A Walk Forward

I love walking in my neighborhood. For the last 6 months I have been on a walking kick, averaging 4-6 miles, five times a week. This is very “UN” Barry like. Allow me to share a few of my thoughts. I … [Read more...]

Arkansas, and surrounding states, this letter is especially written to you.

Spark of Life will be hosting our annual Gala, November 17th, at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. The Silent Auction begins at 6 PM, followed by Dinner at 7 PM. You will experience an … [Read more...]

Dear Friends of Spark of Life,

As I look ahead to the end of 2016, all of our retreats are full, and by the end of the year we will have completed 69 retreats with over 970 alumni. Actually, it is with mixed emotions that I tell … [Read more...]

2016 Gala

Dear friends of Spark and especially those in the Denver Colorado area, We are calling this a request, a call to action, a call for participation, mostly, a call for your help. There has been a … [Read more...]

Pastors Retreat Has Openings

Spread the News! The Pastors’ Retreat is for pastors, missionaries, and spouses, adult family members 18 years old and over, and for any para-church staff. This retreat begins on Monday, August 8th … [Read more...]

Dear friends of Spark of Life,

Most of you know the story about Spark of Life. We launched this ministry following the short life of our grandson Josiah back in 2007.  From the beginning it has been our desire to come alongside … [Read more...]

I Just Called to Say I Love You

Years ago, while living in Michigan, I met a couple at church on Sunday morning who were visiting from Alabama. “What brings you guys to Michigan?” I asked. The husband responded, “My dad and mom … [Read more...]

Two Grief Lessons from Lou Holtz

Permission to Feel Really, Really - Bad and Sad Lou Holtz reinforced recently two powerful grief lessons. He and his wife lost their dream home to fire last year. (For those not familiar with this … [Read more...]

Snapshot of Two Servants

Just got home from Spark of Life retreat #55. I have served in ministry for 40 plus years. I have served with many leaders, but none as authentic, none as gifted with people, none with such servant … [Read more...]

777, Mickey Mantle, Seinfeld, and Spark Retreats

I like the number ‘7’ for many reasons. Of course for those males born in the 50’s and who grew up when the Yankees ruled the baseball world, ‘7’ meant one thing – Mickey Mantle. George Constanza on a … [Read more...]