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November 22, 2021 — Leave a comment

Charlie Brown used to say it all the time. It was a sort of exasperated, frustrated response to whatever difficulty he was facing that day. But for me, I’ve been thinking about the seeming oxymoron a lot lately just at face value. Good grief. Good being the adjective describing Grief. Does that even make sense? Is grief good?

It’s been a season of grieving for me. In October 2021 we brought an end to the gathering of our church. After 13+ years of ministry through this particular community and hundreds of people who passed through, bringing this to an end was one of the hardest decisions of my life. I labored over that decision for months. I struggled through what it would mean for those who called STORYCHURCH home. I grieved to know that there are dreams we have / had for this community that we won’t get to see happen. I struggled to think about what it would mean for my family and for our future. Breaking the news to my kids was some of the most difficult parenting I’ve ever done. For my family, it’s been our identity together, our ministry, our purpose, our family and our friends. It’s been familiar, it’s meant stability and security. There was a lot to grieve. But with barely 24 hours after our final service, our grief was just beginning.

The next day an unexpected grief hit home. Our family dog Holly collapsed on that Monday and it set off a series of events that would ultimately lead to putting her down before the week was over. To say we grieved is an understatement. We ached. We cried as a family like I don’t think we’ve ever cried before. I spent just about every waking moment with her. I even slept on the couch next to her to help her through the night. Making the decision to say goodbye to her was agonizing. I dug her grave, I held her as she went off to sleep for the last time, and then I buried her.

There’s a strange connection I feel between me, my dog, and my dad. Five years ago I lost my dad to cancer. This time of year always reminds me of him. His birthday, and the anniversary of his death are in November. The reason we got a black lab years ago was because it reminded me of my dad. He had at least a few black labs himself. Holly was with me during the season that dad was going down hill fast. Holly sat with me (sometimes on me) during that time as if she knew I needed her to be with me. Sitting with her in her final days brought back specific memories of sitting with my dad in his final days as well.

So I’ve been doing a lot of grieving lately. And in the midst of it all, I have to admit – there’s Good in the Grief. I almost don’t want to admit that. There’s a passage from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes that has always kind of bothered me. It’s only recently started to make a little more sense to me. It says:

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because that is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for when a face is sad a heart may be happy. The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning while the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 (NASB)

What I’ve been learning in this season is that there’s something deeply true about the proverb above. Grief is somehow a sign of true life. We grieve when someone or something we love is lost. And it’s that love that is exploding out in tears and in sorrow. And when we grieve together, there’s a deepening of love happening — not just toward that which is lost, but toward those with whom we share the loss. The deeper the love, the deeper the grief maybe. The gifts we’ve received in the midst of our grief are surprising. We’ve had the opportunity to express our love and gratitude for our church, for our dog, for each other. We’ve been fully present in these moments. Present with each other. Not distracted by appointments and notifications and mindless scrolling. Our grief has allowed us to express our limits. Our frailty. Our humanity. It’s forced us to reach for each other, to reach toward heaven. In the house of mourning there’s clarity. Clarity about what matters most to us. About who matters most to us. And in the house of mourning there is love. Deep, expressive love.

So maybe Charlie Brown is on to something. Maybe there’s Good in the Grief. That’s not to say we’re glad it happened. That’s not to say we prefer their loss over their presence. But there’s a surprising amount of gifts that are showing up in my grief in this season. Gifts I couldn’t have received in a house of feasting. Gifts that are helping me to heal and to keep moving forward. And for that, I’m grateful for the grief.


Here it is, the moment none of you have been waiting for. My complete list of books I read in 2020. In order, they are:

  1. How the Bible Actually Works – Peter Enns
  2. Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen – Dan Heath
  3. Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics – Eugene Cho
  4. The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities – Patrick Lencioni
  5. Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift – Harvey Araton
  6. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  8. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  9. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  10. Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want – Dharius Daniels
  11. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers – Maxwell King
  12. The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife – Brad Balukjian
  13. America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privelege, and the Bridge to a New America – Jim Wallis
  14. Ghost Boys – Jewell Parker Rhodes
  15. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
  16. Everything is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here – Rob Bell
  17. The Bourne Legacy – Eric Van Lustbader
  18. The Bourne Betrayal – Eric Van Lustbader
  19. The Bourne Sanction – Eric Van Lustbader
  20. Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets – Andy Stanley

The most surprising thing about my list this year is the number of fiction books on here – at least eight depending on what you count. I’ll chalk that up to COVID. There was plenty of reason in this last year to try and disappear into some stories.

