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Companions on the Inner Way: Final Thoughts

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:43:54 +0000

The first night we were at Zephyr Point last week for the Companions on the Inner Way retreat, we were led in this chant: Return again, return again, return to the land of your soul. Return to who you are, Return to what you are, Return to where you are born and reborn again. It […]

Companions on the Inner Way: Day 6

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:32:55 +0000

Friday was our last day for the retreat. Last days of retreats, conferences, events like those, are often odd. You want to be fully present for the remaining events and really enjoy your last few moments together, but you are also ready to get going and begin the trek heading home. I felt that tension […]

Companions on the Inner Way: Day 5

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:35:58 +0000

Thursday is the last full day of Companions. We’re at the point where I’ve gotten to know some folks pretty well since the week began, and it’s fun to spend time with them. But I’m also very ready to get home to Sarah and Caleb and get back into the regular routines of life in […]

Companions on the Inner Way: Day 4

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:29:07 +0000

Day 4: Wednesday. This is the part of the week when the exhaustion from all of the amazing stuff we’ve been doing starts to seep in a bit. Being at a Companions retreat is certainly a time of rest and relaxation, but it’s also an event where there is a lot happening each day, a […]

Companions on the Inner Way: Day 3

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:00:09 +0000

Tuesday began much the same way that Monday did. We were on the same schedule, and started the morning with Morning Prayer, then breakfast and then into our morning program time. I continue to be so moved by the music we are led in here at Companions. While I certainly enjoy many different varied styles […]

Companions on the Inner Way: Day 2

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 21:51:22 +0000

I wish that you could all smell what I smell, and see what I see up here at Zephyr Point – it’s really quite remarkable! I brought a group of kids from Asbury UMC here for a winter retreat one year, and it was certainly beautiful then – but it’s a different place in the […]

Companions on the Inner Way: Day 1

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 05:58:12 +0000

Since Illustrated Children’s Ministry has taken off over the past year, this blog has obviously been neglected. So what better way to get back into blogging than by being asked to blog for a conference? During August 7-12, I’ll be sharing reflections on my time at the Companions on the Inner Way Retreat. Over the years, […]

Lenten Coloring Posters Available to Pre-Order

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:15:27 +0000

Things have been a little quiet over here on Pomomusings recently – mainly because all of my time and energy has been going into Illustrated Children’s Ministry. You may remember the last time I wrote about it, I called it Illustrated Children’s Moments. Since that blog post, I’ve realized that what I had created was starting […]

Becoming a Solopreneur

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:55:12 +0000

When I left my job at Winnetka Presbyterian Church last June, if you told me that I was going to be running a fairly successful illustration business, I wouldn’t have believed you. I’m not a formally trained artist and I didn’t really think people would be too interested in buying my stuff. And yet, it […]

The Best Coloring Pages for Adults and Children – Pre-Order Now!

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:29:31 +0000

It’s been a couple months since I launched Illustrated Children’s Moments and it’s been going really well. So far, we have over 1,400 subscribers to our email newsletter, and people have been responding very positively to the various illustrations we’ve been selling. One item I hadn’t expected to be so popular was coloring pages. Part of […]

Drawing at Jiffy Lube

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:00:08 +0000

Last week, I took my car to Jiffy Lube and had about a 40 minute wait while my car got an oil change. I used to actually enjoy those waits because I knew I would have uninterrupted time I could get stuff done on my computer. Now I enjoy them because I know as long […]

The Best Slim Minimalist Wallet for Men

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:06:46 +0000

I’ve always loved wallets. I remember my first blue and black velcro wallet. In high school in the 90s, I had a few of those big fat billfolds with the super-large accordion-style holder for all those wallet photos of proms and senior pictures. I don’t even remember why I thought carrying it in my back pocket […]

Introducing: Illustrated Children’s Moments

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:00:11 +0000

Now that I’m no longer in full-time ministry for the time being, I’ve been finding some ways to keep myself busy. First, I’m serving as Parish Associate at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. It’s a great community and I’m looking forward to getting to know them, doing some preaching, and starting up a Theology Pub. Second, […]

The Power of Support Groups

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:00:14 +0000

I’ve been to three different types of support groups in my life. And they’ve all been incredibly helpful for different reasons. Psoriasis – Physical Illness The first group was a psoriasis support group sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation. I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area and my psoriasis was flaring up, and […]

Scribbling Outside the Lines

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:00:30 +0000

In case you didn’t know, there is a wonderfully diverse group of writers, poets, artists and podcasters who are reimagining the church over on a new Presbyterians Today blog. This is the description from the blog: We are storytellers. We are everyday Presbyterians who want to talk honestly about the future of the church. We are […]

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Resources

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:00:14 +0000

Just over a month ago, I shared on this blog about my recent diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The feedback and support I received after I shared the post was amazing. Thank you to all who reached out to me. I also wanted to share just briefly the types of responses I received: Many said they […]

The Unexpected Gift of Being Geographically Limited

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:03:00 +0000

Something all clergy couples are familiar with is the phrase “geographically limited.” It is a rare thing when the timing of calls for two people line up perfectly. I’m guessing that as many young seminarians are falling in love and planning their futures, they talk about “taking turns.” One person will find their dream job, […]

Why Pastors Should Work at Co-Working Spaces

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:00:56 +0000

A few months ago I started getting interested in co-working spaces. I’m not sure what began the interest, but I’ve always been one who has liked to work in “third spaces.” Especially as a pastor, the days of people coming to the office to “visit the pastor” are going away (if not gone already for […]

I Have Primarily Obsessional OCD

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:37:15 +0000

7:00am – Alarm goes off. 7:01am – Inner Dialogue begins: “You are a horrible person. Seriously? Who let you be a father? You know you’re a monster, right? No one else would ever think those things. Only sick, demented people would think the thoughts you’ve thought. YOU. ARE. A. MONSTER. I can’t believe you can […]