One Another

When we dedicate ourselves to praying with and for others, it breeds a deep sense of unity. We develop a desire to be together and to serve each other well. It calibrates our focus as a people on the mission and way of Jesus. The way that this plays out practically is a significant element of our faith.

Learning and Growing

The main reason I'm thankful for the internet is how it shrinks the world and enhances our ability to stay connected, to some degree. I definitely don't do well or have much interest in using social sites to "grow a platform" (which is immediately evident because 95% of my posts are either pictures of Noah, comments about food or requests for prayer).

An Update On My Dad...

On February 26th, my dad was admitted to Robert Wood Johnson hospital in New Jersey as the result of a stroke. When we had finally heard about his presence in the hospital, he had been in the hospital for 3 days. Through the Lord's provision and the graciousness of family and friends, I was able to fly to New Jersey to spend the last couple of days with him. Many people love my father and have been praying for him all around the country, so I wanted to give an update with all that I know until this point.

Unforced Rhythms of Grace

I've had a lot of conversations lately that, at some point, had the individual that I was chatting with point out how "tired" they are. In moments of honesty and vulnerability, they've pointed out that their journey toward connecting with and understanding who God is has them feeling burnt out. These have been conversations with people that are "established" in a church and folks that have never stepped through the doorway of one. Some of these folks are people that believe that they have been "doing all the right things" and are still feeling empty. Some are searching for a point of entry that would establish a connection with God. This makes me sad but I'm hopeful because there is a remedy that provides rest. The interesting thing is that the remedy is the same, no matter what the reason for fatigue. 

Lessons From Noah: Presence

Oh, the love of a father for his son!

One of my favorite times lately is at about 6am, just after Noah finishes his morning feeding. It is an opportunity before the start of my day to allow Monique some extra rest and to spend some time with my son. It is the most incredible feeling when she passes him to me and he gives me that big smile. 

Lessons From Noah: Craving

This is our first go 'round as parents but I think I can safely say that Noah is a great baby. He loves to smile and laugh. He loves to talk to his mommy and daddy. He loves to explore with his eyes and discover new shapes and colors. The only thing that seems to unsettle him beyond consolation right now is the longing for food. When he is hungry, he will immediately let you know. (I certainly can relate at times). Once Noah gets some food in his belly, though, he returns to the content and joyful little baby that he usually is.

Something Special

I was in line at the coffee shop this morning and I happened to see a guy quickly scrolling through and clicking in and out of news stories on his phone. (I know, it was kind of shady to be staring at the guy using his phone but it was early, it was a long line and it happened. Let's move on for the sake of the story.) In that moment, it hit me how easily accessible and readily available information is.

A Simple Reminder

Last night I flew into Maryland and rode about 30 minutes into Ocean City to serve at the Metro Maryland Youth For Christ Impact Conference. Admittedly, I was very tired when I arrived and the night was dark and overcast. I went straight to the room, called my bride and fell immediately to sleep. When I woke up in the morning I looked out the window and had no idea I'd be waking up to THIS VIEW: (!!!!!)