#NettaJuly14 Well, all good things must come to an end. And this has been a very, very good thing. I am so grateful for the opportunity to keynote the Massanetta Middle School Conference these past two weeks. But much more than that, I am overwhelmingly grateful to have served with an amazing team of adult and youth leadership who are now good friends. As I said in my sermon today, in the Presbyterian church we never really say “goodbye” but “see you later;” and every person we come into contact with in our life becomes a part of who we are. I can promise you I’m telling that to myself all the way back to Charlotte. Thank you for you.

Why yes, I like parking in long term airport parking, taking the shuttle to the airport, going through security, getting lunch at the Salsarita Express, hanging out in customer service, and then going home. #itsthewayiroll

Mar 2

Had my first practice this afternoon with the new acoustic group at Trinity, getting ready to lead a few hymns at the Open Mic next week. We need a name, and “H2O N2 Wine” is already take. Suggestions?

This morning at 5:30, one of the homeless staying at our church for Room In The Inn came up to me. “I have something for you,” Lisa said, and she handed me two quarters. She said she found them in the corner on the floor beside her mattress, probably left there the last time we had an event in there. I told her she could keep them, but she insisted. “No, I want you to give this to support the church’s mission. Put it in the offering plate on Sunday, please.”

Day absolutely made. In the offering plate it will go.

I know of people who consider themselves Christian even though they don’t go to church. But I just conversed with someone who said they’re not a Christian even though they go to church. Not that that’s wrong or anything; just trying to wrap my head around what that means…

Just skyped my Dad at the hockey venue in Sochi - where it’s sunny and 60 degrees - from Charlotte, where it’s snowing like crazy on top of ten inches and 30 degrees.

Just when you think you’d never meet someone else who has the ichthys tattooed on the inside of their left ankle, they wind up in the lap swim lane next to yours.

Jan 2

#LeadLikeJesus “Jesus spent significant time interacting in positive ways with people who disagreed with him. He did not isolate himself from those who disagree; he embraced those who disagreed.”

Jan 2

#LeadLikeJesus “If a leader has self-serving perspective, people will only toward him her for as long as their own self-interests are met.”

Jan 2

"If God speaks anywhere, it is into our personal lives. God speaks not just through the sounds we hear but through events in all their complexity and variety, through the harmonies and dis harmonies and counterpoint of all that happens." #buechner

Dec 9

While it kind of saddens me when I hear a new church member say, “The senior minister never came to Sunday school to see the kids before,” I’m also glad that I get to be the one who helps to change that.

Relaxing after a great Thanksgiving day with the parents and brother. Our first holiday in the new home and new city. Feeling mighty grateful for what has been and what is to come. All is well.

Being in a coffee house on a Sunday morning always leaves me feeling a bit jealous over the good-sized crowd and sense of community here. Something I know the church can capture, and it doesn’t have to involve coffee (although that doesn’t hurt). Or even casual dress. It’s something deeper, and I believe with all my heart the church can be this too, if we just think about it some.

Oct 5

Dear driver of the huge 18-wheeler we passed on I-77 today: unless you’ve been gifted with a third arm, I feel pretty confident in saying that texting with one hand and smoking a cigarette with the other at 75mph is not going to work out very well for you or for the rest of us. So stop it.

When it comes to caring for “the least of these,” I refuse to let the voice of those misquoting scripture take center stage, especially when that voice comes from those who shamelessly use the Bible to appeal to a particular constituent demographic in order to reshape our social landscape. If we’re going to invoke scripture in the SNAP debate, then I’m committed to seeing that we do so with a full knowledge of what it actually says.