Letters to the church I love…

God Willing

Have you ever looked at a word you just wrote down and it suddenly looks weird? Not a spelling-bee word, something simple like, “because” or “weather”. Have you ever said, “You too!” to a TSA agent at the airport when they tell you to have a good flight? Maybe you’ve found yourself halfway through aContinue reading “God Willing”

Bearing Fruit

I grew up thinking I was supposed to prove to the non-Christian people around me that I was overflowing with the “fruit of the Spirit”. The idea was they would become intrigued and curious about Jesus if they saw how upbeat and positive and “blessed” I was. The problem is I was faking it mostContinue reading “Bearing Fruit”

Man On The Street

I was nineteen years old when Jenn and I got engaged. She had just graduated from college and was about to start teaching. I wanted to be a youth pastor but couldn’t afford Christian schools so I was pretty much surfing a lot and taking random classes at a local community college. Our rationale wasContinue reading “Man On The Street”

Good Work Over Time

“And this is my prayer, that your love would overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight…” –The Apostle Paul This past weekend, we looked at the introduction to Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. These verses in the opening of his letter lay out Paul’s joyful observations and greatest desires for hisContinue reading “Good Work Over Time”

The Fly

“There was an old woman who swallowed a fly…I don’t know why she swallowed that fly…perhaps she’ll die!” I have vivid memories of my dad singing that song to me as a kid. I was totally captivated by the idea of a woman who accidentally swallowed a fly trying desperately to remove it–by swallowing worseContinue reading “The Fly”

What Are We Missing?

It’s interesting the stuff that sticks with you from your childhood. I can still remember the cover of the dinosaur book on the shelf in front of me as I was being paddled by my teacher for drawing in my English book. I can also remember our electric lawn mower. Whoever invented the electric lawnContinue reading “What Are We Missing?”

Chip’s Book List

Chip’s Book List. Once in a while I like to share my current book list in case you’re wondering or if anything looks interesting to you. Here’s what I’m reading right now: Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism (edited) by Elijah Hixson and Peter Gurry.     This is definitely not casual reading, butContinue reading “Chip’s Book List”


I have some pretty vivid Christmas memories from my childhood. My mom is one of ten kids so Christmas celebrations with her side of the family were a virtual explosion of colorful gift wrapping, too much tinsel, stacks of pumpkin pies, and dozens upon dozens of cousins. One particular Christmas, my brother and I wereContinue reading “Expectations”


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