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City of Milwaukee skyline.

Over this last year my wife and I have been in the process of discerning a new call in ministry. The last few weeks I’ve been silent on my blog because we made a major change in where we live. We moved from Atlanta, GA to Milwaukee, WI. Talk about a crazy change! Right away I noticed all sorts of differences about these two places – the weather, the landscape, the architecture, the people. These two cities couldn’t be more different.

Even though this is a pretty dramatic change for our family, I’m really excited about this new season of life and work. I’ve been a pastor now for almost nine years. In that time I’ve come to realize all of what I don’t know. I believe that God used these past nine years to shape certain things in me so that I would be equipped for this next season. That’s not to say I’ve arrived, but I am not the same pastor I was when I began. There are many people who have contributed to the pastor I have become and am becoming. I’m incredibly grateful for the investment that these people have made in me along the way.

But the purpose of today’s post is to say that as we adjust and settle in our new home and my new position I’m going to take a few months off from my blog. I’m not shutting it down. Just hitting the pause button as we get settled.

I hope to start posting again in mid August. In the mean time, have a great summer! But don’t be a stranger. Feel free to reach out and say hi.

Grace and Peace,

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When you think of beauty and beautiful things what comes to mind? A breath-taking landscape? A fashion model? A piece of art?

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And while that my be true, I’ve come to believe that it’s time we rethink beauty. At a cultural level, our pursuits of beauty tend to be shallow and superficial.

I’m wondering if maybe, when it comes to beauty, we’ve gotten it all wrong. Perhaps it’s not about aesthetics and appearances, but something deeper and more meaningful.

This week I’m doing something I’ve never done before on my blog. I’m posting a video that I created with a good friend of mine. It’s a video that explores the connections between my faith in Jesus and the concept of beauty. (The picture above is a snap shot from the video.)

I’ve been working on it a while and I am really excited to share it with you. I’ll be sharing it on Wednesday and I hope that you’ll take the time to view it.

Grace and Peace,

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2015 Year in Review.001

Thank you to everyone who read, commented, and shared things I wrote on my blog this year. Writing has been an unexpected endeavor for me. I never considered myself much of a writer and was very reluctant to start my blog just over 5 years ago. But in over the past few years writing has grown into a great love and passion of mine. I still feel as though I am trying to “find my way/voice” as a writer, yet feel like this past year I’ve made some good strides in figuring that out. And for those of who have engaged with me along the way, I am very grateful.

I thought I would end this year highlighting my top 5 posts of 2015. In case you missed any of them when they were first posted, you can find the links below.

  1. Remembering Carole: A tribute to my mother-in-law who passed away earlier this year.
  2. On receiving refugees… and maybe terrorist: a few thoughts on a Christians perspective on the refugee crisis.
  3. Let her be her: the story of my wife and I’s first major fight.
  4. Young Love: the story of two elderly couple still in love.
  5. Letting your weakness show: a story about the day I couldn’t hide it any longer.

Thanks again to all of my faithful readers. If there is anything you would love to read more about from me in the year ahead I would love to know. Happy reading and writing in 2016!

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