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The unexpected journey to simple church

The unexpected journey

The unexpected journey was not disappointing this week—in being unexpected that is. I had applied for food assistance to help us get through this time in the journey. I didn’t want to, but was convinced that I needed to. So I did. I received notice that I make too...

the unexpected journey: another unexpected turn

The week began with much uncertainty. I needed to write over $10,000 in contracts within the remaining four days of the month. There was part of me that wanted to be excited and say, “How are you going to do this one, Lord?” But then there was another part of me that...

The unexpected journey: It takes faith

Today is resurrection Sunday, the day that most miraculous event in history took place. The brutally beaten, torn, and crucified Christ rose up alive from the dead. I do not know if anything significant has or will happen on this day. I do know that I have sensed that...

The unexpected journey: the crazy unexpected turns

A funny—not as in ha ha—thing happened on the way to work Monday. My son and I got up as usual to go on our morning run. Try as I might, I was not able to do it, so we came back home. After showering and dressing for work, I was eating my usual bowl of oatmeal when my...

Easter

I have not been able to pinpoint a viable reason for this, but I have a very strong sense that this Easter will have an important historical purpose. Easter was the most the meaningful holiday for me as a traditional pastor. It is the one event in biblical history...

the unexpected journey: is the end near?

This past week has seen great advances followed by great setbacks. The good news is that the advances out weigh the setbacks. It seems as though a corner has been turned in this phase of the journey. The bills are paid, the groceries are in the fridge and a couple of...