Kara Tippetts, Our Friend

The first time we went to Jason and Kara Tippetts’ home, it was for dinner with them and a few others. All of us were joining Jason and Kara in the adventure that would later be called Westside Church. It was spring 2012. Kara’s blonde hair was beautiful and hung down to her shoulders. Her…

‘Grief And Griever Alike Endure’

The cloud has hung over me today, and as the night falls, I can’t help but think about my grandfather and my cousin — both of whom we’ve lost in the last few months. Death and grief are known easily. But the absence itself is harder to get used to. Healing comes, I know. But for…

‘Tennessee’

I suspect I’ll be largely unsuccessful in this, but I wanted to write about what Tennessee means to me. My sister, Ashley, told me about the band above (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)  a few months ago. She pointed me to this song, “Tennessee,” and it captures almost perfectly my own sentiments about Tennessee. One of…

Real Characters, Real Cancer

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but I want to point you to the blog of a friend of ours: Mundane Faithfulness, written by Kara Tippetts. Kara’s husband, Jason, is our pastor. He, Kara, and their four kids moved to Colorado Springs in early 2012 to plant a church. Just a few months after…

Trails Worth Hiking

I took the above picture last weekend while out on a hike with Jesse. His 25-pound frame hunkered in a backpack about my torso, he and I hiked some of the trails at Garden of the Gods. It’s a nearby park that I think a national treasure. Set against an oft snow-capped Pikes Peak, huge…