Family Category

The Search for Happiness

In: Family, Friends, Me, Soma, Worship

Life is toil. Ecclesiastes tells us this clearly. Life under the sun is filled with work and trial; however, those of us who call upon the name of Jesus are promised hope and joy in the midst of this toil. Why then does it seem most days that we allow the toil to take its […]

The Ephesians Project

In: Family, Me, Worship

As I’ve gone from devotional to devotional and read guide after guide regarding individual worship as well as trying to find good resources for family worship – I have never been able to find what I was looking for. So, I’ve now decided to make it myself. My goal is simple – I’m going to […]

The Love of Family, part two

In: Family, Me

Tomorrow morning, I head to Dallas to pick up my family from the airport and bring them home. To say I’m looking forward to this is obvious, and an understatement. I’ve missed them terribly. Jana has called me just about every day and I’ve gotten to talk to my little girls a few times as […]

The Love of Family

In: Family, Me

I came back from dropping my wife and two daughters at DFW airport this morning so that they can spend some time with Jana’s family in Minnesota. While I was happy that we could make this happen, it was a sad moment for me. While I am always sad to be away from my wife […]

The Anatomy of a Media Fast

In: Family, Me, Media

On Sunday I started a two-week media fast. This was a concept that God first introduced me to when I was a youth pastor. I had taken the youth to a retreat and in the retreat we were all challenged to examine our lives and see what changes might need to be made. God made […]

I turn 41 in a few days and the process of self-reflection always gets amplified during this time of the year for me. This year it seems to have gone into overdrive due to the following facts: I’ve come to an epiphany regarding my unwillingness to put forth effort because I tend to believe that […]

Okay – I’ve finally transcribed all the notes from all the sessions into the blog – reading back over them, there is much to expand upon (and some things just flat out won’t make sense until I do). This was easily one of the most mind-expanding and convicting events I’ve taken part in. God used […]

Recovering gracefully

In: Family, Worship

First day back at work after being out sick on Thursday and Friday and I’m bone-tired. After the convention on Saturday, I slept for four hours and then due to all that sleep was up until 2:30am. Woke up Sunday a bit later than I wanted and forced myself to remain awake so that I […]


In: Family, Me

Ugh… over a week of bronchitis and starting Friday I caught a cold. I’ve been sleeping and sleeping and sleeping. I have a headache that feels like a vise is gripping my skull and refusing to relent. Inhalers, cold medicine, and pain relievers… oh my. This on top of my entire family still recovering from […]

Emotions and providence

In: Family, Me

Let me apologize in advance for the length of this post, but it’s a story that needs some detail and the things God showed me through this story are difficult to shorten. Something unusual and nerve-racking happened to me today. I was downstairs reading an article on (a site I hadn’t visited in ages) […]

Hopefully, you see in these writings a man who is staying The Course and pursuing The Path amidst the pitfalls and selfish ways of being a son of Adam. I pray earnestly that my writing would encourage some of you by showing you that this journey - though arduous and sometimes tragic - is a journey of great satisfaction. A satisfaction greater than our greatest imaginings. The trials and refining fire of tribulation are to be recognized as a small shadow of the suffering of our Savior so that we can rejoice, as Peter and the disciples did, to be counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Name.