Thoughts & Stories2018-01-23T05:34:38+00:00

A Country Boy From Assisi, A Mountain Boy From Arizona

I remember when I was introduced to a person who has been revolutionary to my faith. Yes, obviously Jesus is the most revolutionary, but I am talking about somebody who inspired me to take a look at my life and ask, "How am I following Jesus? Really following Him." This person is St. Francis of Assisi. I remember being in a university choral class when we were given a piece to sing called "Servants of Peace" by James Quinn and K. Lee Scott, which was based on the Prayer of Peace which has been attributed to the Franciscan tradition (though it is unlikely that Francis [...]

By |October 4th, 2019|Categories: francis of assisi|0 Comments

Worshiping God When You Don’t Feel Like It [Audio]

Bless the Lord, O my soul,     and all that is within me,     bless His holy name! David (shepherd boy turned king), Psalm 103:1 One thing that has been a part of my spiritual and character formation has been worship. Yes, worship is a response to what God has done, but what happens when worship (or rather, creating the environment for worship to happen) is your job? Through the week to week routine of it all, as well as in the times where you are walking through personal battles or frustrations of your own, there is temptation to slip into autopilot, in a [...]

By |September 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio, discipleship, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, Worship, Worship Leading|0 Comments

In The Storm: What Do You Say? [Audio]

"Going through a storm doesn't mean that we're just waiting for it to go away, but as followers of Jesus, it is looking for Jesus in the storm. And saying, 'I think I see Jesus [on the water], and if that's Jesus, I would rather be with Him, out there in this mess, than in this boat relying on my own ingenuity and resources.' Even though we might be afraid and fearful, He is inviting us into a deeper experience of trust in Him." - my sermon, "This is My Story: In the Storm" For most of my songs, I can recall [...]

What A Friend: a song for community

Over the years, I've heard songwriters and/or musicians say things to the effect of, "I wish I wrote that song." And actually, I'm sure I've said that at some point - but this one, I'm glad was penned by my friend Bruce. I remember when I first heard it. It was shortly after my wife and I walked through a tragic time in our lives. It was one of those times where it felt as if the world was crashing down, and nothing felt safe. Bruce and his wife Lois were trusted friends who walked through that time with us. We were [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: Christian Music, Christianity, Jesus Shaped Community, Music, Worship, Worship Leading|0 Comments

Learning to know yourself: the Enneagram

I've hesitated to write anything about the Enneagram till now. I've benefited from it, as a Spiritual Director it comes up a lot, and now it seems to be a fixture in our culture. ...And that's the problem. In a land of in-depth behavior profiles the likes of Myers Briggs, Strengthsfinder, DiSC, and others - as well as stupid little personality quizzes found on social media, there is a narcissistic element to our society. Another thing is that these personality profiles are usually about 'measuring' behavior, which leads to behavior forecasting as well as copping out: i.e. "You're such an ENFP...Oh, I'm [...]

By |June 7th, 2019|Categories: Spiritual Formation|0 Comments

The Practice of Secrecy: Experiencing Joyful Hiddenness

Author Corrie Ten Boom, who experienced fame for her testimony of faith after World War II (which can be read about in her book The Hiding Place), was once asked how she remained humble through all the attention and fame. Her answer was, “When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments onto the road, and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it ever entered the head of that donkey that any of that was for him?” She continued, “If I can be the donkey [...]

By |April 25th, 2019|Categories: Simplicity, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation|0 Comments