Category: Life & Learning


While preparing for worship with the church tomorrow, the idea of dominoes came to mind. This week was interesting and did not go according to plan. While easy to be frustrated, I was, circumstances proved otherwise. Each thing that started as a frustration revealed… Continue Reading “Dominoes”

The brain is a vital organ

We are losing the importance of education. Not degrees or schooling, but of actual learning. A week does not go by where I read “but seminary didn’t…” or “it doesn’t matter how much you know…” or “I just tell me what to do…” We… Continue Reading “The brain is a vital organ”

Lessons from Philippians on conflict

In teaching students this past month, I am using the book of Philippians to teach students some basic principles of handling conflicting. The metaphor we are using is to fight clean (build a person up) instead of fighting dirty (putting a person down. Students,… Continue Reading “Lessons from Philippians on conflict”

We are still human

Like many places, Covid is a continual discussion in ministry circles. When we became aware of covid, precautions were taken to manage the risk. These procedures were eased up, and now they’re coming back. One field, mental health and its practitioners, communicated concern about… Continue Reading “We are still human”

When forward is your only option

“Indecision is a virus that will destroy an army’s will to win, or even survive,” said Henry Fonda’s character in “In Harm’s Way.” John Wayne’s character was tasked with turning things around. Only way was forward. Sometimes choices can cloud things. The movie is… Continue Reading “When forward is your only option”

Insights form teaching Mark

When I finish teaching through book I like to pause and reflect. There is what you think you know when you go in, and then there is what stands out when you finished. After working through books of the Bible it can be all… Continue Reading “Insights form teaching Mark”

The Jesus centered wheel needs an alignment…

“How does Jesus pointing people to God the Father line up with the emphasis on Jesus in preaching?” I asked during a conference. “It seems with our emphasis on Jesus in the Scriptures we are forgetting God the Father, who Jesus pointed to, submitted… Continue Reading “The Jesus centered wheel needs an alignment…”

Sabbatical: On the flip side

It is weird to be on the other side of the sabbatical. Loads of planning and coordination to pull the venture off, the actual sabbatical, and now back to grind and figuring out what a new normal will be. Here are some random thoughts,… Continue Reading “Sabbatical: On the flip side”

Sabbatical planning: Why go?

Planning for a sabbatical is interesting. Also interesting are the discussions surrounding it. Some pastors, desperately needing one, wishfully happy, and others who believe in it give a holy thumbs up. There is also the ‘what-about, I didn’t, yada yada’ statements. Here is the… Continue Reading “Sabbatical planning: Why go?”

Restoring the childhood we stole from kids

As a society we are pontificating about how to stop school violence. The focus is on shootings at the moment, but there are other forms of harm that are rampant in our schools. In these ‘debates’ the question is often given, “What are your… Continue Reading “Restoring the childhood we stole from kids”