What would you do or say if you weren’t afraid? I just finished a high-risk conversation with a close friend. I was totally vulnerable as I shared my heart-felt concern for his life situation. I passionately shared a pointed challenge that could have destroyed our relationship; instead it deepened it! Read more »

Vulnerability just ahead

Friendship isn’t cheap. There’s a cost to true community. Quality connections can’t happen without consistent interaction and investment. It not only takes time to know another and to be known by another – it takes vulnerability. Read more »

Running man

I love to run in all kinds of weather. Sadly, my left knee no longer allows me the luxury of running – but I haven’t forgotten the benefits. The exercise helped me physically, emotionally and even spiritually. I often prayed as much as I sweated! The sweet rush of endorphins that followed a hard run left me feeling immensely and intensely alive in every way. Read more »

Flooding in the kitchen

On Saturday, August 3, a catastrophic storm at Blessing Ranch released a torrent of water, hail and mud and caused devastating damage to our beloved Ranch.Roofs need total replacement, the entire first floor of the Joshua Center was destroyed and the Ranch road was severely damaged. The good news is our insurance covers the exterior hail damage. The bad news is our insurance does not cover any of the interior damage to the Joshua Center structure or furnishings or to the Ranch road. Read more »

It's a Tough Job

Peter Drucker said it. America’s guru of leadership and management once said that the toughest job in America is to be the President of the United States, a president of a major university, the chief administrator of a large hospital or a senior pastor of a large church. Read more »

Risks ahead

My mentor, Bob Shank, just shared a report about the ongoing assessment of risky professions. The top five to earn the dangerous distinction are: Fisherman, Firefighter, Airplane Pilot, Police Officer, and Logger. I wondered if one profession might have missed the high-risk list, that of: “Ministry Leader?” Read more »


Every leader’s ambition is to make an impact. That’s what leaders do. We influence. We inspire. We challenge. We invite people to take a close look at us and at times even dare to call them to follow our example. Hey, if the apostle Paul didn’t apologize for doing that, why should we? Read more »

Linda and I

Married for 90 Years Today!

Linda and I are celebrating our 90 years together today – technically it’s only our 45th wedding anniversary but we want full credit – so we’re counting 45 years times two! Read more »

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"We were able to spend a week at Blessing Ranch Ministries. It was an amazing week! . . . . We learned SO much during this week. It was a great opportunity for rest, reflection, prayer, reading and seeking wise counsel. We were blessed beyond words! Each day we would have sessions with Dr. Walker, time to reflect, homework (a lot of reading), and amazing dinners each night. . . I grew so much in my personal faith journey during this week." Missionary, Dominican Republic
"Just wanted to say a quick note of thanks to you for jumpstarting our road to recovery. You told me before we went there that Blessing Ranch Ministries was a place of miracles, and we totally agree with you. God used you to begin our healing process, and for that I’m so thankful." Missions and Outreach Pastor, Illinois
"I was burned out, overwhelmed, and anxious when I arrived at the Blessing Ranch Ministries; I left feeling validated and hopeful, with a deeper awareness of who God is and who I am." Youth Pastor, Wisconsin
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