Spiritual Appetite Suppressants

Sabbatical was a rare gift of some lessons I am still very much processing, so this post is somewhat of a work in progress. Most of my sabbatical was spent in summer time, half of it overseas in cultures that move much slower than ours, even western cultures. The...

How Our Church Planned For Sabbatical

If you are a church leader and want to consider offering a staff member a sabbatical, this post is for you. Here’s what I think: Do it. Need more? Here is what we did and what we learned: Fair Warning: Longer than usual post, lots of detail that is hopefully...

Sure Is Quiet Around Here…

I changed my phone number before going on sabbatical and Sharon, who is God’s gift to any church staff agreed to manage my email which is a kindness I can never repay. These two simple choices became a game changer in the amount of noise I experienced on...

Preaching Simmer

I knew that sabbatical would generate some deeply needed, overdue lessons for me and the first lesson struck me earlier than expected. I was in Nairobi, Kenya just a few days into sabbatical and was hit with it while preaching at an outdoor crusade. Usually when I...

Athens

Athens, our final leg of this incredible adventure. We assumed the kids might be antsy to be home by this point, so we made two choices a) to stay in Athens rather than fill all our time with travel to Corinth and Sparta and b) to stay in a nice hotel in case...

Croatia

I recall the feeling whenever we talked about the trip before we left. People, from friends we know well, to the local hairdresser to the travel insurance rep, would all ask the same question, “Where are you going” and I always felt a bit sheepish...