The Sure Bet of a Simpler Life

The Sure Bet of a Simpler Life

I should have put money down and shaken hands with any number of people who were betting I would not be able to make the switch to semi-retirement at 25%. I could have made a bundle off my wife but that’s hardly a net gain for the household. Before I started...

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Lock-ins and Hope

Lock-ins and Hope

We recently had our 2019 Youth Lock-in, and our time together was exactly what would be expected from 20 kids spending 12 hours inside a building together: a hurricane of fun, laughter, and energy. For the first 6 hours or so, we basically ran around and made the...

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Halloween, All Saints Day, & Día de Los Muertos, Oh My!

Halloween, All Saints Day, & Día de Los Muertos, Oh My!

Honoring ancestors is a shared human experience all around the world, found in a wide variety of religions and cultures. In India there’s the Hindu tradition of Pitru Paksha, Qingming in China, and Chuseok in South Korea, to name just a few of these traditions. In...

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An Invitation to Prayer and Fasting

An Invitation to Prayer and Fasting

On November 1st, my annual 4-month “fast” begins. I’m not fasting from food or TV or social media. Instead, it’s time for my annual fast from bicycling. I set aside my favorite activity to create space for newness in my soul and to give my body rest. Fasting also...

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I May be Positively Glowing in Twenty Years

I May be Positively Glowing in Twenty Years

10 days before I semi-retired to 25% in July, I found out I had prostate cancer. That’s never going to sound like good news but fortunately, I turned 65 in August and Medicare reduced our costs significantly. Because of my age and a couple of other circumstances, the...

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What They Won’t Forget

What They Won’t Forget

“You know, my kids don’t care if we have a cool place to meet, they just want to know they are loved.” There’s a lot of truth to this statement that I recently heard from a parent in our community. It reminds me of the Maya Angelou quote, "I've learned that people...

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A Sense of Home

A Sense of Home

Hello Highlanders, I think most of you have heard that after much time, discussion, prayer and consideration, the decision has been made to leave the Holiday Theater. I’ve been attending Highlands for five years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at this location....

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The Smell of Brazilian Cheese Rolls

The Smell of Brazilian Cheese Rolls

I find it incredible that God’s first words to Abram (who would later be re-named Abraham) are, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household...” (Genesis 12:1) Being that Abraham became one of the central figures of Judaeo-Christianity, a father and...

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Our Ethos is our Welcome Mat

Our Ethos is our Welcome Mat

If you haven’t yet heard the news, the Staff and Leadership Council announced on Sunday that the Holiday Theater is no longer the right fit as a home for us. Watch a short video of Mark, Jenny, and I giving a brief explanation HERE. You can get more information by...

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Sane and Grounded in a Wild World

Sane and Grounded in a Wild World

In my house, we celebrate almost everything. We love to celebrate the accomplishments of our nieces and nephews and our siblings and parents. And sometimes, we just celebrate getting through another week. Celebration and gratitude keep us sane and grounded in a wild...

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Turning 10!!!

Turning 10!!!

Highlands church North Denver has been the best “experiment” I’ve ever been part of. And, yes, I know we are a church, but the whole prospect has been an experiment in being a new kind of church. Like, would it be possible to be a church where everyone is welcome...

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Becoming Micah 6:8 Humans

Becoming Micah 6:8 Humans

I hated to disappoint this little boy. But the only way around it would be to lie to him. And in so doing, I would rob him of the opportunity to grow in compassion. But I knew it was going to suck. One of the ways we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God...

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73 Minutes of Togetherness

73 Minutes of Togetherness

“Hello, my name is Jenny. What’s your name?” Airplane talk with a stranger, not what I wanted. I wanted to read my new sci-fi novel or take a nap, not strike up a conversation. As I entered the plane I was disappointed to see only middle row seats available. Once I...

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The Paradox Within Change

The Paradox Within Change

This summer hasn’t felt like much of a summer to me at all. DPS starts next week, and somehow my kids and I have not done any of the things we usually do in the summer. I’ve missed those quintessential summer activities that I’ve loved sharing with them: trips to the...

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The If’s, Ands, and Butts of the Body of Christ

The If’s, Ands, and Butts of the Body of Christ

On our recent trip to East Africa with fellow Highlanders, I was looking forward to trekking with gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. Despite having had a fever for a few days, I was feeling well enough and was motivated on gorilla day to give it a try. I did...

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