Pastor Wes’ Top 5 Books of 2017

For the last few years I have posted the top 10 books I have read from the year. I have decided to shorten the list to 5 this year, primarily to apply something I learned about reading this year: Slower reading and meditating proved more fruitful for me this year....
Hope: The Course of Action

Hope: The Course of Action

     I will never forget the moment when hope died in me. Over and over the cadre in the  Army school I previously attended would yell, “Hope is not a course of action.” Within this frame of mind, I began to believe that hope was nothing more than a fancy pipe-dream...

Chasing Newness in the Now

The last year has been a new experience for me in regards to relationships in ministry. Going on my fifth year as a full-time pastor, this year has brought a new definition of loss for my family and me. What began as some acquaintances and some friends leaving Kaleo...

How Ephesians Gives Hope to the Depressed

              Ed Welch writes, “Depression is a form of suffering that can’t be reduced to one universal cause. This means that family and friends can’t rush in armed with the answer. Like most forms of suffering, [depression] feels private and isolating” (Welch,...