Fresh from the Nest

I met this little guy in our back yard yesterday. Fresh from the nest and a little disoriented. Let me approach quite close and snap this photo before we parted company.

Too Close for Comfort

I went to church last Sunday in Denver with my cousins and friends the Bakers. It was wonderful worshiping with them.

I had much to grateful for that day. Among those things was the fact that I had the men's room all to myself after worship. I believe in Christian community, but I think the configuration of the men's room would have resulted in a little more closeness than I would have liked:

Estes Park, Belmar, and Lakewood

What a powerful finish we had yesterday to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park:

It was my honor to deliver the final keynote, which I think was well received.

I was picked up afterward by my cousin, George Baker. He and his wife Jeanne (who on August 1 will be the new divisional leaders for The Salvation Army in Alaska) took me to Ted's Montana Grill in Belmar:

After spending the night at their lovely home in Lakewood, I'll be worshiping with them in Denver this morning. After worship, I'll fly out of Denver airport this afternoon.

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Rocky Mountain High

It's a blessing and an honor to be speaking this week at Colorado Christian Writers Conference, in the shadow of such luminaries as Bill Myers, Andy Scheer, Linda Evans Shepherd and others.

It was snowing heavily as we arrived yesterday, and flurries appear every so often. The surroundings are beautiful, the company is awesome, and the Lord is in this place. Looking forward to a great time.

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Hail, Camp Swoneky

I spent a lovely day yesterday at one of my favorite places on earth: The Salvation Army's Camp Swoneky, near Lebanon.

I had the honor of speaking three times to the assembled officers (pastors) of the Swoneky division on the subject of self-care. We met in the beautiful, expanded, and highly adaptable dining hall:

Just before lunch we all had some time for reflection. I took a walk, and one of my stops was to say a prayer of thanks at the spot where the lovely Robin and I shared our first kiss.

It was a wonderful day, thanks to God, the Majors Foreman, and the officers of the Swoneky division.

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