A Journey’s End

After a decade and a half of service, today is my final day as a member of the ABCNJ Regional Ministry Team.

New life, a reason to give thanks

In the twelve years I’ve been the pastor at Central Baptist Church in Palmyra, the church has been through a great deal. We have lost members to death, moves, and transfer. We’ve seen new friends come, only to be swept away again as their life-situations changed. We’ve struggled with the questions, “Who are we?” and…

Old Dock Reflection

I’ve displayed images of this old dock on my blog before, but this is the first time I’ve be able to play with some of the more advanced Lightroom tools 1. I appreciate the results! Summer vacation season is often, for me, a mournful time. The season is designed to thrive briefly and fade in…

A time to build

For the last several years the church I pastor, Central Baptist Church of Riverton-Palmyra 1, has been in a bit of a holding pattern. We became increasingly aware that our organizational structure was not only non-functional, it was actually serving to take energy from the congregation. Central was a organizational vampire which folks both loved…

Ten Years

This past Sunday marked my tenth year at Central Baptist. I was thirty when I arrived with my wife, bringing along two small children to an unknown landscape. Even though I grew up fourteen miles from where I now live, I frequently had to point to folks that my understanding of New Jersey geography consisted…

The Weakest Link

One of the great things about our region is that our regional pastor (rough translation, “A Bishop with severly limited powers, given that they herd cats for a living”) is big on spiritual development.  When I moved to the area he was starting up a mentoring program, akin to a spiritual confessor, called “Pastor to…