Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 5.11.33 PMAfter a week at the Blessing Ranch and numerous days with Pete Richardson (my life coach), this is what keeps me healthy:

1. Reading 50-80 books per year.
2. Working out at least 4 days per week.
3. Daily walks (best if with my wife, Julie) at least 2 miles.
4. Keeping the Sabbath—I call them “snow days”—doing anything or nothing that refreshes and recreates me.
5. Adventure. I need this spirit of competition and risk in my life. It typically manifests itself through climbing, golf, travel and new relationships from which I can be challenged.


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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dusty Rubek about his new role as President of Church Development Fund and their work with new church plants.


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We just summited Mount Bierstadt!  Why do we do what we do?  Check out this video!Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 4.48.48 PM […]

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1. Listening to my good friend Tim Harlow preach the opening message. Tim did a fantastic job of setting the tone for the entire conference!
2. Hanging out with the Provision Team. What an amazing ministry group.
3. Catching up with friends at the Stadia booth . . . Gene Appel, Vince Antonucci, Caleb Caltenbach, Todd Clark, Rick Rusaw, Mark Williams, Jeremy Brown, Trevor DeVage, Jeff Metzger, Bob Wallace, Greg Marksberry, Phil Ling . . . the list is endless . . . thanks to all who stopped by.
4. Watching my children. I LOVE that they love being part of the NACC. […]

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My wife Julie and I worked together at Rivertree Christian Church and learned some important lessons along the way.  This short video shares some insights.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The Martian by Andy WeirScreen Shot 2014-07-04 at 9.58.53 AM

The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James BrownScreen Shot 2014-07-04 at 9.59.04 AM

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abnagale

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What fun summer reads would you recommend? […]

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On July 15th, 2014, I and five other climbers, will begin 3 days of mountaineering in the peaks of Colorado. We will attempt to summit a total of 4, 14,000+ foot high mountains in three days! The total vertical ascent of our climbing endeavor for the 3-day/4-summit ascents comes to 9,000 feet.

With this climb, we are raising funds for a new church plant in Ecuador in partnership with Stadia and Compassion International, both of which are deeply involved in caring for children in Ecuador. You can check out both organizations: and online.

As a result of this new church plant at least 200 children will be cared for!!! […]

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My good friend, Gary Dolan, has been Executive Pastor at Rivertree Christian Church for the past 24 years.  He shares some great wisdom in this video.  Check it out.

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Our first view of Yosemite Valley



Lunch (Each day we would pack a picnic and hike to an amazing location to eat)


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The giant sequoias

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Climbing to the top of Sentinel Dome (8,123’)



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This is a prayer I memorized early in my ministry . . .

Lord, send me anywhere only go with me.
Lay any burden upon me only sustain.
Sever any tie that binds,
except the tie that binds me to Thy heart and to Thy service.

–David Livingstone


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