There’s a mix of important books and fun books here. I finally read the Hunger Games series, mostly because my daughters were reading them. I also had fun with the Bourne series, although it got repetitive and old and while there are multiple more books in the series I probably won’t read them.

Probably the highlight of the year for me was Rob Bell’s book. I’ve been a long time reader / listener / watcher of Bell and have never missed one of his books. This one hit me at a really specific time and I felt like it was just what I needed in this season. I’ve come back to hit a few times throughout the year.

How about you? What did you read? What should I read in the year to come?

As always, you can find my books and connect with me over on Goodreads. Here’s the same list over there.


How can this be happening? It’s the question many of us are asking as another story surfaces of a black man being murdered by white aggressors.

Racism is alive and well. It wasn’t abolished alongside slavery or with the civil rights movement. It doesn’t stay on the fringes or in secret meetings. It lives and breathes in the everyday systems and structures of our country. For many in the white community, this time particularly feels like a wake up call. It’s a moment of utter shock. And it should be. But for those in minority (especially black) communities, this is not a new phenomenon. Ask the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Sandra Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, Alton Sterling (and many others). And now, in just the last few weeks we can add Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd to the list that no one wants to be on. The shock that we are feeling reveals that we have been unaware of realities that exist outside of our experience.

I don’t have the answers. I don’t know how we fix this. But I do know this – we have a responsibility to move beyond hashtags. We can’t just be shocked. We can’t just post our outrage. We must do more.

For me, that begins with educating ourselves. A number of years ago I realized I had a real gap in my knowledge when it came to issues of race. As a white man, race was an issue I had the luxury to ignore. The world I had known had always leaned in my direction. I was completely unaware of systemic racism. I had no idea about prisons for profit and mass incarceration and voter suppression. I didn’t know that bird watching was enough to make someone afraid enough to call the police. I didn’t know that black mothers and fathers have “the talk” with their children that has nothing to do with birds and bees, but rather with badges and batons.

But not knowing is not ok anymore. So let this moment move you. Let it anger you. Let it shock you. But please, let it change you. You and I have contributed to a system that allows this to happen. We are not innocent bystanders. We have been unaware long enough.

Below is a list of books I’ve read over the last few years. You don’t have to use my list, but please start to learn. Start to listen.


So my blog has basically devolved into one post a year – this one right here. Enjoy this year’s version of the books that shaped me over the last 12 months.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Rowling
  3. How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit – Tozer
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Rowling
  5. The Holy Spirit: An Introduction – Bevere
  6. Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit – Chan
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Rowling
  8. The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life – Morris
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Rowling
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Rowling
  11. Servolution: Starting a Church Revolution through Serving – Rizzo
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling
  13. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Sinek
  14. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News – Zahnd
  15. The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction – Earley
  16. I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love – Kurkjian
  17. The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life – McManus
  18. Man’s Search for Meaning – Frankl
  19. The Life-Giving Leader: Learning to Lead from Your Truest Self – Reagin
  20. Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire – McKnight
  21. Talking to Strangers: What we Should Know about the People We Don’t Know – Gladwell
  22. Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise – Schulze
  23. Divine Direction: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life – Groeschel
  24. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Thiel
  25. Faith for Exiles: Five Ways to Help Young Christians Be Resilient, Follow Jesus, and Live Differently in Digital Babylon – Kinnaman
  26. Telling God’s Story: A Parents’ Guide to Teaching the Bible – Enns

The first part of this year I was doing a deep dive on the Holy Spirit. I really loved stretching and learning things that weren’t a part of my experience growing up. In some ways, I find it almost too perfect that I was also reading Harry Potter throughout that time. There’s something great about what fantasy does to us. Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts… these fictional places open us up to the places where heaven and earth intertwine and make it possible for us to accept a God we can’t always understand.

In terms of cultural importance, I think Malcolm Gladwell’s book on Talking to Strangers was one of the most important books I read this year. He powerfully describes the mistakes we all make when passing judgment on people we meet and urges us to question our assumptions in a helpful way.

At any rate, as always you can follow me over on Goodreads if you’d like and see what I’m reading and interested in reading. See you next year!


Black History Month

February 12, 2018 — Leave a comment

I grew up in a small community in southern CA. It was mostly white with a growing hispanic population as well. There were very few black families. I don’t know specific demographics, but if I had to guess I would put the number well south of 1% of our city.

Today I live in a city without a majority population. It’s roughly 45% white and 43% black with a collection of other ethnicities as well. I absolutely love it. I love that my daily interactions in the world are always going to include people different than me.

