How the Church is like a Pumpkin Patch

A Few Reflections on Church and the Walters’ Farm

Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is one of my favorite places in south-central Kansas. It is an amazing place and provides a helpful model for the church

  • People come for the experience and prioritize the visit
  • It’s a place where people make memories
  • It’s a place where you mark years, transitions and milestones.
  • It’s a place for people of all ages — no matter your interests.

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Right now I am transitioning back to Kansas City after time in Louisiana on a mission trip with the youth from Resurection. Hopefully more about the trip soon…

I first read Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges in the summer of 2006. I took the opportunity to read this book again this spring. The content is excellent.

Bridges addresses the common elements in all sorts of transitions in life. These range from the natural transitions in life time, relationships and work. In his own words,

“The subject of this book is the difficult process of letting go of an old situation, of suffering the confusing nowhere of in-betweenness and of launching forth again in a new situation (Bridges, 4).”

Bridges works through these three movements of a transition in ways that seek to make meaning out of each step. It is encouraging to me to know that when in the middle of a transition there is a framework around which to wrap the experience. While each transition is individual, there are common elements of all transitions that hold true across our life and the lives of others.

I find this book to be helpful each time I read it. It has also provided helpful guidance for my calling as a pastor. I will continue to look to this book for insights in transition and commend it to you.

A New Home

Nicole and I are in the middle of moving into a new house and I really mean in the middle. We purchased a new home about 10 minutes south west of the church and have been spending the night there since July 4 on an inflatable mattress. We are in the process of painting several rooms and are hosting a moving extravaganza this Saturday. Interested in helping? Just let me know…

Here are a few pictures that you might enjoy.

The front of our new home

After the first coat of “Frank Blue” in the kitchen