Updated Bucket List

I first published by bucket list in January of 2014 and as I continue to work on this list, I find it encouraging to review where I am from time to time. I also occasionally add some items to the list and have yet to give up on anything and remove it.   To Complete: Take Micah & Abby to El Salvador to meet our Compassion Kids See Syracuse play in NCAA Final Four Take […]


I often get asked  why it is that I love orange so much. When I am asked, I generally offer one of a couple responses, but decided that it would be fun to write a blog about why I enjoy the color orange so much.   I have always liked the color orange. It is vibrant, fun, easy to notice and not as celebrated as many of the other main colors.   I grew up […]

Israel Trip

I am leading a trip to Israel in October 2018. This will be my third trip to Israel. It includes the option to add an extension trip to Jordan. This is a trip that will be great for spiritual growth and learning. Those who are interested in the Christian faith, history, the Bible, archeology and more will find this trip to be very enjoyable and well worth the cost. Is a trip every Christian should take. […]

Reflections on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Back in mid November, the Syrian refugee crisis was at the forefront of the US news media. Like many others, I responded to this situation, offering my opinion and perspective publicly, on social media and privately. I am a passionate person. It is at times my greatest blessing and at others my greatest curse. I am deeply passionate about the Gospel, my family and people. I am deeply in love with Jesus and want to […]

State of Education

In a recent seminar on Adolescent Development, I was asked to provide a summary of what I see as the greatest challenges in education and our education system today. Below is my response to the question at that seminar.   Our education system in the United States is in trouble and there are many, many challenges. As I think of the greatest challenges we face right now, three things come to mind.   First, our […]


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