My life Since 2003
  • The Pandemic’s Mark

    The Pandemic’s Mark

    Last night I watched parts of the Frontline film, America After 9/11. Each year around this time, but especially as we near the 20th anniversary, I think a lot about what life in America was like before September 11th, 2001. I so desperately want to see our country put the genie back in the bottle…

  • Embracing Whole People

    Embracing Whole People

    You are a whole, unique, 360-degree, three-dimensional person made in the image of God. We live in an age that likes to cast humans into two-dimensional boxes. We tend to pigeonhole people because of something they’ve said or posted online or even something they did in their past. But in doing so we are turning…

  • Two Sides of the Border Story

    Two Sides of the Border Story

    Illegal immigration is a problem for both the United States and Mexico. But I’m guessing you’re only sort of familiar with the problem from the American perspective? Each day tens of thousands of Americans illegally enter Mexico without proper documentation.

  • Good News Stories

    Good News Stories

    As we round the pandemic’s corner this summer, shifting from hunkering down to opening up, I’d like to highlight Good News in the Neighborhood of the local church here on my blog and on my social channels. Send me your Good News stories to highlight

  • 11 Months In

    11 Months In

    Just about 11 months ago we were settling into the idea that COVID-19 was going to be bad. We had no idea how bad things could get. None. As of today, 500,000 Americans have lost their lives to this pandemic. By comparison, the entire population of Sacramento is 494,000. What if I’d told you 11…

  • Failure and Success are Siblings

    Failure and Success are Siblings

    I failed yesterday. It hurt. It sucked. And I did it on purpose. Over the summer, after months of nudging by my friends, I picked golf back up. For me, during the pandemic, it’s been the perfect outlet. I get out and exercise, building cardio and muscle by walking San Diego’s hilly courses, but more…

  • 3 Types of Advice I’ve Given that I’m Now Applying to Myself

    3 Types of Advice I’ve Given that I’m Now Applying to Myself

    To move up… To move up sometimes you need to move on. I’ve given that advice to youth ministry friends over the past decade. And this year I finally awoke to the reality that it was time to take my own advice.

  • The Cure

    The Cure

    What if the cure to COVID-19 is kindness? If that’s the cure we’re in trouble. But maybe it is the cure? And since kindness costs us nothing why don’t we just give it a chance? Just an idea.

  • Lost Days

    Lost Days

    Today marks four months since the world shut down because of COVID-19. Four months. Four months?

  • My new job

    Over the past few years you’ve watched me do some stuff. 10 years ago it was in Haiti, activating hundreds of churches to go and build partnerships with Haitian churches in the wake of an earthquake that shook a nations core but unleashed a spiritual awakening. And now more recently it’s been closer to home,…