Constrast Living

I just dropped two ladies off at the airport headed back to Manhattan. I gave a ride to a gentleman from Cuba who fought back from a debilitating injury. He broke his neck. To listen to his story in good broken English was amazing. The doctors told him four years ago he'd never walk again, … Continue reading Constrast Living

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Peace

I'm learning what peace is. It's not the absence of conflict. It's not when everyone likes you because that will never happen. It is a Spirit infused reality that is enhanced when you memorize Scripture and quote it silently when the waves crash. And waves crash don't they? My daughter's church camp theme this year … Continue reading Peace

Real Success

Perseverance is so important. Yesterday was a tough day, and I'm not going to elaborate on it except to say I had to tend to some payroll issues that did not resolve. Perseverance is painful when problems don't resolve, but I suppose it did resolve because I'm here writing about it. So much of persevering … Continue reading Real Success

A New Old Direction

Happy Memorial Day everyone, and I know for those who have lost loved ones in combat that this day is bitter sweet. I think about Kyle Balduf who lost his brother Marine Sgt. Kevin Balduf. Time doesn't heal all wounds, and so I pray for those who lost loved ones like Kyle and his entire … Continue reading A New Old Direction

Deep Reflective Drivel

What happened in Parkland, Florida is pure evil. The loss of life was senseless, and though I'm privy to what all the talking heads are pushing this blog is about faith, depression and hope. I know there is evil among us. I sin daily, so I'm a part of it. Whenever I point a finger … Continue reading Deep Reflective Drivel

Parkland, Florida

When loss happens to any organization the temptation is to give up. Our prayers are with Parkland, Florida as they grieve this terrible tragedy. Loss happens to all of us, but what defines us is whether we keep going or not. I'm not comparing my loss to the loss of the parents and families of … Continue reading Parkland, Florida

He Knows My Name

Ministry and pastoral care are embedded in my DNA. As you know I grew up from Guam to Florida as my parents pastored churches. I went to a small liberal arts college in Nashville to become a youth pastor, and I also received a masters from that same university. Both degrees were in religion. I'm … Continue reading He Knows My Name

The Way, the Truth, the Life

I'm learning a little Italian. I bought a little travel companion at Black Dog Book Co. I've been concentrating on pronunciation. It all started when I asked a lady behind the counter at Joey's how to say you're welcome in Italian. My friends Tammy and Lewis worked for years in Milano, and I'm probably the biggest … Continue reading The Way, the Truth, the Life