The 2016 Presidential Election is coming fast.  The debates have begun for all the candidates, articles are being written and opinions are flying.  The only thing potentially more contentious then talking about politics is talking about religion and specifically Jesus.  So in this blog, I will combine both with the hopes of sharing how I will vote for a Presidential candidate.

First, I care about the Worldview of the canidate.  A Worldview is a framework from which we view reality, truth and make sense of life and the world.  David Noebel says, "It's an ideology, philosophy, theology, movement or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world and man's relations to God and the world" (Understanding the Times).

In 1993, I was part of a ministry (Forge) for discipleship training, a short-term mission experience and life planning.  As part of the life planning, we crafted a "Life Arrow" where we put our hopes, dreams, gifts and abilities along with vision for the future as we spend time alone with God and with others in community.  One of the items I put on my dream list was to be a Lead Pastor one day (and even be part of a church plant).

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” - ‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the needs in the world.  Worldwide poverty is higher then imaginable.  Human Trafficking of women and children is horrific.  Abortions are hard to comprehend.

Here is a quick update on our journey of faith:

2015 has been a roller coaster year for our family.  There have been unexpected twists and turns in the road of faith, high climbs and steep drop offs. I unexpectedly left my position at my last church in Colorado to pursue God's next ministry move.  Our family began to pray and seek the Lord longing for our lives to count for the King and the Kingdom.

What motivates you to live the Christian life?  We all have a tendency to coast in life and particularly in the Christian life.  We do not drift into discipleship.  We don't hover into holiness.

It is hard work.

It is costly.

It is like a long run.

I'll be honest. I don't like to run.  Growing up I played sports with balls.  I like to run if there is a ball involved with a goal.

Some think the Trinity (one God in three persons) is a crazy idea.  Does the Trinity show up in the Bible?  Is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament?  Did the Apostle Paul, who wrote half of the New Testament have the Trinity in mind?  What differences does the Trinity make in your life today?

Here are ten places the Trinity shows up in the Bible:


We are all stressed.

Life is like running on a treadmill that does not stop.

We have kids to take care of.

We have bills to pay.

We have a spouse to love and care for.

We have deadlines to meet at work.

We have friends to stay in relationship with.

We have goals to meet.

We have a future spouse to meet, fall in love with and get married.

We have high school or college or grad school to finish.

We have schedules,

to-do lists,

post-it notes,

grocery shopping,


and on it goes....

There is a new path ahead literally and figuratively.

This week our neighborhood got a face lift including the sidewalk in front of our house. After many years of ice attaching itself to the shadowed concrete on our corner causing many missing pieces of sidewalk and holes left behind from cold winters, it was time for a new path to be laid.  The crew showed up, pulled out the old and laid the new.

Here is a metaphor for life.

As I was watching the workers, waiting and praying, it hit me.

Life's Questions

What matters most in your life?

What should tug at your heart strings?

What should give you the greatest joy?

What is the sweet spot?

Where should your joy come from?

What should be your life purpose?

These are larger then life questions.  They are bigger then you, but they matter deeply.  They are the difference between wasting your life and investing your life.  They have eternal value.  We need to get these right.