The Healing Chronicle – Volume 2

On the Journey With Denise McGonigle… Denise was a member of the church I pastored in Columbia, MO. She was also the secretary to the principal at the local high school. She was dearly loved by her team and everyone who knew her was amazed at both her compassion and work ethic. Then came the […]

The Healing Chronicle – Volume 1

On the Journey With My Story… Thanksgiving 2019 was not the usual joyous occasion. A month earlier they discovered cancerous tumors in my bladder. They were low-grade, non-muscle invasive, and so the proscribed protocol was to have them surgically removed. They couldn’t get it all the first time around, so they had to go back […]

Newsletter – Volume 52

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen The Year In Review… One year ago, we embarked on a grand adventure together. I felt led to rally around those who tend to fall out of the mainstream, those who march to the beat of their own drum and are perhaps even a tad rebellious […]

Newsletter – Volume 51

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen Meet Dad… This past Sunday was Father’s Day, and it got me thinking about my dad. He passed away almost 15 years ago in a boating accident. It is sometimes still hard for me to believe that happened. But remembering him this year reminded me that […]

Newsletter – Volume 50

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen Meet Carol… Harrison Butker, the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, created quite a stir by extolling the virtues of motherhood and marriage in a commencement speech he gave at Benedictine College. Who knew this would be so controversial? My wife Carol Van Waarde has taken […]

Newsletter – Volume 49

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen A Dark Night… For much of my experience at Mayo, I felt bolstered in spirit by the prayers and encouragement of friends and family. I was also grateful for the fact that I was in one of the best hospitals in the country, being attended to […]

Newsletter – Volume 48

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen Meet Dawn… It struck me so odd – even unnecessary – I was doing so well after my initial discharge. But then, while eating a home cooked soup (made by son Curran and his fiancé Mannie), one of my side wounds started leaking. We tried to […]

Newsletter – Volume 47

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen Meet Aaron… I’m an avid Yankee fan, and I came by it honestly. My mom raised us this way. We grew up just an hour from Yankee Stadium when we first immigrated to the States. Part of how our family learned conversational English was by listening […]

Newsletter – Volume 46

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen Meet Joel… Joel Salabarria and I have done several ministry projects together. He is an extremely talented musician and worship leader. I love working with him, but beyond his capacity on the platform, I love his heart more than anything else. He plays it real – […]

Newsletter – Volume 45

This Week Confessions From the Back of the Pen Meet Mike… Mike Orenstein has been one of my closer friends here in Austin. He is an interesting mix. He is super smart – especially around technological things. He travels extensively and is a highly sought after technician. But he has also held roles in social […]