Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." This is my feeble attempt at examining my life.

Moving Mom In

Moving Mom In

Tomorrow we move my mom into our home for a season. Thankfully, it’s a choice we’ve all made and not one that is necessitated by external circumstance. The response to this has ranged from, “That’s awesome!” to “Wow, I could never do that.” to “Hmm…good luck with that.”

What’s interesting is that it never, not even for a split second, crossed my mind that this could be a negative.

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Pastor, It’s Not About You

Pastor, It’s Not About You

Have you ever experienced that moment where you know that you’ve made it all about you? I feel like that happens to me all the time. When I think about being a pastor I am faced over and over again with the reality that this danger exists, constantly. There may be no more dangerous enemy for…Continue Reading

Faith, Worship, Gratitude

Faith, Worship, Gratitude

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to…Continue Reading

Content, Content, Content

Content, Content, Content

Over the coming days you’ll begin to see some changes to The Journal. For a few weeks I have been doing some reading on what it means to be a content creator in today’s internet world. You may have noticed that we live in a world dominated by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and various other social…Continue Reading

Story

Story

People intrigue me. No, they fascinate me. I think that’s part of the reason why I studied psychology in college. I also think that’s one of the reasons I love what I do as a pastor. I get to spend time with people and get to know them and their stories.Continue Reading

Ministry Matrix

Ministry Matrix

I remember being in college and a church plant started in Mount Pleasant, MI. It was so cool. Their worship was simple and powerful. We gathered in an airplane hangar that was converted into a worship space. The church did an outreach based on Titanic. The outreach was a multi-media experience. In a time when laptops…Continue Reading

Be Teachable

Be Teachable

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you could tell that you had just wasted oxygen? It’s so very frustrating when someone refuses to listen and learn. As a pastor, I’m often called on for counseling. One of the frustrating aspects of counseling can be the lack of change. If the person you’re…Continue Reading