Grounded in Faith


Emery’s here. She’s a 7 lb.9 oz. bundle of joy!  I am so excited. Our fourth grand baby, born on October 18th couldn’t have come soon enough and we were all smiles when we saw her pretty face for the very first time. What a fun few weeks it has been! Anticipating her arrival got me thinking about another “anticipation”…



A Chat with Steven Curtis Chapman

It was great to have Steven Curtis Chapman on the show on Tuesday. We had a great time chatting about his latest song, “Love Take Me Over”, and how that song came out of the experience of having part of their home remodeled and dealing with the frustration of not having everything come out exactly like he thought.  When…


Waiting for Emery

(At the time  this post was written, the pretty “bundle” you see here, was just moments from arriving so I couldn’t resist adding a picture since. Grandpa”s privilege!) In just a few hours, I will be a Grandpa for the fourth time.  I am excited.  The long anticipated Emery Ann Calcara will soon be here. …


The miracle of the happening

Few things get our attention as much as speed. We want the fastest computers, the fastest routes to work, the fastest ways to get rich, the fastest….well, everything. This is why the fastest growing churches often get attention, but the slow and steady often do not. Or immediate healings through prayer, as opposed to…



Ahhh!  The holidays are just around the corner!  Maybe you are anticipating Thanksgiving and Christmas like I am! What else are you anticipating?  A birthday?  Starting a new job?  How about God to use you to do great things? I remember 7 years ago when I started asking God to use me…yep, use me.  It was just that…


If churches shut down

People across the United States are finding out what it means for their life when the government shuts down.  From this, a new hashtag on Twitter has started: #IfIShutDown.  Dentists are tweeting empty dentist chairs, newspaper editors blank sheets of paper, and Moms and Dads messy kitchens and unsupervised children. But what…


The Theory of Desirable Difficulty

There are a handful of authors that I have been so consistently impressed by that I feel compelled to read whatever they produce.  In fiction, there’s C.J. Sansom.  In terms of business or leadership, there’s Jim Collins. And in a genre of writing hard to describe is Malcolm Gladwell.  His typical approach is to popularize…


10 easy ways to promote your pastor

Pastor Appreciation Month (October) is a great opportunity for individuals and the church, as a whole, to show love and appreciation for their pastor.  Here are 10 ways to express gratitude, honor your clergy, and thank your pastor’s devoted family members during Pastor Appreciation Month: 1.  Pray for your pastor.  …


Help wanted

It happened like this one Sunday morning at my brother-in-law’s church in Minnesota: Someone had taped a bright-yellow sign to the front door, with an apology to those gathering for worship: “Sorry. We weren’t able to find anyone to serve as greeters today. Let yourself in!” The congregants shrugged, then opened the door,…


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