Competition: Part 2

The glow inside that rustic barn was almost magical… lights twinkled from barren trees that lined the room and gauzy gold curtains seemed to almost pour down the walls in glimmers of sweet light. The enchantedly beautiful bride and her nervous groom stood quietly holding each others hands at the end of an aisle covered in…

Competition: Part 1

This one has been a long time simmering in the back of my heart and mind. And honestly, I try to ignore and wish away this ugly truth. It goes against everything that Jesus spoke of; it has no benefit to the advancement of the gospel; and it creates hypocrisy in our churches that non-believers…

When The Unexpected Happens

Our family had a great summer… lazy days… trips swimming, kayaking, biking, etc… and we highly anticipated a trip to Colorado for our family trip.  We had it all mapped out; spend a few days with my brother and his family (grab a soccer game), then a few days in the mountains exploring, mountain biking and…

Lesson #5: Criticism Comes

We’ve all been criticized at one point in our lives.  (If you haven’t—WHEW!  You’ve dodged a painful bullet!) I don’t know if I’ve ever heard as much criticism in my life (yes- all 32 years of it…) than I did when we began to plant the church here.  (And it continues still today!  Yay!   Not…

A Little Dog Hair in my Mouth

Seriously.  What did I sign up for?” I asked myself, as I tend to talk to myself quite a bit these days.  At that very moment, I was lying face down in our living room, more than likely having Dutch’s (our Husky) dog hair tickling my nose.  I had nowhere else to turn it seemed. …