2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

25 NOT SO Random Things About Me

For the past several months, one of the more popular activities on facebook has been filling out and posting “25 Random Things About Me.”  It’s become a bit of a phenomenon with articles about it in Time magazine and all over.  I admit to, not only posting “25 Random Things About Me,” but also enjoying reading them and finding out more about my friend.  Now, several months later, It occurred to me that there are vastly more important things about me which I did not include in my original list.  So, without further ado, here are 25 NOT SO Random Things About Me:

  1. I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
  2. I am steeped in sin and have been since birth. (Psalm 51:5)
  3. I am chosen. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
  4. I am born again. (1 Peter 1:23)
  5. I am freed from the bondage of sin.(Romans 6:6, Romans 8:2)
  6. I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  7. I am God’s workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
  8. I am free from condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
  9. I am redeemed and forgiven. (Colossians 1:14)
  10. I am a work in progress. (Philippians 1:6)
  11. I am in Christ and Christ in me. (John 17:20, Galatians 2:20)
  12. I am a friend of Christ. (John 15:15)
  13. I am a co-worker of God. (2 Corinthians 6:1)
  14. I am a co-heir with Christ to the Kingdom of God. (Romans 8:17)
  15. I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
  16. I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
  17. I am a priest. (1 Peter 2:9)
  18. I am a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
  19. I am an ambassador of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
  20. I am the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  21. I am in possession of the truth. (1 John 5:20)
  22. I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  23. I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
  24. I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
  25. I am loved by God. (Romans 8:38)

…and, since I was having so much fun, here’s another set of 25 NOT SO Random Things about me…

  1. I am an image bearer of God. (Genesis 1:27)
  2. I am crucified with Christ. (Galatians 2:20)
  3. I am alive together with Christ.  (Ephesians 2:4-5)
  4. I am washed in blood. (Ephesians 1:7)
  5. I am an adopted son of the living and true God. (Ephesians 1:5)
  6. I am anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
  7. I am shielded from evil. (1 John 5:18)
  8. I am a witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
  9. I am a temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  10. I am blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3)
  11. I am enriched. (1 Corinthians 1:5)
  12. I am guarded by God who gives me inner peace. (Philippians 4:7)
  13. I am free to access to God. (Ephesians 2:18)
  14. I am united with the Lord. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  15. I am appointed to bear fruit. (John 15:16)
  16. I am a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
  17. I am seated with Christ in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6)
  18. I am a branch of the true vine. (John 15:1-5)
  19. I am hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)
  20. I am free to approach God with confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)
  21. I am part of a greater thing. (Romans 12:5)
  22. I am justified. (Romans 5:1)
  23. I am a saint. (Ephesians 1:1)
  24. I am assured that all things work together for my good. (Romans 8:28)
  25. I am significant to God. (Matthew 6:25-33)




  1. Levi kereti

    we are so blessed in all that God has shared to us. I am ready to rise above my defeats, knowing who I am in Christ. Thanks for the encouraging message.

  2. Schonna

    Awesome!!!!! This is now my daily confession

  3. Jessica

    Thank you!!

  4. nishum

    I dig it!