Everything that will be on this site will be a brief synopsis of what is helpful in life, faith and leadership. As a pastor for 12 years, I have collected many scraps of papers of ideas I would love to ‘flesh’ out, and have come to life in the world. After a season of what’s felt like ‘dry bones’ for me, I go back to the drawing table, pick up my pen and write. Letting my soul come out on paper like it did when I was a child.
Taking each piece and weaving it together into a one-page document that can be sharable and used for others. I have dreamed of providing resources for people looking at life and faith, figuring how to do life fully in this day and time.
I have absorbed, collected, filed and scribbled so many insights about life, faith and leadership. I have served in a United Methodist Church since college, as a mentor for youth in a small North Carolina town, to serving as an interim youth leader in a suburban church, to investing in youth in Washington DC, then after seminary, serving at the largest United Methodist Church in Leawood, Kansas as an Associate Pastor, and now on staff at our regional conference office for the past six years.
I have had the privilege to see so many ways faith is lived out and shaped in diverse places. Each time taking notes and figuring out what this means for you, me and anyone who asks. How do we translate life, faith, and leadership for people in everyday terms? What are the principles that can make sense to where we are in our journey of life?
I’ve been curious on what this may mean. So, join me as we explore faith, life and leadership one page at a time. Each piece will have a loosely connected Scripture with it that helps illustrate how this Scripture has come to life for me. Today’s Scripture describes the Valley of Dry Bones, after just coming out of time of great questioning myself, this vision comes to mind. As the prophet looks around, amid all the places the prophet could be, he’s amid a graveyard (I picture the Elephant’s Graveyard in The Lion King). Then, Ezekiel hears a word from God in the form of questions. Ezekiel responds, only God knows. Then God is to speak to the bones and see what happens. God brings the breath of life.
So wherever we are today, whether we feel we are being questioned, or feeling like dry bones, may the breath of God fill us anew.
I hope these resources are helpful to you as they are to me, as I finally write them down.
37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.– Ezekiel 37:1-10