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You know those types of guys who are always posting in blogs about how you should do stuff their way and they seem to have all the answers?

Yeah…I hate those guys too.1456572_10151749987302046_598367788_n

My name is Bret and I have been in this ministry thing in one form or another since 1986. I’ve worked in churches and parachurch organizations. I’ve been an associate, a lone preacher and a senior pastor (I really don’t like the word “pastor”). I’ve been hired, fired and for a while I sold lumber.

I have also been the recipient of some amazing grace.

Aside from my service in preaching and leading a community of Christians, I have three children, two who of whom are still at home. My son is autistic. He is “very high on the spectrum” as we like to say. He communicates using an iPad and various shouts and pinches. He’s absolutely amazing.

My youngest daughter has asperger’s and struggles daily to live in a world outside of herself. She also makes me laugh and brings incredible joy to my life.Hammond Kids

My oldest daughter is in her 20’s and has more talent and potential than I can even fathom.

And my wife works way too hard.

I started this blog because after nearly 30 years of trying to do this right and failing more than my fair share I thought I might have something to say. I can’t promise you it’s good advice or correct methodology. Just help me out here and maybe we can get through this together.

Many years ago I stumbled across a verse that has meant a lot to me. It’s fairly simple, really:

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught. Isaiah 50:4

I’ve found that in my life and ministry, I may not always have the best answers–I can’t even promise you the right answers–but I always try to be encouraging to others who are struggling on this path.

If you’re weary (who isn’t?) I might have found something to help keep you going.