Freedom

I was sitting in a line up of blue, plastic chairs at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to register my car. As opposed to my other times in the DMV recently, everyone was wearing a mask this time. It doesn’t make sense, in my brain, to go back and forth. I leaned over to…

God Has Brought You Here

On May 18th, I texted our daughter, “Grace, I just received some info on doctor I was planning to start with, which raised questions about him from interns who had worked with him. Could you pray and give me any guidance you might have?” (Grace is our second daughter.) It was just six days before…

“I wanted to punch your lights out!”

1988. My first pastorate in San Jacinto, California. The church statistics in the Annual Conference Journal said there were 166 members. It felt like a daunting step from seminary and my student pastorate into my first church. When I arrived I discovered the difference between stats and reality. The previous pastors had not done an…

Hello, My Name is Phillip: Chapter Twenty-Eight

(For you who are walking with Phillip, there are three chapters to go. This begins after the concert he played at church. That chapter ended with his observation he would never see his best friend, Kevin, again. I encourage you to get a copy of the book here and share it with friends. Thank you…