That being said, I’m fairly ignorant when it comes to Black History. It wasn’t exactly a topic we spent a lot of time on in my city growing up. In fact, there were very few voices in my life from people of color at all (if any?). So one of my goals the last couple of years has been to really grow in this area of my life and one of the best ways I know to do that is through reading. So here’s some of the authors I’ve been reading the last couple of years. I’d encourage you to check some of these out!

  • Rod Hairston – Cover Her (Rod’s a friend, a pastor and a real mentor to me)
  • Derwin Gray – HD Leader (former NFL player turned pastor)
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu – The Book of Joy (the funniest Archbishop you’ll ever read)
  • Lisa Sharon Harper – The Very Good Gospel (holy smokes. Incredible.)
  • John Perkins – Dream With Me (a legend in the civil rights movement)
  • Tony Dungy – Uncommon Marriage (NFL guy, commentator with an incredible ministry to dads)
  • Michelle Alexander – The New Jim Crow (One of the most important books in the world right now, in my opinion)


These are just a few random things that have become a part of my life and have helped me, so I thought I’d share them with you:

1. Slack – This is an app that runs my work life communication. I can’t imagine doing what I do without it now. It has virtually eliminated email between me and my team. It’s where we share ideas, plan things together and touch base on everything from the major to the minor. We can share documents, links, photos and more.

2. A treadmill – It was this time last year that we made the big purchase. Every once in a while I’ll still go outside and run but then I remember why a treadmill is so nice. Mainly, I don’t hurt as bad. My joints and my feet thank me. I get to watch Netflix to forget that I’m running, and I get to dress the same every time – no special arctic running gear necessary. I don’t run for the joy of it like some crazy people, I run to be healthy. So anything I can do to turn a discipline into something more enjoyable is worth it to me.

3. VidAngel – Well, this app is currently not available because of some legal issues. But if it ever comes back, it’s something you should know about. It allowed us to “rent” movies via streaming for $1 each. Before watching users got the chance to filter anything they wanted to filter out of the movie. It really helped to be able to feel good about what I was showing my kids, but I appreciated the filtering option for me as well.

4. The 5 year journal – I heard about the idea of a 5 year journal on a podcast. I’ve never been able to keep the habit of journaling, mostly because I felt this pressure to write a lot. This journal has a few lines per entry. It’s a place to capture a quick thought about the day, about something I learned, a prayer, etc. I’ve found that writing in it at the end of a day works best for me. I still don’t do it every day, but it’s more than ever. And the cool thing is that you keep using the same journal for five years, so at some point I’ll start seeing past entries and what was happening in prior years on that same day. Pretty cool. (The one I purchased is by Levenger and is linked above.)

5. Podcasts – I know, it’s not anything new. But I don’t know that I understand people who don’t use these as a primary way of learning and growth. Last year I added a few that were more storytelling than anything else. I binged my way through Serial, as well as Revisionist History. But my regulars include the Relevant podcast, the Andy Stanley Leadership podcast, the Craig Groeschel Leadership podcast, The Matt Keller Leadership Channel.Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Time to dust off the blog. This is my annual list of the books I read and a little commentary on some of the highlights.

  1.  Jesus’ Son – Johnson
  2. Our Story Begins – Wolff
  3. The Heroic Path – Sowers
  4. Defining Moments – Heath (not yet published)
  5. How to be Here – Bell
  6. The most excellent way to lead – Noble
  7. The Divine Conspiracy – Willard (re-read)
  8. Girl at the end of the world – Esther
  9. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Lencioni (re-read)
  10. The Emotionally Healthy Leader – Scazzero
  11. The Ideal Team Player – Lencioni
  12. Band of Brothers – Ambrose
  13. Addicted to Busy – Bloye
  14. The Customer Service Revolution – DiJulius
  15. I don’t care if we never get back – Blatt & Brewster
  16. Intentional Living – Maxwell
  17. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Scazzero
  18. The Very Good Gospel – Harper
  19. Rooted – Liebscher
  20. Crucial Conversations – Patterson, etc.
  21. The New Jim Crow – Alexander
  22. The Bible Tells Me So… – Enns
  23. The Pastor – Peterson
  24. When your father dies – Veerman and Barton
  25. Extreme Ownership – Willink and Babin

So many good reads here. (Speaking of goodreads, see below if you want to connect there.) The theme of the year seems to be going deeper inside myself. I read a lot about emotional health (Scazzero books), about healthy rhythms and rest (Intentional Living, Addicted to Busy, How to be Here), and about calling and purpose (Rooted, The Pastor, The Heroic Path) and ultimately about grief and understanding loss (When Your Father Dies).

