A short trip down to the southern part of Spain is little village called Mijas. I know that experience is always better than information, and such was the case with this little gem of a place. My closest friends, Gary and Lisa Black live here and have told the magical and sometimes hard to believe … More Mijas and Malaga
Teresa and I will be married for 26 years in June. We had made plans to go to Hawaii for our 25th, but due to the loss of her dad, we sadly had to postpone our quarter century celebration. It was worth the wait. Our plane landed in England and as a foreshadowing for the … More Barcelona…
Growing up on an upstate NY farm, bailing hay, feeding cows, and working the earth, my worldview was very simple, “pray for rain when we need the hay and crops to grow, and pray for sun when you want to harvest them.” What I saw was pretty black and white. That is not what … More The way I see
If there is one thing that I have learned about blogging, is that I suck at it. I always have these amazing thoughts and ideas and “what if” questions and tell myself that I am going to write about, and then watch them trend and go viral. Then I get distracted and start playing candy … More I suck at this…and that’s OK…
Every Friday morning, our church doors are open at 5:30 am for anyone who wants to come and pray. We pray for our city, our people, our church, and a myriad of other issues that may arise during our conversation with the Father. Today started just like most other Fridays. I would love to say … More What Would You Say?
Easter, as we know it in the Western Church, has almost become more about who has more plastic eggs spread out in a field and who can give away the most prizes to kids who already live in absolute opulence, and who can outdo the church down the road with helicopters, horse rides, bouncy houses, … More Is Church Planting Really the Answer?
My family and I left the security of a great family, awesome church, exciting job, wonderful home, and and incredible community to pursue the adventure of church planting. This was something that through a series of events was Providential and not of my own accord. Although, I tend to have wanderlust, this was something that … More 14 things I’ve learned (and still learning) as a church planter.
A lot has been written recently about the discipleship movement, I think it could be because with all of our mega-everything, we have realized that we have done a poor job at making true disciples, which most of the time comes in the hidden and small. We are pretty good at making consumers, (vis a … More Get on the DiscipleSHIP!
In his book An Unhurried Life Alan Fadling writes, “If you had one word to describe Jesus, what would it be?” He then goes on to say, “Relaxed”. I have to admit I have never thought of Jesus as relaxed, but then as I read through so many of his stories, through that lens, I realized … More Simplify: De-Clutter
I just finished up a series called “The Hard Things” in our church. We tackled the issues that we as believers wrestle with, and cause tension in our lives like Jesus and politics, miracles, prayer and other things… Through the journey of this series, we discovered that a lot of what we have been taught … More Simplify