Vietnam and the Marlboro Man

  Vietnam and the Marlboro Man (Collinsville, Illinois circa 2013)   I officiated at a funeral today.  I did not know this family but they had visited Christ Church a couple of times.  The deceased was a Vietnam veteran who had his life stolen by cancer far too soon.  The funeral home was packed likeContinue reading “Vietnam and the Marlboro Man”

Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)

A story called “Harold” seemed to define the first several years of my ministry.  This story is taking its place as my favorite.  Less gritty, more grace.  I must be getting older.  This one is in my new book “Re:member.”   Crazy About Them (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013)   Fridays are normally a dayContinue reading “Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)”

One Has Never Been a Larger Number

Frozen Maps and 9/11 (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2001) When I was growing up, the Rand McNally world maps hanging in my school classrooms did not change from the time I was in kindergarten until I graduated from high school.  The world was frozen by the Cold War and the threat to everything good andContinue reading “One Has Never Been a Larger Number”

Sleepy, Snoring Man School

Sleepy, Snoring Man School (Belleville, Illinois circa 1995)   I was rail thin in high school.  My first driver’s license revealed that I was 6’1 inch tall and weighed 145 pounds at the age of sixteen.  I remember dreaming of weighing 175 pounds and drinking milk shake after milk shake to put on weight.  ThisContinue reading “Sleepy, Snoring Man School”

God’s Man of Power for the Hour

God’s Man of Power for the Hour (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 1999) I believe it happened in the springtime–sometime after Christmas and before Easter.  I don’t remember the specifics of the “when” but I will never forget the “what” of this story.  I had been at Christ Church for almost two years and my ministryContinue reading “God’s Man of Power for the Hour”

Delivered from Crack (Well…)

Delivered from Crack (New Orleans, LA circa 1989) I am not sure how many Mardi Gras Outreaches I have attended with No Greater Love Ministries.  My dad founded No Greater Love with the mission of “putting the Gospel in the hands of faithful men” and street ministry was his chosen means to that end.  IContinue reading “Delivered from Crack (Well…)”

My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions (and how they turned out)

My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions (And how they turned out) I am not a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy but every now and then you have to give new things a try.  This year I did!  Here is how things turned out. Get in another 75-game softball season.  (Did it!  May have another 75Continue reading “My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions (and how they turned out)”

The Would Be Game Changer (From Re:member)

A The Would-Be Game Changer (Belleville, Illinois circa 2008)   It was late November 2008.  My son Zec and I were on our way to Olney, Illinois, for the first shotgun weekend of deer season and we were excited.  There was nothing better in those days than some serious guy time with our friends JimContinue reading “The Would Be Game Changer (From Re:member)”

The Gifted One (For Grandparents)

Here is an excerpt from the new book “Re:member.”  And you thought YOUR grandchild was gifted?!? The Gifted One (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013) There are few things I enjoy more than hanging out with my son Zec.  Zec and I have played about 75 softball games together each year for 10 years and IContinue reading “The Gifted One (For Grandparents)”

A Slice of Life from “Re:member”

One of the features of my books is the “Slice of Life.” It is just a reflection on life that I hope connects others to the joys and humor in their own lives. Here is a slice from my new book “Re:member.” It centers around the fact that what of my hair is not jumpingContinue reading “A Slice of Life from “Re:member””