After a short break…

I haven’t really posted anything of significance on any of my online platforms since early April. Twitter, facebook, and even this blog have been really quiet for awhile now, and that was on purpose. I didn’t go as far as some have, to take a “social media sabbatical” but I found myself in a mode where I needed to spend a lot more time listening than talking. I didn’t have a …

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Good Friday Together

It’s taken me until today, Wednesday, to process all that went on this past weekend. It was an incredible time in Buffalo, New York where the Church in this region came together and God did some incredible things. Good Friday Together was an event born out of some smaller examples of church expressions partnering together. Four local pastors, after walking through an experiment-of-sort, where their congregations joined together in a …

Dad of a daughter

I woke up this morning as the dad of two children. Wow, how did that happen? It seems like just yesterday that we were here in the hospital and I was coming to grips with being a dad at all. That was almost a year and a half ago. Parenthood is amazing, and I doubt that I fully understand all of the ways that it has changed and grown me …

Wait! Ok go! … No wait

When Leslie and I became parents for the 1st time, it was quickly obvious that everything surrounding a child’s birth, caring for their needs, and helping them develop – none of that conforms to our scheduling preferences. Otherwise, no parent of a new born would be getting up at 3am, right? With baby #2, we knew what we were in for. There’s no preconceived notions that with the arrival of …

Why I’ve been so quiet…

I realized today that I’ve been all but completely absent from my online connections. I haven’t posted on here since November 9th, and until yesterday, I hadn’t updated twitter or facebook in 21 days. And honestly, I’m pretty happy about it. Why? For once, it was a reverse distraction. While I do find a great amount of value in the connections made through facebook and twitter, they can also become …

Paul Baloche has my bag

So this just happened: I’m sitting in the control room of Overlake Church in Seattle for the CMS Northwest conference, and Paul Baloche’s manager Frank, who is working on lyrics for Paul’s set, says “who’s bag is this?” He’s referencing my bag; the one carrying most of the stuff I brought on this trip. I say that its mine, and he asks if he could buy it from me. Confused, …

Lasting impressions and the effort behind them

I can’t help it – it’s in my DNA. When a holiday comes around, decorations and displays need to be over the top. When a project presents itself, I want to go a bit overboard. Vacations, events (and any experience really) just call for me to document and rework those captured images into a lasting piece to be re-experienced later. I’m constantly aware of time passing by and our one …

Out Of Your League: What we can learn from the replacement refs

Sometimes, experience just matters. I’m not trying to say that experience, or a lack of experience disqualifies people, because at one time I had no experience and was given an opportunity. Before I knew much of anything, I was put in a position of leading events and a team of people. I love when leaders are willing to give young guys the chance to grow. But, sometimes there’a an obvious …

Letter to Jackson

  Tomorrow is Jackson’s 1st birthday, and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone! Having this little boy in our lives has been an immeasurable blessing, and I am SO thankful for the privilege of being his dad. When Jackson was only 10 days old, I wrote him a letter while sitting in his nursery late at night. One year later, I know a lot more about him, …

It’s a girl!

Last week, Leslie and I found out that the baby we’re expecting in February is a girl! So, obviously my thoughts since have been focused on what it will be like to have a daughter. Whoa… having a little boy is one thing; teach him how to play with trucks and blocks, how to be tough – guy stuff. But a little girl who’s depending on me, who will need me …