How We Get Through

Life is a little messy in our extended family right now. Chemotherapy for one branch, walking pneumonia in another. Two year olds with attitude, snowstorms, head-lice. All the normal stuff that most families face. And, it is always the little things that put me over...

Still the Same

We got a Christmas letter this week that started out, “We’re still here, living in the same house, doing pretty much the same thing.” I think my friend was making a disclaimer right up front that this wouldn’t be one of those end-of-the-year...

Connections that Matter

I almost stayed home this week. The writers conference in Kansas City always inspires and challenges me. I appreciate the efforts of Mark and Jeannette Littleton and their goal to help us become better writers for the glory of God. But, we weren’t having a good...

A Hole in the Bucket

I wish I’d been in Portland, Oregon, yesterday. A few hundred people gathered there to remember a man who has impacted thousands. Since I couldn’t go, I’m holding a service on my blog. If you knew Bob Stricker, pull up a chair and swap your own...

Dancing on Dirt

I wish I could explain what this picture of dirt means to me. If I were a Photoshop wizard, I’d have drawn in a sign that says, “Future Home of Calvary Medical Center.” Then I’d put twinkling lights and shiny tinsel all around the edges,...

Made in the Shade

This is Dan. He is one of our extraordinary son-in-laws and also a gifted musician who can play everything from the keytar to the piano flute. Dan leads a band called findingBethel, with his friends Darin and Jared. Last week they played a gig at the local county...