As I was doing some reading & research for raising rabbits (wow – that alliteration shows that I may be closer to my pastoral roots than imagined or desired), I came across a voluminous amount of websites and videos dedicated to “Homesteading”. As I read with curiosity, I realized that I truly desired to move … Continue reading


Imagine you live in a third world country. No matter that you know the language, are learning the customs, and can move fairly easily throughout the country. You still live under a constant stress. It’s not an overwhelming stress, but it is still a burden to your heart, soul and even body. Because no matter … Continue reading

Warrior Advent

I was reading in the Psalms this morning – just browsing, not “studying”. Psalm 46 is a familiar and significant passage for me. It has a depth of meaning that I enjoy immersing in from time to time. This morning, however, I was struck by the very last verse in this passage: The LORD of … Continue reading

Hammerin’ on a Hen House

The mild temperatures in Indiana this weekend provided the perfect time to tackle a fun project of repurposing in my garage. I decided to embark on half of a project that has been brewing in my mind since our return to our house earlier this year. I have been brainstorming an “indoor / outdoor” chicken … Continue reading

Punctual and Periodic Pain

I never know what I’ll feel like in the morning. Never. I’m not talking about the pain, stiffness or muscle soreness that accompanies a good workout or that follows a difficult chore. I’m talking about going to bed feeling good and waking up with odd pain, sharp pain, joint pain, soft tissue pain, weird pain … Continue reading

Lessons From the Pine

Lessons From the Pine

It’s only been six months since I last posted. I almost forgot how to do this. Cut-offs & Cast-aways This afternoon it dawned on me that I had received a tangible illustration of an earlier conversation from this morning. Early in the day I met with a friend to discuss some issues that I am … Continue reading

One Song on My iPhone This Week

Worship simply exalts Christ at Mission Point Community Church. The one thing our family craved upon our return from Cambodia,where we worshiped at ICA in Phnom Penh, was a similar environment that held Christ high and pointed all who came, to Him. It was one of the first things that refreshed us, and impressed us … Continue reading