Hoosier Mama

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Early in our marriage, I remember we wanted to take a family vacation. Nicole thought we could save money by sleeping in a tent. (I reluctantly agreed.) After all, this is summertime in Missouri! C’mon…it gets HOT! But, Nicole had it all figured out. We just pulled the window unit…

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How’s My Hair?

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A while back, I was at Bandana’s getting lunch with Ashtyn. I was just minding my own business when this guy calls out to me. “HEY…Pastor Crank!” I get that a lot, so I said, “Hi! How ya doin?” He said, “I HATE your haircut! It looks totally STUPID!” (I…

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Swimming with Sharks

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Back before we were pastors, Nicole had a very successful career in technology sales. She used to reel in some pretty BIG clients! One particular time, she arranged for some customers to fly into town and play golf. (She was about to set the hook. Ha!) But, some of the…

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The Power of Humility

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Our church has been blessed with some beautiful sanctuaries and spacious offices, in St Louis. We’re building something good in Florida, but it’s at a different stage of development. In our Royal Palm Chapel, if you can find the water cooler, you’ve found my original office. In that little spot,…

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Practicing Proximity!

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Years ago, when I first started pastoring the church, God told me to sell our home in the country and move to a subdivision in town. Nicole said, “Are you CRAZY? We built this place! We bought the land next to us just so our kids could live here!” (What…

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Enjoy the Ride!

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A couple of years ago, I was watching American Idol with my daughter. (Don’t judge me!) There was a lady who didn’t win, who just kept crying through every single interview! Ashtyn finally said, “Man, she’s bringing me DOWN!” I was glad she spoke up because I was feeling the…

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Putting Pride Aside!

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When my dad was just 56 years old, he died from melanoma. (That’s a tumor associated with skin cancer.) So, I go to the dermatologist a LOT! Especially, when I’m in Florida. After all, it’s the Sunshine State! The doctors, there, should know a little something about skin cancer. I’m…

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Someone Bigger

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A couple of years ago, I was going out for a dinner meeting. Ashtyn wanted to stay at home with a friend. The girls were excited because they thought they were acting so grown-up! But, they were only big and grown-up UNTIL they heard a noise! I got a phone…

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