I woke up today to news of a synagogue shooting in the United States and a plane crash in Indonesia. My mind traveled back to last night, when a big storm was raging outside of the apartment I’m currently staying at. I love storms. I love watching them, and being in this high rise…Read More
Every time I walk through a store and gaze landed on Silver Queen chocolates, I always stop. Silver Queen chocolate bars trigger a rather powerful memory for me. What’s funny is that the memory isn’t even mine...Read More
I’m sitting here with Barbara, and she just told me that there’s only an hour and twenty minutes left in 2017. So I figured I should hurry up and write this reflective piece. 2017 has been...Read More
This weekend, someone came up to me and asked me about how I felt about the low attendance number of our teen service during this transition time. We ended up talking a lot about my philosophy of ministry and why I'm doing what I'm doing. What does success look like for me?Read More
is close to sacrilege to not visit the Vatican on one's first trip to Rome. Or so I've heard. I went.
If I'm completely honest, I didn't have any expectations.Read More
As I look at the view, the sun's reflection over a large expanse of water, a sense of rightness fell on me. A kind of peace even when life's still full of questions.Read More
I journeyed through ruins today, and oh what joy that fills my heart. I told you I'm weird. The highlight of my day was when I stood atop a small yet steep hill in Athens, desperately willing myself not to slip and fall to my death, but enjoying both the breathtaking view and the personal sense of completion.Read More
This history geek is delirious with geeky happiness. I get to spend my day walking through the streets of Athens, drinking coffee while looking at the ruins and being serenaded by a street violinist. How amazing is that?Read More
I've spent the past 4 hours in the DBX airport, waiting for my connecting flight to Athens. I've been tempted to do some work (OK, I actually have done some work), but mostly I have reverted to one of my favorite past times: people watching.Read More
I'm exhausted. Have you ever felt like your exhaustion is compounded on an unresolved exhaustion? That's me right there.
And I feel bad about it.Read More
I have trust issues. Big time. No one will ever see me volunteer for one of those “trust exercises” where I stand in the middle of a circle, close my eyes, and lean back, hoping someone will catch me...Read More
Fifty one days into 2017 and, already, this year has proven itself as a great beast to slay. I'm sure it doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, since the last time I wrote anything was in the previous calendar year...Read More