Songs for the Journey

I knew all the words to Journey’s awesomely cheesy power ballad, Faithfully, before I ever learned my ABC’s. Why? Because it was my “parents’ song,” of course! Many a couple has a song they claim as their own – that tune with all sorts of personal sentiment, memory, and meaning woven into it. These pieces … More Songs for the Journey

For Mom

The Beginning You tease me frequently for being a pain in your back from day 1. You endured an entire day of back labor (I’m still not exactly sure what that is, just thankful that I’ll never experience it) before delivering me. As legend has it, I was then rushed out of the room before … More For Mom

Oh, you’re a pastor? Well that’s awkward.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to kill an otherwise wonderful conversation at the local café, I’ve discovered a way to do so in three words: “I’m a pastor.” I wish a hidden camera could capture that moment of unfiltered, unspoken, awkward honesty as folks remember the things they’ve shared that they would not knowingly choose to share … More Oh, you’re a pastor? Well that’s awkward.

When Attendance Doubles

A couple of characteristics that typically apply to town and country churches: They’re small. In these settings, are way more churches between 15-50 people than there are churches of more than 100. They’re made up of individuals who come from rather large extended families. This presents a unique dynamic – whenever a church member hosts a family gathering, the … More When Attendance Doubles


Last Sunday I taught through the final portion of 1 Timothy 3, which includes the following personal note from the Apostle Paul to his young friend, Timothy: I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave … More Bypass