THIS MOMENT IN TIME

THIS MOMENT IN TIME

I sat down to write a blog and realized I had nothing to say. It felt odd.  Typically, I would be bursting with ideas and my dilemma would be which one to choose.  Once I commit, the words flow easily. But today felt … different.  Oh sure, I could...
Live Like You Are Dying

Live Like You Are Dying

I had a near-death experience 43 years ago at the age of 27 that has helped form my approach to life and ministry. I dedicated my life to Jesus just 2½ years earlier and acknowledged and began fulfilling the call of God upon my life to be a pastor earlier that same...
The President

The President

The leaves had fallen, the days were growing shorter, and the temperatures began to fall. I was in third grade, and Mrs. Dunlap, the teacher of my one-room school was already working on plans for the Christmas program that would mark the beginning of Christmas...
The Secrets of Deep Relationships

The Secrets of Deep Relationships

I have found that being authentic is important as we engage people in relationships. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we all have been introduced to the world of mask-wearing. I do my best to comply, but I certainly don’t like it. I mean, we don’t get to see someone’s...
Wait for It

Wait for It

What is it about waiting that goes against the grain for us mere mortals?  Do any of us really enjoy waiting?  Not likely.  We moan and groan at the long lines in Walmart, a doctor who is behind schedule, delayed test results, a long storyteller, or a...
Silly Questions

Silly Questions

Silly questions are the ones where the answer already seems obvious. Silly questions you could ask of me would be: “The kids want to come over, is that OK?”“Do you want to go to church this morning?”“Hey, Steve, do you enjoy being a grandfather and great grandfather?”...
Empty Saddles

Empty Saddles

Mom had just finished squeezing the juice from the chokecherries, the paraffin wax was melting in the double boiler, and the jars were ready for the syrup and jellies that would grace our table through the winter. She looked out the kitchen window and saw my horse...
When God Doesn’t Make Sense

When God Doesn’t Make Sense

Over my 45+ year journey as a follower of Christ, I have gone through and used several pat answers to the question, “Steve, how are you doing?” For a large portion of my life I gave the typical “Fine, thank you” answer. But at one point I decided that I wanted to be...
Beauty Redefined

Beauty Redefined

Several years ago, my skin underwent a strange transformation.  Although I was already inherently pale, my skin began to lose its pigment, and many spots turned even whiter than normal.  Simultaneously, some areas on my arms and legs got even darker. ...
Wired To Serve

Wired To Serve

A little while ago, Lifeway Church conducted an ordination service where we credentialed six individuals and officially acknowledged the call of God upon their lives. As I looked at the candidates who stood before the congregation during the ceremony, something welled...
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