There are so many joyous things in this world. Things that bring smiles, elicit laughter and make one feel the warmth of the goodness in the world. New born life (My son became an uncle. My youth pastor’s wife had her child.) Job promotions. A kiss from ones’ wife first thing in the morning. Families… Continue reading People are Happy and Really Hurting
Have you ever had one of those days? weeks? Maybe even years? You know what I’m talking about - demands at work are piling up, school assignments are past due, your body feels empty of energy, people keep pushing your buttons - or worse, it seems nobody cares. You feel worthless and abandoned - all… Continue reading Where’s All The Joy Gone?
As we wrap up this year, well, this decade, I shared with some yesterday about seasons. Living in a community surrounded by farmers, they grasp the reality and the importance of knowing seasons. But seasons are more than just weather related. We go through seasons of life too. Dry seasons, stormy seasons, seasons of deluge,… Continue reading Seasons … Which one Are You In?
Some songs have journeys that are amazing. Such is the case for Baby, It’s Cold Outside. This song has had some really big highs and some really big lows. Written in 1944 by Broadway legend Frank Loesser, the original intent would surprise people. It was written to be sung at their housewarming party as the… Continue reading Baby It’s Cold Outside
I watched the Apple Event. I fiddled with my cracked, scarred, and beat up iPhone 6 as I watched. I pondered if my present phone was jealous ... or elated that he could finally be put to rest. And I enjoyed the presentation for the 11. But what was it about the 11 Pro that… Continue reading I’ve Waited for This … the Newest iPhone
Being a preacher's kid, church services as a kid were often ... underwhelming. It wasn't the worships themselves, it was the fact I was a kid that got easily distracted. Plus, I had to listen to that preacher all week long (not complaining dad, just saying). So I looked for things to keep my attention.… Continue reading Paper Airplanes in Worship
Ho-Ho-Hum From Ho-Ho-Ho to Ho-Hum ...Have you ever felt like Christmas can be bit stagnant, a bit passe’, a bit ho-hum. We grow up and we get so bogged down with mundane little tasks that occupy our time we seem the season has lost its sparkle, its wonder, its awe. Laundry, housework, choosing Christmas cards,… Continue reading Tyranny of the Mundane
I rarely talk about a book before I’ve read the entirety, but recently I was drawn to the cover of a new book by David Mathis. Mathis is a pastor and an executive at desiringgod.org. The book - Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines. Grace is very important to me, (See previous… Continue reading Disciplines …. Habits of Grace … Means of Joy