Tag: #Sabbatical2014

2014: A Year of Blessings

  It’s the last day. The final day. The end of another year. 2014 is nearly toast. You might be reflecting on your year too on this New Year’s Eve. Some of you can’t wait to push the reset button. It’s been a challenging year for you. I’ve had those kind of years too. But […]

Making Time for What Matters Most

  It’s a frenzied time. The holiday season is filled with preparations, parties and programs. Buying, baking, decorating, wrapping, and welcoming guests from afar, we anticipate the arrival of Christmas and Hanukkah but are often relieved when it is over. It’s a frenzied time of the year. So, pause for a moment and ask yourself, […]

Against the Flow

  “Wo Christus ist, geht er allzeit wider den Strom.” That phrase jumped off the plague on the wall as I stood in Martin Luther’s home (now museum) in Wittenberg, Germany. The translation to English was directly below. “Where Christ is, there he always goes against the flow.” Words penned by Martin Luther in 1517. […]

Top Five

Everyone has their favorites.  I enjoy doing a “Top Five” of the recent blog posts. Since I was away on a four month sabbatical, I changed the patterns of my blog posts and I didn’t even look at the stats of my blog posts to see if there were any emerging patterns of what was read the […]

Exterior Reflects Interior

  Touring Germany during our recent sabbatical gave my wife Linda and I some conversation opportunity about an important life principal. Exterior reflects interior. What is on the inside always migrates toward the outside. It was remarkable to note the difference between the areas of what used to be a divided Germany between 1945 and 1990. West […]

Remembered For What?

  During the recent sabbatical that my wife and I enjoyed, we spent nearly three weeks in Germany. I was struck by the contrast of two well-remembered leaders in German history—a night and day juxtaposition. The significant dates are October 31, 1517 and January 30, 1933. Martin Luther, priest, pastor, professor and theologian in Wittenberg, […]

Why Are You So Afraid?

  “Daddy, why are you so afraid?” Those were the words of six-year old Adam as he held his daddy’s hand, walking along the south rim trail of Grand Canyon. My wife Linda and I just smiled. We were walking behind this young family with a baby in a stroller and a first grader. No […]

Rock Concert Extraordinaire

  We had many of them over the last four months of our sabbatical. Sitting. Hiking. Reading. Relaxing. Recharging. Resting. Beside a stream or river. The song was melodious, glorious and soothing. Three places stand out. The McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The Little Pigeon River in Tennessee. And the snow-fed summer […]

Sabbatical: Recharging and Reconnecting Anywhere

  Cathedrals. Churches. Convents. Caves. Cars. Cafes. Chapels, Castles. Condos. Cabins. Cruise Ship. Canyons. And Creation. All of them. Uniquely different. But the same. Places of worship—while my wife Linda and I were on our recent four-month sabbatical. Our four “R” goals during the sabbatical included recharging and reconnecting. Recharging our spiritual batteries was one […]

Sabbatical: Everywhere I Go I See You

  It’s one of those songs stuck on “repeat.” Over and over for several days now. I keep hearing these words, “Everywhere I go I see You, everywhere I go I see You…everywhere I go I see You…” It all started when we began reflecting on the fact that it was our final full week […]