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impending sabbath [sabbatical]!

March 11, 2013

i’m pretty excited today. why? because three weeks from today i will officially be on sabbatical [sabbath rest] from my position at harderwyk ministries as youth pastor.  my prayer on this coming time away, that like my garden plot from last summer: life will grow and renew what God intends to flourish. i’m starting to […]


October 16, 2012

  so my sabbatical journey begins officially today!  why? because at our church council meeting last night, my 11 page plan [that i’ve been working on for almost a year now] was approved and financially supported. so now i’m will be starting a journey to breath, research, rest, gain some perspective and enjoy my family […]

heaven help little ella…

April 16, 2009

everything is great this morning.  happy mommy, screaming hungry baby… …and a few thoughts are running through my mind. first is i’m overwhelmed at how precious, wonderful and beautiful my little girl is.  as i look at her and hold her, i’m amazed at how perfect she looks and how much love there is for […]

we get to…

November 5, 2008

[this post is not a reaction against obama’s election, just some thoughts that have been brewing that i hope have at least some shred of coherence!] this morning as people react to the election, i think i’m thinking along different lines than some.  some are screaming and shouting about how horrible life will be and […]


September 14, 2008

disclaimer: this is not a blog post to get comments or warm fuzzies. i’m up late tonight feeling a bit restless.  one of those weekends where the weather didn’t do much other than rain.  i felt a little confined to the house because of the weather and a little melancholy.  i don’t like weekends like […]

pulling back the curtain • part three

March 27, 2008

finding our way forward with students and their families is going to take knowing the cultural landscape, understanding our theological “rocks” that are non-negotiable and then making intelligent choices based on those two things. the cultural landscape of students these points are based on the research of chap clark in his book “hurt” we may […]

pulling back the curtain • part two

March 26, 2008

[NOTE: This is an article for our church newsletter, hence the capital letters and real punctuation.] One of Dawn’s favorite classic movies is “The Wizard of Oz”. I remember that movie as a kid and watching the scene were Toto the dog pulls back the curtain to expose what is really going on with the […]

house for sale

March 14, 2008

monday we’re putting up our house for sale.  we met with our real estate agent yesterday to talk about specifics.  the great thing is that we feel great about our agent and his ability to do his best to sell our place. the disappointing thing is the housing market we are in right now.  our […]


March 11, 2008

with the books i’m collecting i’m getting quite a library.  enough books that i think i will need to build some library shelves and an office if we get our new house.  i know dawn is a great fan of books and has quite a few boxes of old books.  but with the ever increasing […]

renewing the mind

March 4, 2008

my mind is in need of much renewal right now.  i think you can retrain it, i think an old dog can learn new tricks, but it just takes determination and focus.  some of the ways i need to start renewing things are… theological and biblical evaluation of everything being a skeptic when it comes […]