FlashbackFriday::Comfort

Since we are sharing a series of posts about our move to Ireland, I thought I’d repost some other posts from around that time as it’ll give some insight to what was going on. I may make small edits or update information, but generally they’ll be...

More Questions than Answers

I’ve had this thought bouncing around in my head the past couple days…though I might as well write it down. What does it say about a person who attempts to make themselves look good, by tearing others down? What does it say about a person who does that only behind the...

That!

When our family moved here in 2012, Elizabeth and I felt at home almost immediately. In a way, we never did even in Ithaca where we’d lived for 18 years, raised our kids and made many good friends. When we’d share this with people we would often be asked why it was....

Thus Sayeth the Lord…or maybe not

I spent too much of my life in churches where a person could use the phrase “Thus says the Lord,” and whatever followed would often carry the weight of scripture. When I was younger and less mature, I would go to conferences hoping that the person on stage would have...

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...

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...
Recognising What Our Words Communicate

Recognising What Our Words Communicate

Like all fields or industries, church planting has its own vernacular…words and phrases that communicate in a quick and vivid manner. A couple of weeks ago over coffee with a friend he to referred to a time in the church planting process where a ‘bait and...
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...
And We’re Back

And We’re Back

Last spring I stopped blogging. While I love writing, blogging had become a chore and I wasn’t enjoying it. The previous autumn I shut down my personal blog and focused on theWilsonsInDublin.com. It seemed like a good way to keep friends and family up-to-date with our...

Friday Data Dump

It’s hard to believe how much work it is to get ready for some time off.  Elizabeth & I spent most of last night finding rental cars online, looking for hotels or houses to rent for the week or so we’ll be in the southern part of Ireland, and then we...