“The Fisherman’s Tomb” – John O’Neill

When I was in junior high I had the opportunity to take one of the best trips of my life. My dad, my grandpa and I jumped in the car and drove to upstate New York where we spent a few days searching old library records and talking to people while we researched our familyContinue reading ““The Fisherman’s Tomb” – John O’Neill”

Don’t be like “Attack of the Clones”

It’s amazing how our attitude affects a situation. We can go into something truly fantastic and be completely disappointed, or we can go into something absolutely awful and be pleasantly surprised, all based on our initial expectations and attitude. Take the Star Wars movies for example. The original 3 were spectacular. Episodes 1-3 have someContinue reading “Don’t be like “Attack of the Clones””

“Faith For Exiles: 5 Ways For A New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon ” – David Kinnaman & Mark Matlock

Too many of our ministry efforts prepare people for a world that doesn’t exist, under cutting our witness and passing flimsy faith to the next generation. Because, honestly, we are scared. David Kinnaman & Mark Matlock I love to travel. Seeing new things, experiencing different settings and ways of doing things…its exciting! When I wasContinue reading ““Faith For Exiles: 5 Ways For A New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon ” – David Kinnaman & Mark Matlock”

Points if you can pronounce "Habakkuk"

Over the last few days or so, I’ve begun to get use to a feeling of surrealness.  I went grocery shopping last week. It wasn’t that the store was empty-there was plenty of food. But it certainly was more empty than I’ve ever seen a grocery store. It reminded me of shopping for groceries inContinue reading “Points if you can pronounce "Habakkuk"”

Honesty about struggling with principles

No pic. No silly title. Just some up-front honesty. After a couple of weeks of writing about principles and doing the right thing, I feel like those convictions are being tested. Over the last week, significant situations have arisen that have challenged my conviction to do what is right; not as a clear choice betweenContinue reading “Honesty about struggling with principles”

Principles are weird…are you weird?

Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing, even if we have resolved to live our lives on principle. We will always be tempted to fall back into a habit of self-preservation and the seeking of our own self-interests. However, there’s another factor that will make it difficult to live consistently on principle. Living onContinue reading “Principles are weird…are you weird?”

Change, principles, and other boring stuff that can dramatically alter your life

I’ve been involved in church leadership now for almost 14 years (that seems like forever). I have now worked as a volunteer in a church, as part-time staff, as full time staff, as paid temporary staff, and as a supported ministry worker. I have been asked to give advice to churches I do not regularlyContinue reading “Change, principles, and other boring stuff that can dramatically alter your life”

Thoughts to drive us – We are little kids and its ok

One afternoon, my four-year-old daughter picked up her mom’s phone and sent me a text message that had about fifteen letter g’s, ten letter l‘s, and twelve letter k‘s in it. it was indistinguishable and garbled. The moment I saw the text, I knew who it was from, and I knew she wanted to send meContinue reading “Thoughts to drive us – We are little kids and its ok”

Grammys and art: Sia-squatch…or Take Off, You Hozier

The Grammys were last night. Here’s some highlights: Pharrell did “Happy” in a weird orchestral setting with a piano player who is famous enough that no one has heard of him and the Pirates of the Caribbean music guy pretending to play guitar. Beyonce performed a gospel chorus. She sang it once. It took 27 minutes.Continue reading “Grammys and art: Sia-squatch…or Take Off, You Hozier”