Flipping the Script on the Narrative of Scarcity

I opened my first business when I was ten or eleven years old. I was a lawn mower extraordinaire with an eye for straight lines and clean patterns. And, I was rolling in the money. Maintaining lawns, I soon discovered, was quite a lucrative venture. And so I saved and...

Slow Down and Savor the Moment

As I write this article for our e-news publication I am on my first vacation since starting in this role as Associate Conference Minister. That means it has been 9 months without intentional pause. That also means that I am still doing work on vacation (insert...

Dis-empowering Loss with Gratitude

“I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” -Job 1:21 Over the past month I have visited both churches where I was commissioned and released from my...

We Are All Artists

I am an artist. It has been a hard thing to claim because it isn’t my profession, but it is one of my callings in this life. To create. In fact, I believe that we are all artists in some capacity. Creating with various mediums the feelings that we have, the change we...

Listening, Gathering, and Paying Attention

Grace and peace, dear saints of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences. I pray that whether it is so powerful that you reach for sunglasses or so faint that you squint to seek it — the glorious light and hope of Easter abide with you. Executive Conference...