I first made the shift from New Year’s resolutions to goals in 2020! I was on the right track and then, well…2020 happened. The goals I set morphed into three subsets of one big goal: SURVIVE! The subsets looked something like this: 1. Don’t get COVID-19. 2. Don’t fail any of the classes I was … Continue reading Goals: The 2022 Edition
A new year typically comes with new resolutions, but I’m over resolutions. In the past, my resolutions have turned out to be wishes that I try to make come true, and quickly fade into the background as I fall back into my usual patterns of life. Now, I’m taking a different approach. Goals! Realistic, measurable … Continue reading My 2020 Goals!
This week and next, I am on vacation! Well…staycation, which is like vacation, only a lot less expensive. People in the church often ask me, when they hear I’ll be on vacation, where I’m going. My staycation answer is usually, “Nowhere... very slowly.” That’s the goal of staycation. My normal work week is go, go, … Continue reading What is a Staycation?
This past Sunday, in my sermon “Looking Back to Move Forward,” I made the statement, “These two churches with completely different backgrounds, merged and has become one of the most diverse multi-ethnic, multi-generational churches in the Inland Empire, probably all of California, and quite possibly the nation!” While I do not have any hard statistics … Continue reading Heavenly Diversity
Today, as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, my list of 10 lessons from my 10 years as pastor of CrossPointe Church comes to an end. This last one is really short and simple… Lesson #10: God’s timing is perfect. As I look back at the history of CrossPointe Church, it is abundantly evident. From the … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #10
10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe continues with. . . Lesson #2: The church is God’s, not mine. Pastoring a church reminds me of the time my Dad let me drive his car to the Senior Prom. I was looking sharp and feeling good! I had the keys to this really nice car, and … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #2 & #3
On May 24, 2009, First Baptist Church of Fontana, CA voted to call me as their Senior Pastor. This was truly a historic day! On the weekend that the church was celebrating it’s 64th birthday, I became the youngest pastor (35) in the church’s history. I was also the first minority pastor and the first … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #1
OK! It’s time for a little Monday morning pastoral rant to get the week started. I’ve got a great week ahead of me, and I just need to get this off my chest now, rather than carry it through the week. So here it is: Can we just come to an agreement that we are … Continue reading We Are All Tired!
I’ve recently been reading and listening to the work of Dr. Brene’ Brown, the increasingly popular University of Houston professor known for her study of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Her work is fascinating. She brings a conversation to the forefront that nobody else is engaging in because, quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable. Dr. Brown, however, … Continue reading Created for Creativity
I recently got an Audible account and started listening to audio books during my drive time. I did it for two reasons: I wanted to increase the number of books I read in a year. (Now, I know that listening to a book isn’t the same thing as reading it, but I count it just … Continue reading Habit Stacking: My path to consistency and productivity!