Leadership Blog :: 12 Words Of Encouragement For Pastors #Leadership

This week, in our Pastor & Director meeting at MPCC, our Senior Pastor, Chris Philbeck had some great words of encouragement for us (from Crosswalk.com). These principles were a tremendous reminder to me, that it takes intentionality on my part to lead well. I hope these will be an encouragement to you. Choose your friends … Continue reading

The Cracked Pot :: God Uses Us In Our Weakness

I absolutely love this story….what a great reminder that God can use us in our weakness. A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on opposite ends of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect … Continue reading

An Update On Dad

Thank you so much for standing with us in prayer. Our entire family is grateful that you would stand with us. Dad has CLL, which is a type of lymphoma and was just diagnosed with melanoma in both lungs and his liver liver. Having multiple types has complicated things a little but he has an … Continue reading

An Update On My Parents :: Prayers Requested

So many have asked for an update on Mom & Dad. Thank you so much for your prayerful support. Our entire family is so very grateful for your prayers. Here is the latest update that we have….. Mom started chemotherapy on Monday and had a port installed on Wednesday. Her diagnosis is multiple myeloma. She … Continue reading

A Staycationer’s Birthday Wish List

As many of you know, I celebrated a milestone birthday this week. On July 6th, I officially changed decades. Oh yeah. I’ve gotten every joke in the book: AARP Cards, Cards about reading glasses, the need to limit my cheese intake and everything you can imagine. It’s been an absolute blast. I have laughed harder … Continue reading

30-Day Marriage Challenge :: Progress Report

Here we are at the half way point of the 30-Day Marriage Challenge. How’s it going? I would love to hear some stories about what you are doing to surprise your spouse and what their response has been. Will you share? This all started as a personal challenge to me. Could I really keep this … Continue reading

Want A New Marriage? Take The 30-Day Marriage Challenge

“Marriage isn’t lived out on a romantic balcony, it’s lived out on a spiritual battlefield.” I’ll never forget the moment I heard that for the first time. We were sitting at a marriage retreat as a newly engaged couple and when we heard that, we looked at each other and thought, really? As we approach … Continue reading

Devotional: “Jesus Calling” 1.13.11

Still loving this devotional book, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Every day it brings up one of those right-between-the-eyes sort of thoughts. God is using this book to make a huge impact on my life. Here is the devotional for today. “Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your Guide. … Continue reading


We are heading into my favorite season of the year. Actually, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I have always loved it. I know what you are thinking….”Brian, you write about food all the time. Of course Thanksgiving is your favorite holiday!” That’s true. I do write about food a lot. But, the food is only … Continue reading

My Thoughts: My Bucket List

I recently had a birthday. Not a monumental birthday but a birthday non-the-less and as you know, with each passing year, the numbers get larger. So, with this turn of the calendar I am spending time taking stock of things and it occurred to me that there are a few things I really want to … Continue reading