Lazy Day Jitters

Lazy Day Jitters

My Life
I am currently enrolled in Seminary (online) and have been pushing hard to get to spring break (which starts on Monday officially). We were scheduled to have a youth retreat this weekend and I am teaching Children's Church on Sunday. There is a baptism on Sunday too so that means that I had to make a video introduction. So I have been working furiously for the past few weeks trying to get things done and be ready so that I could lead a retreat this weekend. Then it snowed. And snowed. And snowed enough that the retreat center had to cancel on us. So here I am sitting on a Saturday with all of my work done and no appointments. It is so rare that I really don't know what…
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The only people of another race that I know are people I am helping

The only people of another race that I know are people I am helping

My Life
The only people of another race that I know are people I am helping. That almost sounds like a good statement. It almost sounds like something positive. Shouldn't we be helping out others. Shouldn't we all be building each other up. But in the wake of the renewed race discussion over Ferguson*, and my failing attempt to explain aspects of race in America to the teenage Ethiopian guy who has been living with us for a year or so now I have discovered that I may or may not be a racist, but I sure do act like one. Let me explain. I spend lots of time with people from another race. Like I said, I have an Ethiopian teenager who lives with me who I love like my own…
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It’s been too long

It’s been too long

My Life
It has been too long to really come up with a good explanation of why it has been so long. I guess it has been a combination of things. I got an Android tablet a while back and that has sort of changed the way that I do computing at home. Many times I don't even take my laptop out of my bag, and while I know that I could write posts on the tablet, it really is more of a consuming device than and producing device, at least it is for me. I have also been more than swamped with work. Starting a new job has been a challenge just to try to get everyone's names straight much less try to figure out their lives, their spiritual and emotional…
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Moving Day

Moving Day

My Life, Youth Pastoring
Today was moving day for us. Our new church sent down a couple of guys and then people from our town and old church came to help us finish packing and load up. That makes for this slightly weird blend of people, but it all worked out. My wife and boys went to stay with her mother for the night to break up the trip and so after packing for the week and loading a Uhaul and a trailer all morning I got to drive for 9 hours by myself. Which was a nice time to sort of get my thoughts together, but the fact that I had all of my clothes and books in the car with me I felt like I was running away from home or something.…
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Finally Time for Goodbyes

Finally Time for Goodbyes

My Life
It has been 4 months since I resigned (was fired) from my old church. In all of that time I knew that it would eventually be time to say goodbye to this town and all of these people. When people asked us about leaving I would always say that we would have a big party to say bye before it was time for us to go. Well, now the party is tomorrow and I can't believe that goodbyes are actually here. When it was all something in the future it was easy to ignore. As we talked with this new church and met with them it was easy to be excited about new opportunities, new relationships, and new experiences. Now, with a weeks worth of packing and a forced happy…
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