See You At The Pole

It was a stretch to get all 5 of our kids up a little earlier today but we made it (late) to See You At The Pole. In the past, we’ve maybe made it with just a couple of our kids or I think last year we sent our older kids to it, while I…

Opening Up Space

For weeks now, we’ve been busy raising the roof… I don’t mean the dance move, I’m mean literally taking up the ceiling line in our sanctuary. The space that we lease for our church has ceiling tiles set at 9ft. For the most part this didn’t bother us much. Nice facilities are a luxury in the…

Not By Bread Alone

You can offer food, but people also have to realize they’re hungry. Just the other day, I was heading out for lunch with a friend and when I walked out of our building I saw a woman lying down in a parking spot. She was using one of the cement blocks as a pillow and was…

Turn the other Lego cheek

Midsouth Covenant Camp was a powerful experience for many kids, including mine. Not only was it fun (which would be a whole other post to share about that) but the theme of this year’s camp was Bullies of the Bible—essentially about forgiveness and loving others well. Each day was crafted around a biblical value of…

In sickness and in health

At the time I didn’t really understand what it meant. It was 25 years ago on this day—I was living in New York—and got a call from my mom. Her voice shaking, “There’s been an accident. Noe was on his motorcycle and…” For the last quarter century, my older brother has been without the use…

We were there!

Our youth and leaders who attended CHIC2015 are now back and (nearly) recovered from their week in Tennessee.   As the pastor, to be hear that stories of how their lives were shifted is so exciting because I know how much prayer and work was done in sending and covering over them. This was truly an…

SHIFT Day 1

We made it!!!!!!! 3 hrs to Dallas, TX 12 hrs to Knoxville, TN 1 Epic day of fun, worship, and friendship! CHIC Day 1 is always off the chain! The staff does a great job of pulling out all the stops for the welcome party! After we got all settled into dorms, and changed from our…

You did this

Every three years, the Covenant church calls together thousands of high-schoolers from churches all over the world for what is known as CHIC: Covenant High In Christ For the better part of 18 months, Restoration youth have fundraised by washing cars, serving meals and doing odd jobs. And our church has contributed and encouraged them all…

Career Day (Part 3) “Lead”

Career Day seems like a memory, especially as we’re closing in on the end of the year. But I wanted to complete this short series on, essentially “What a Pastor does,” by sharing the third part of my job that I talked about with the kids. One part of my job is Learning. I read…