Old Nelson’s Nephew

Old Nelson’s Nephew

Many of us cannot count how many times we have heard the story of Jesus’ birth. Below, I have attempted to retell the story through the eyes of an earthy , Old West, shepherd. As you read, consider the long-term affect that miraculous night must have had upon the...

When Logic Limits Love

Last winter, Louie and I went on a 24-hour indoor waterpark adventure together. He talked non-stop as we packed, drove an hour, and checked into the hotel. When we walked into the waterpark, he hugged me and we were off! We bounced around the bubbling huge hot tubs...
Reality and Mystery

Reality and Mystery

Frank Laubach prayed, “If every annoyance can be made to remind me to turn and grip Your hand and ask You, ‘What are you saying through this vexation?’ then I can turn life’s rough spots into Your vocabulary.”1 Reality—be it vexing or blessing—is a friend of intimacy...
A Leadership Manifesto

A Leadership Manifesto

I believe that leadership is a form of influence.  Jesus-style influence is internal authority–when the weight of one’s presence affects those around them. As such, leadership is not sourced in–though it at times can be served by–superlative...
The Beautiful Old

The Beautiful Old

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 When did we stop inviting the ancient to the head of the table? When did we begin...
Pink Ribbon 6: Reflections

Pink Ribbon 6: Reflections

(Below is the last entry of the Pink Ribbon series: reflections on the experience from November 2013 journal entries following the November 5th bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.) November 14, 2013 1pm Thursday Venice Beach, CA A forty-five minute...
Pink Ribbon 5: Post Surgery

Pink Ribbon 5: Post Surgery

(A pink ribbon summary from a journal entry one week after the surgery.) November 12, 2013 10am Tuesday Venice Beach, CA  Oh Father, a week ago I was in surgery. Today I’m being serenaded by the Pacific Ocean. So much to write about! Surgery day, Tuesday, November...
Follow

Follow

“Follow me,” Jesus said.* Jesus’ “follow” invites us to write resignation letters to self-leadership. Jesus’ “follow Me” promises us that we will never be alone. Often the only way God can guide us into His purposes is...
Pink Ribbon 4: Preparing for surgery

Pink Ribbon 4: Preparing for surgery

(This is a series of raw pink ribbon blog posts from my breast cancer journey. This one begins four days after receiving the diagnosis.) October 21, 2013 12:15pm Monday at home “I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of love”—the song “Holy Spirit” by Jesus Culture has...