Who is going to get your heartfelt thanks this Thanksgiving?

In my 4th-grade year the week before Thanksgiving, my dad and mom announced to all 4 kids that come January dad’s company was transferring him to a new town. Dad said we all would move in early January. Mom was 3 weeks away from giving birth to baby number 5. Having lived all 10 years […]

Illustrating from the 10 commandments in a very personal way

The first thing I noticed about pastor Jon when we met this week in a Phoenix coffeeshop was his elaborate tattoos. The second thing I noticed is that Jon is theologically savvy, with his undergraduate degree from Gordon College and his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. From the anabaptist heritage, Jon is the […]

Riding along in the Hope Coach

            As soon as I pulled myself into the right front seat of the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope Coach (a late model Hyundai van), the case manager who shares my first name jumped into the driver’s seat and checked his supply of Narcan nasal spray. Narcan is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of […]

“Good things can happen in mom’s flower shop”

Pat Follis (1933-2020) Here is my mom in the flower shop she owned for a few years when I was boy. The summer I was 8, mom was 29. That’s about when this picture was taken. Mom was 5-foot 8-inches, and this is how I remember her when I was boy. In 1960, Dad and […]