My New Life as an Introvert

I recently read (devoured) Adam McHugh’s book The Introverted Church, which has been so very helpful. For my entire ministry as a pastor I have attempted to function as an extrovert, which has felt like trying to throw a baseball with my left hand. Nevertheless, I have always assumed that I should be an extrovert, as […]

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My Dream for 2014

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:1 In marathons, runners usually “hit the wall” around mile 18 or so, when all the glycogen has been depleted from their muscles. If glycogen is […]

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My Five Things

At our monthly day of church planter training this past Tuesday, we were challenged to think of five things that only we, as pastor/planters, can do in our vocational context. The idea is that we are called to certain primary tasks, and that everything else should be delegated to others who are called to fulfill […]

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Christmas Eve Wrap Up

Just got the kid’s presents wrapped and about to hit the sack. Wow, Kristy is an amazing gift wrapper. Anyway, I think we are ready for the morning. Also, I’m really grateful for the folks who helped with the Christmas Eve service tonight. Even with a few technical difficulties, they rallied and received the grace […]

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Confessions of a Liberated Pastor

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:1 I have not preached in two weeks, which means I have had some extra time to read and reflect in ways and on subjects that […]

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Harbins Park 10K Trail Race Reflections

Personal refection #1: Trail racing is different than running on my treadmill while watching Sports Center. 🙂 Personal refection #2: Next time, I’m taking my iPod.   Personal reflection #3: I should plan to finish, not to win.  Personal reflection #4: Life is a lot like an endurance oriented trail race.  There are ups and downs. Pace is required. […]

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Frontloading the Recharge

WARNING: This post is of the longer variety. My apologies in advance. For years I have been trying to figure out how to design a pace for work and life that provides both rest and energy, as well as time for family and ministry. Several vocations are like being a church planter, such as the […]

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New (Tentative) Weekly Schedule

Now that Creekstone has launched, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into how to spend my time. The above schedule lists the primary ministry focus areas for each day. Even thought this does not list things such as leading the men’s study, leading team meetings, social gatherings, youth activities, etc., I think having a […]

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Hiking the Georgia AT in 2010

One of my goals for 2010 is to hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail, with the aim of doing the whole thing (to Maine) over the next 10 years. Here is a map of the 76 mile GA portion, which I hope to enjoy with my son through a combination of day and […]

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“…as Christ Loved the Church”

Every now and then the reality sinks in of my complete failure to love my wife well. I am naturally task oriented, quite unthoughtful of others, and often completely self-absorbed with myself. Yes, I know. Why did she marry me in the first place? Well, our “dark sides” often do not manifest themselves fully until […]

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Reflections at 41

While enjoying a birthday rest yesterday afternoon, in a state of semi-grogishness I began to reflect on being 41. Here are some of those thoughts. They are not necessarily deep or profound, nor in any particular order… and I’ll probably add a few more before the day is out. I’ve finally made enough mistakes to […]

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Monday Morning Reflections

After Creekstone’s first gathering last night, I have had a few thoughts. I’m sure as the day wears on, I’ll have more clarity. Or maybe not. All that matters today is that Jesus lived for me, died for me, rose for me, reigns over me, and is returning for me… and that, by sheer grace, […]

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