I love to read leadership books and this year was no exception. Probably my favorite in that department was a less traditional leadership book – Band of Brothers. I had finally watched the show by the same name this year on Netflix and so reading the book was me wanting more. I gleaned so much from the real life examples of this incredible group of men.

I tried to be intentional this year in learning and growing in my understanding of injustice. I’ve only just begun that journey but I was so moved by The New Jim Crow and The Very Good Gospel. The first was an incredibly eye-opening journey into inequality and injustice in current day America and the second was a more theological journey. Both have left a lasting impression on me.

I think my favorite book I read this year was “The Pastor.” It was written by Eugene Peterson (The Message translation author). It’s a memoir of his life and calling and the ways he wrestled with the role God gave him as a pastor. It’s packed full of wisdom from a man who has done this a very long time. I’m deeply grateful for his wisdom and insight and will come back to it a lot I’m sure.

So there’s the list. What would you recommend I put on my list for 2017?

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Seattle Mariners batter Ken Griffey Jr. connects for his 40th home run of the season off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Wilson Alvarez during the fourth inning Tuesday night, July 21, 1998 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Those that know me well know that one of my favorite things on the planet is baseball. And my all time favorite player is Ken Griffey Jr. Today as I write this the vote will be revealed and Jr. will be headed to the Hall of Fame. So it felt appropriate to tell my favorite Ken Griffey Jr. story today:

It was right in the middle of his prime. Ken Griffey Jr. as part of the Seattle Mariners was coming to Anaheim to take on my Angels. The stage was set for an epic battle. Randy Johnson on the mound for the M’s. Chuck Finley on the mound for the halos. Two great lefties and arguably the greatest player of a generation roaming center field.

I knew I had to be there. So I gathered some friends together, bought some tickets and headed to the “Big A.” Now you have to realize, this was 1995. The Angels were still a long ways from their first World Series so the fan base was a little thin. All that meant for me was that despite my cheap seat ticket, we were able to make our way to about 8 rows behind the Mariner’s dugout.

Randy Johnson was dealing. But so was Chuck Finley. And he appeared to have Ken Griffey’s number. A strikeout in the 1st inning. The fans around us were all over Griffey. Another strikeout in the 4th. Now one particular fan was giving Griffey all kinds of grief. Every inning as he’d leave the dugout to head out into the field this guy would heckle as loud as he could. When the inning was over and Griffey would come back to the dugout – more heckling.

“Hey Griffey, Finley’s going to strike you out again!”

“Griffey, you’re going to strike out for a third time!”

Now, these guys are professionals. They are paid to tune this kind of thing out. It happens everywhere they go all the time. So as funny as it is and as much fun as we’re all having hearing this guy who has probably been a bit over-served, if you know what I mean, no one expects Griffey to even acknowledge this guy.

But that’s where the fun started. As Griffey is coming off the field we all know he’s due to lead off the 6th inning. This guy is laying into him with everything he’s got. “Griffey, if you strike out again you gotta give me an autograph!” And suddenly Griffey looks up, makes direct eye contact with the guy, and with a big old smile says “If I strike out again, I’ll give you the keys to my Mercedes.”

WHAT?!?! Did that just happen?

Of course, everyone around us is going nuts. We love it. Griffey is having fun and so are we. So when he makes his way up to bat our section is out of control. One strike. The taunting begins at a whole new level. Two strikes. Mr. Heckler is losing his mind. The rest of us are watching this moment as if it’s the most important moment in the history of baseball, when it reality it’s kind of a meaningless game in May. Chuck Finley goes into his windup, he delivers – STRIKE THREE. Griffey doesn’t even swing – he was totally fooled and strikes out looking. By now, my man in the stands and all the crowd around us have gone into a frenzy.

What now? What’s going to happen? What’s Griffey going to do? Did this guy really just get Griffey’s Mercedes?

Two more batters come up and are retired and out pops Griffey from the dugout on his way to center field. But just before he heads out to his position he stops, looks up at our section and tosses a ball to his loudest critic that day – autographed and personally delivered.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit over 600 home runs. He’s probably one of the top 3-4 baseball players in the history of the game. If it weren’t for injuries, he might have been the greatest. I saw Griffey play minor league ball in San Bernardino CA. I saw him hit homeruns and crash into walls making catches on TV. But the day I’ll never forget is when he struck out three times and still managed to be the most entertaining player on the field.


**After much digging, I found the box score to this game here.Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Well, it’s that time of year again. Every year I like to keep track of the books I read and then take a look back at what shaped me and what stood out most. First, the list – then I’ll give you some thoughts on some of my favorites.

