For those who may not know, I’m beginning a new journey with an awesome ministry called KidZ at Heart International. It’s a spiritual formation ministry aimed at kids and those who influence them. The timing of my on-boarding with KidZ is absolutely perfect. You see, the staff and board have established a regular rhythm of … More A Retreat With God
I dream of one day getting on a plane with Rebekah and flying to a foreign country. Perhaps Guatemala…I sure do love Guatemala. After we land, we eventually make our way through the airport – through baggage claim and customs – and outdoors, into the open sky. Immediately we are caught up in the uniqueness … More A Grander Vision
This past week I spent several days attending a focused retreat called “Boundless Compassion.” It was facilitated by a wonderful woman named Joyce Rupp, a member of the Order of the Servants of Mary. Joyce has years and years of experience in the realm of compassion. She is a sought-after teacher and leader in this … More Who’s Holding You?
What does the other side of the Jordan River look like? What does it represent? For the Israelites who wandered around the wilderness for 40 years, you might think the other side of the Jordan looked like “freedom” or “deliverance.” Wait a minute: Didn’t they experience their rescue from slavery when God miraculously parted the … More On the Other Side
It’s an altogether strange emotion, loneliness. How can a person feel the pain of loneliness when surrounded by so many friends? One hears the welcome refrain “we love you” over and over, yet it doesn’t seem to make the path any less lonely. Why? Sometimes the journey of faith leads one through a series of … More The Way of Getting Small
Every now and then I like to give in to my “introverted-self” and go to a movie alone. Last night happened to be one of those nights. It was a long day, filled with questions about my future, conversations about my present, and lots of time reflecting on what it all means. I needed to … More The Way of Pain
Pope Francis recently said: ““See everything; turn a blind eye to much; correct a little.” This apparently was a favorite phrase of Pope John XXIII as well. Interestingly enough, I had a very similar sentiment when it came to being a worship pastor and leading bands and choirs for 20 years. It would always surprise … More Soul Care for Worship Leaders