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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.

Brief Prayer Request

This week we were contacted by a family that just moved into the area from the Southside and are looking for a church plant to be part of. Liz and I are meeting with them this weekend! Please pray for a good connection.

Car Update

In last week’s newsletter, we asked you to be praying about our car. Here’s the update. When we first moved here, a friend recommended a mechanic. He has been great and we trust him. The problem is to get from Clarehall to his shop in Glenageary is 45 minutes by car and about 90 minutes by public transport (which includes...

A Prayer Request for This Weekend

Tomorrow night our street is celebrating it 25th anniversary. Most people on our street have lived here that whole time and know each other well. We, as they say in Ireland are “blow-ins.”  While we have been here for almost two months, the busyness of the summer has kept us from getting to meet too many people…although Liz and Méabh...

A Gift in Wales

Last year when we found out that we needed to move house, we decided that rather than treat it as a bad thing, we would receive it as a gift…something to be thankful for…at least until it proved otherwise. It never did. It was a good move all around and we enjoyed our time in Marino. It definitely impacts you...

Random Updates from Dublin

Realised while riding home on an overcrowded bus that I haven’t share any updates recently…probably not since we moved in. So I thought I’d share some random thoughts. the photo above is us enjoying a fire in out back garden Méabh was sitting with me as I wrote this, and then the ice cream man came down the street…I rarely...

Face Plant

In third grade, we had an end of the year track meet and my event was the third leg of what was referred to as the (politically incorrect) slow relay. When I took the baton, I got a fast start, but within 5 seconds I was face-down on the track. I can still see some remnants of the track in my left...

Out of My Mind

Liz and I have each had two interesting chats of late that give an interesting picture of religion in Ireland. Conversation One: About 3-weeks ago, we were at Friday Cricket Club with Méabh. Many families from Clontarf and especially Méabh’s school attend. Well, that night some moms got into a chat about where the kids will go to secondary school....

Getting Closer…but

This has been an insane week. Some backstory first though. When I worked at the Vineyard in Ithaca, I had a clergy 403b (like a 401k). One key distinction is we can withdraw the money penalty free to buy a house. Because of the tax implications of bringing the money to Ireland, we decided to use only a part. After...

Prayer Request – New Staff

Over the past 7 years, we have had several conversations with people wanting to move to Ireland to work with us. But each time the difficulty of getting a visa here is enough to stop the conversation. Today I had a chat with a young woman who is considering moving to Europe for ministry and Ireland is a consideration. She...

3 Days in Belgium

Liz and I are sitting in an overpriced restaurant in the Belgium airport trying to see how long we can stay before they kick us out for not ordering any food:) We wrapped up our 3-day conference around 3 pm and have about 5 hours before our flight to Dublin departs. While hanging out in an airport is no one’s...

Back to Brussels

You may remember that last year Elizabeth and I went to Brussels for StrengthsFinder training. The focus was on having Strengths conversations. Many of you volunteered to let us practice on you:) At the training last year there was a discussion about “what is next?” Well, what’s next is working with teams around Strengths. So Liz and I are heading...