growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

When we look carefully, really carefully, at the world around us, what is it that we are really, truly seeing? Are we so wrapped up in the problems inside our homes and our marriages and our families to see anything beyond the blurred vision of heartache and shattered dreams?  Or are we using our homes as […]

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

Fairness is often a battleground of epic proportions in sports and competitions.  How could it not be? Coaches selecting players based on skill or strategy to take each play call and transform it into the magical moment of athletic domination. Kids of all ages striving to make it to the major leagues or just to […]

growing future leaders: raising up grace

growing future leaders: raising up grace

  Growing up, I was anything but graceful.  Long legs, wobbly ankles, permed-poodle bobbed hair with awful bangs, and giant round glasses.  Nevermind the really ugly clothes of the 90s. Didn’t know how to fit in, wasn’t sure I wanted to anyway, trying to navigate hormones and school and not being completely dorky in every way possible. […]

growing future leaders: raising up humility

growing future leaders: raising up humility

Our world is growing increasingly more bold, almost daily. Gunmen walking into movie theaters and schools and just about anywhere.  Aiming.  Or not.  Killing.  Maiming.  Scarring for life.  With little cause for pause. Terrorists preying on fear and false senses of security.  Getting their agendas right too loudly and too effectively.  Brash.  Ruthless.  On a […]

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

Good has to be gleaned and shared from even the most frustrating and despairing of situations. Otherwise, we can miss God. We are living in a time where there is so much mudslinging in political battlegrounds, on TV shows, in our neighborhoods, on our streets… everywhere.  It can feel like a non-stop barrage of negativity and criticism. […]

when it all starts crumbling: 7 death-ly sins of the church

when it all starts crumbling: 7 death-ly sins of the church

Most of my life has been spent in and around the church.  As a life-long pastor’s kid with all of the bells and knells, as a heavily involved church and outreach ministry volunteer since childhood, and as a Director of Christian Education for a few years in two completely different churches, I have learned more […]

in the absence of perfection: love being perfectly imperfect

in the absence of perfection: love being perfectly imperfect

Perfection is one of those things that is so impossible to attain, and yet so many of us spend our lifetimes trying to attain it, even if to just a minor degree. Think of one thing in your life that you would love to snap your fingers and just instantly make it perfect – maybe […]

5 things we can all do to change the world today

5 things we can all do to change the world today

It feels like the events of the last weeks are just too much – the tragedy in Orlando where 49 lives were cut way too short and countless more were affected instantaneously, the horror in Istanbul where men carry bombs dressed up in luggage and weapons for killing innocent lives without pause for human life but […]

stop hiding: part 3 – what can be done

stop hiding: part 3 – what can be done

The mass murder in Orlando this past weekend created a ripple effect of its horror upon the LGBTQ community and their families, as well as upon the rest of us who, if not related to the victims, look on in shocked fear at how easily and quickly such a tragedy of huge proportions can occur, even […]

stop hiding: part 2 – the crisis that lurks within

stop hiding: part 2 – the crisis that lurks within

The simple fact of the matter is that there is a crisis that has been building under the fragile skin of society that has barely been addressed, much less publicly voiced.  Because too many of us are too afraid to say anything out loud.  I’ve been one of those people too, but can’t be any longer. […]