Pea Soup? No, actually it was thicker than that. It was more than campfire chili. The kind of chili that has everything, including the kitchen sink, jammed into it. You know the kind: thick and dense. That was the kind of fog I drove through a few days ago. After picking up my son from […]

Two Tents

I’m writing this blog from a tiny “puddle-jumper” airplane – up around 30,000 feet in the air. It’s a beautiful morning as the sun is coming up over California, and soon, Oregon. Without question, my trip home to Salem is much better than the trip down to California. Not only did I have to blaze […]

Essential Church

What do you think of Shaw’s comment? Is the church vital and essential? Is it the only movement on the earth that represents Jesus? Thoughts?

Change Required

It has been said that only a baby with a wet diaper likes change. Without a doubt change can be difficult. Starting a new job, playing with a different team, or experiencing the physical and emotional changes that come with growing older can all be a struggle. For example, I have just moved to a […]

A Kid Named Mitch

I’ve heard it said so many times (and I’ve been one to say it from time to time as well):  “If this entire event was for just that one person, then it was totally worth it.”  Down deep though I have to admit that I haven’t always felt like that.  When a great deal of […]

Signs of a Lukewarm Pastor by Craig Groeschel

Give some consideration to what Craig Groeschel, in his blog calls Signs of a Lukewarm Pastor: A lukewarm pastor: • Prays as much, or more, publicly than privately. • Is almost exclusively dependent on others’ sermons to preach than directly hearing from God. • Cares more about his church than The Church. • Preaches about evangelism […]

DMB & Tribes

I remember the moment so clearly. Years ago I was sitting in a car with a buddy of mine from Canada. We had just come from lunch and he wanted to play me a song on his car CD player.  It felt like I was in the Brady Bunch…just listening to the newest tunes on […]

Don’t Be Boring

Seth Godin, in his book Tribes, implores the reader to avoid being boring. He says: Boring ideas don’t spread. Boring organizations don’t grow. Right now I can’t think of anything less fun and engaging than being a part of something boring.  Lifeless. Wilted. Just OK. It’s like when people respond to the “How are you?” […]