Newsletter – Volume 22

This Week Updates from the back of the pen Meet Thomas… Thomas Cogdell is a dreamer. In fact, his dream touches on one of the most significant challenges facing the church. He has a dream of seeing the church fulfill Jesus’ prayer for unity (John 17). And Thomas is doing more than dreaming about it. […]

The Unplanned Mini Documentary

I never intended to do a documentary. It wasn’t even on the radar. I never thought my story merited that kind of publicity. It’s a good story. I’d even characterize it as a miracle story. As such, I am eternally grateful for God’s work in it and through it. My personal transformation led to a […]

39 Years With The Same Person – and Why I Am Happy About it

I stumbled across a video of woman who was talking about the death of the institution of marriage as presently constituted.  She was stating (quite emphatically) that being limited to one person till death do us part is no longer a relevant or helpful view of marriage.  It needs to be replaced by the more […]


January 14th was my last day.  I walked out of the church office for the final time.  The office was empty.  I had given away many of the books, the others were packed-up and placed in storage.  My pictures were also stowed away in boxes and headed to the home office.  I walked to my […]

Christmas Reflections 2021

I have gotten into the habit of listening to the Christmas Carole, Mary, Did You Know? at least half-a-dozen times during the Christmas season.  I am particularly fond of the Pentatonix version. Part of what I love about this Christmas classic is that there is a profound question presented to us through it. The question […]

The Hard Conversation (you know you need to have)

The holidays always present us with many interesting relational dynamics.  Most of them are good.  It’s great to reconnect with family and friends and share in the all warm-fuzzies surrounding the holidays.  But, if we are going to be completely candid, there will also be situations that will be seriously uncomfortable – perhaps even scenarios […]

Gratitude 201

My family wasn’t always excited about it, but every Thanksgiving everyone who ate at our house had to write-up a gratitude list that they’d share around the dinner table.  I insisted on the writing part, because it always felt like the spontaneous sharing led to the same recycled list we share every year – I’m […]

Welcome to the Struggle Bus

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is […]


…one who walks alongside in faith to provide spiritual perspective When I started the conversation with the team helping me establish and articulate my personal brand, they asked me to describe myself.  I instinctively said, “Well, I am a pastor…”  As soon as those words left my lips, I knew I had a communication challenge […]


I have chosen a black sheep as my mascot.  Typically, when that term is used to describe a person, it suggests they are a problem child, they don’t really fit in, and they are usually a bit of an oddball and a ne’er-do-well.  I check all those boxes, both before and after my conversion. Some […]