Every week I hear and think things on which I need to ACT (Act on, Contemplate, or Teach). I write them down in my notebook and ACT on them. Some of them are just too good to keep to myself, so I'm going to experiment for a while with a new post series, "From My … Continue reading From My Notebook (1 JAN 20 – 16 FEB 20)
(Artwork by Larry Selman, titled "They Were Always There") Yesterday at Church180, Sherri and I shared some big news (no, we're not having another baby). The best way to share it here is to share a letter with you that we sent to the church: To my friends and “family” at Church180, This will be … Continue reading BIG change for Team Peterson!
WHOA!! Crazy question huh? Well, this morning I was reading St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians. I know what's in this letter... I've read it dozens of times. I know that Paul is going to rebuke the church for being proud of one of their members who was having sex with his step-mom. Do you … Continue reading What’s worse than having sex with your step-mom?
Last week I made the most difficult decision of my life thus far. I decided to step away from being a personal trainer. For the last five years I have been a personal trainer at a place that literally transformed my life... Brutal Iron Gym. When I first walked into that building, back in 2009, … Continue reading Why I stepped away from personal training
This morning I was listening to the Bible on my way to the gym (thanks to The Bible app). A phrase jumped out at me that I can't quit thinking about: "It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words." (Matthew 12:34 MSG) Here in the south we joke about one of … Continue reading What do you mean?
I've been thinking a lot about urgency lately. Here are a few unedited and non-finalized thoughts about this subject: When I am urgent about something I am laser-focused on it. It is almost impossible to be urgent about multiple things simultaneously. Urgency in one area generally means neglect of other areas. How do I live … Continue reading Thinking about “Urgency”
I am a busy guy. I'd bet a dollar you're busy too. I'm a husband to one lady and a dad to six ladies! I am a full time pastor and a part-time personal trainer. There are always things to do, and I make a valiant effort to get them done. What I have learned … Continue reading How to spend time with your kids
(DISCLAIMER: this is not a room in my house. Mrs. Peterson would skewer me if I ever posted a picture like this of a room in our house... if such a room existed. 🙂 ) We just started a new teaching series at church called "Making Space." As I've been thinking about this series and … Continue reading Making space
Are you tired? Are you too busy to take a break? Are you so busy that you don't have time to enjoy your life? Are you stressed out? Do you have unchecked action items on your to-do list at the end of every day? Are you living with no space... no margin in your life? … Continue reading Making Space
Sunday night Sherri and I sat with a couple and planned out their wedding. They were excited... and a little nervous. There was laughter and hope as we discussed the beginning of "happily ever after." Monday morning Sherri and I sat with a mom and her daughter and planned out the mom's funeral. There were some tears; … Continue reading Death and marriage