how this article came about. We are planning a cross country RV trip this summer and I refuse to go without a spare tire. Our motorhome has 22.5 inch tires with 8 lug rims. When I tried to locate a tire and rim it was difficult to find one. I’m sure I could order one from the manufacturer, but I would be afraid to know what the cost is. We have a good roadside assistance plan so what I decided to do was to just buy the tire itself and if I have a flat the roadside tire service can mount the new tire on the rim. It is less weight to carry and it eliminates the possibility of delays due to ordering and waiting for a tire to come in, if it isn’t in stock.

Regardless of whether or not your RV came with a spare I think it’s a good idea to get one, and I think for safety reasons you are better off having a roadside service plan that will change the tire for you.

What do you think?

Happy Camping,

Mark

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

The Purpose of Bible Study

February 9, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

Recently I read that the goal of studying the Bible is personal application. I could not agree more;bible_studyhowever, it is so easy just to read the words without concentrating on how to apply them in our own lives.

The Purpose of Bible StudyIt is of questionable value to just read the Bible if we are not going to apply its teachings to our lives. I Corinthians 10:11 says that “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us.” It would seem then that we should seek to apply what has been written to our daily lives.

After we have repented of our sins, accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, and confessed Him with our mouths (Rom 10:9), we should make the study of the Bible a regular part of our lives. Only as we apply its teachings and allow Christ to live out His life in us are we able to do as Jesus commanded. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34, 35). In John 14:15 He gives further instruction as to the importance of applying His teachings to our daily lives.

No matter which book of the Bible you choose to start studying, perhaps you may want to join a Bible study group near you. I can assure you that you will find it beneficial to your growth as a Christian.

One of my favorite books is Proverbs. I find it chuck full of wisdom that still needs to be applied to our daily lives in this 21st century. Its principles were echoed by Christ himself throughout the gospels. Its words are often like a two edged sword; however, there are also many nuggets of humor to lighten it so that it is not too heavy. Proverbs 30:33 is an excellent example of this humor.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

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Billy Graham – Most Influential Preacher

February 9, 2010

By LifeWay Christian Resources

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – He has preached the gospel to more than 200 million people in 185 lands and, at 91, still maintains that his one purpose in life is "to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ
Billy Graham Most Influential

The Rev. Billy Graham, crusading Evangelist, climaxed his tour of New England with a mass rally on historic Boston Common on April 23, 1950. Some 50,000 persons attended the event."

Billy Graham, whose crusade in Los Angeles in 1949 vaulted him into the public square, is far and away the top living preacher that has most influenced Protestant pastors, according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research.

In telephone interviews conducted in November 2009, Protestant pastors were asked to “name the top three living Christian preachers that most influence you.” Twenty-one percent of pastors surveyed said Graham – that’s nearly three times the number who named Charles R. Swindoll, prominent pastor, author and host of the radio Bible-teaching ministry Insight for Living.

Graham, who served as pastor early in his ministry, has led major evangelistic campaigns around the world, authored 27 books and counseled many U.S. presidents. His appeal to both religious and secular audiences is evidenced by the wide range of organizations that have honored him, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute.

While Graham’s position at the top may have been expected, the list as a whole was a bit surprising for its lack of diversity, according to Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research. “Considering our sample includes liberal and conservative, all races and ethnicities, mainline and evangelical, we were surprised that the list looked like mainstream Christian radio and publishing and was not more representative,” he said. “Of course, the majority who answer drive the final numbers, but I was expecting more diversity in the responses.”

Rounding out the top 10, after Graham and Swindoll, were:

- Charles Stanley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Atlanta, and founder of In Touch Ministries.

- Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the best-selling book, “The Purpose-Driven Life.”

- John MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., and president and featured teacher of the Grace to You ministry.

- Barbara Brown Taylor, religion teacher at Piedmont College in northeast Georgia and author of 12 books including “An Altar in the World.”

- David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego County, Calif.

- Max Lucado, minister of writing and preaching at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the recipient of three Christian Book of the Year awards.

- John Piper, pastor for preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and author of more than 30 books, including “Desiring God.”

- Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church – all in the Atlanta area – and founder of North Point Ministries.

“Studies like these can help us see who is shaping the thinking of Protestant pastors today,” said Stetzer. “Since survey participants are not picking from a predetermined list, the people named must be widely known. Knowing who is shaping Protestant thinking shows us what type of direction to expect from the nation’s pastors.”

Participants in the survey also were asked to “name the top three living Christian leaders that most influence you.” Graham again topped the list, but other names emerged as well, including James Dobson and Desmond Tutu. For complete results, and for more information on the survey, visit LifeWayResearch.com.

LifeWay Research conducted a telephone survey among a random sample of 1,002 Protestant pastors Nov. 5-12, 2009. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed +3.1 percent. Usable responses to the open- ended question about Christian preachers were received from 868 pastors. Usable responses to the open-ended question about Christian leaders were received from 765 pastors.

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Share Jesus Without Fear

February 8, 2010

from Lifeway
Biblical Solutions for Life

In recent years, the Share Jesus without Fear book and its growing family of ancillary products have share_Jesus_booksparked a faith-sharing movement that continues to gain momentum.

It began with the jaw-dropping story of William Fay, once a money-driven businessman with Mafia ties who ran a house of prostitution until it was raided by police. Facing the threat of jail time, Fay turned to Jesus Christ for redemption and ever since has been turning others to Him as well.

Now featuring a fresh new cover design, Share Jesus without Fear relays Fay’s passionate, effective instructions on how to share the love of Christ with anyone–without feeling intimidated on either side of the conversation. Bold and joyful, the outreach movement continues without fear.

You can order a copy of this book here

Weird RV Sailboat

February 3, 2010

by Greg Gerber
posted on RV D@ily Report February 3, 2010wierd rv1

CYBERSPACE – Chinese designer Weili Feng has developed an eco-friendly RV that doubles as a sailboat.

The Harmony is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and can travel on land and on water. It’s a luxury yacht that can also make a perfect weekend getaway vehicle.

wierd rv2In addition to the hydrogen fuel cells, the Harmony also has a solar paddle that functions as a sail while collecting solar energy to help power the vehicle’s electrical needs.

The Harmony sleeps four and includes a toilet, kitchen and entertainment system.

wierd rv3Source: Weird RVs

You can email Greg at [email protected]

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