The Journey to 13.1

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...

Murphy Family & Sabbath Update

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...

Gratefulness: Random Acts of Kindness

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

Gratefulness: CCC Friends

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

Gratefulness: Eric Carpenter

"How come you weren't at my wedding?" I didn't think Eric would notice. The fact he did notice made me smile, but then made me feel awful I wasn't there. I had planned on being there, but the previous day I had driven fourteen hours. I wanted a day to rest and get better since many in my family were dealing with sickness. The rest was needed, but when I saw Eric for the first time after he was married...I wish I would've gone. Eric was more than a friend I began to realize that day... Continue reading

Gratefulness: Jeremy Bouman

Jeremy Bouman and I were at Starbucks catching up on life. Well, it was more than catching up. It was July 2017, and I was sharing with him how I would be resigning from Christ Community Church. I trusted him. He was one of the first individuals I told, and I valued any insight and wisdom he would share... Continue reading

One Year Later & Gratefulness

One Year Later. The narrative jump in pop culture artifacts that is often employed, like the recent Battlestar Galactica series or the DC Comics crossover event. It can be exciting and intriguing as you try and fill in the gaps with your favorite story and/or characters as they are (usually) embodying a different life than before... Continue reading

Writing Two Months into 2018

New Year's Resolutions are something I've tried not to get worked up over because any day is a good day to start or stop something. This year, though, I wanted to try something with writing. Continue reading

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...

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