Holidays for the Hurting: A Devotion to Help You Heal

In our household, the first Sunday of Advent marks the official start of our count-down to Christmas. So yesterday we lit the first of the four Advent candles at church and put up the first of our decorations at home. Today I usher in this Advent and Christmas season with an excerpt from Holidays for … Continue reading Holidays for the Hurting: A Devotion to Help You Heal

On Learning Empathy for Writers and Everyone

One of the many things I appreciate about Andi Cumbo-Floyd's Love Letters to Writers is that her new book is about much more than writing. Andi writes about life--including her life on a farm, on dealing with disappointment and loss, on living with good grace and love. Both her experience as a writer and her personal … Continue reading On Learning Empathy for Writers and Everyone

Hobbies With a Purpose

Hobby (noun) - an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure. Hobbies are important to who we are and how we function as individuals and communities. How do our hobbies express our connections with God’s creation?  How do they help us celebrate our own uniqueness? How do they enable us to relate to others? When Purpose magazine issued this … Continue reading Hobbies With a Purpose

Human Just Like Us

I can understand that Jesus is our example in spiritual things, but for day-to-day living, that just doesn't make any sense. My friend raised a good point. After all, Jesus never had to deal with high school peer pressure. He never married or had the responsibility of raising children. He never experienced losing a job … Continue reading Human Just Like Us

What is the Secret to Flourishing?

Two years ago, I wrote my 22 best practices that have helped me survive and thrive through 22 years of pastoral ministry. Last year I added one more practice to the list which should have been there from the start: taking regular sabbaticals which have been generously provided by my church and have also been … Continue reading What is the Secret to Flourishing?