Sabbatical Final Report: Five Sabbatical Takeaways

Before I jumped back on the fast running treadmill of ministry, I took a little bit of time to write down some takeaways from my three month break from ministry. It was helpful to think through the highlights and what impacted me the most from my time...

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Sabbatical Part 7: Special Time in Italy

Candy and I had never been to Rome before. We enjoyed learning the history, seeing the sites, and walking hand and hand down the cobbled streets saying to ourselves, "Are we really here?" Click to see the video I made that highlighted our time in Italy....

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Sabbatical Part 4: Soaking In

In the first two weeks, I was asked by several people, “How does it feel to be on a Sabbatical?” My answer was the same, “I don’t know. I’ve never been on one.” After one month, I now have a better answer: I am soaking in many things for the first time in...

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Sabbatical Part 3: Barry Tours Levi Stadium

As an avid 49er fan living in a Seahawk world, one of my Sabbatical bucket list items was visiting my home city of San Jose and touring Levi Stadium. Watch till the end as Candy and I "announce" the epic "Catch" play. It is still painful for Candy who is...

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Sabbatical Part 2: I Feel Free

I’ve never had a Sabbatical before so I don’t know what to really expect or feel. I don’t know how I will feel a month from now or three months from now. However, I do know how I feel today, the day before my Sabbatical starts. I feel free! Let me explain....

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Sabbatical Part 1: Hitting the Refresh Button

What is a Sabbatical? “On the seventh day God… rested from all His work.” Genesis 2:2 God didn’t need the rest but He modeled it for us because He knew our body, mind, and spirit would need consistent rest to remain healthy. The Hebrew word for Sabbath...

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