• This past weekend, I had the awesome privilege and weighty task of preaching on Ephesians 4:1-16 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. The church has a Saturday night Word & Table service, and two morning service times on Sunday — one traditional and one "convergent" or modern service. Friend and mentor, Pastor Mike Anderson, asked me, "How did it go?" I simply responded, It's not my forte! But, perhaps, put a different way — sermon prep and delivery just hasn't been part of my routine, rhythm and experience as a pastor. I have in my years away from seminary and some pulpit-filling during seminary preached only a handful of times on a Sunday morning or in a special service. My work in

    Jan 28,
  • Over a year ago, sitting across the table at Crema coffee shop in Nashville, TN, I was visiting with Ryan Doyle. I could sense his enthusiasm for the sport of soccer. A pastor of a church plant and soccer coach of 18 years, we discussed the upcoming opportunity with the pro team coming to town. Ryan has a passion for the game, but more so, a passion for people. As we talked about soccer and chaplaincy in the weeks to follow via email, I made a casual comment. Soccer Chaplains United isn't just about the pro game — we're looking to get chaplains at all levels of the sport. That mention started to gain momentum as Ryan and I discussed potential chaplaincy with Christ Presbyterian Academy, a private, coeducational, college-preparatory school for grades preschool through 12. CPA seeks to provide

    Jan 22,
  • I am pleased to announce that new for the 2019 season, Christina Garber, has been approved as candidate to serve as chaplain to one of the most storied teams in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the Portland Thorns FC. Christina is on staff with Cru City and works with college and young professionals in Portland as well as various non-profit organizations to see the city of Portland flourish. Christina talked about some of the challenges facing the young people she works with, Some of the most influential years for a young person can be the 20's and early 30's. They are figuring out who they are, and what it is that they stand for in life. The decisions they

    Jan 21,
  • The start for 2019 is off to a fast and furious pace, with the panel that I was able to be part of just a few days into the new year. The annual, United Soccer Coaches convention was the occasion for me to be share insights as a Major League Soccer chaplain on a panel dealing with the topic of character. The panel was comprised of a few other members that I've come to know throughout the years including Ben Dudley (representing Positive Coaching Alliance), Adam Smith (Head Coach of USL-Championship side Fresno FC), Caroline Stanley (Coach at University of Tulsa), and moderated by Jordan Angeli (Broadcaster and commentator with the Rapids). Adam Smith, Ben Dudley, Caroline Stanley, myself, and

    Jan 18,