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family fun life

Children’s Garden

One of my favorite spaces in Kansas is Botanica. It is a beautiful community garden in downtown Wichita. I took this picture years ago on the way out of the Downing Children’s Garden. This garden’s design is for children with whimsical statues, musical instruments, and surprises around each corner on the path. When we lived […]

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leadership life ministry

Two Tracks

Two tracks. Both are going in the same direction. One filled with cargo and a train on the move. The other empty and waiting. Waiting for what? Another train to come along? Could you send two trains along these tracks at the same time? Do they converge somewhere ahead? Do they split and go in […]

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family fun life

1​ Second Everyday for March 2019

Here it is! 1 Second Everyday for March 2019. Enjoy!

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annual conference church family life ministry

A Season of Transition

It is a season of transition. I have had the opportunity to serve as the preacher at Berryton United Methodist Church since July 1, 2018. On Sunday, I announced during worship that I have received a new appointment from Bishop Ruben Saenz to serve as the pastor at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church in Topeka […]

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family fun life

1​ Second Everyday for February 2019

It has been a heavy week, so here is something a bit lighter. 1 Second Everyday for February 2019. Enjoy!

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family fun life

Chickens!

Our family has been pondering the possibility of a pet for some months now. Our children are getting old enough to be able to share in the responsibility and have brought up the subject from time to time. We all thought that a dog would be a good possibility, though Nicole and I could never […]

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life transforming the community

Two Berryton Buffaloes

On Monday, we enrolled our children in First and Second Grade at Berryton Elementary School. While we have driven by the building, this was our very first time inside. We filled out all the papers, received a quick tour of the building and found their classrooms. It was another milestone in our season of transition […]

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changing lives faith life

The Biggest Bulldozer in the World (or I Can Do All Things)

At a recent bedtime, I read Bulldozers (Mighty Machines) to our children as one of our stories. After reading, my son stood up and said excitedly, “One day, I going to drive the biggest bulldozer in the world!” I replied with a smile, “You sure could.” In those brief moments, I was struck at how wide the […]

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ministry

Blessings of Ministry – Babies (1 of 3)

There are many blessings of ministry as a pastor. One of those is to be with families with new babies. In the past several weeks, I have had the opportunity to be with two families who welcomed a new member to their family, as well as pray before surgery for an infant. Each one of […]

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fun life

Relaxation is a Skill

We enrolled our son in Kindermusik and Nicole takes him to class each week. A couple weeks ago they learned something that was new to me. Relaxation is a learned skill. It is not something that we are born knowing how to do. I recognize in myself a tendency to not allow myself to relax. It […]

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Bible life

Scripture Monday – Psalm 63:1

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1, NIV). I love the vivid description of seeking God. Thirst is powerful in a land where there is no water. I aspire to seek God in this way, […]

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leadership

Are You Making Progress on the Issues that You Care About?

One of the Kansas Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Principles is: Our own defaults, how we would usually or unconsciously react or intervene in a situation, can be significant barriers to making progress on the issues we care about. There is a lot to be said for this principle as well as the others in the […]