What I’m Into Right Now: Gin Gins & Pipe Tobacco Candles

Well, here begins a series of blog posts about What I’m Into Right Now. I’m excited to spotlight some great hobbies, products, habits, and experiences that I’m finding joy in, and love to tell people about! Obviously, as a Christian and a pastor, I could tell you that I’m into JESUS, and yes, it’s true […]

What I’m Into Right Now

Hey Friends, Periodically I get a request from folks about “what I’m into right now.” Such as, “Hey John, I know you read a bunch. So what’s your favorite book right now.” Or, “Hey John, you’re always talking about Ramen Noodles. What’s the best place in Portland?” So, I’m gonna start a series of blog […]

Flee • Follow • Fight

The Apostle Paul wrote his letters to Timothy during the latter years of his life. His clear and compelling mission was to “finish strong,” which included passing the baton of leadership to the emerging generation. The wisdom he imparted to his young protege Timothy I believe is essential for every person that desires to be […]

Summer of Sabbatical

I have been given the gift of a pastoral sabbatical this summer. For this I am extremely grateful. My sabbatical will last a little over nine weeks and begin on July 1. What is a sabbatical? It’s a good question, not least because ‘sabbath’ is a lost practice in our day. We all get vacations […]

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 (www.agrowingfamily.com), 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 […]

Jesus Did It. Shouldn’t We?

“At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place…” Luke 4:42 “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16 “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” Luke 6:12 Jesus knew how to take timely breaks to replenish his soul. He was the master at […]

Kick Me

Do you remember those crazy kick-me signs. Perhaps you were the bully that  put them on other people’s backs unaware. Worse yet, like myself, you may have be the recipient of one of those not-so-gentle reminders. (I’m not bitter or anything)! The Bibles says this in Hebrews 10:24-25: “Let us consider how we may spur […]

Free Download of “Intentional Impressions”

A few years back I wrote a simple and short book for fathers. I only have a couple of physical copies left, so here it is for free download. Enjoy and pass it on.   Click this link to download: Intentional Impressions For Future Generations   Blessings, John

Below the Waterline

I love the Word of God. is so powerful. It is so applicable to our lives. It is so…well…alive. Hebrews 4:12 instructs that “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the […]