how do we make difficult decisions? #secondguessing

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. – Psalm 138:8 Apparently there is already a lot of second-guessing in the U.K. following the referendum over leaving the European Union. It’s clear that many people already believe they made the wrong choice, and there’s a bit of a panic on. Of … Continue reading how do we make difficult decisions? #secondguessing

Day 14 – The Carolina Star, and gathering around the hearth

[The Magi] went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Matthew 2:9-11 I’m not sure when, or where, … Continue reading Day 14 – The Carolina Star, and gathering around the hearth

I believe men can be better than that…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a The … Continue reading I believe men can be better than that…

Why Sundays Rock! (hint, it’s something to do with M-Tu-W-Th-F & S)

One of my favorite times at home is when Rebekah and I are both preparing for Sunday. There’s a sense of peace and purpose that seems to enfold us; it’s as if all our mutual energy and creativity is focused exactly where God wants it to be. Saturday afternoon we moved out on to the deck with a cup of tea, not so much to … Continue reading Why Sundays Rock! (hint, it’s something to do with M-Tu-W-Th-F & S)

the beginning of Everything New (don’t miss our last Sunday in Brandon…)

Today’s post is very simple. Rebekah and I are waking up this morning on the fulcrum, the tipping point of this Great Adventure. Today is both the last day we’ll be at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon… AND the first day of Everything New. At some point during today, we’ll edge forward enough to tip the balance, and then we will tumble – nowhere left … Continue reading the beginning of Everything New (don’t miss our last Sunday in Brandon…)

ACT III: Rebekah and Derek Maul set to open new chapter in North Carolina

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6) OK, folks, pretty much everyone we needed to tell personally … Continue reading ACT III: Rebekah and Derek Maul set to open new chapter in North Carolina

Sharing Joy for Monday Morning

It’s Monday morning, so I’ll post something full with love and promise. I hope you enjoy these new photographs of Andrew and Alicia. A few days ago our soon to be daughter shared a few of the “official” engagement pictures. They were taken in Kiev when Andrew took his most recent weekend flight to the Ukraine. Alicia’s friend, Olha Prytula, did some excellent work with the shoot. … Continue reading Sharing Joy for Monday Morning

traveling mercies (and hope, and providence)

or me, and for Rebekah, attending church on Sunday morning is so much more than something we do because it’s expected, because it’s a part of the “Christian” job description, or because it’s force of habit. Attending worship is foundational to both the experience and the expression of our faith. I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of … Continue reading traveling mercies (and hope, and providence)