Monthly Archives: May 2013

Watching Train Wrecks

In my work, I read a lot of newspapers and online news sources. I read the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, Fox News, CNN, The Oregonian, The Statesman Journal, and more…not counting all the sports news pages I visit! Here are some […]

Memorial Day Speech

I spoke today at the 33rd Annual City View Memorial Day Service in Salem, OR. Below is my speech. My Uncle Bob was a gunner on a B-17 during WWII. On his ninth mission his plane was shot down over the North Sea. As he parachuted toward the water, German gunners on a sub fired […]

Memorial Day Thoughts

As we prepare for Memorial Day tomorrow, I decided to share a small speech I gave recently during the National Day of Prayer. I was asked by my pastor to address praying for the military that day and I think this is appropriate as we consider honoring our war dead tomorrow. Here’s what I said: […]

The Control Freak

I’ve noticed a funny thing about people who have trauma in their lives and have been hurt by other people; they tend to hurt others trying to protect their own wounds. What I want to talk about today is the most common way traumatized people hurt others and that’s through trying to control them. Unfortunately […]

Can You Hear Him Now?

I just finished cooking my wife dinner and am listening to INXS’ Devil Inside. Perfect song for what I’m about to write! Lately it seems a theme is emerging from some of the things I’ve noticed in my Sunday morning adult Sunday school and in my Wednesday night Bible study. Believe me, I didn’t plan […]

Toxic Fear

Last week I did a post about the first video in a series by Craig Groeschel called Soul Detox. I was really impressed with his teaching on toxic language. I taught the second video today in Sunday school and thought I’d share about what Craig calls “Scared Pollution” or toxic fear. The gist of the […]

Negotiating in Marriage

Lisa and I have been asked to present at an upcoming Branches of Valor event called “Living Abundantly in a Stress-Filled World.” We’ll be presenting a marriage enrichment course. I put together some class notes for the group that I thought I would share here. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but write back if you have questions or thoughts. Negotiating Your Way to a […]

Toxic Language

I began teaching Craig Groeschel’s Soul Detox today in our adult Sunday school. The DVD has five lessons, the first of which is called Toxic Language. It’s just an excellent study that I’d like to share with you today. The premise of the teaching starts with three verses from Proverbs: “The tongue has the power […]

What If He Weren’t a Christian?

I love sports! I told my wife that when it’s time to put me in the old folks home, just medicate me and turn on ESPN and I’ll be fine! One of the big story lines this week was Jets Quarterback Tim Tebow was released and nobody thinks he’s going to get another shot to […]

A Mother’s Love

I had something very profound happen to me today. Coming from a broken home, I don’t really know my extended family very well. Both my father and mother had three brothers, which means lots of cousins. But I don’t really know any of them. As we’ve grown up, I’m starting to come into contact with […]