Happy Birthday Makenzie (Button-Nose)

Why do we celebrate birthdays?  For some, it is tradition. For others, it is to honor the person who, on that day, is advancing in years.  And for others, it is to remember a life well-lived.   We are a family that lives forward and not backward.  Yet, our birthday celebration today remembers one whoContinue reading “Happy Birthday Makenzie (Button-Nose)”

How Is Your Life Different? A Quick Evaluation (Covid-19)

Social distancing. Self-quarantine. Flatten the curve. These and so many other words and phrases have poked their heads out from the ground in this spring of the Covid-19 pandemic. (There’s another one). Undoubtedly, your world has changed. And as you linger into your first months of this new reality, you have an opportunity. It isContinue reading “How Is Your Life Different? A Quick Evaluation (Covid-19)”

Let Us, Do This: (Covid-19)

“Encouragement During The Pandemic” May we who are merely inconveniencedRemember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factorsRemember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from homeRemember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility toContinue reading “Let Us, Do This: (Covid-19)”

Face To Face, Soon Enough – Covid-19

Here we are. A few weeks into the Covid-19 quarantine. We wash more. We watch more. We are creating temporary “new normals,” and some are finding it very life-changing. We’ve taken to the screens and Zoom loves all of us right now. One desire (or maybe hope) that bubbles through the lips of many IContinue reading “Face To Face, Soon Enough – Covid-19”

Be Where Your Feet Are

Over the past few days, at the National Youth Gathering 2019, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to interview NBA all-star Sam Dekker. Walking through his amazing story, he talks about his ups and downs personally and professionally and speaks life into student and adults alike. When I asked what was the best piece of adviceContinue reading “Be Where Your Feet Are”

National Youth Gathering Is A Picture Of The Authentic Church

I’m sitting in the lobby of the Hyatt on day 2 of the National Youth Gathering, waiting to serve and watching the smattering of students and adults grab their coffee in preparation for another full day. There are 25000 students and adults here. They have converged on Minneapolis to worship, grow, and serve in thisContinue reading “National Youth Gathering Is A Picture Of The Authentic Church”

Makenzie Still Impacts Lives Today

So this just happened. Mom and I went to refresh the flowers at the intersection at which Makenzie died. Afterward, a woman came up and said 10 years ago, she and her husband were coming home from church and came upon the accident. It was a Wednesday, June 03, 2009. They pulled into the gasContinue reading “Makenzie Still Impacts Lives Today”

When Leaders Gather – #bpmphx2019

Have you ever been to a leadership or work conference that said it would be one thing, but it turned out to be something different? Sometimes that’s not a great outcome. The speakers were average, the workshops were dry, and the environment failed to set a positive tone. On other occasions, the conference, as isContinue reading “When Leaders Gather – #bpmphx2019”

4 Powerful Words For Church Leaders

Every year, there are a few folks who cycle off of our Board of Directors at church. These servants give of their and their family’s time to help guide the ministry of the congregation. Last night, one of our long-standing members cycled off as president. He wrote a “final words” encouragement to the rest ofContinue reading “4 Powerful Words For Church Leaders”

When You Vote, You Thrive

Today is mid-term election day. Because of the freedoms our country affords, millions of us will perform one of the most powerful acts a citizen can do — vote. Some say their vote is too small — meaning, “I’m just one in a cacophony of voices, so it really doesn’t matter.” I have a differentContinue reading “When You Vote, You Thrive”