It is so much easier for me to "see" if I tell a story. This blog is one of the places that happens.

There’s a certain feeling that’s all too familiar to some of us.  It starts with a question, something like, “Wait.  Did I remember to. . .?” and when the realization settles in that the answer is “no”, palms get sweaty, breathing gets faster, and the stomach twists it...

John Denver was right.  Talking to God and hearing His “casual reply” comes easy in the mountains, surrounded by yellow Aspens and fresh air.  Church is a pretty good place for that too.  A well-timed verse in a sermon or a song in worship will move us, and by the time...

Last week, as students were raising their hands for me to collect their final exams, as they were zipping up backpacks and whispering to friends, sometimes not so quietly, I looked at the clock and waited.  A few students were leaning over their tests, scribbling out a...

As Pastor Kyle was speaking in church last week, I kept thinking about my parents.  Most of what I’ve learned about joy, I’ve learned from them, but the lessons didn’t come so much through some devotional studies or powerful talks at Starbucks.  What I picked up from t...

With five minutes left in class, I yelled above the zipping backpacks and moving desks, “How about a hand for team Too Hot over here.” Students clapped politely, and the review games were over. Christmas vacation was a few exam days away. “Are there any more questions...

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