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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 […]

joy, tears and timebombs

April 25, 2009

so we have had ella home now for a week today!   what an incredible amount of joy this precious little girl has brought to our family already.  it’s even strange saying the word family because even though dawn and i were a family all along, the addition of ella has added so many new dimensions […]

God watches over us

January 8, 2009

this morning i’m grateful for the way God watches over us.  dawn was in an accident last night where someone hit her car from behind.  it could have been a much worse accident and i’m most grateful for the fact that she and the baby seem to be doing well.  we spend about 6 hours […]

last day in california

March 7, 2008

today is my last day out here. it’s been the most intellectually stretching time of my life and i’m so grateful for the opportunity. i’m also super pumped about getting back home and seeing dawn and having life together with her again. however, i will miss a few things about so cal… sunshine temps in […]

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 […]

pulling back the curtain

February 29, 2008

in the movie the wizard of oz, toto the dog pulls back the curtain and reveals what is really going on. everything changes because of that exposure. i feel the same way not about what is taking place here in my classes at fuller. the curtains are being pulled back [especially as we are discussing […]

my brain hurts

February 26, 2008

between conversations in class, discussion and lecture, all my reading and all my thinking, but sprinkle in the unknown of the future with what i will be doing with and from this degree and a healthy dose of the overwhelming nature of everything that is being addressed in the reading about culture, change, the way […]

next week this time

February 17, 2008

my guess is that next week about this time i’ll be too wound up to sleep so i’ll need to go for a long walk down at the beach.  why?  because a week from tomorrow morning i’m starting my classes for my doctor of ministry at fuller in pasadena, california.  going back to school again […]

this is my father’s world!

January 29, 2008

  sometimes i • we need a reminder of what is true and what gives us hope! the world may have been messed up by us, but nonetheless it’s still my father’s world… this is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. […]