Is it a New Year Again Already?

With the coming of a new year I am very predictable. There are some things that I do at the beginning of every new calendar year. Every year I do the same things, I think that I do the same things every year because my follow through is poor. I realize that I need to do a few things better and the beginning of the year is a good time to address those issues.

I need to be better organized. I need to lose weight. I need to get into better shape. I want to do my job better. I want to be a better father and husband. I want to find more joy in my life. The list goes on and on.

To address some of these things I do the same things at this time of the year. Most of these things will not last until February. Hopefully this year will be different we will see. I join a gym. I start a diet, if for even a few hours. I clean my car. I clean my office. I start to blog again…

Hope and Racism

I often have said, and I truly believe that one of the most difficult and thankless jobs in the United Methodist Church is that of Bishop, closely followed by those who fill the role of District Superintendent.  These faithful men and women often are charged with playing the role of Bad guy as they faithfully live out their ministry in as best trying times.  They get the blame and they are often seen as adversaries of the local church.  It is easy to find fault with those tasked as leaders.

In the Des Moines Register’s opinion page there was an opinion penned by the Bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference.  It is insightful and timely.  The letter can be found here.  I appreciate the Bishop leading us in this manner and hope that he continues to lead us by example and through timely instruction.


Amazing Talk

This is great!!



First of the Lasts

I sit here and the calendar says August 12. That means that yesterday was August 11. I will always remember that day because it was yesterday that I was reminded that the world keeps right on going. Yesterday was the first day of our youngest child, Mackenzie, senior year of high school. We have been through this three times before, but this was the last time we would do it as parents. we couldn’t keep them under our wing, and we wont be able to clip this one’s wings either, not that we would really want to if we could.


As you can see, she is your typical senior. Wasn’t it was just yesterday that our soon to be good friend Denise drove into our drive and started looking for her new friend Mackenzie. Denise was Kenzie’s kindergarten teacher and we moved to Albia in August so she wanted to make her feel welcome. In the process we all felt welcomed…

We are all excited about the future and the possibilities it holds. We are blessed by her heart for others and the way that she has chosen to live her life. We love trying to balance our calendars with hers. I have always told Beth our job was to get her ready to face the world… We have done too good of a job, and we are wondering if we can’t grab another year with her under our wing?

We know that isn’t happening so we are going to seize the day. As she writes this chapter and the next ones we will watch and stand tall with joy and a touch of pride, just like we did and do with her brothers. God blesses me everyday in ways that I do not understand, but I am extremely thankful.

As I was coming to grips with the fact that I would soon be an “empty- nester,” I heard that Robin Williams died. I do not pretend to understand the battles that were waged in his mind. I pray that he has found his peace. I also pray that we as a people will begin to stop judging and find ways to walk with those who battle mental illness.


I am because we are

Random Stops on the Inter Webs

I try to start every day with a rhythm that allows me to get everything thing done that is on my to do list. I try to start with some quiet time, I use a couple of devotionals to get me started in the right direction. I then check my emails and peruse the internet for a bit to catch up on what has happened in since I disconnected from the world last. I do this in a number of ways, but I realized this morning that in doing so, I come across some crazy stuff. Let me share with you some of the “interesting” stops I have made in the past few days.

This headline caught my eye.

Amazon’s “Netflix” option may be lacking

That is a whole lot of phones

I keep rooting for this guy

That’s a problem, do you have solutions

What have you seen this week?



Jimmy V’s ESPY Speech

Tonight on ESPN is the annual sports award show the ESPY’s.  In honor of that I want to share probably the best ten minute speech I have ever seen.