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...]

When a Terrorist Attack Hits Home

“This one’s for you Bud” My wife Debbie and I arrived in California on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. It was the day of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. We stayed in Whittier, about a 45-minute … [Read more...]

In Honor and Memory of Nohemi Gonzalez

The American Killed in the Paris Terrorist Attack. ‘Sparks’ of Life Found Everywhere  We were in Whittier, CA in December, for various reasons, one of which was to meet with many alumni in … [Read more...]

When a Bag-Wrestler Became a King

‘Entertaining Kings and Queens at Spark of Life Retreats’ One of our goals during a retreat is to treat our guests as a ‘king or queen’ for the weekend. That means we are there to serve those who … [Read more...]

700 Heroes

What 700 ‘Spark of Lifers’ Have Taught Us   I once described a hero as one who can hit a ball a long way, as in a Major League baseball player. As we get older, often our heroes change. I know … [Read more...]

Ten Lessons We Have Learned from Losing a Child

My wife Connie and I work with Spark of Life, here are 10 life lessons have helped us grieve the loss of our precious son Matt. 1.  Our faith in God gave us hope and sustained us in the darkest … [Read more...]