Starting a new job is exciting! You get a blank slate, new friends, challenges that hopefully fit your experience, among many other perks that come with the new digs. The time of year is high time for people taking new jobs so I thought of a few things that will hopefully be of some use... Continue Reading →
Abe Lincoln knew a lot about a lot of things, but something he knew exceptionally well was how to influence people. This post touches on two things that Lincoln did that put him in the hall of fame of leaders and they are simple enough that anyone who's willing to pay attention can do. The... Continue Reading →
Yesterday was a spiritually supercharged day for me. I had been praying for a crucial conversation needing to be had for a couple of weeks and it went very well. Because of all the prep that went into it, I believe I experienced a deeper communion with God as a result. I had two other... Continue Reading →
In 2010, my family and I were in north central Ohio where I was pastoring a small church. We didn't have a copy machine so I was going to Office Depot weekly to have the bulletins printed for our Sunday services. I was in the van with my daughter, who at that time was around... Continue Reading →
A few years ago, my wife and I started a garden in our back yard. When I say “my wife and I”, I really mean “my wife” started a garden. My part was simple: build a couple of raised beds and put some dirt in them. Some wise green thumb told us to start with... Continue Reading →
As early as 5 years of age I can remember believing our neighbor Bruce was an evil bachelor living across the street. I had convinced myself I'd seen him circling our house and that he'd taken my big wheel! My mom was wise to my lies but played along anyway. She traipsed over to his house to "give him what... Continue Reading →
Among the things floating around in the top drawer of my dresser, various bins in the basement storage, on a top shelf on my bookcase or in the glove compartment, there are a few items I treasure more than most. The list of things I treasure has changed through the years. When I was 5... Continue Reading →
This message is about Philip and the Ethiopian from Acts 8 and was taught by me at Abundant Life's church wide evangelism training event in April 2019. No matter how impressive the presentation or the presenter, a method of evangelism that doesn't connect people to the real living breathing Jesus is a waste of time,... Continue Reading →
Eight years ago I was pastoring a small church in Ashland Ohio. The church was one year old and we had around 50 people at the time. We wanted to do something BIG for an Easter outreach so we dropped 10,000 eggs from a helicopter and we emptied our checking account to do it. It... Continue Reading →
Disclaimer: Some will view this post as a shameless and tacky approach of engaging someone in unwanted spiritual conversation. This is not my intent. I'm unapologetically Christian but I realize that not everyone who reads my blog is not. This post is written to other Christians who want to learn how to better engage others... Continue Reading →
Not all documentaries make me cry. If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood you'll love this film. Every time I've recommended this to friends in the last few weeks I've heard the excuse, "Don't you have to rent it?" Yes, you have to rent it but extracting those stubborn tears are worth the effort.
Both are littering but, in your opinion, what's worse to throw on the ground, chewed gum or cigarette butt?