Sunset Over St. Clairsville


Branches in the Park Sky


I took this shot while walking around the park with Amanda, and then uploaded via my iPad, to see how well it works. If it works well, I’ll be much more likely to add more photography, which I’d love to do.


Stacks of Luck



Fire in the Sky

Fire Over the Lake

Light in Darkness Journal

Words & Light



Back in August, I wrote this:

Since the last time I wrote something here, the basement of our apartment flooded, our dishwasher gushed water over our kitchen, our bathroom caught fire, I’ve been at camp, where I broke my face playing football, and had facial reconstruction surgery and spent a night in the hospital. And my blog theme got mixed up too.

All is good though…God’s been faithful through all of it (especially the facial breakage). Everything could have been a lot worse. But, needless to say, our lives have been crazy, and this blog has taken a back seat to all of that.

Now I’m in the middle of a new semester, which will give me something to write about, but I’m going to work on rebranding the blog (possibly moving to a custom domain) when I have spare time.

So check back every once in a while. I’ll write again soon!


I obviously have not written much (on this blog). My wife and I needed to make some tough decisions about school and work (she’s a nursing student). So we’ve made the decisions, and we’re trying to get back in the grove.

It’s been a season of drought in all aspects of writing/creativity for me: academic, preaching, and recreational. The blogs loses everytime.

But I have been mulling some things over for the blog, and I’m looking to get it started back up again, primarily  because I think it will be good for me. I’ve gone back to the old title “hope rising” because it is one of my fundamental convictions that our world is in desperate need of hope, and I am in desperate need of hope myself.

Over the next few weeks, I will be designing a new site, where I’ll write about hope, renewal, the kingdom of God, and missional church. I also plan to showcase a little of my amateur photography. For the time being, I’ll post any new content here, but you’ll eventually need to switch your RSS feeds or subscriptions if you’re so inclined.

In the meantime, grace and peace to you and your house.