Christmas is the Time to say “YES!”

An Advent Devotional

In 1980, Gwen and I said, “Yes” to each other to begin our journey of life and marriage. Little did we know all that this first and initial, “yes” would mean. We pastored churches, moved to Holland to plant an international church, had four sons, moved to Colorado and founded Potter’s Inn, offered our ministry […]

Learning to Listen Deeply

The movement from life being absurd to life making sense--especially making sense of God

In our noisy world, we are stimulated, it seems by all of our senses so much that we may not be able to really hear what we need to hear—what we want to hear. The sounds of traffic, the beeps of technology, the rings on our phones always interrupt almost any attempt to find quiet—even […]

Going Backward in Order to Move Forward

5 Areas to consider going back to move on with your life.

Progress is not always made by pushing through—by going forward. Often, we will need and will actually desire to go backwards in order to be able to move forward. When we are always moving forward and always moving fast, we simply cannot keep up. The constant momentum to keep moving; keep improving even keep transforming […]

The Morphing of Community and Friendship

My progressive revelation of a vital and important spiritual reality

My understanding of community has morphed through the years. Time, failure in relationships, brutal betrayal, sacrificial love and unimaginable kindness by strangers have all helped develop my experience of being in and practicing community–of sharing friendship. If you have read some of my books, you have been a witness to my progressive revelation of what […]