I know, I know! It has been a long time since I have posted even the slightest bacon bit of a post! Fulltime ministry is something that can consume some of what you thought you had for a time. As an update, I am moved to the Midwest with the family as we start our first assignment. COVID totally transformed life as we know it before we could get a chance to know it! Pastors across the globe had to self-learn the digital side of ministry and how to transmit the messages our God places on our hearts to deliver. Just because the doors close, God did not stop talking to us (as He hasn’t to anyone else!). One of the new traditions is walking in the early morning hours with my daughter. We walk a couple of miles as the sun rises in our newfound urban (kind of) home. This is the first time we have lived somewhere with sidewalks and we intend to use them!
Every VBS we have done at our church involves the part of searching for God Sightings. I like this focus so much it is something we do on a weekly basis in Children Church. I believe it is a great habit to look and see where God is at work around us. With me, I have found that He will often point something out so He can have a chat. For example, take these simple train tracks. Continue reading Keep it on the tracks!
This is a time of year that is ripe for reflections on those that have followed God’s call to be shepherds. We (at least I know I do as well as those that mentor me) often look to the example of Jesus in all we do. How we disciple, how we discipline, how we preach, how we teach and how we even pray all come from how the Son did all of those things. What I spend hours reflecting on is the latter of those things during this time of year.
What in the world is “Biblical bacon?” I have to admit, I am one that admires the taste of food. If someone were to give me an option at a free meal, I would look for that close James Beard Award winner! My wife once had a conference in Denver where there was an event that spotlighted the world of bacon (and another certain beverage). Throughout the Mile High Stadium, there were different types of this golden goodness. Plain, infused with seafood, cooked into chili, dried into jerky or in the pork belly form. I know, I am starting to sound like Forrest Gump with shrimp! We are a family that likes bacon. It can have that ability to bring a meal together and come on, who doesn’t love the smell and taste of this goodness? Continue reading The Journey Begins