A memory

My little brother and I are making a soup.  We have decided that a perfect soup would be full of leaves and dirt.  We have somehow found a bowl to concoct in in the backyard. I have decided that we are chefs.  I am the head chef, of course, and he is my assistant.  This…

Ashes and journeys

Lately I have been thinking about things I don’t want to forget as a pastor…things that if my younger self came to me in the beginning of my career and asked, “What are some things you wish you knew now,” what I would say to myself.  Much of what I don’t want to forget or…

People I know: April

In the very first weeks of seminary, this woman walked up to me and asked if I would go to dinner with her.  She said that she had met others from Oregon and they were cool and she thought we might be friends.  We went to Lucky Platter and hit it off right away.  From…

Camino Countdown: 193 days!!

Another week has passed as we countdown the days until Scout, Ana and I take our first steps on the Camino Frances out of St. Jean and on our 800km (500 mile) trek across Spain for the first or second time. This week has been exciting in our Camino prep…. Yesterday I confirmed our Shuttle…

People I know: Noel, Karen, Maya and Ellen

I know, I know, this is the first time I have highlighted a family unit.  This morning I woke up and thought…Noel! I will write about Noel but then I thought but Karen is so amazing too and their girls! I can’t write about Noel and Karen without bragging about their amazing daughters and really…

Camino Countdown: 200 days!!!

In just 200 days we will be taking our first steps out of St. Jean and on our way to Santiago.  Or we could say in 6 and a half months we fly out of Berlin…oorrrr after winter and summer, just two seasons! This week we made a good excel spreadsheet with our packing lists,…

People I know: Ruth

This is Ruth Sterner.  I met Ruth in 2014 through my now ex wife.  They had been friends for a while and it was important that I meet Ruth.  Ruth hails from Colorado and came to Corvallis Oregon for school.  She then started working for Oregon State University and that is when I met her….

The art of planning a coffee

This week is our last week of classes for my first semester of university but I am discovering that most of the classes in the last week are “wrap up” classes and today I just couldn’t convince myself to go to the one class I had today in the midst of what Germans are calling…

Camino Countdown: 208 Days until we walk out of St. Jean

This week I got an excited text that our other pilgrim, Scout, went to REI to try out and buy a pack.  She found the one she wanted and it fit her perfectly but it was definitely out of her price range.  She lamented that she couldn’t get it right away but now knew what…

Returning to the dome

Two and a half years ago, when Ana and I were really just beginning our relationship I booked a ticket to come to Berlin to visit for close to three weeks.  We wanted a few weeks to hang out in Berlin to continue to figure out what we were, where we wanted to be and…