A Resolution Worth Keeping

A Resolution Worth Keeping

Several years ago Tara (my wife) discovered an idea that was a bit different than the traditional New Year’s resolution. Instead of a list of impossible goals, she chose one word that would be a focus for the year. Some of those words have been kindness, happy, joy,...
Picked Last at Recess

Picked Last at Recess

Picked Last at Recess As a kid growing up in school I looked forward to two parts of my day . . . lunch and recess. I really don’t know why I looked forward to either. Lunch was seldom a gourmet experience. Recess was a combination of anticipation and anxiety. The...
Why I Defend the Church

Why I Defend the Church

Why I Defend the Church It is really all about perspective. So often, things that we find beautiful in one moment of life we would love to get rid of later. Dandelions, for example. As a young kid, few things offered more simple pleasure than dandelions. You could...
Finding Joy While Waiting

Finding Joy While Waiting

I am not a mother. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me how great I am with children, or that I am going to be a great mom. How many times I have been asked how many kids I have, or when we are going to have children. We have been married 11 years and...
Do Visitors and Guests Really Matter?

Do Visitors and Guests Really Matter?

Your quick answer will be, “Yes, of course they do.”  The next two questions are more difficult.  “Why do they matter?” and “Whose responsibility is it?”  Unless you have given these questions some previous thought, the spontaneity of your answers may be delayed or...
Making All Things New

Making All Things New

It really shouldn’t be this hard.  As Spiritual Formation Pastor, one of my primary roles is to help people get connected in real relationships, relationships that will challenge and grow everyone involved.  God created us to be connected with others.  We were built...