A few years ago, when I was a writer for Next-Wave (UPDATE 11/16/12: Link removed due to Malware) and a community pastor at Axxess, I had the pleasure of knowing Kyle Lake. Even though it sounds cliche, it was a pleasure to know him. We were friendly acquaintances who occasionally exchanged e-mails, sharing our gripes and hopes for the Church. More specifically, I tended to gripe (no big surprise). He was the one with hope. Whenever I drove through Waco, I'd stop by his church to say "hello". He was a good person -- a selfless, caring pastor. He passed away yesterday (read report here), leaving behind a wife and three children.

Please keep Kyle's family, friends, and community in your prayers.