• Starting With Sabbath

    Are you intentional about what you do? Are you intentional about why you do what you do? Are you intentional about how you do what you do? Intentionality. Six syllables, fourteen letters. But the word is even more important than it is long. Typically, I am a very intentional person. To consider the questions above, I am not always intentional HOW I do what I do, but I am usually intentional about the WHY and the WHAT. However, on a few items, I am hyper-intentional about the WHY, the WHAT, and the HOW. And I am learning that I am going to need to be hyper-focused and hyper-intentional to do…

  • Seeking Rest – Seeking Sabbath

    If you are like me, you probably think you are busy. Am I right? I listen to several podcasts each week (on average 12, but sometimes a few more). (I like listening to music, but you can only listen to the same stuff over and over, so when I am driving more than 15 minutes, I listen to podcasts or books.) I listen to podcasts which analyze news from a Christian perspective, are related to productivity, or are leadership-oriented, among others. As I do this, I realize that every one of the people I listen to is far busier than me. And, I am busy. I serve as a pastor.…

  • Everyday Love

    This post will go live on Valentine‚Äôs Day 2020. Are you planning anything special for that loved one? You may call me unromantic, but my wife and I do not do anything special on February 14th. The date means very little to us. We do not exchange cards nor do we exchange gifts. I do not send flowers and we do not go out to eat, etc. (I do buy her one box of chocolates around this time every year, but that is more of a “just because” and because the kind she likes are everywhere). Really, we do not do anything special. But that does not mean I do…

  • A Test of Humility

    How does God get your attention? God is always at work around us, but it is up to us to realize it. The challenge is that we are often so busy that we miss the opportunities God provides us to know Him, to serve Him, to love Him. And, in that process that means that we often miss an opportunity to grow. Maybe you can relate. I know this week I have been given some definite reminders. I was born in Kansas City and lived there for the first four decades of my life. Now, I am less than a two- hour drive, and because of my teaching, I am…