A Welcome Anti-Climax…

Today, I did something I’ve been dreaming about for probably 20+ years. I signed my first book contract with a Publisher.  And it was… nice. Not amazing, not “get-a-picture-of-me-signing-this!”… that’s right, not even quite a Kodak moment (can we still have those?). Just nice. And that in itself was really amazing. As I mentioned in[…]

A New Chapter…

It all started with a conversation I had with my friend and co-pastor Dustin Bagby. As we pondered adding new elders to our team, he was researching resources for eldership in the missional church setting. There’s been a decent amount written on eldership- but mostly in traditional church and denominational contexts. None seemed of much help[…]

Forgetting The Love Of God

‘But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practised, without neglecting the others.”– Luke 11:42-46 Jesus accused the Pharisees of forgetting, neglecting two things: justice and the love of God. In other words,[…]

It’s Official

Yup- it’s official. Between school, ministry, family, the side business that pays for school, I officially have more to do than time in which to do it. And that doesn’t even include the things I would LIKE to be doing, but just don’t have time for right now, things like exercise and reading for enjoyment…[…]

Peace…

Saturday I was driving somewhere, doing something- I don’t really remember what and it’s not particularly important. But, alone with my thoughts and a bit more than 2/3 of the way thru my sabbatical, I realized- I’m not at peace. Rested, yes. Relaxed, yes. Happy- as much as anyone could reasonably expect. And yet, that[…]

7 years ago today…

Last year on this day, March 11th, right around this time, I was standing on the roof of a clinic in a village in rural Haiti, using a borrowed phone to try and call home. This morning, one year later, using terrible hotel wifi, I finally managed to place a Skype call from Spain back[…]