I have a problem with living in the moments of life!  I am a dreamer of the future.  I ask the question what is next - before what is happening is even done. I remember moments like this:  It is really cold outside, and I am shoveling snow.  I think to myself: in 3 months when it is sunny and…

I have been reading and listening to the outcry of people as they process the events of the last week: "This has to stop!"  "How many people have to be shot before we do something?"  "What are we doing to each other?"  "Why can't we all get along?" We live in unsettling times.  We are afraid, and we are frustrated.…

    Where do misfits find a place to belong? What comes to mind when you hear the word "misfit"?  The classic Christmas special - "Island of misfit toys"? Maybe your mind goes to the quirky person you know.  Maybe it is how you see yourself - not really sure where you fit.  Misfit implies and embodies a theological truth…

Last week our 'village' had an opportunity to really do life together.  Lori and I had just returned from an overnight motorcycle ride to Chattanooga.  We saw some great scenery and took a boat ride on the Tennessee river; very relaxing and restful.  I was putting some things away in the garage, and a text popped up on my phone…

It was 1981 and I was a freshman in college. I thought I knew what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. Actually I thought I knew a lot, after all I was 18 years old. I joined a small group of guys led by a 5th year senior, Jeff. Having grown up in the church I knew all…

Some things change and some things don't!! People always change and God does not! churches change - the message of the Church never changes. I started at Journey Church about 100 days ago and if there has been one constant it is "transition".  We are in a chapter of change.  We are currently meeting in another church's facility.  Our church…

God has a way of showing me how dependent I really am on Him.  He continually places me in situations that requires me to learn new things.  This current change (move to Franklin Tn) is the ongoing reminder of how he is truly glorified when things work out for the best despite my shortcomings.  He is so gracious. My first…

Hard to believe two months ago making a move any move was a "back of my mind some time it will happen" thought.  After an amazing series of events, God has moved us to Franklin, Tennessee.   God has blessed us beyond belief and I catch myself saying things like: "this is just too good to be true" or "these…

Contentment seems to be losing its status as a good virtue.  We have come to equate being content with a lack of ambition or even being lazy.  We live in a "what's next" culture.   The next thing is always wanted and advertised as "needed."   We get a new cell phone and it seems like the following week there…

Generosity is the expression of a thankful heart.  Something happens in the heart of a generous person that is expressed in blessing others in various ways. In my first years as a pastor, we (my family and I) were blessed by the generosity of God's people.  We were a young family with very little in terms of finances.  Several generous…

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