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“Everyone keeps asking you for pictures, and after a while you get tired of that. I always say, They are in the archives.” (Annie Liebovitz)

essays

  • Lessons from the Book of Amos
    Excerpt from a message I shared at Union Church on Feb 14, 2021. We recapped the book of Amos and looked at three takeaways.
  • A Prayer For The Community
    A prayer for our Union Church community, here in Seattle; reflecting on the year so far, Black History Month, and more…
  • Future Church (Pod)
    I started a podcast with a good friend of mine, that explores the future of the church in North America. Here’s why I started it and how you can listen.
  • Theology + Mission
    Reflections on theology and mission, how they are inter-connected, necessary, and inform the other. One isn’t complete without a strong emphasis on the other.
  • Reading Through Amos
    What does the message and context of Amos (book), reveal to us as 21st century American Christians here in Seattle? Here is framing to help with a deeper reading of the text.
  • Lessons I’m Taking With Me Into 2021
    Here are 5 lessons I’m taking with me into a brand new year, that help me think deeper and wider, push out further, and relate better.
  • Books I Read In 2020
    2020 has been a wild year. Reading was one of the ways I got through it. Here are all the books I read in 2020.
  • A Christian Perspective Around our Ecological and Climate Crisis
    How might Jesus-followers respond to an ongoing ecological and climate crisis? What got us here, and how might we reclaim a renewed ecological sensitivity?
  • Reflecting on Biblical Justice During Advent
    What does ‘justice’ mean in light of Advent? What does the Bible have to say about it, and what are the implications for us as we follow Jesus?
  • Jesus, Only Jesus
    This was a talk I shared at Union Church on Oct 18, 2020, continuing our series through the Gospel of Matthew. In this message I focused in on Matthew 17:1-8.
  • Exorcism, Liberation and a Third Way
    This was a talk I shared at Union Church on Jul 5, 2020, continuing our series through the Gospel of Matthew. In this message I focused in on Matthew 8:28-34.
  • Storytelling and product development
    Storytelling is a crucial part of any product marketing strategy. Why does it matter and what are initial steps to consider when crafting that story?
  • This is a moment…
    The unholy union of Christianity and white supremacy have gone on for the last 500 years…
  • knowing + learning + doing
    “Man will only become better when you make him see what he is like.” —Anton Chekhov
  • Reflecting on stories
    “You’re never going to kill storytelling because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.” – Margaret Atwood
  • Covid-19 in America’s Coronavirus Capital… A Guide
    There are a variety of problematic voices and opinions on Covid-19. Here are the places I turn to for the most up-to-date information…
  • This Was My Path into Product Marketing
    “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford
  • Lessons on story-telling
    “Revel in being discarded, or having all your energies exhausted in vain; only those who have endured hardship will be of use. Samurai who have never erred before will never have what it takes.” – Hagakure
  • Water…
    “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” ― Bruce Lee
  • Words are Hard
    “Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings, and wishes of those who do speak. Thus you will better know when to speak and when to be silent.” (Ignatius)
  • A New Purity & Vision
    This was a talk I shared at Union Church on Jan 5, 2020, continuing our series on the Beatitudes. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8 NRSV)
  • Books I Read In 2019
    One of my goals at the beginning of 2019 was to read a book a month… I’m ending the year having read thirteen. The experience was transformative, life-giving, and incredibly helpful for my personal and professional life. It reminded me how much I don’t know, and how important it is to always be learning. It’s something I plan on doing again in 2020… maybe two a month this time 🙂
  • Product Marketing @ Tempered
    The Internet is a lot of things for a lot of people. It has revolutionized every aspect of modern life.…
  • Life Transitions
    Serendipitous. That’s how I would describe the last few years I’ve spent at Zipwhip. Before I joined I knew nothing…
  • Hug ‘Em & Hold ‘Em
    This was a talk I shared at Union Church on the apostle John and his message to the churches of…
  • WeWork & Counterfeit Capitalism
    Incredibly insightful post by Matt Stoller on WeWork’s toxic culture and dysfunctional leadership: “All of this, the faux philanthropy, the strange management choices, the…
  • The Role of Product Marketing
    “The role of Product Marketer is a reflection of the role of the product in a company and the complexity…
  • Five Ways To Own Your Story
    The new year is just around the corner. Whether it’s your professional or personal life, here are 5 ways to…
  • The Church Of The Future
    Looking forward, requires a hard look at what got us here, a wider awareness of our world, a radical commitment to disciple-making, and a new neighborliness
  • Stay Hungry, Stay Humble
    With any decision I make, or any situation I’m a part of, these are some uncomfortable truths I live by.…
  • New Adventures, New Perspectives
    Maybe you’re like me, and you don’t take risks all that often. Maybe when you do, you spend a lot…
  • Five Ways To Push Past The Status Quo
    In your workplace, family, or friendships, it’s easy to get in the rut of status quo. Maybe something’s been done…
  • Jesus and Politics (and the 2016 presidential election)
    Tomorrow is the big day. The final votes will be cast and we will find out who our next president…
  • Reflecting On The 2016 Election Season
    Every four years it feels like people lose their minds over the presidential election. It’s as if the collective psyche…
  • You’ve Never Done This Before
    I have this embarrassing fear of heights. My earliest memory of this was a swimming class, where I was one…
  • Five Ways To Keep Growing
    Every leader wants to be a great, but few are willing to do what’s necessary to grow. Most leaders are…
  • Lessons on Leadership
    As a campus youth pastor at a multi-site church, I get to interact with mulitiple teams and many kinds of…
  • Lessons on Discipleship
    As a youth pastor, discipleship is one of the most important aspects of ministry. In the process of pastoring students,…
  • Divine
    Embracing God’s Story All Around Us I remember the first time it hit me; a moment of otherworldly grandeur intersecting…
  • These Things Matter In Life, Ministry & Relationships
    As a youth pastor, father and husband, and even more importantly as a Jesus-follower, there are things that will stand…
  • Rewrite Your Story, One Chapter At A Time
    It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. It’s all you’ve ever known, and you’ve always done it this way.…
  • On Racism & Other Indifferences
    It’s easy to ignore what we’re not familiar with. We maintain comfortable indifferences to what we don’t understand or can’t…
  • Things I’ve Learned In Ministry
    Here are some of the things I’ve learned as a youth pastor over these last eight and a half months.…
  • Not A Thought In The World
    I walked into an interesting store the other night. It was a like an upscale REI for the harshest of…
  • A Miracle In My Arms
    There is something otherworldly and sacred about it. Those first moments with your little baby. There is nothing like it.…
  • Me & Now
    I remember a conversation I had with my wife, before she became my wife. Kaeli and I were attending Portland…
  • Perspective
    Changing What We Focus On When you look backwards you always see the path that brought you to your destination.…