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I am a church planter living on Dublin's Northside. I also serve as Director of Marketing for Communitas International. I write about various topics that happen to be going through my brain.

Not So Great Expectations

One of the best parts of doing a Home Missions Assignment is connecting and reconnecting with friends who were part of ministries you’ve been involved with over the years. We have been blown away and humbled as we’ve heard stories of how the early years at the Vineyard in Ithaca impacted lives. But here’s what I’ve been wrestling with… Those...

Tales from the Road : The Old Neighborhood

It is still crazy for me to realize that I moved to Albany 29 years ago this August, and haven’t lived here for 24 years. This morning we had breakfast in our old neighborhood. The picture above is of the parking lot of the local Hannafords. It used to be Stop and Shop. Back in 1989  I sat in this...

Tales From the Road : Tired

We have been seeing way to much of the world through a windshield lately. We are now in the third and final leg of our Home Missions Assignment. And it might be catching up with me. Yesterday morning we left Western NY at 6 am (after just under 3 hours of sleep) and drove to Ithaca, NY for a very...

There is Porn On My Blog

Yesterday I received an alert that the stats on our family blog, TheWilsonsInDublin.com, were booming. I figured it had something to do with the fact that we’ve been travelling around, talking to people about what we are doing in Dublin, and ignored it. Yeah, not so much. I checked the website stats this morning and saw that I had a...

Random Thoughts from WNY

Walking along Lake Erie in Dunkirk

Random things I’m thinking about… HMA Update: We are currently starting week 2 of our Home Missions Assignment. Tomorrow (July 4th) Liz and I get on a plane and head to Atlanta for four packed days. We’ll be able to connect with 5 families while we are there…two of whom we have not seen in about 15 years and one...

Tales from the Road

This afternoon, Liz, Méabh, and I drove from Chicago to Dayton, Ohio. We had lunch in Dayton and then headed on to Columbus. But we needed gas first. This has been one of the problems we have encountered on the trip so far. At gas stations, the pumps ask for our zip code for our credit cards. While our cards...

Should I Pray or Should I Go Now

(the above photo is from a stop in Saugatuck, Michigan earlier this week) In the early 90s, Liz and I were on a missions trip in the Philippines. The van they rented to cart our team around had a wonky starter. Nearly every time we piled in, we’d hear that sound signalling for me and another guy to hop out of...

What if…

Have you noticed that normally when we start thinking of “What if’s?” we generally imagine the worst? Around the start of this year, we began nailing down the dates for our upcoming trip to the States. We still had some uncertainty because one of our kids is taking the Leaving Cert this month. But as April rolled around, we knew...

Ithaca

All four of my kids are from Ithaca, NY. That seems weird to say because when we lived there it seemed nobody was from Ithaca. It always seemed like a place where people came for 3 to 5 years to go to school or work before they went on to someplace else. Which meant saying, “Good-bye,” was a regular part...

Dates in the States

We are now only 5 weeks away from our trip to the States. Of course, between now and then we will move house…so never boring over here. While we there, we are planning on travelling to: Michigan Illinois (Chicago) Indiana Ohio (Dayton & Columbus) Georgia (Atlanta, Marietta) New York (too many to list individually, but we’ll likely drive every inch...

Day Out with M – Botanical Gardens

After a long week of planning for our HMA (home missions assignment) and our upcoming move…followed by a whole Saturday of doing taxes…M & I decided that Sunday was going to be for fun. This afternoon we headed over to Glasnevin to visit the Botanical Gardens. M wasn’t sure she’d like it, but we both had a great day.  ...