End of a Chapter

After twelve years of working at Christ Community Church, my time as an employee will come to an end. I leave with incredible gratitude and love for the people that make up CCC. It’s been an honor and joy to serve as a pastor here. Continue reading...

One Day

One of the few books I read from high school that still appeals to me is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. As I began writing this post, One Day... came to mind and I decided to write about the entirety of the day. It's a slow build till the impetus … Continue reading One Day

Kids, Salvation, & Celebrate Crossing The Line

My two oldest boys responded to an invitation to "cross the line" from death to life at the Easter services. A number of people saw them since it was the first Easter service, and they were first up on stage. During the night, I couldn't sleep. I was thinking about what the boys had just … Continue reading Kids, Salvation, & Celebrate Crossing The Line

Answered Prayer (We Have A Minivan!)

ME: (answering iPhone) Hello?ANONYMOUS: Hey Robert, what are you doing?ME: Just working on what I'm going to say for baby dedications tomorrow.ANONYMOUS: You want to go shopping?Where to start.My first thought is of Liam. His childlike faith challenged and inspired me. His simple prayers of asking for a new van, one that had a dvd … Continue reading Answered Prayer (We Have A Minivan!)

We Need A Minivan

Jana and I own, and drive, a 1992 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight. I was an underclassmen in high school when this car came off the factory line. It's old.Don't get me wrong, we have been grateful for this car. When our previous car died, during the morning rush hour on Dodge Street, we were given the Oldsmobile … Continue reading We Need A Minivan

My Troubles with being Irish in America

(Stream of consciousness post.) I think most of us have moments that are seared into our memory. The moments are often breaking news items or events that change the trajectory of our life. For my generation, one of those moments is the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. There is another, lesser-known moment that is still clear … Continue reading My Troubles with being Irish in America

"Downwards is the only way forwards."

I don't think there has been a time in my life where I have been more efficient with my schedule. And yet I still feel overwhelmed by the wave of work and life that is coming over me.One month from today the Online Campus officially launches. What is there to do before then? Everything. An … Continue reading "Downwards is the only way forwards."