November 12, 2015










I love taking trips.

Always have.

I remember my parents dragging my brother and me across the Western US as a kid stopping in every cool mountain town just long enough for fond memories.


 * Playing with a kid in the next campsite in Estes Park, Colo. until I fou...

October 22, 2015










I received a question Sunday that inspired me to introduce you to someone you already know, but 

needs to be renamed. The name of this ‘someone’ is That Person.  

The question: “Jim, are you going to talk about being ‘generous in spirit’ during this series?”

I fi...

October 14, 2015


After 42 years of having hair, I decided it was time to cut if off… These are thoughts on life as a bald guy. 

And… Yes, this blog is dedicated to thoughts about our sermons, real life struggles, church life and the cool things God is doing in our community, lives and...

September 29, 2015

“My dad can’t express any emotions,” the young guy told me in tears. “He’s been trained that way as long as he’s been alive, and the rest of us have to live with it.”


Then the whole story came out – his dad grew up in a miserable family situation and learned to stuff h...

September 25, 2015

The office of “Pope” has been polarizing for as long as I can remember. He stirs up lots of 

feelings and opinions, right? When you hear the words “Pope” or “Catholic,” I’m guessing 

you have some strong pre-conceived opinions or emotions ranging from joy to guilt.


On a...

September 10, 2015


Ever feel like this whole “God thing” is a dull routine? Or, as my two boys like 

to say, “booooooring…”?

Bill Stephens and I are tackling practical ways to grow and train your soul in 

our “SoulTrain” series this weekend at Ascent (10am – come join us!). As we’re 


September 2, 2015



















My son Josh and I were in Target recently and he spotted one of his teachers down the aisle.

“Let’s get out of here fast, dad,” he said.

I laughed. It brought back my own memories of middle school. It wasn’t my best time. I was struggling with everythin...

June 24, 2015
















Pixar’s latest, Inside Out, left me wondering…

Does the entertainment industry understand human beings better than the church?

If you’ve seen it, you know Inside Out brilliantly illustrates the necessity for something...

June 16, 2015

















It’s wedding season.

For a pastor that means a lot of counseling sessions, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and the potential to balloon past 200 pounds fueled by reception food.

My co-pastor, Bill Stephens, is a wedding machine. He’s closing in on 70 weddin...

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