A Fallen World: Understanding that this world is not what we live for

Olivia was seven years old and she came to me saying, “Dad, I want to bat left handed.” My eyebrows came together and, I am sure, a quite puzzled look shot across my face. “Ok, why”? I asked. “I will be closer to first base when I hit, so I can get on base easier when I play.” First off, not too many 7-year-old kids think about what batter’s box they want to stand in when they play softball, let alone strategize how to increase her on-base percentage. I had […]

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Everyone Has a Story

Jon Malstrom is a great friend of mine who has a gift for writing, among other things.  He wrote today’s post and it’s longer than usual for Punch and Press, but I didn’t want you to miss what he has to say or the way he says it.  I know you will be blessed by reading Jon’s story about risk, authenticity, healing  and relationship.    – Brandon   It seems as if every single day I must once again face the fact that life is unpredictable and the only thing […]

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Mercy Squirrel

Wow, it was cold. I sat in a tree stand listening and watching for any signs of elk moving through the area. Huddled up, I watched the fog from my breath rise into the clear, fall air. My view of the distant mountains and the smell of the forest around me was medicine to my soul. I love experiencing the vastness of God’s creation. Down deep in the canyon below, maybe a half mile away, I heard faint bugles of an elk. Such a beautiful sound, the call of an […]

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