I pulled into the Starbucks parking lot and parked the minivan. I turned off the engine, and sat there holding the steering wheel. Ahead of me, I watched as people drove by, underneath an overcast sky, going about their daily lives. I wondered about my own life. I had driven from a meeting where a former leader had been a tad condescending with my Sabbath course of action. Apparently, I was not being realistic since I still had no job. Continue reading...
I found an excuse to get out of the house and drive around for a bit. I wasn’t sure how long, but just wanted to be alone so I could pray and think. Praying was easy, but my thoughts were still unhelpful. We can be our own worst enemy at times. One way I was is I felt bad for Jana and the boys. I questioned if my faith actions was a detriment to their own well-being and faith. Would they be better off if I wasn’t on some quixotic journey? “You should run a half marathon tomorrow.” What? Continue reading...
Throughout this season of life, people have often asked how they can pray and/or support us. We are grateful for this. Like any good pastor, I have it broken down to three points. That’s how Jesus preached, right? Three points all alliterated. Gospel preaching right there. 😉 Continue reading
This was a fun project to work on and I hope to keep at it in 2019. Unfortunately, since Thanksgiving I’m on my third prescription to treat being sick. I’ve been battling a cold, cough, ear infection...yeah. So, I paused the gratefulness posts. Continue reading
You know car bumpers that are covered in bumper stickers? Often a mishmash of religious and/or political statements that never influence someone with a differing view. I shake my head when I see it. Jana knows this, and made reference to the individual's car before sharing, “They said the Holy Spirit told them to give us this.” It was a financial gift. Grateful. Humbled. Still shaking my head, but for different reasons... Continue reading
I was often disappointed by various columns and posts from American Church leaders who took positions of the “end justifying the means” when it came to their unconditional support of Trump. My own faith, and my views about Trump, seemed to put me increasingly at odds with a majority of the church leaders I was aware of at the time. One person who did not disappoint was Beth Moore... Continue reading
When I started this Sabbath, I knew I wanted to take time to read, write, and process things going in my life. While it would be nice to do that at home all the time, it can be hard with four boys who are doing school. Sometimes, my presence can be more of a distraction with their studies. So, I wanted to find a place where I could go and process during this Sabbath... Continue reading
Last Wednesday, I was at Flagship Commons filling out some documents. It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and his schedule is busy, but I wondered if a friend had a few minutes to hang out. I text him, and sure enough he says he will come by... Continue reading
Over seven years ago, I came home from work and smelled smoke. I went to the backyard, and there was a freshly dug fire pit. Jana had talked about having one since we first moved into our home, and then there it was. She was giddy about it. I had no idea how blessed we were about to be... Continue reading