Five Good Things About This Good Friday

Today is what is known as “Good Friday.” It’s the day that commemorates the death of Jesus Christ upon a cross at Calvary. Calvary is also called “Golgotha,” which means “place of the skull.”  It is a literal hillside immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls. This photo captures what it looks like today, along with a side-by-side […]

Through the Roof

Zig Ziglar once said, “I have such optimism, I’d go after Moby Dick and take the tarter sauce with me.” I love this quote, because I am an optimistic guy. I enjoy taking on big challenges (I know, I know…I’m kinda sick in the head). I tend to look at impossible situations with tarter sauce in hand. […]

Awake My Soul

Ah Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a prophet at the same time as Jeremiah. When he was 26 years old he was taken into captivity to Babylon along with about 10,000 of his fellow Jews. In the fifth year of captivity Ezekiel received a call to be a prophet of the Lord and for the next 22 […]

My Social Networking Purge

So I took a month off of all social networking…and lived to blog about it. It’s not uncommon for people to “fast” from particular things such as chocolate, coffee, and carbs. I’ve been known to do that off and on.  I’ve also fasted from Facebook a few times. But since the advent of Twitter, Path, […]

Ride On…Q&A with Joseph Fehlen (Part 2)

Joe is my brother (and he’s not heavy). Recently I had a Q&A with my brother about his book “Ride On: A Motorcycle Journey to Awake your Soul and  Rediscover it’s Maker.” It’s available on Amazon: As well, you can purchase his book at his blog (, or at West Salem Foursquare Church on the weekend of July […]

Ride On…Q&A with Joseph Fehlen (Part 1)

I have one brother. I call him Joe. But now that he’s kind of a big deal author, he likes to be called “Joseph.” I refuse. Joe currently is the associate pastor at Grace Foursquare Church in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Recently Joe wrote a book called “Ride On: A Motorcycle Journey to Awake your Soul and […]

The Best Graduation Speech NEVER Heard

I should have did it. I can’t believe I said NO. When I was a senior in high school I was one of three students that were asked to consider being the commencement speaker. The administration asked two people but only needed one.  I declined even though I knew exactly what I would have spoken […]

Trampoline Springs and Flesh Wounds

First a question and then a story: Question:  How flexible are you? Story:  Awhile ago, after Denise and I got back from serving at our regional middle school camp, I went out to the backyard and began jumping on the trampoline in order to burn off some excess energy. Normally after a week of camp I have little […]

Change is Gonna Come

I recently read some of the top ways to know you are growing older. I still feel relatively young at 41 years old, but I find myself agreeing with many of these descriptions and seeing a little bit of myself in them. How to know you’re getting older: • You know all the answers but […]