UNLeader…a book review

I’ve never been much of a book reviewer. If you want to know what the book says, you should read it. However, this morning as I began reading UNLeader by Lance Ford, I decided to try reviewing it on a chapter by chapter basis. Not so much for you, but because from the...

A Couple Thoughts on Short Term Missions

My first short-term missions (STM) trip took place in 1989. Our team flew to Brussels (my first time ever on a plane) and then somehow (I have no recollection) got to Namur, Belgium. There are a lot of things that still stand out from our time there (including the old...

Guess What My Job Is In A Parallel Universe

I’m coming to grips with the fact that I am a writer. (I desperately want to clarify that statement in so many ways, but as hard as it is for me, I’m going to let it sit there as it is.) When I was in middle school, my parents and I had a meeting with my guidance...

The Day My Parents Tried To Give Me Away

About 45 years ago I had lost about half my hearing… Of course the weird thing about your hearing or sight getting worse is that you hardly notice it happening. I remember when they put glasses on my head in seventh grade and I could not believe how clear...

thinking about sundays

I have had a weird relationship with Sunday church services for a while. Up until the last couple of years in Ithaca, an ever-increasing amount of energy, effort and people-hours went into putting on the Sunday morning worship gathering. And we got pretty good at it....

Non-Servant Leadership

I was listening to a podcast by Scot McKnight yesterday about the Bible. I got a lot out of it, and I’ll share the link below. Part of the conversation reminded me of something I haven’t thought of in years, but was a key moment in the life of our church in Ithaca....