Posts full of passion and emotion.

  • My Greatest Failing

    February 24, 2016

    I do so much, and I love it all.

  • Facing Death

    October 1, 2015

    This is a recording of my Aunt Alice. She was placed on hospice care a few weeks ago, shortly afterwards. I was helping her with her physical therapy the day I recorded it.  I wanted to record this to help me remember her and hopefully save a few stories that the dementia hadn’t erased. Thankfully,... Read More

  • Too Busy to Help

    August 10, 2015

    I woke up yesterday thinking about the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you don’t know it, it’s a story that Jesus tells in Luke 10 and it goes little something like this: a man is traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. It’s a 17 mile trip through, and it was especially treacherous because it was... Read More

  • On Being Patient

    May 7, 2015

    I think it’s important to be patient with people.

  • Farewell, Pennsylvania!

    September 3, 2014

    After much thought and prayer, our family has decided to move back to Upstate New York.

  • Walking Those Last Few Steps

    May 7, 2013

    An old friend reached out to me recently with sad news that his mother was dying. As you might imagine, he was struggling with how to handle it. The brief back-and-forth we had brought to mind a similar journey I took to the brink of death with my mother-in-law a few years back.

  • “Distracted With Much Serving”

    August 14, 2012

    I just began a 6-week sabbatical from my ministry responsibilities at Oxford Valley Chapel. I've been serving as associate pastor there for over six years, and this time away was much needed, for several reasons.

  • Remembering These Moments

    June 22, 2011

    I suppose it should come as no surprise to me, but the present seems so much weightier than the past.

  • To The Class of 2008

    June 16, 2008

    The following is a transcript of the speech I gave at the Northern Dutchess Christian School commencement exercises: For those of you that know me and know what kind of person I am, what I’m about to say may surprise you: You are about to head into a life that is filled with struggle and... Read More

  • A Biblical View of Sex

    May 26, 2008

    Unfortunately, sex has gotten a bad rap in Christian circles.

  • How To Improve Your Communication

    May 23, 2008

    Be Honest Some people are clammers. In an effort to avoid confrontation, they avoid communication. This often furthers problems instead of solving them. First and foremost, we need to be willing and courageous enough to speak honestly with each other. Dishonesty can take several forms. Outright deceit is fairly straightforward: saying things that aren’t true.... Read More

  • Matthew 26:11

    April 18, 2007

    Tonight I struggled with a very difficult decision. The decision has already been made, but I really would love to everyone’s thoughts on this, especially since the choice I made didn’t feel like the right one. About three months ago, a couple came in to church off the street needing money. They claimed to have... Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Baby!

    November 29, 2006

    The love of my life just turned 23 today. Would you all do me a favor? Head over to her site and give her 23 pinches (gentlemen, friendly nods will suffice).

  • A Very Happy Anniversary

    July 10, 2006

    I didn’t get to post this yesterday, because yesterday was July 8th, 2006, exactly one year after our wedding day, and I was busy grocery shopping with my wife.  (Nothing more romantic than comparing unit prices!)  Come to think of it, at this time last year, we were just discovering how small the rooms are... Read More

  • Curiouser and Curiouser

    June 23, 2006

    I haven’t had a day this bad in a long time. It’s sort of weird to step back and look at all this havoc and laugh. Alright, you just sit there smugly reading this post; but writing is catharsis for me. An attendance of approximately 0 at our YAM Bible study. Arguments with college friends... Read More