Like some of you, I watched the United States’ national soccer team on its hair-raising journey into the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2010 World Cup. By allowing opponents to score within the first ten minutes of every game, the team ensured a tournament journey filled with tension and drama. Yet by producing comeback after comeback, … More The World Cup and the Wonder of Humanity
Today we began our last thirty days in Southern California — our last month at The Master’s College, Student Life, Placerita Baptist Church, and Oak Manor. My last day of work is July 1, and the big truck will be pulling out of the lot that same weekend, destined for Louisville, Southern Seminary, and the beginning of the … More The Hills Are Beautiful
This morning I took Judah for a four-mile hike through the Placerita Canyon Nature Area just a few miles east of The Master’s College where we live and serve. For my birthday last month Cindi and her mom bought me a Kelty baby carrier, an aluminum-structured pack made for hiking and weighing only six pounds (which almost makes up for Judah’s … More A Wonderful Father
Some may be wondering about the wildfires in Southern California and if Santa Clarita and TMC have been affected. The strong Santa Ana winds are driving numerous fires out of control as they often do in SoCal. As I write this on Sunday at 10:30pm PST, the closest fires to TMC and our extension-campus dorm are in Canyon … More Wildfires in Southern California
God has made some amazing things. Here are a few illustrations from our trip: Nile Monitor Lizard: Cindi took this picture from a canoe on the Nile. This particular Nile monitor was 5-6 feet long. During our time in Jinja one of the orphanage volunteers saw one of these things walking across the road in … More The Beauty of Creation: Pictures from Uganda
I appreciate art, but it can be very ambiguous. Of course, art-lovers would argue that this is one of its greatest strengths, and I would conditionally agree. It can leave things open to wondering and interpretation. It can make people think and ponder. It doesn’t usually let you arrive at a concrete end of your … More Ambiguous Art
The guy RD’s decided to hike Half-Dome in Yosemite this weekend (Jeff Lewis, Dave Hulet, Siona Savini, and I). The only other time I was in Yosemite is long enough ago for me not to remember anything about it. I’ll certainly remember this time, though. The hike was 15.2 miles roundtrip. We gained around 4,800 feet … More Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
If you were to go to weather.com right now and type in “Newhall, California” as your location, you would see something like this: Partly Cloudy 110° F Feels Like 119° For those of you who go to Master’s and live in Santa Clarita nine months out of the year, you can be glad that this is not one … More 110°
I’m back from the high school camp I was preaching at. Thanks to any who prayed. The Lord certainly answered in some very neat ways. I preached on the radical words of Jesus, specifically Luke 18:9-14, Luke 9:57-62, Luke 14:12-14, and Matthew 13:1-23. The kind of things that can turn your world upside down. If … More Back from Camp: Thanks for Praying
Yesterday was Father's Day. Tomorrow is Judah's six-month birthday. So today has a lot of meaning for me. This new poem called "See" is what I've been thinking lately, as best as I can express it and as best as I can make the 11×17" double-column print version look on a blog. This is also my new … More “See”
I never meant for this site to turn into a photo-journaling tour, but I'm afraid it's been turning into that recently. I'm going to try to stem that tide. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words are still indispensable. Pictures are easier, though, because writing is like painting. It's easier to post a picture … More May They Prosper Who Love You
Cindi and I are in Oklahoma right now with our parents, relaxing, which I've been realizing is a novel idea to me. I once wrote a twenty-two page seminary paper on the biblical concept of rest, but I haven't learned to apply what I learned yet. Learning how to rest biblically can be hard work. But … More From Oklahoma
Speaking of beautiful things in God's creation, check this out. It's real: Here's the explanation. And here's the ultimate explanation. And here's what all of this is all about.
Cindi and I decided to go to the L.A. Zoo today. It was a wonderful experience, as anything in creation usually is. I thought I'd mention five observations from the zoo, in no particular order: 1. As Cindi put it, “God must have a lot of fun.” How can you argue with that when (1) you … More Five Observations from the Zoo
After dinner yesterday, Cindi and I went for a walk in a local park. It’s a good thing to be outside, especially during seasons of life that are especially busy. It’s a reminder of many things, one of them being the fact that the world is much bigger than my little life. Another is that … More A Walk in the Park
This is going to be a long post. If you prefer short posts or only have so much time right now, try reading the next three paragraphs and then decide if you want to keep reading, come back later, or skip it. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, countless media reports, news stories, and political … More Hurricane Katrina: “Has Not the Lord Done It?