From My Notebook (12 APRIL – 18 APRIL 2020)

              This week I had a conversation with a friend who is a small business owner.  He said, "Everyone wants me to be successful so they give me ideas, but not the space to execute those ideas.  I need ideas AND space."  This has me thinking, where on my … Continue reading From My Notebook (12 APRIL – 18 APRIL 2020)

From My Notebook (21 March – 11 April 2020)

              Every 2-3 years I re-read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.  Reading it again re-motivates me.  Sometimes I get bored with his plan and want to get adventurous and create my own way...which most assuredly means that my Total Money Makeover will take longer 😉 !  Reading … Continue reading From My Notebook (21 March – 11 April 2020)

Stop worrying about your clothes

Right now I'm really busy. This weekend I will officiate at a wedding, preach a sermon, and then carry out my pastoral duties at a funeral... the funeral of a friend. This busy weekend comes right in the middle of a teaching series I am doing at church called, "Making Space." As I am preparing to … Continue reading Stop worrying about your clothes

Making space in a packed life

"When good things begin to happen, other good things begin to fall through the cracks." That is exactly what happened to the leaders of the church when it was in its early days. It's something that happens to leaders today too. Things start going well, and then things start falling apart, and it's often the … Continue reading Making space in a packed life

Be someone (#plantwhatyouwanttopick)

Here is a sampling of the conversations I had last week with people who are experiencing tough times... A man who survived multiple affairs and is working to put his marriage back together. A lady who is going to die any day now. A dad whose young son has cancer. A man whose wife wants to leave … Continue reading Be someone (#plantwhatyouwanttopick)

Don’t lose what you’ve gained

Last night I was reading the little letter that St. John wrote to a friend of his. He said something really important in this letter: Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. (2 John verse 8) You work hard to gain: spiritual vitality, physical strength, intellectual capacity, … Continue reading Don’t lose what you’ve gained

Three ways to change yourself

Every month I write an article for the Brutal Iron Gym newsletter. For now this is a free newsletter packed with good information and inspiration. If you want to receive it send an e-mail to! This is the article I wrote for the June edition of the newsletter!   I’m a huge fan of getting better! … Continue reading Three ways to change yourself

We might not be communicating

For the last several years I have made an effort to make friends who don't look/believe/act like I do. From racial to sexual to theological differences... I have made a lot of great friends. I've spent a lot of time drinking coffee, eating sushi, and lifting weights with my friends. I've listened... and from time … Continue reading We might not be communicating

The two most important parts of your day

    The two most important parts of your day are... the beginning and the end! Here's why I say that... Because, for most of us, these are the two parts that are under our control! Our morning and nighttime routines are typically not impacted by the unexpected (e.g. unexpected visitor, a phone call that takes … Continue reading The two most important parts of your day