Today’s Photo Today in Review We’re having a very quiet and low-key New Year’s Day. I’m trying to implement a “seed habit” this year in place of resolutions, beginning with the habit of becoming more observant – of where I spend my money, of how I dedicate my time, of what food I eat, etc. … More Daily Reflections: The Only Today I’ll Ever Get
It probably happened over a thousand times during my teen years. My dad would make some comment that seemed very pessimistic about an athlete’s personal life, the prospects of a politician following through on his campaign promises, or a church leader’s integrity – and I’d be deeply frustrated at his depressing point of view. Well, … More 2018: All Other Ground is Sinking Sand
By the time I started seminary, I had been around church enough to know that Christian leaders aren’t always what they seem. I had seen a man with passion in the pulpit and abuse in the home. I knew the beloved youth pastor from my hometown who had been fired for looking at porn on … More My Mentor’s Downfall
Sermon Summaries: 1 Samuel 28-29 Is God in complete control over the evil in the world? Whether you respond to that question in the affirmative or the negative, there are (humanly speaking) troubling implications: If God is in complete control over every manifestation of wickedness, then it clearly reminds us that He could stop and … More Is God in complete control over the evil in the world?
Every day, no matter where I go, I get to see natural wonders that many people in the world will never get to witness. I get to serve as a part of a congregation where I personally know each person and family well enough that my prayers for them don’t feel like an impersonal checklist, … More 20 Reasons I Love Living In Troy, MT
A Step of Independence I was born into a non-sports-loving (aka logical) household in Colorado Springs. The idea of emotionally investing in a violent sport played by millionaire strangers was something my parents simply weren’t into – silly, I know! But for whatever reason, I loved it. The complexity of the rules, the intricacy of … More My Team and I: A Journey Through Life While Wearing Vikings Shirts
I read recently of a young man who was feverishly committed to a football team. He watched every game. His closet was full of team apparel. The boy had memorized the name and number of the entire roster, but his hero was the star wide receiver. You can imagine the unbridled exuberance he felt when … More The DNA of Disappointment