Baby Steps to Effortless Joy

This is a shot of my oldest boy at a birthday party about 13 years ago. It was taken in the backyard of our first home. It was a small cottage just big enough for our then average size family. We were young. I had a good job. Our children were mostly healthy and we had nothing much to worry Read More Here…

Road to Somewhere

You have probably heard about the controversial “bridge to nowhere” proposed to lead from Ketchikan, Alaska to Gravina Island. It became a national embarrassment and symbol of wasteful government spending on political pet projects in the early 2010’s Another famous bridge to nowhere exists in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California. Construction started in 1936. In 1938 a massive Read More Here…

Lonely Traveler

I was on a film shoot for my job earlier this year in Valdez, Alaska. It was late in the day and we’d finished our work, so I took off with a couple photographers from our crew to find some fun places to explore. I started down a trail of snow and ice just alongside a frozen lake. The trail Read More Here…

Coincidence as Evidence: an Observation on Faith

“Do you have an apartment that you rent out on your ranch?” I asked at the end of a fifteen minute phone call – our fourth in six weeks talking about our upcoming trip to Colorado. He answered slowly as he processed the question, “Why do you ask?” That started a conversation I’ll remember for quite some time. One Answer Read More Here…

The Dreamer Finds His Way

Adapted from the Story of Joseph in Genesis 37-46 Once raging jealousy burned in the hearts behind those eyes that peered into the pit they had dug for my destruction. Now I’m staring back into those ten sets of eyes with the power to repay and a choice to make. What path I would take, even I didn’t know. Vengeance Read More Here…

King David’s Lament

I slowly dipped the pen into the ink. I was considering the words that would become my alibi. A drop fell to the ground as if it were a drip of blood from my broken heart. Uriah – one of  my very own mighty men of valor – his life has been on the line for the best in me, Read More Here…

Transactional Ministry: WIFM Gone Bad.

A few years ago, I was making my living by pastoring a church. I learned a whole bunch of lessons. This is one of the hardest: transactional ministry has no place in the church. I wrote this article a few years ago, and it rings true today. The trend toward top down leadership in the church over the past couple Read More Here…

Justification

Justify: [juhs-tuh-fahy] verb. to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done. justification. Mr. J swaggered into my place of business about 3 years ago with the confidence of a quarterback that just won his 2nd straight superbowl.  Fearless. Firm. Assured.  He boldly announced that he could make use of my services as if he were doing me a Read More Here…

Death to Life | The Glory of Autumn.

Autumn… Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I wonder if everyone loves their birthday month as much as I.  Do you? October is mine.  It’s always been a month of promise for me.   A new year… an opportunity to put the last behind… hope for the next.  That’s always been the story of my October until the Read More Here…