Humbled by Pop Cans

Years ago, I was getting to know a man from my community who happened to be homeless. He was an incredibly intriguing guy. Deep thoughts and poetry were his passion, and he loved God deeply. We were occasionally connecting over coffee, and had agreed to meet up again, when he suddenly disappeared. I remember worrying because, I wasn’t sure what a disappearance might mean for him.

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Learning to Trust by Falling Out of a Plane

I had the opportunity to skydive this summer, and the exhilarating experience taught me a few things about trusting God. I went with my Dad, for his 60th birthday- he figured there was no better way to tell 60 who was in charge, and I couldn’t very well let him go alone, could I? I wasn’t initially sure how I would feel about it. Would I be too nervous and…

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Thank God for Thorns

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people refer to their “thorn in the flesh.” Usually in reference to some kind of habitual sin or personal issue that they can’t seem to get past. Paul is talking from the same vantage point, an issue that nags at him over and over again – something he can’t quite kick and that he wishes wasn’t there. (2 Cor. 12:6-10) I…

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There is More to Life Than You Think, Adding to the Brittany Maynard Discussion

I don’t have a terminal disease, and I am blessed with good health, an amazing family and relatively little difficulty or pain in my life. Given these things, I know my words may not have as much impact as they otherwise might – but I do hope that the sincerity of my intention comes through. First, I don’t blame people with a terminal diagnosis for wanting to die with dignity….

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Honored

A month ago I had one of the greatest honors of my career/life as a pastor. One of the high school students that I had pastored through all of her high school years asked me to perform her wedding. She and her fiancé had been dating for years and had actually met at a combined youth event that I had done with another youth pastor in the same city. She…

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