Reflections on the Year

Merry Christmas, my friends.

I’m writing this on the tarmac of the Bucharest airport as I leave Romania en route to London. Great Commission Collective (the church planting network I serve) had our Europe Leaders Conference this week. At this moment, my brain is resting in that grey twilight of gratified exhaustion. I’m praying my cogency keeps pace with my fingers as I type.

RDH has had quite a year, though I have done a poor job of keeping you informed. For years I have been dogged by the weakness of experiencing, yet not reporting, so many wonderful things God is doing. That puts us both at a disadvantage. You may want to hear more; I move on too quickly. Pray God would send help!

But let me take this moment to intentionally pause, reflect and report.

  • We’re launching a new site! The site is 80% complete and should be up sometime in the next month. We are also moving our passion for “Helping leaders last!” into the middle of our site branding which will make its way into the Tenacious Tuesday blogs and most everything else we produce! Another benefit of this upgrade will be a training course for eldership enrichment with other courses to follow. Stay tuned for the launch!
  • I hope you have enjoyed the Tenacious Tuesday devotional series over 2023. I’m really encouraged by the feedback I consistently receive. At some point, I’m even going to remember to save some of it to show it to you!  But here’s a couple pieces that received strong feedback.
  • TGC published an excerpt from the book I published this year titled Stronger Together. Here’s a link to the excerpt.
  • A few months ago, Desiring God published an article they asked me to write for leaders struggling with doubt. If you did not see it, click here.
  • This Spring I wrote an article titled The Clay-Pot Conspiracy: Hope for Leaders Losing Heart that may be the most well-received article I have ever written. New Growth Press has invited me to convert it into a book. We are finalizing a contract and I hope to write it next summer. Please pray for this project.
  • Paul Tripp asked if he could interview me. Unlike many interviews, Paul did not send along questions for pre-interview reflection. We ended up discussing the last 12 years of life for Kimm and me. Paul and I discussed how God has been faithful to us despite unexpected family trials, church drama and leadership disappointments. If you haven’t seen it, you can find it here. Be forewarned, it’s two hours long. (The result, perhaps, of not getting the questions!)


Anyway, there’s a slice of what’s been happening; I hope it blesses you in some way. I’m so truly grateful that you subscribe to the RDH site and take an interest in how God is using the material I write.

May God surprise you with rest and grant you unexpected encounters with His grace this Christmas! Oh, and if God moves on your heart to give an end-of-year gift to RDH, you can do so here.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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