My first case of homesickness struck in the Missouri foothills. I was a ten-year-old at Camp Soaring Hawk and one of the few campers staying for both multi-week summer sessions. Although I had never been away from home before, things were okay while camp activities were taking place all day with new friends. Then they … Continue reading Homesick: My Longing for Things to Be as They Should
What we notice when reading the first two chapters of this gospel is that Matthew very clearly sees the birth of Jesus as fulfilling numerous ancient promises that were foretold hundreds and hundreds of years before the incarnation of Christ a human being. This promise-fulfillment motif is the basis for our current series in Matthew … Continue reading When the Roof Blows Off
Listen here: Yesterday was such a beautiful day. After the Creekstone 101 seminar wrapped up around noon, I decided to head up to R-Ranch north of town and treat myself to a few hours of walking the grounds. My plan was to head back home by dinner, hang out with the family and then dive … Continue reading How to deal with tragedy’s grief?
Today our family said goodbye to Gracie, our eldest dog. She is now buried in our backyard in the woods near the creek -- a place on our property that we will treasure. At 12 years old, she was no young pup anymore. But as the alpha sibling of three other mutts, Gracie was wise. … Continue reading “Goodbye, Gracie.”
It is Father's Day 2017 and I am away from the crew I love the most, my wife and three children. Typically, we all go together to our family cottage in Tennessee for two weeks each June. However, this year, while they were with me here in the cottage last week, numerous forces collided to … Continue reading Reflections on Being a Father