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?

Following Jesus Through Faith and Doubt

I've always credited Peter's faith for getting him out of the boat to walk on water. Jesus had stayed alone on shore to pray, while Peter and the other disciples went ahead to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Their boat was still far out on the water when the wind began to … Continue reading Following Jesus Through Faith and Doubt

Sharing Faith Stories for Every Day

I love the cover of my newest book and am so excited to share it with you! Finally, after MONTHS of waiting: It's here! It's here! It looks more like a magazine cover than a book, doesn't it? And as a book, it's short--under 49 pages, so it doesn't meet the UNESCO definition of a book. … Continue reading Sharing Faith Stories for Every Day

On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus

Since I started blogging, I've seen many other blogs come and go. Some were created for a specific time and purpose with a limited life span. Others fell into disuse and eventually closed. Some bloggers grew tired or disillusioned or both, and left the often relentless pace of blogging behind. Unfortunately that means that some … Continue reading On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus

How to Pray for Your Enemies Even When You Don’t Want To

What does it mean to pray for our enemies? For the terrorist taking many lives in response to other grave wrongs, for the known or unknown assailant afflicting apparently senseless violence, for the thief who breaks into your house in the middle of the day and steals your things and sense of safety, for the … Continue reading How to Pray for Your Enemies Even When You Don’t Want To