Let Me Help Me By Helping You

A little over 15 years ago my colon ruptured. You don’t want any more details than that. Along the way to figuring out what the problem was, which took over 6 months, I had to deal with a number of specialists, all who had a gauntlet of tests that they wanted me to go...
Learning, Unlearning and Relearning

Learning, Unlearning and Relearning

When I first began thinking that a move to Ireland could be in our future, I sat down to write a list of why Elizabeth and I were unlikely people to move to Dublin and start churches. I didn’t get too far into that exercise before I began to realise that my basic...
I Used To Be Nice

I Used To Be Nice

Is it possible to lead a church and care for your soul? While I believe it is, like a lot of church leaders, I’ve learned that it doesn’t come naturally. My experience is that the system church leaders find themselves in, often puts taking care of your soul at...

I want to lose 20 pounds and still eat Doritos.

I have a friend who pastors a Vineyard church near Philadelphia. He is one of my favorite people in the world to talk to…other than the fact that every conversation seems to include, “Hey, you should move to Philadelphia and plant a church.” Even as...

Open Letter to the Ithaca Vineyard

Over the past few weeks we’ve mentioned the strategic planning meetings our church council had been holding over the past several months. One of the areas we are hoping to address going forward is making sure the Vineyard is a place where people feel comfortable...