Becoming a Father

Well, here it is. One of the most talked about topics of people my age. I’m finally becoming a father. A Father! I can’t believe a little person is going to be completely dependent on me and my wife. Whoever heard of such a thing? It wasn’t that long ago that I became independent myself.…

While we were still sinners

Being an English teacher, you understand points of view better than others on occasion. The lesson of empathy really hits home whenever I read a new piece. I put myself in new positions because that’s what you are trained to do in college with literature. Someone pointed this out to me the other day. It…

Common Lessons in Uncommon Places

Sometimes God teaches you things and it hits like a freight train or a steel bat or a linebacker or your favorite heavy hitting metaphor. I recently learned something about my walk that made me rethink everything thus far in my life. I’ve been suffering from a “spiritual block”. I haven’t seemed to grow and…

Chronic Happiness

You know what kills churches? You might be surprised. It isn’t an affair. It isn’t outdated beliefs or traditions. It’s not even a lack of money or funds. While these can all hurt a church they don’t kill fellowship. Something I have seen first hand that really kills a church and the fellowship within is…

Pride

Behind planted in the seat and I’m here to listen to another message. The introduction music starts so I find my seat and after his usual greeting the pastor starts talking about the almighty dollar. “We need to straighten out our finances,” he explains. “Well, luckily I don’t need to listen to this. I’m good…

Thoughts on Witnessing

I love my in-laws. I love my extended in-law family as well. It had been a few years since we had been up to South Dakota, my mother-in-law’s home and native land, so we hitched a ride to spend a couple days with the extended family. It’s always fun to get out and see the…