Public Restrooms

Without fail, every time I’m at an airport, someone attempts to correct me about the restroom I’m trying to enter. It’s never kind. There’s never a moment for consideration before accusation. Just blatant allegations that I am a predator based on my appearance and my need to use the bathroom. I’ve had this experience with… Continue Reading →

An Offering

It’s completely unexpected, but I’m living my best life right now. Carpooling with my wife to work where I help sweet kids with special needs all day, breathing well and breathing deeply for the first time in a long time. Doing what I can to receive what life has to OFFER (2022’s resolution word). Offering… Continue Reading →

Hindsight 2021

*Important announcement at the end  Every new year I do a resolution word instead of targeted goals. I never know fully what it will mean and every year it challenges me in ways I couldn’t have expected.  2021 – hold fast.  January 4, 2021 I wrote: Hold fast to truth. Hold fast to joy. Hold… Continue Reading →

Personal Information Form

The PC(USA) has a helpful job website where you can see churches seeking new pastors and pastors seeking new churches. The system works by each entity submitting information forms – ministry information forms for churches and personal information forms for pastors. You’ve probably noticed I haven’t written anything here since January, so you can probably… Continue Reading →

Hold Fast, 2021.

“Embrace,” my resolution word for 2020, looked nothing like I expected. I doubt I’m alone in that, whether you had a resolution or a word or any expectations at all for the 365.25 days of madness we just collectively experienced. I was excited and ambitious to embrace change and joy and celebration throughout the entire… Continue Reading →

OCD – not an insult, not a joke, not alone

One year ago today I walked out of my counselor’s office with a prescription in my hand and a new understanding of my brain. One year ago today I was diagnosed with OCD. OCD “features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions… Continue Reading →

The Office: a reflection tool

If you know anything about me, you probably know I love the TV show, The Office. I can (and do) watch the show over and over again. It’s a lifeline when times are hard and a joy when life is good. I don’t know if it’s the dry humor or the brilliant writing or the… Continue Reading →

Closure

Don’t tell my fellow seminarians, but two days ago I turned in my last final. And for about 3 minutes, I was stoked! I finished my finals earlier than I ever have! I finished seminary! But then it hit me. Now what? Besides a virtual senior banquet next week, my formal educational career is over… Continue Reading →

Bless the Lord (even in this time)

Bless the Lord, O my soul And all that is within me, bless God’s holy name Bless the Lord, O my soul And forget not God’s character in this time of isolation For God forgives my iniquities – my selfishness, my forgetfulness, my frustration And God heals all our diseases – though it may not… Continue Reading →

Ministry Together

Every Sunday my co-pastor (also my best friend) and I pick a spot around the church to pray. We pray for the service, for the people, for visitors, for boundaries, for distractions, for guidance, for action. And every week we are sure to thank God that we do not do this work alone. Almost every… Continue Reading →

Embracing 2020

I began 2020 with the woman of my dreams in my arms. I began 2020 eyes squeezed tight out of pure joy. I began 2020 inviting God to own this year – every single moment of it. I began 2020 embraced. Embraced in love from my Creator, In joy with the love of my life,… Continue Reading →

Get ordained.

Last week I went to a Sunday night service (which is amazing as a pastor to just get to go to service Sunday night and not have to plan it or be in charge of anything). My dear friend, Andrew, preached on the truth that hope can’t wait. As part of the sermon, there were… Continue Reading →

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