Internet Trolls and Differing Opinions

A week ago I had my first experience with a social media troll. Wikipedia defines an internet troll as: “a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the […]

My Take On Guns

This has been on my mind for a while and with weekly mass shootings and gun violence happening I’m going to share it.  I am a hunter. I own guns. I’ve had a gun since I was 12 years old. I own shotguns and hunting rifles. I own a handgun. I’ve taken hunter safety and […]

Loving the Other through Hospitality

Yesterday I was doing some reading and I was reminded of the hospitality of the Bedouin people of the Sinai region of the Middle East.  Here’s the deal: Let’s say you are traveling in this arid, mountainous, desert wilderness and you come across a Bedouin clan and their tented dwellings.  Their custom, their personal obligation, is to […]

He Held My Hand

My oldest son is 12. All of my boys are daily growing up before my eyes are no longer little mush-mouthed toddlers who want nothing more than to be held in their daddy’s arms not caring what anyone else thinks.  But last night, that maturing-almost-a-teenager held my hand and it was wonderful.  I had to […]

OUR Common Life (Black Lives Matter)

#BlackLivesMatter It’s a hashtag that has been floating around on social meeting for many months beginning with Trayvon Martin, continuing with Michael Brown, to Eric Garner, and now into the tragic shooting in Charleston, S.C. #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter is been an argument that has popped up on my feed.  I’m not racist some say and they probably […]

Fishing and Pope Francis

The sandy beaches of Lake Michigan turned into the deep blue of Lake Superior and then into the rocky hills and the great pine forests of Ontario, Canada. As we descended the hills of the highway even my kids’ attention shifted from Plants vs. Zombies to their breath being taken away by the amen of rarely […]

Worship Is About Acceptance

I come from a church tradition where it’s only “required” that you have communion in worship once a quarter.  The church we worship at now celebrates it every week. Except last week. Our pastors were at a national meeting and we had a guest preacher.  Before worship even started, my wife leaned over to me […]

God Owes Me A Quarter

We do most of our grocery shopping at Aldi.  When shopping at Aldi, make sure you have a quarter handy as you get your cart because without that quarter pushed firmly in the red slot on the handle, the cart remains chained to it’s brother cart in front of it. Because I’m a nice guy and it […]

Comparing Worthiness Part II

Nine months ago I blogged about feeling worthless because I wasn’t very good at fixing things around the house.  I was comparing myself and my lack of carpentry skills to people who I know can fix anything and feeling like less of a man, less of a person.  I’ve worked really hard at not basing […]

I Have A Twitch

I have a twitch. The most important question: why? It’s my left eye lid – top, left eyelid.  It doesn’t do it constantly, but a day hasn’t gone by in over a month it hasn’t had periods of doing its twitchy thing multiple times a day. Eye doctor: caffeine, stress, who knows?  Take some allergy […]