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)

“The 12 Apostle of Ill Health”

One of my year end activities is to read through previous year(s) journals. It is exciting to see what I have learned and how I have matured... and disheartening to see those things against which I STILL struggle. Reading my own writing is a most credible witness to my personal discipline, and lack of self-control. … Continue reading “The 12 Apostle of Ill Health”

Guiding principles for students of Scripture

Today, I am working on material for a teaching series that I am going to give at Church180. We are going to be studying a letter that St. Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae around 60 A.D. As I am working on this material, I keep thinking about basic principles that guide my approach … Continue reading Guiding principles for students of Scripture

Hug the Struggle

Ben Horowitz wrote a New York Times bestseller called, "The Hard Thing About Hard Things." In this book, he discusses the underbelly of leadership; the hard and unglamorous stuff that few talk about or consider. He tells and dissects leadership experiences... the hard ones... the REAL hard ones! I actually picked this book up when I … Continue reading Hug the Struggle

3 Ideas to get “Unstuck” spiritually

I am in the middle of a conversation with someone who is "stuck" spiritually. This person doesn't like being stuck, but isn't sure how to get "unstuck." I just sent them three ideas and thought it might be helpful for someone else too... so here they are: Help someone who cannot return the favor Most … Continue reading 3 Ideas to get “Unstuck” spiritually

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

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