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Keegan Lenker
Southern California
A Recovering Pharisee Seeking to Know Jesus
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Yesterday was a significant day in our family. I was sitting at work talking with my Office Administrator. We were discussing parenting when it dawned on me: today is November 20th. There were several things going on November 20th, 2014. We had begun a discussion with a church in Gig Harbor, Washington about the possibility of joining them as pastors. We were soaking up the sun of Southern California and heading to yet another blood draw. November 20th was the three-month mark post chemo to determine what Joncee’s blood would be saying us about his health. An initial draw after... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle Read: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Genesis 17:15-22 Galatians 4:8-20 When I was finished up with my undergrad work and thinking about a life in ministry, I told God I’d go anywhere but Southern California. My first 13 years in ministry were spent in Southern California. When a pastor from my first assignment called and said they were a church in Southern California, I laughed. My fiancé at the time still had 1 more semester of student teaching to do and the university we attended didn’t let students... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles and 1 pink candle Read: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 2 Samuel 7:1-17 Galatians 3:23-39 If there is anyone on the earth who is a master and putting things together, it’s me. I can follow directions and still manage to do it wrong. When IKEA started their company, I’m sure they thought their product would be made for dummies who could put their furniture together. They’ve never met me apparently. I can count on one hand all the things I’ve put together by following directions and doing it right the first time.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles and 1 pink candle Read: Psalm 42 Zechariah 8:1-17 Matthew 8:14-17, 28-34 I have been lost many times in my life. During most of those times I didn’t have much fear because I genuinely knew I could eventually find my way. There was one time I got lost and when I got to a place where I felt I could get back on the path, I was sorely mistaken and for had a feeling of being absolutely lost. This happened to me when I was skiing at Brundage Mountain just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles and 1 pink candle Read: Psalm 42 Ezekiel 47:1-12 Jude 17-25 When my wife was pregnant with our first child I wondered what kind of cravings she would have. I heard those cravings would be different from person to person, but I was anxious to see what it would look like for her. She hates pickles. I thought maybe she’d come around and really like them, but to my disappointment she didn’t. It turns out it was a craving for Kentucky Fried Chicken. We never had eaten that together before,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles and 1 pink candle Read: Psalm 42 Isaiah 29:17-24 Acts 5:12-16 We are information intake machines today. Messages fly at us all the time whether through social media, email, billboard signs, commercials, television, radio, verbal exchange, etc. All this information is processed and filtered in our brains and stored. We filter that information through our own ideas, experiences, and beliefs to figure out what to do with it. What are we supposed to do with this information? Some of that information is more personal than others. My daughter showing me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles Read: Psalm 146:5-10 Ruth 4:13-17 2 Peter 3:11-18 Years ago my grandfather lived in Gooding, Idaho. He was in high school at the time. There was a revival meeting going on in their town and my great grandmother took him to it. While there, my grandfather decided to follow Jesus. The preacher said they should go check out the Nazarene Church and learn more about Jesus. My grandfather went on to be a Nazarene pastor and dedicated his life to it. He had 11 kids and pastored in places all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles Read: Psalm 146:5-10 Ruth 1:6-18 2 Peter 3:1-10 Confession: when I was little I was completely attached to my baby blanket. It brought a sense of security and it was always there in the good times and bad, and there were few places it didn’t go when I was young. In high school, I thought I’d fold it nicely and place it in the closet as a memory. That last only a matter of days before it “somehow” found its way back to its owner. When I graduated high school,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles Read: Psalm 21 Genesis 15:1-18 Matthew 12:33-37 I have been wounded by words. I’m sure you have too. Oftentimes these words can hurt more when a relationship with someone we know is involved. In my own life I’ve found it easier to use words to tear someone apart when I don’t know them that well. We sometimes can use the excuse that “well they aren’t here” or “they’ll never know” or even “he/she doesn’t know who I am.” We can sometimes do this to justify the words we use. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles Read: Psalm 21 Isaiah 41:14-20 Romans 15:14-21 Some of the people in life I have struggled with at times have often been because they possess a lot of the same characteristics I do. When you clash with someone and you are alike, oftentimes the last thing you want to do is own the fact you are a lot like that person. For people who know me, I know I’m a talker. I know I often talk too much. (That’s an understatement to many who know me) My wife, as my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 2 purple candles) Read: Psalm 21 Isaiah 23:1-16a 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Last week my wife and I had the chance to go to Maui. While we were there we rented a car for one day. While heading home we ran into a backup on the highway for miles. Since we had some time, we ventured on a drive around the island. There was a note on our map that said certain portions of our drive would no longer be covered in any policy if we drove into those areas. Not all that concerned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 1 purple candle) Read: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Isaiah 40:1-11 John 1:19-28 Cancer has had an impact on all of our lives in some way. Watching someone go through it or walking alongside a family member of that person can be hard. Comforting someone is such an important thing and knowing what to do can be hard as well. Comfort can come through the little things. When our son was sick, we had someone in our church community bring us a meal at the hospital. The meal was home cooked, but the best part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 1 purple candle) Read: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Isaiah 30:19-26 Acts 13:16-25 What is it that makes you cry? When was the last time you cried? For some of us, crying is a rarity. For others of us, shedding tears is a bit more frequent. Sometimes they are for sadness and still other times we cry in our happiness. I’m not someone who cries a lot, but often find my tears associated with extreme sadness over unjust situations of sickness or the deplorable situations humanity can find themselves in. What springs up is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light 1 purple candle) Read: Psalm 124 Isaiah 54:1-10 Matthew 