Ministry & Leadership

June 2, 2014

Binge Writer

I am a binge writer. I always have been, and I probably always will be. What is a binge writer you ask? A binge writer is an author who indulges in writing for a brief period of time. Often followed by extended periods of an absence of writing. For me, I can write 10,000-15,000 words a day typing at 25 words per minute. I know […]
June 1, 2014

“Backheifen” in the Last Waveson

Here is an excerpt from my book The Last Waveson: Grafting. I was able to get my version of the german word Backpfeifengezicht in my book. Yay!   While he observed the guards, something struck Avo in the back of his shoulder. Perci pushed him as he brushed by. After a few steps, Perci turned and shot a smug self-righteous smirk back at Avo. Avo […]
May 30, 2014

Second Draft Begins

Today I am attempting a second draft of my Young Adult novel, The Last Waveson: Grafting. After spending a week at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference, I have lots of new ideas. Thanks to wonderful classes by Zena Dell Lowe, Steve Laube, and DiAnn Mills. I have a few other new ideas thanks to random information I have been learning from my new […]
May 29, 2014

“10 Commandments From a Hollywood Producer”

When Calls the Heart Do you know Janette Oke’s “When Calls the Heart” series on the Hallmark Channel? Last week I met the show’s creator and executive producer, Brian Bird. We were at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I had supper at his table one night. God has called this humble man to serve as a Christian writer and producer in Hollywood. In his keynote address, Brian […]
May 27, 2014

Introducing… Avortovar Maligtonay

Avortovar Maligtonay (pictured here) is the last waveson. I am excited to announce that my Young Adult novel The Last Waveson: Grafting placed first at the Blue Ridge Mountain Writers Conference.  The Last Waveson: Grafting follows the life of a farm boy turned draka rider in a How to Train Your Dragon meets Lord of The Rings fantasy epic adventure. Will Avortovar risk his future as a […]
May 5, 2014

What I learned from 56 holes of Putt Putt

This week I played 56 holes of Putt Putt with my six-year old son. For you OCD people… yes I know we should have played 54, but we had playoffs. I lost by two strokes, I may have manipulated the score a little bit, but isn’t that what dad’s are supposed to do? I learned a few valuable lessons half way up the mountain where […]
December 31, 2013

Ringing in the New Year…4 hours Early!

Do you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your children at a reasonable hour and still go to bed early? Let me share you our new tradition… Last year, we celebrated the New Year at 8pm. We didn’t ruin New Year’s Day by making our children stay up till midnight. They woke up refreshed and excited just like any other day. They weren’t tired […]
December 17, 2013

Elf on the Shelf…dilemma?

I hate the elf on the shelf… or at least I did. My wife and I didn’t want to add one more thing to our already long list of holiday traditions. We both mutually decided, no elf. We were going to resist the urge to participate in the “fad”. We already do the polar express, Santa, a chocolate ribbon calendar of Hershey kisses’, etc. One […]
May 28, 2013

What I learned from 56 holes of Putt Putt

  This week I played 56 holes of Putt Putt with my six-year old son. For you OCD people… yes I know we should have played 54, but we had playoffs. I lost by two strokes, I may have manipulated the score a little bit, but isn’t that what dad’s are supposed to do?   I learned a few valuable lessons half way up the […]
May 15, 2013

‘Did Baby Jesus Wear Diapers?’

When my niece Allie was 5, she frequently asked me imaginative questions about God. One day Allie arranged a pastoral ministry session for me. I waited on the front steps of her house while she gathered several of her friends. A study group gathered, and Allie announced, “My uncle is a preacher, and he can tell you what kinds of ice cream there will be […]
June 11, 2012

True Servants Serve #1

As I talk to other pastors, I realize just how difficult it has become to get volunteers to serve in ministry.  Many churches burden the same volunteers with serving, time and time again, because the task of recruiting volunteers is so difficult. On average 20% of Christians serve the Lord faithfully.  That leaves 80% of Christians uninvolved in the work of ministry.  In a church […]
June 9, 2012

‘You’re not special’ graduation speech

Social media was buzzing about a Boston-area high school teacher’s blunt commencement speech that told students they “are not special.” Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. told graduates “You are not special. You are not… read more here