My Sabbatical: Overview & Preview

My Sabbatical: Overview & Preview

In March 2011, I was the pastor of FBC. I was an exhausted, frazzled, and worn out pastor. The demands of ministry had taken a toll. I even had fleeting thoughts of a “normal” 9-5 job. Instead, I came to our church leadership and requested a sabbatical. The...
The “Four” Marriage Tune-up

The “Four” Marriage Tune-up

This morning our sermon text is Mark 10:1-12. Jesus speaks on marriage and divorce. To complement the message, I want to share some practical resources that every married couple can benefit from. Whether you’ve been together for 50 years or 50 days, we can all use a...
Home Bittersweet Home

Home Bittersweet Home

Twelve days ago, the Scarlett Nation packed up our belongings and headed west. Sure, it was only 5.9 miles west, but it was west, nonetheless. Fifteen years after we bought it (almost to the day), we said goodbye to our Perrowville abode and migrated to The Fields on...
On My Recent Weight Loss

On My Recent Weight Loss

Last September, I had my first physical in five years. Like a lot of guys who don’t have beach bods, I didn’t particularly want to go. I knew I should. But I didn’t want to. And so, the obvious thing happened: my wife made the appointment for me. As the old Chinese...
SBC Scandal & FBC Efforts

SBC Scandal & FBC Efforts

Last Sunday, The Houston Chronicle published a lengthy report about a horrifying crisis within the Southern Baptist Convention of churches: sexual abuse and misconduct. The story was shocking. It was heartbreaking, disgusting, and horrifying. The more I read it, the...
The Stable: A Fable?

The Stable: A Fable?

My wife collects nativity scenes. She owns all kinds: fragile family heirlooms, exotic ones from other countries, some that are hand-carved, plastic, wooden, expensive, and cheap. They all look different. And yet, each one also looks the same. There is Joseph, Mary,...