24:23-35 I have attended all kinds of weddings in my life. Some have been as a spectator, others as a groomsman, my own wedding, and still others I’ve had the honor of officiating over. The joy of a wedding happens to be about the covenant and promise being entered into. It’s a powerful thing. Never once have I hoped that any of these would fail. I believe in what can happen when a covenant is honored. Still, you hear about the struggle of many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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If you have an advent wreath, light one purple candle) Read: Psalm 124 Genesis 9:1-17 Hebrews 11:32-40 It seems like life is full of promises; both big and small ones. When I was little I would make my friends promise not tell a secret I revealed. Sometimes my friends would make me promise not to tell when they would tell me a secret of their own. I have a confession: this was always pretty hard for me. It was difficult for me to keep my mouth shut because I had information that I wanted to release! Oftentimes whenever I would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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During each reading I will post the texts for the day and place in bold the text I am emphasizing for the writing. If you have an advent wreath, light 1 purple candle) Read: Psalm 124 Genesis 8:1-19 Romans 6:1-11 When I was little kid, I failed swimming lessons every year for a handful of years. Each year the swim teacher would create a new title for me and each year I started to realize I was bigger than everyone else in the class. It wasn’t until I was a “Tadpole 5” I realized a run at gold in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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It was a little over 2 years ago I heard those fateful words for the third time: “Your son has cancer. Again.” I still walk delicately at times around information and whether I see a news story on ESPN, read a tweet, or have a prayer request sent my way, the floods of emotions are always close. The picture you see here is a little over 2 years ago right after he had his eye removed and discovering he’d need chemo numbers 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. The journey that seemed to be closing we found out would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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I sat in my geometry class my sophomore year of high school and asked the question (especially studying proofs) I’m sure we’ve all asked at some point in our lives, “When am I ever going to us this in life?” Knowing I was heading into ministry in some capacity, it really made me wonder. Then I figured it out. We did mess around with the protractor and talked about angles and degrees and the like. Over the last few years I’ve really began to think about what a 1 degree shift could do in someone’s life over the long haul.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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It’s been 448 days since Joncee finished his last cycle of chemotherapy. It’s been 356 days since we took blood and it turned out clean. On Monday Joncee and I ventured to Seattle Children’s Hospital to establish a relationship with the team of doctors up here and seek to continue our journey of follow-ups moving forward. When you’re the parent of a sick child, you learn not to have expectations in mind. Jayme and I have been blindsided by situations during our journey with Joncee when we thought things were just fine. I didn’t have much anxiety about meeting this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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When I was a moldable middle school student, I highly looked up to the high school students. I was excited the Sunday morning they invited me into the church kitchen to “show me something.” It was there they pulled out a clear-like liquid that was foreign to me. They poured a small cup and told me to drink it. The smell invited me to do otherwise. Once I saw one of them drink some without making a face I had to keep my “cool” factor alive. I found out a few minutes later to the laughter of these 2 guys... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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When I moved back to the Northwest in March there was something I was really looking forward to: experiencing seasons again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved many things about living in Southern California and every September I would rebel and war jeans and jackets on purpose to will Fall to the area and usually just sweat through my clothes in the 90+ heat. Just a few days ago I was not sweating as much as I wore my jeans and jacket, but for the first time in a long time, I felt the cool crisp air of Fall and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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In recent days within the Church of the Nazarene we have seen situations, decisions, and conclusions drawn about our tribe that affect many of us within it who care deeply about it. There have been postings and many opinions shared that have contributed to the conversation that has been both helpful and hurtful. As one who has been within the Nazarene denomination 9 months prior to my own birth, I’d like to write a statement of gratitude to the denomination that has contributed to my formation and development as a Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene. Moments of Affirmation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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I love to win. For many that know me your quick response is: “That’s an understatement.” Whether it be cards, Settlers of Catan, any sports activity, mowing the lawn the fastest, timed challenges, I’m in. Yet there’s a lesson my friend Jared Callahan taught me a few years ago that helped me tremendously in the midst of Joncee’s journey. He tells a story of when he was younger and had lost a game he was playing. His attitude had reflected his displeasure at losing and his mom said, “When are you going to realize the people in the game are... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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When I was doing my undergrad work, one of the first classes I took was on a Monday ight at 7pm. It was a class designed for young, energetic, know it all 18 yr olds to discern if a call to ministry was really what they wanted to do. While that class helped me to affirm the call that God had placed on my life, there was something that was crucial I heard that has stuck out to me all of these years, “Your spouse can make or break your ministry.” While my wife and I aren’t the types at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....
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We drew Joncee’s blood yesterday evening as we usually do and anticipated what today would hold. As we drove home yesterday, the preliminary results appeared good, but in situations like this you don’t settle until you hear the word from the doctor. As the blood was being pulled from his arm, I was praying over him as I watched it enter the tube for collection. As we were driving home, Joncee asked to borrow my phone and he was giving me a rundown on who was playing in the NBA, his fantasy picks for the weekend in the NFL and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Keegan Lenker's Musings....