Since the start of the pandemic, I have been making weekly videos. These began as a means to connect with the people in the congregation I was then pastoring. People were isolated, and isolation is a difficult thing for all of us. For weeks, these were encouragement videos. I noticed, because Facebook is such an…
Such a Hike
Monday, March 22nd, was my birthday! Hey, thanks for the birthday greetings!! The day comes yearly, and even though my body is aging, inside I don’t feel one iota different. Perhaps this is the whole scriptural picture of “the inward man being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). I easily forget that now I…
Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Nine
Phillip’s mom confesses and repents. And she and Phillip start to build a relationship with Jesus alongside of them. She begins to learn how to be a safe adult. Every kid deserves safe adults.
Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Eight
Phillip finds himself in the home of Maggie and Henry, the sweetest, down-to-earth folk imaginable. His time with them births many discoveries, one of his gift for music. And another was the opportunity for he and his mom to work together to get back into the house. Through hardship, hope is birthed.
Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Seven
Phillip ran. He ran, tripped and fell, and then blindly ran more into the park, with his dog Skye. Terrified, surrounded by wind and storm, he ended up in a root cave tree and there encountered Jesus. Read this next installment of Phillip’s experience with Jesus and the servants Jesus sends to rescue him.
Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Five
I entered the house as if freed from bondage. Skye and I made it upstairs and into my room and I stopped. I didn’t know what to do. I hadn’t known. No one had said anything. My furniture and floor were covered with plastic sheets. The rug was out of there. The walls were painted…
Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Four
In Chapter 4 of “Hello, My Name is Phillip,” Phillip recalls what happened when he turned 5. A fight in the car, a surprise birthday party, an accident, and an encounter with Jonah converge to bring a bit of hope. He learns something magnificent certainly: he is hearing from God.
Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Three
Black enters and eats away at Phillip when the adults argue. This time, running to his closet, he hears a Voice and what the Voice says makes all the difference.
Hello, My Name is Phillip — Chapter Two
Phillip James Smythe tells how he first met Big Skye, his best friend. Phillip also meets Miss Liz, a wonderful person, wearing slippers covered in dog hair. She sees Phillip and believes in him more than anyone yet has.
HELLO, MY NAME IS PHILLIP: Chapter One
Sharing the book poured into my heart during lockdown, because, every kid deserves safe adults. Meet Phillip, an honest, open, down-to-earth, really precious six-year-old. And discover the world through his eyes.