  1. The Barbarian Way – McManus
  2. The Bourne Identity – Ludlum
  3. Things Fall Apart – Achebe
  4. Notes from Underground – Dostoevsky
  5. The Bourne Supremacy – Ludlum
  6. The New Rules of Love, Sex and Dating – Stanley
  7. The Bourne Ultimatum – Ludlum
  8. Vanishing Grace – Yancey
  9. Let Your Life Speak – Parker
  10. Simply Good News: Why the Gospel is News and What Makes it Good – Wright
  11. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions – Maxwell
  12. Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff – Moore
  13. Scary Close – Miller
  14. Leadership Pain – Chand
  15. The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
  16. Inside the Box: A proven system of creativity for breakthrough results – Boyd, Goldenberg
  17. Procrastinate on Purpose – Vaden
  18. The ABCs of Financial Freedom – Cameron
  19. The Key to Everything – Keller
  20. H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle – Lomenick
  21. Love, Live, Lead – Brian Houston
  22. Millones Cajones – Bell
  23. Leading with the Heart – Krzyzewski
  24. Coaching 101 – Logan

I started the year with an old favorite, The Barbarian Way by Pastor Erwin McManus. Years ago that book gave me a fresh look at faith that caused me to begin to dream crazy dreams and it was good to dip back in to that.

Five of the next six books I read were fiction, and nine total on the year – which has to be some kind of record for me, at least since college. And of course, that’s if you count The Bourne trilogy as actual books. They were incredibly fun to read and hard to put down. I probably didn’t learn much from them but I do know several ways to turn everyday objects into weapons if need be. So there’s that.

I read Things Fall Apart and Notes from Underground on the recommendation of a friend. I get it. Classic literature isn’t always about entertainment. In this case, they were both kind of laborious, but if I’m honest – they have stuck with me in ways other books haven’t. They disturbed me and weren’t necessarily “fun” reads, but probably important nonetheless. (You’re welcome Jared.)

Probably one of my favorite reads this year was “Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff.” The story is told by “Biff” who was apparently the childhood best friend of Jesus. I laughed out loud a lot reading this while on vacation. It’s disturbing at times, and would be deeply offensive to some I’m sure. But in some weird way it made the humanity of Jesus so much more real to me. I loved it. There’s one scene in particular where Jesus’s cousin John is sort of bullying the other kids and won’t stop dunking them under water which basically had me losing it. So good.

On the leadership end, I think Sam Chand’s “Leadership Pain” was so timely for me and one I’ll come back to again and again, while Matt Keller‘s “The Key to Everything” was probably one that resonated deepest with my own leadership values and beliefs. Matt has been a mentor and a friend to me and his voice has been one of the loudest in my life and for that I’m thankful. It has quickly become the must-read book I give to other leaders. I also really loved Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s book “Leading with the Heart.” I’ll admit, I’m a Duke fan so maybe I’m biased. But anytime I get to mix my love of sports with my love of leadership I’m probably going to say it was awesome no matter what.

Well, that’s the quick rundown of the books that shaped me in 2015. What did I miss? What would you recommend I pick up in 2016?Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

The local church is unlike any other institution around. As a community the local church is just that – local. It is made up of the people who live in the neighborhood. Today, the “neighborhood” is bigger than ever. It used to be that the local church was made up of those who could walk to it. Today, commuting several miles – even to another city – is quite common. And with all the amazing connections possible through technology – the “neighborhood” is now anyone with internet access.

In some ways the easy access and availability has resulted in the elimination of borders and boundaries. And yet, in many churches those who walk through the doors all look the same. There are lots of reasons for that, many of them good reasons. Some communities are very homogenous. Some styles are simply preferred by people of similar ethnicities. Sometimes there’s an ultra practical issue like a language barrier.

Despite those very normal reasons people end up gathering with others who are like them, the scriptures are full of language highlighting the fact that heaven will be a place of great diversity. People of “every tribe, tongue and nation” will gather together in the worship of God.

STORYCHURCH happens to be in the middle of an extremely diverse community in Durham, NC. In fact, statistically speaking there is no majority group here. No one group holds more than 50% of the population. That fact alone creates a really rich dynamic in our city. Add to it the fact that people from all over the world come here to study at world class institutions like Duke, UNC and NC State, and you’ve got an incredibly diverse community.

Which brings me to my dream for our church. 

 If this is what heaven is going to look like then how great would it be to see a little bit of that here on earth? It won’t be easy. It will create some difficult situations. We’ll have a lot of work to do to be understanding with one another. But I’m just crazy enough to believe it’s possible.

In fact, I think we are starting to see it. As I was writing this post I noticed a picture one of our group leaders posted this week of a gathering of women from our church and I couldn’t help but smile. It’s happening.