• Faith Reflections

    Gates of Time

    This summer I was at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum – a memorial to the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Murrah Federal building which killed 168 people. It is a beautiful and power memorial. We were only able to view the outside memorial due to the hour of the day but the symbolism of that place was powerful enough to help us feel a small sense of what happened in that sacred space 17 years ago. One of the most moving parts of the memorial for me was the Gates of Time. These monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction – 9:02 a.m. – and mark…

  • Youth Ministry

    Lesson Learned

    The youth in my youth family teach me a lot of things.  There are the very useful things like how to master the Wii, how to SMS bomb someone, how to have fun, how to fart on demand (okay, I already had that mastered.)  They remind me that you can make a difference and that it is never to late to start. They remind me that you can have fun regardless of the task at hand. They remind me to relax and that to be present in someone’s life is more important than designing a stellar program or event. They teach me that selfishness is pervasive and that I once was as awkward and self-conscious as…

  • My Life

    Silent Cries from the Street

    When I was in high school I read a book that overall is not a book of classic greatness or literary genius. Although I still spy it on occasion in certain bookstores along with more popular novels by the author, it doesn’t seem to have garnered much favor with readers nor is it one that I have ever recommended to others. And I’m not recommending it now. But there was one brief passage in this book that completely captured me and became a descriptive image of what I feel often in my life. After one reading of this particular scene, it was forever imprinted in my mind and became so real to…

  • My Life

    What I'm Looking For

    There are a lot of ways I could answer the statement, “What I’m Looking For”. I’m looking for a piece of paper I lost yesterday; some passion fruit juice; a solid reasoning for why we have an appendix. But those aren’t the answers for today (although if you can provide the answer to any of those questions, I’ll love you a whole lot and I’ll name the new gecko in my flower bed after you.) The answer today is “What I’m Looking For in a Guy”.  (gag, cliche). I’ve already blogged a few times and even preached about the whole “being single” and how I’m okay with that. I am still okay…