Finished reading: From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church by Harry L. Reeder, III 📚Not just for those feeling down about their church. Reeder gives a biblical model for church life with practical applications that can help many. Good for elder training.

Finished re-reading: The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson 📚 Two ideas I want to try: have project focus and put together a writing/reading group for support; schedule study leave for focused work.

Finished reading: A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet 📚 A good starting point for overwhlemed caregivers.

The Onym Guide is a really fun and helpful resource for people who like words, with some sweet web design to boot. Officially it is: “an on-going open source attempt to organize the best tools and resources for naming things.”

Went on a beautiful, rainy hike in the Santa Catalina Mountains today with some folks from Covenant. So refreshing. We even saw a deer.

On top of Mt. Lemmon

Change can be difficult and sometimes it should be avoided. But change is often an inevitable and even a desirable part of life. When change is required or desired, we should help each other through the change, supporting and honoring each other as this happens.

It’s interesting to think about the relationship between relationships. Today I answer: can I have friends and be married?

Honey, where are my paaaaaaaants?

pile of Lego pants

I’m sharing some more thoughts on marriage in the coming days. Next up: some presuppositions for a good marriage.

Currently reading: Design for Preaching by H. Grady Davis 📚 An unusual and good book on preaching from 1958. For the influence Davis' book had on him, Haddon Robinson said, " I owe him a great debt."

I put together a great list of questions for pre-marital counseling, but married people can use them to improve their marriage as well.

Daniel A. Cox: “The percentage of men with at least six close friends fell by half since 1990, from 55 percent to 27 percent. The study also found the percentage of men without any close friends jumped from 3 percent to 15 percent, a fivefold increase.”

Took this on 1 June when the saguaro still had lots of fruit. Can you find the owl?

sunset with owl on saguaro

David Burris is right. We have some unhelpful conceptions about authenticity that need revising.

During a bad part of the pandemic, I did some research on loneliness. Here’s what I learned.

Currently reading: The Trinity: An Introduction (Short Studies in Systematic Theology) by @scottrswain 📚"…we were baptized into God’s triune name so that we might learn to praise God’s triune name."

Classics education is a big deal. Without it, there would’ve been no Fourth of July.

One down with a big win. Go Suns! 🏀

Get inspired by Lisa Przystup’s Tucson Road Trip in The Strategist via @VisitTucsonAZ.

July sunset in Tucson