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Monday Morning Joe: Your Life Now

Parker Palmer writes, “Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?” In today’s episode, Joe shares his story of merging the life he lives with the life that lives in him. It’s a journey from doing what he thought he ought to do to doing what […]

Monday Morning Joe: Conflict

In this morning’s episode of Monday Morning Joe, Joe talks about everyone’s least favorite subject: conflict. Here are few quick takeaways from today’s episode:  Conflict is natural.  Conflict can be constructive.  In any situation we have part, but only part, of the truth.  Conflict may be holy ground.  Know yourself by knowing your personality, your […]

Monday Morning Joe: Vision for your Life

Let’s talk about why it is important to have a vision for your life. Vision is committing to achieving what could be, and not settling for what is or was. When I talk about vision, I am not talking about what do you want to be when you grow up, which is usually translated, what […]

Monday Morning Joe: Fatherhood Insights

In this episode of Monday Morning Joe, Joe takes a chance and tries a different approach. Instead of an episode aimed a varied audience, today’s episode is aimed at men, specifically fathers. You are invited to listen as Joe shares his story of being a new father, the burden of fatherhood, and the reality that […]

Monday Morning Joe: Hospitality & Welcome

Back in the mid-2000s Aaron Sorkin produced a dramedy starring Bradley Whitford, Matthew Perry, Amand Peet, and several other talented actors and actresses. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip only lasted a season but there is a scene in its pilot episode that enters my mind from time to time. Standing in the hallway, Jordan (played […]

Monday Morning Joe: Cup of Joe for Two

The first Monday Morning Joe of 2024 is a special Cup of Joe for Two featuring my son, Connor Kendrick. Connor is in the 8th grade at Classen SAS Middle School. He is a big fan of Halo, Doom, and Forza Horizon. Connor joins me for a conversation on music and what inspires his musical […]

Monday Morning Joe: Peace on Earth & Goodwill to All

I heard the bells on Christmas DayTheir old, familiar carols play,And wild and sweetThe words repeat Of peace on earth, goodwill to men! And thought how, as the day had come,The belfries of all ChristendomHad rolled alongThe unbroken songOf peace on earth, goodwill to men! Till ringing, singing on its way,The world revolved from night to […]

Monday Morning Joe: Grace & Mercy

Several years ago, one of our Hanging of the Green services did not go as planned. The Hanging of the Green service, which is a special evening service focused on decorating the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas, had its moments of imperfections.   Somone lit a candle too soon.   Someone recited the wrong reading.   Someone misplaced […]

Monday Morning Joe: Hope

As the days grow short, and the nights grow long during this holiday season, grief can find its way to the surface during this season. Perhaps more than any other season. Suddenly a memory comes so real you believe it’s happening right then. A memory stirs up while you are driving, and it is so […]

Monday Morning Joe: Veteran’s Day

The prophet Isaiah says, ““In the days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountains and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the […]