Eugene Peterson on the Preaching of Jesus

One book I just started reading is Tell It Slant by Eugene Peterson (I’ve always loved Peterson; his book, The Contemplative Pastor, had a huge impact on me early on when I was in seminary, preparing for ministry). The subtitle of Tell It Slant is, “a conversation on the language of Jesus in his stories … Read more

“Leading on Empty”

In 2006, Pastor Wayne Cordeiro gave a talk at the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit called, Dead Leader Running. The talk struck a chord with me, at the time, and Cordeiro’s experience has stuck with me. In fact, when my ordeal began 19 weeks ago, it was one of the first things I thought … Read more

The Discipline of Replenishment

Recently, I reviewed one of Bill Hybels’ talks from the 2011 Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit. In the talk, Hybels mentions the “discipline of replenishment.” Because of where I’m at right now, the phrase struck a chord. Hybels says every leader needs to practice the discipline of replenishment. Otherwise, you’ll burn out. While this … Read more

Celebrating 3 Years With Sarah

Three years ago, Joleen and I were in Seoul, Korea to pick up Sarah (see the day we met Sarah and first hours with Sarah). It’s one of the real highlights of our lives, a blessing for which we are eternally grateful! Today, we celebrated Sarah’s third gotcha day by going to Fun Central, a … Read more

Blessings From Blogging

I was just reflecting on some of the unexpected blessings I’ve experienced because of blogging. At first, it was a place to post sermon notes. Then it became more of a resource for ministry and leadership, as well as a way for friends and family to keep up with what’s going on in our lives. … Read more