New blog series coming up

Greetings. I can’t even remember the last time I posted an update on this blog. The new series I am about to start will be my reflections on the demise of Wildwind Community Church, a faith community I planted in 2002 and from where I retired from ministry in 2016. I have not spoken publicly of this to any substantial extent since leaving Wildwind, and the first of my posts on the topic will explain partly why.

The vast majority of my posts are now going to my counseling page, set up for my private counseling practice, at If you’re interested in that kind of thing, you can subscribe for new posts right there on that page.

Unfortunately I can’t give you a date on the series. I can promise you it’s in the works, and I know it’s time for me to start trying to put some thoughts together about it. It’ll be here when it gets here. So far in two years I haven’t been able to find the words to do this, and I know I can’t force it. Even now the thought of writing these pieces feels daunting.

I haven’t received hardly any “unsubscribes” from this list in the two years since I stopped posting regularly, and more have continued subscribing, even though things are getting so old. I hope that means some people are still benefiting from this labor of love, as I can honestly say that I have never written on any blog, or spoken from any pulpit, things I did not deeply believe, much of which I still believe today. My inability today to live fully into those words was always a feature of my ministry, not a bug. I don’t see that ever changing.

More on what all of that means coming up in this series.

Upcoming Posts, 6/5/2014

I’ll do this from time to time, give you an idea of some things I’m thinking of writing about. As always, I hope to hear from you on things you’d like to see posts on. Feel free to post in the Comments section under this post, or drop me a note using the Contact Me button at the top of this page.

  • Why I’m Not Self-Publishing My Book
  • Why All Progress on My Book is Now Delayed Until February
  • How to Post a Comment on My Blog and Get Notified When Others Comment Back
  • How to Subscribe to My Email List
  • Why I Just Signed the Charter for Compassion and You Should Too
  • Why “Pray About It” is Often the Worst Advice You Will Ever Get

I may post on some of these but not all of them, or move in other directions completely, but this is what I’m pondering at the moment.

Book update

Today is a new day. After receiving word of my rejection at the agency yesterday, I got an email message from a Facebook friend who works for a very successful leadership author and speaker. She is going to contact his editor (who works for one of the three publishing houses I have dreamed of publishing with right from the beginning) and get recommendations for a good content editor.

So already off on the next adventure and excited for all I will learn, and how much more you will all love this dang book as I take it to the next level.

Thanks for your encouraging comments. Please know I’m not discouraged in any way. In my mind it’s already done, just like I saw my church planted years before I had the opportunity to do it.

Wow — Blog exploded!

Okay — yesterday I announced on this site that I had installed a new theme on my blog, and yesterday my blog got 400 page views. That’s almost double what an average post gets. And 39 of those views came from Twitter, so thanks especially to my tweeps who stopped by the site to check it out.

Michael Hyatt‘s Get Noticed theme is fantastic if you’re serious about blogging, but still requires a lot of time and energy to set up, especially if you are like me — a blogging mortal who does it all alone!

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope more of you will do so today, and even sign up to get my posts in your Inbox.

Pardon My Dust — Changing Theme on Website

I apologize for the mess on the site right now. I am making some radical revisions to this place! These changes will allow me to communicate more clearly with you than ever. I won’t announce a “finished” time, you’ll just notice the site changing a lot over the next few months, with stuff being added, changed, subtracted, cleaned up, etc.

It will be messy sometimes, but I hope it won’t often be annoying! I am sorry for the inconvenience, and so appreciate your patience.