Two phenomenon are on my heart today. The first is celebrity... I can't imagine being thrust on a national stage like Kobe Bryant was as an 18 year old. Would you want the world watching your 18-year old self?  He was not a perfect human being, making mistakes along the way. We all have. It's… Continue reading Kobe

5 Resolutions for the Church in 2020

2020 is here and if you attended a religious community this weekend, you have perfect attendance for the year. Congratulations!  A new year brings new opportunity and a chance to reset our priorities and practices. Church folks are busy taking down the Advent and Christmas decorations and thinking about what 2020 might hold. Many are… Continue reading 5 Resolutions for the Church in 2020

Five Things: Guatemala Trip

Whenever I return from any mission travels, people want to know, "How was the trip?" Even though I practice my elevator speech, it never feels quite adequate enough to fully describe the experience. Earlier this month, 10 of us from Geist Christian Church traveled to Panajachel, Guatamala to work with Porch de Salomon in building… Continue reading Five Things: Guatemala Trip

You Are Not in Control

Teach us to count our days so that we may have a wise heart Psalm 90:12 It's hard for us to hear isn't it? You are not in control.  The control paradox tells us that the more we try to gain control, the less control we actually possess. In many ways, it is fear that causes us… Continue reading You Are Not in Control

Reflections on 9/11: Between Memory and Hope

Chances are good that no one will forget where you were on September 11, 2001 around 8:45 AM Eastern Time. I was at work, at the CareerBuilder.com office in North Atlanta. I had settled into my cubicle, returned email from the previous day and began to prepare for several appointments that I had scheduled for that… Continue reading Reflections on 9/11: Between Memory and Hope

Finding Time for Interruptions

Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Simon and those with him tracked him down. When they found him, they told him, “Everyone’s looking for you!” He replied, “Let’s head in the other direction, to the nearby villages, so that… Continue reading Finding Time for Interruptions

Andrew Luck’s Most Important Pass

Professional football is a BIG deal here in Indianapolis. I get it. I spend a good portion of my Saturdays in the Fall riding a roller coaster with the Georgia Bulldogs and watching the SEC. I used to pay very little attention to the NFL, but since moving to Indy I’ve learned if you want… Continue reading Andrew Luck’s Most Important Pass

A Back to School Prayer

God of Love, A new school year begins and students, teachers, and staff are filled with anticipation and also with trepidation Anticipation for what will be learned, for growth that will take place, for friendships that will be developed and for lives that will be transformed Trepidation for tough assignments, acceptance by others, days that… Continue reading A Back to School Prayer

Seeing Freedom Through the Eyes of God

What is true freedom? Several images come to mind; When the Continental Congress declared the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain 240 years ago, freedom along with liberty,  was foremost in the minds of our nation's founders. The idea did not originate with them, of course. In every age and across the earth, human beings have,… Continue reading Seeing Freedom Through the Eyes of God


I've had a lot of church camp pictures pop up this week in my Facebook memories feed. I counted and between being a camper, counselor, director, and keynoter I have spent 52 weeks at church camp. That's right, an entire year of my life at church camp. A pretty good way to spend a year… Continue reading Table