Always On Time

I was 46 when I attended my first Wild at Heart Boot Camp in CO in 2003. I didn’t know what a mess I was…I had an inkling, but I thought I was ok, sort of. You know what I am talking about, right?

At the time I was a full time Young Life Area Director with over 20 years of youth ministry under my belt. Even though I had a raging anger, was critical of others, and I had a secret addiction to pornography and masturbation…I appeared on the outside to be a pretty normal Christian man. I attended church, read my Bible, had a pretty consistent QT (quiet time), and was passionate about leading kids to Jesus.


You know what doesn’t make sense? When you see how something works in the practical, physical world and ignore it in the spiritual world. For example, my wife Diane is an excellent baker. She is one of those women who make a delicious pie crust every time she bakes a pie. Over and over again the crust is excellent. Do you think the first time she set out to make pie crust she was perfect? Of course not. She worked on it. She practiced. My friend Gary Bradley is an artist. An oil painter, usually painting landscapes. Do you think Gary’s first painting turned out as beautifully as his last few? Of course not.

A Life-Saving Experience

Over two years ago I would have described my life as characterized by isolation, dominated by the grip of addiction and as being largely disconnected in my relationships with my wife and kids. Frankly, at the time, I would have said that I did not have a single truly transparent and honest relationship in my life.  I was asked to attend the True Pursuit Weekend where I experienced a remarkable movement of God’s Spirit in my heart.

Hide and Seek

“God comes to us disguised as our life” – Paula D’Arcy

God plays hide and seek with us. His childlike heart smiles as he allows himself to be found. He doesn’t really hide himself from us fully because he’s always available to us but He gives Himself as an adventure of exploration that we might continually discover the joys of an eternal being of goodness, beauty and creativity.

Our Deepest Fear

In August my wife, two youngest daughters, and I took my oldest daughter to college to drop her off for her first year.  At the Presidential Welcome they read the following quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

Save the Date

Vulnerability – Part 1

If we want to be authentic, courageous and live transformational lives then vulnerability is something we will have to learn.  Join Pete Emhoff, Mark Freier and Matt Emhoff as we discuss what True Pursuit has learned about how to live vulnerably and resist the pull to live under shame.

Killing Giants – 1

I love the Old Testament stories, especially when I read them with a new set of eyes. Take for instance the story of David & Goliath. Most of us have read the story or have at least heard of the young shepherd boy who defeated the giant Goliath with just a slingshot and a smooth stone. It is easy to focus on the ending of that story…we all love to see the underdog win, at least I do. Yet there is so much more in the story that that is helpful to look at.

Wholehearted Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  True Pursuit hopes that you have wonderful, joyfilled time with family and friends as you celebrate Christmas. We are so aware that Christmas is an invasion, a brutal frontal attack, in which Jesus invaded earth with the sole mission to rescue you and set you free.  In the first moments of Jesus’ life he was hunted, on the run, an outcast, and throughout his life suffered much more… all to pursue you.  As you ponder Christ’s beautiful “True Pursuit” of your heart, allow this “This Resonates” post to speak to you.


Every year about this time I am reminded of how important it is to reflect on what God has done and how difficult it is to hang on to those memories.

God actually spends a lot of time in the Bible reminding us to remember…probably because we are so prone to forgetting. What do you use to remember? Today we tend to use Post-it notes, To-Do-lists, email, text reminders, etc.