Category Thoughts

Something we needed to hear

When Mission 2540 first began, we did ministry at a little apartment community called the Fairfield Apartments (now Rose Plaza). We met a young girl there named Stephani who became actively involved with Mission 2540 for many years. She and her family had been through a lot of struggles in her young life, and she seemed to […]

How can I love a neighbor I don’t know?

Every Friday, I have the opportunity to spend the lunch hour at Travis Middle School with a diverse group of 6th and 7th graders. We get together and just talk about anything and everything. We call it “Get Real, ” and it’s made up of a group of kids that school counselors and principals felt […]

Our stories aren’t written yet.

My sister let me write a guest post over on her awesome blog last week ( If you don’t read her blog consistently, you should.  Anyway, below is what I wrote:   I started Mission 2540 nearly nine years ago. When we launched it I was bright-eyed, fired up, and ready to change the world […]


In the last two weeks, I keep hearing these prayer requests from kids: “Pray my dad will be out of jail before my birthday.” “Pray for my dad while he’s in prison.” “Pray I’ll get to see my dad again. I think he’s in Odessa.” “Pray my dad will come visit.” “Pray my dad will […]

Everything sad is coming untrue

“And the King says, “Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all those things are gone. Yes, they’re gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see – I have wiped away every […]

Jesus in the dirt

(I leave for Haiti this Thursday morning. One year ago today, I was in that country when we lost my friend Jeremy to brain cancer. He was one of the greatest friends I’ll ever know. I still miss him like crazy and think of him often. I’ve had a lot of frustrations with my Dallas Cowboys I need to share with him […]

I believe in you

I had a good old-fashioned “Come to Jesus” talk with one of our boys this week. Sometimes I enjoy those. Sometimes I don’t. He’s been in trouble over and over the last couple of months. Skipping school. Sneaking out. Stealing things. His mom is at a loss as what to do with him. He has a big […]