Category Archives: Personal

The Dark Undercurrents of Bullying

I’ve been taking time off work for a few weeks during Christmas break to not only spend as much time as possible with my family, but also to finish writing my first fiction novel, a story about a school shooting … Continue reading

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Pausing for an Infant

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m running off to finish a project at my dad and mom’s house (we’ve dug up 165 feet of drainage- ditches up to 2 feet deep, and dropped in 150 feet of 6 inch pipe, 60 … Continue reading

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Top 10 Posts of 2014

As the year-end approaches rapidly, it’s fun to look back at some of the highlights of ministry in 2014. Today I looked back at the most popular posts on my blog in 2014. Here are the Top 10 posts from … Continue reading

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Our New “Toddler”

It’s been a long time since we’ve cared for an infant of any kind, and we’re getting a ginormous dose of it this month… raising our new puppy. Honestly, I think our kids were easier than this! Saturday we drove … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Post Surgery Activities

This morning, as you read this, I’m being rolled into surgery for a rotator cuff repair. It’s been six weeks since I first tore my shoulder (something I’ve replayed in my mind over and over again, regretting more and more … Continue reading

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The Most Pain I’ve Ever Experienced

“You’re 44-years-old. You know you’re not a kid anymore, right?” I’ve heard that a dozen times in the last four days. Starting with one of the nurses as I was being rolled out of the ambulance into the ER. It … Continue reading

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Bonding or Boundaries

Parenting is hard! I study and write about youth culture and parenting almost every day. It seems so nice and simple when I’m reading articles and typing words on the screen… then my 16-year-old gets home from school! Huge difference … Continue reading

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Scared of e-Readers?

This week someone asked me, “Has the shift towards Kindle and iBooks hurt your book sales as an author?” For me the answer was easy. “Not at all. I think it’s helped it.” Yes, it’s a fact e-readers are growing … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Colonel Christmas

Most people love Christmas, but in my house, Ashley LOVES Christmas… sometimes a little too much! I know, I know… how could someone love it too much? If you lived in my house in late November through the New Year, … Continue reading

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A Little Taste of Christmas

My Twitter and Facebook followers know that my wife Lori has been itching for Christmas since a little before Halloween, already playing Christmas music in our office mid October. Here’s a little sum-something trending on YouTube to help you bring … Continue reading

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