I have been going back and reading some of my books on leadership, administration, and teamwork… as well as adding a few new ones to the pile. Patrick Lencioni, Andy Stanley,Bill Hybels, etc. (sidenote: thanks to Dr. Steve Wende for suggesting Synergy … Read More

Unlike Likes

Last year I got back into this blogging thing which has invaded our culture alongside “social media” and “smart phones”. I walked in knowing it would take discipline and an investment of my time. What I did not know was how it was going … Read More


Over spring break, the family went to visit my sister and her family in St. Louis.  My nephew is graduating this year and, because of Annual Conference (yearly gathering of clergy), I will be unable to attend.  It was a … Read More


There is a book in my library entitled “The Radical Wesley”.  I had forgotten about it, stumbling across it while looking for something else.  I saw it and my first reaction was to shudder at the word “radical”… immediately associating … Read More

Happy Ash Wednesday

Isn’t it interesting that those outside of the Church (and to be honest, a lot of those inside the church, too) just could not care less about Lent?  No Hallmark cards saying “Have a reflective Lent!” or “May your Lenten … Read More


Worry is not bad. There. I said it. All these articles, pastors, and psychologist will pontificate on how horrid the dreaded worry is and the 5, 10, or 15 things you can do to get rid of it. But I … Read More

Nativity by Kershisnik

My wife is an artist and an art teacher, and where I have always loved art, I just never seem to appreciate it in the same way she does.  Still, I am always watching for good art… mainly so that … Read More

My Hobby

I recognized back in 2009 that I had no hobbies in my life.   The realization came after a workshop on taking a Sabbath that encouraged Pastors to find new ways to recharge. Looking at myself –  I worked, I was … Read More

Early Advent

Growing up in my family, we always decorated for Christmas the day before Thanksgiving, but I was not ever given a good reason why. Yet, I cannot recall a Thanksgiving meal without a Christmas tree in the background. My dad … Read More

reflections on Mark 10: 17-31

(Epworth Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, summer of 2015) A few weeks ago Mark 10 was on the lectionary (preaching schedule)… what Luke and Mark, combined, refer to as the story of the Rich Young Ruler. Thinking about it, honestly, the poor … Read More