Hope for Spicy Families

A few days ago I picked up Jen Hatmaker’s new book For the Love.  A friend had said she couldn’t put it down so I was intrigued.  A couple of chapters in and I was hooked too.  I’m not even done with it yet, but one of the chapters impacted me so much that I … Continue reading


I feel like I have something I need to get off my chest about offense in the church body.  I share completely from my heart as a pastor and not with any agenda except to see unity and healthy relationships in the church.  Being easily offended is poison, both to the offended and to the … Continue reading

Little Black Binder

I recently went to visit my extended family and was able to spend some time with my elderly grandparents who were recently moved into an assisted-living home.  They are none too happy about having to be there, but their failing minds and bodies have necessitated the move from their own home to a place where … Continue reading

What is this Feeling?

What is this strange feeling of happiness and sadness at the same time? It came as a complete surprise to me today. Three days ago my oldest son proposed to his girlfriend. They are giddy in love and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them. She is a perfect match for my son. She is … Continue reading

Perfectly Imperfect

God has really been dealing with me lately on my perfectionism.  I have always been a perfectionist.  As a kid I liked my room to be neat and organized and my schoolwork to be perfectly in order.  I always turned my work in on time and was driven to make perfect straight A’s.  My goal … Continue reading

Have Yourself a “Mary” Little Christmas

We all have stress during the holidays – some more than others.  Some of us create our own stress, as if there wasn’t enough already.  We think that we need to create the “perfect” holiday.  Even if we aren’t typically perfectionists, we tend to want the holidays to be perfect.  We think that if we … Continue reading


It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged and I have so many slowly developing blog topics swirling around in my head, but this one hit me this morning and I am taking advantage of a few minutes of quiet time to write out my thoughts.  I sat down in front of the television this … Continue reading


I have a song in my head and in my heart lately…Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.  I have been overcome and overwhelmed by Jesus’ love for me and I am undone.  It is difficult to even pen words that adequately describe the depth of emotion that I have … Continue reading

Holy Humor

I heard a speaker recently talk about God’s sense of humor.  He made the comment that God is the most funny and joy-filled being there ever was.  I agreed with him, but somehow that comment struck me as odd.  Over the last several weeks I have pondered why that statement struck me so profoundly. Then … Continue reading

Lessons Learned

A few weeks ago I read a thought-provoking blog entitled 50 Lessons Learned in Ministry.  It was written by a fellow church planter’s wife whose blog I follow.  As I read her 50 lessons learned I could identify with each one.  I actually saved the email with her post and it is still in my … Continue reading