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Ever since I heard of another minister (Terry Yancey) going out on a combine in during wheat harvest I looked forward to the opportunity. Getting good a better idea of what it means when Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, says,  “look unto the fields, they are ripe for harvest, […]

Harvest Time





In June my wife and I celebrate 13 years of ministry in Pittsburg at Family Life.  It’s been amazing.  Effective.  Fun.  But tiring.  Draining actually. The stats on pastoral burn out are insane. After 9 years here our Board instituted a simple sabbatical policy, one month off after 2 years […]

Mark and Sarah start Sabbatical



When John first called me I was away at a conference. He had heard me speak at the PSU football team chapel. We started having lunch every other week.  Keeping the conversation spiritual was difficult. I felt like I was making no progress at all, but he was still willing […]

Power of a a Lunch Habit