Notes from the leadership journey!

The Lost Blanket

Well, you’ve heard the stories of the Lost Coin, the Lost Sheep, and the Lost Son (see Luke 15). On Saturday, we experienced the story of the Lost Blanket! Last week, our family went to annual conference, a gathering of pastors and lay members from each church or charge in the conference. We arrived Wednesday… Continue →

A Makeover for Your Mind

Have you ever gotten a makeover? Makeovers aren’t just for your face and hair or even for your house. They are also for your mind! The dictionary definition of transform is … to make someone or something completely different, usually in a way that makes them more attractive, easier to use, etc. When I think… Continue →

The 2013 School Year in Review

Today was a busy day, and it marked the end of a busy year! This year, Sarah completed her first year of preschool (see Sarah Goes to Preschool!), and Ethan completed Kindergarten (see Ethan Goes to Kindergarten!). The year also included extracurricular activities–soccer for both Ethan and Sarah and dance for Sarah. Sarah’s year of… Continue →

Prayers for the Church: Trust

The Church needs to trust God! I have been writing a series of prayers for the Church, offering a prayer with a different focus each week. It’s been a few months since my last prayer in this series, and I have a few more I want to write. So far, I’ve prayed for awakening, transformational… Continue →

No Questions in Heaven

I’ve said during a couple different worship services in recent years, there’ll be no questions in heaven … only gratitude! That’s certainly not to make light of the questions we have now or the difficulties any of us face. Certainly, in this life, there are many, many questions, many things we simply don’t or can’t… Continue →

A Heart Strangely Warmed

Today is Aldersgate Day, and it marks 275 years since John Wesley recorded these words in his journal … In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change… Continue →

Under the Influence of the Spirit

I really enjoyed preparing a message for Pentecost Sunday this past week. In fact, it struck me that without Christmas and Easter, there would be no Christianity, but without Pentecost, Christianity would have no power or ability to last! Pentecost was so important that Jesus’ final instructions to his followers were to wait in Jerusalem… Continue →

“Training Camp”

I finally got around to reading Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon, which I’ve been interested in for a while. The book is a fictional story that shares lessons on pursuing greatness. The story follows Martin Jones, an undrafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. During… Continue →