It was August of this year that I penned a blog of lament called They Told Me I Need To Write A Blog. I felt like giving up. I had no job and, because I am a Transitional Pastor, the odds were not in favor of me getting a job; pastors aren’t leaving churches during the uncertainty of COVID. I was ready to give up. I had started blogging because I needed to get noticed if I was going to find a publisher for my book. That’s what I was told so that’s what I did. Blogging ended up being more than just a way to get noticed. I fell in love with writing my blog but even more, I loved the friendships I formed in the blogging community. The book was why I started blogging and, as tough as it was to accept, maybe blogging, not the publishing of the book was why God inspired me to write it in the first place…(more…)
Far be it from me to attempt to analyze the intricacies of the language I have attempted to master from the day I first recognized that those noises coming from people’s mouths meant something. This is not a doctoral thesis or a peer reviewed submission to some publication only read by elite English scholars. This is just my take on the rather confusing construction of the language I call my mother tongue.(more…)
I am excited to announce that my book, BLUEPRINT- for the Christ Follower and Collective of Christ Followers will be available next week – if you are sick of the “How-To” Christian books that look at how to decorate and landscape so that your life as a Christ follower and your collective of Christ followers (church) looks good, if you are looking for a book that helps you create a structurally sound spiritual life and church, Blueprint is for you!
We teeter on the edge, hoping and praying that things will get better. It has been a hard year for everyone and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. How many of us entered 2020 with reservations? How many of us, even the most negative of us, could have imagined what has happened? The answers to these questions really don’t matter. If you were worried, if you did imagine a year like the one we are having, what difference would it have made?(more…)
If I were to create a novel or a movie about my life, I would never contemplate a chapter or scene that seemed to go on forever with what appears to be no purpose or relevance to the journey. I don’t mind the unexpected twists and turns but what could only be described as meaningless pain and a whole lot of nothing doesn’t fit any Hollywood blockbuster or literary masterpiece I know of. I guess my life, other than the odd moment here and there, couldn’t be turned into a great novel or a movie. Nothing fits neatly into the template of good entertainment. Nothing lends itself to an outcome that will, as far as I can tell, justify the nothingness of waiting and the pain of life itself like we see on the screen or in a book. If my life was a TV show, movie or novel, I would, at some point fully understanding why things have gone the way they have, why answers seemed hard to come by, why suddenly and seemingly without reason, life changed for the better or worse, but I have come to accept that there will be many things this side of eternity that will remain unexplained.(more…)
I sit and wait for God to let me in on His, up until now, secret plot for my life. I have heard it a thousand times or maybe only one hundred times, as a matter of fact I don’t know how many times I have heard it and I don’t know how many times I have preached it but I do know that yes, no or wait are the only possible answers to my requests. So I sit and wait with nothing to do but wait until wait becomes a yes or no or maybe a no not now becomes a wait a little longer or a yes for now becomes a no for later or a wait becomes a…(more…)