“Make it Plain”: Don’t hide what shouldn’t be hidden

“From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised fromContinue reading ““Make it Plain”: Don’t hide what shouldn’t be hidden”

18 Parenting Thoughts on Cammi 18th Birthday

Often, I hit the blogosphere when a significant day happens for the family. Today is my daughter’s 18th birthday. I’m trying to let that sink in.  Cammi is 18….I have an 18-year-old. *pause for a moment of silence for this parent. Okay. I’m back. [deep breath] As usual, theses moments cause you to reflect uponContinue reading “18 Parenting Thoughts on Cammi 18th Birthday”

15 Parenting Thoughts on Ethan’s 15th Birthday

I have a habit of blogging on special days for the family. Perhaps, the moment demands reflection and thought. And like most occasions, when I start processing things, I journal in order to frame together what is stirring in me. Today is my son’s 15th birthday. As usual, theses moments in your children cause youContinue reading “15 Parenting Thoughts on Ethan’s 15th Birthday”

Anniversary Thoughts: 19 Lessons from 19 Years of Marriage

Today is our anniversary. And as a tradition, on May 23, I do a bit of a blog to honor the bride that agreed to journey life with me. But before the list comes out, I need to give you some background to what stirred this blog.     On Sunday, I was preaching, perhaps,Continue reading “Anniversary Thoughts: 19 Lessons from 19 Years of Marriage”

20 Years of Ministry, 20 Lessons I’ve Learned, and So Much More to Grasp

This week marks a monumental week for Anne and myself. 20 years ago, we began this ministry journey together. May 4, 1997 marks our first official day of ministry as pastors (insert Star Wars Day jokes and puns). I remember pacing the hallway in the office area prior to the service that day. College graduation was justContinue reading “20 Years of Ministry, 20 Lessons I’ve Learned, and So Much More to Grasp”

Happy Birthday to My Little Sister: 10 Lessons Rachael Has Taught Me

It’s St. Patricks Day. And, although it means many things to many people, it’s always marked the day my sister Rachael was born. I won’t say her age, but being born March 17, 1979 will put you in your late-30’s. So I thought, as a tribute to Rach, I’d give you 10 things that she’sContinue reading “Happy Birthday to My Little Sister: 10 Lessons Rachael Has Taught Me”

Pastoral Mentors: My Thank You to Joel and Donna Stocker

One of the greatest lessons I’ve ever been taught as a believer and minister is summed up in one line: “The enemy works in isolation; God works in community.” …and that lesson came from Joel and Donna Stocker. This past Sunday, two of the greatest mentors in my life announced their 2017 retirement to the congregation ofContinue reading “Pastoral Mentors: My Thank You to Joel and Donna Stocker”

30-Something Lessons My Wife Taught Me: A Birthday Blog For Anne

To honor my wife, I thought I’d offer a quick lesson Anne has taught me for every year she’s been alive: 1 – It costs nothing to be kind. 2 – The sun being out makes everything better. 3 – Prayer isn’t a moment; it’s a lifestyle. 4 – Swedish Fish and popcorn make TVContinue reading “30-Something Lessons My Wife Taught Me: A Birthday Blog For Anne”

Static-Filled Marriage: 2 Adjustments to Help Tune-In Your Marriage

From the get-go, I’ll say this: A well-defined picture of marriage is a life-long dedication to making personal and marital adjustments. I remember the day my parents got a new TV and gave me the old one from the living room.  As a kid, I hit the jackpot. Now you need to get out ofContinue reading “Static-Filled Marriage: 2 Adjustments to Help Tune-In Your Marriage”

Anniversary Thoughts: 17 marriage thoughts for each year of marriage

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 23rd…I’ll celebrate 17 years of marriage to my best friend.  So I thought I’d share 1 thought per year we’ve been married. 17 thoughts about marriage that I’ve gathered over 17 years… 1. Be a spouse that admits you fall short of being perfect but excels in love for Jesus.  We couldn’t ask for moreContinue reading “Anniversary Thoughts: 17 marriage thoughts for each year of marriage”