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Black Sheep Messenger

This is a weekly newsletter designed to encourage, inspire, and celebrate the stories of fellow black sheep messengers, who are making their unique mark in the world – even (especially?) when it involves coloring outside the lines!

66 Reflections on Turning 66

For the first part of this year, my focus has been primarily on cancer treatment, but at my birthday (earlier this month) I was able

The Unplanned 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

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

On Becoming an American

On October 1st, 2008, in Kansas City, MO., I was sworn in as naturalized citizen of the United States. I was born in the Netherlands.

Retirement-ish

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

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

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

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,

Pas·tor

…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