Hand Delivered

When the check doesn't come in from a trusted source... When the fumes of cruel criticism find their way past the office into your living room... When the forgetful family member forgets... again... When the new friends invite your family over to their house and ignore you the whole time... ...gets redeemed when someone out of … Continue reading Hand Delivered

The Music of Conversation

21 years ago this month I was in a van with seven other people that ended up becoming very dear to me. We traveled for Baptist Bible College in Springfield Missouri on a musical recruiting team. Our travel schedule lasted throughout the school year going to churches on the weekend, and also for 10 weeks … Continue reading The Music of Conversation

3 Things to Make Your 2018 Wishes Come True

I remember as a kid always being interested in asking questions just so I could answer it myself. My favorite was asking others "If you had three wishes, what would you ask for?" "More (or unlimited) wishes!" was the typical response from the majority of those I asked.  I could have written a fairly large … Continue reading 3 Things to Make Your 2018 Wishes Come True

7 Habits for the Aspiring Writer

You have something to say to the world. What you have to tell the world may sound similar to what others are saying, or what has already been said, but no one can SAY it like you can. Your voice–not just the sound of it–is comprised of thoughts, personality, values, upbringing, experience, and a certain … Continue reading 7 Habits for the Aspiring Writer

7 Tips for Churches Upping Their Hospitality Game

"Dear fellow churches, if you leave the guest book open right by the front door, there may be someone who feels like they need to sign in - that is, with a working pen." My wife and I were looking for a place to have a Christmas recital for her piano students and stumbled into … Continue reading 7 Tips for Churches Upping Their Hospitality Game

10 Things to Remember in the First Year of Your New Job

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 start of the year is high time for people taking new jobs so I thought of a few things that will hopefully be of some use to you along the way.  There's no doubt that you're first days and months on the new job are important and will make a lasting impact for the good or the not so good.  Below are some helpful tips to get you going in the first year.

How I got 54 blog followers in 10 years

Bloggers that have a lot of traffic to their sites have a few practices in common... that I don't do. Incomediary.com put this helpful list of to do's for a blog that is sure to get traffic. It's not like I'm drawing back the curtain, revealing some hidden blogging secrets, or selling out since I … Continue reading How I got 54 blog followers in 10 years

The Groan Man

"Blood is blue." "The whole world gets along." "An expensive education is sure to make you wildly successful." "Your new smartphone won't seem outdated next year when the new one comes out." "The Browns won again!" "Real men don't cry." We've all said things that aren't true.  I had a teacher in elementary school that … Continue reading The Groan Man