Miles 22-25

 I ran another marathon this past Sunday. It was my 9th and it went well. In fact, it’s probably the best race I’ve had. It wasn’t my fastest time and I didn’t even reach the goal I had set out to accomplish, but I think it was my best. Why? Because the race became difficult…

What If Jesus Isn’t Republican?

We’re in the middle of this every 4 year cycle of election season. Presidential candidates have gone a few rounds in debates, social media is ablaze with advocacy for particular candidates and more than enough disparaging of the opposition. For the next 12 months we’ll work hard to polarize our relationships, draw lines in the…

Get Weird: Finding Oneself Amidst the Status Quo

When everyone around you is traveling by horse and carriage why not harness up a hippo and hit the streets? It’s weird to travel by hippo and carriage, really weird. But, it’s also awesome!!! You’re telling me if you had the chance to travel by hippo and carriage you wouldn’t take it? That’s nuts, of…

The Riches of Choice

In We Are All Weird, Seth Godin describes being rich as having choices. When you have choices you have influence over your own world. When you can choose whether to eat Cheetos or celery, buy a new car or repair you old beater, fly to see family or drive cross country, save more for retirement…

Moving: “Hope in Transition”

One of our favorite musicians is Brendan James (check him out here). He’s a soulful piano man playing modest venues across the country. We’ve seen him in concert twice and both were phenomenal. We’re seeing him in concert again next month. We’re fairly excited as it’s been a few years. His 2012 album is titled…

Hope is Dangerous

We missed out on another house today. The market is tough for buyers on a budget. It’s discouraging…even more discouraging when we get our hopes up. Each house we look at and like leads us to picturing ourselves building a home and settling down. But, it’s a seller’s market and each time we find out…

Moving Time

It’s moving time! Over the next few weeks we’re in the process of packing up our belongings and heading west. We’re excited, nervous, stressed, hopeful and full of all the mix of emotions that come with a substantial life transition. I have moved a lot. To the point of having described my family as being…

Changing Church: It’s About Jesus

Do you spend a great deal of time talking about how great your church is? Do you talk about how many people attend or your rank as one of the fastest growing churches in the country? Do you talk about the great youth group, the awesome youth building and activities? Do you talk about the…

Church: Is There a Better Way?

We Christians love our church establishments. I really do get it. I grew up in it. I was mentored in it. I went to seminary and everything. BUT, it needs to change. It has to. Remember Yellow Pages? Sure you do…if you’re 25 or older. But, when’s the last time you used it? Information has…

Church: Quit Practicing and Start Doing

A good friend once asked me what I was up to one night. I told him I was going to bible study. He asked, “When’s the test?”. That question stuck with me. I had spent my whole life learning about Jesus, theology and doctrine and found myself surrounded by others who think, believe, look and…