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Overwhelmed

We’re in a total life transition right now.  Over the next few weeks we will move to Colorado and follow the call of God on our lives to join the team at Eastern Hills Community Church.  We knew this change would bring lots of feelings and tensions as we prepare to say goodbye to so […]

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Taking a Radical Next Step

When someone needs an organ transplant, it’s more than just their need that determines viability.  There are innumerable tests to confirm compatibility – that both the donor and the recipient are a match.  At the beginning of the process, it feels like a remote possibility, but as tests confirm the match and the day of […]

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Basics: God’s Law(S)

With kids its easy to use vague language and soft discipline in hopes that they’ll just kind of ‘get it’ eventually. I find it difficult through the heartfelt pout of a three year old to be firm with a boundary, even if it’s for her good. In her mind she’s not hurting anyone or putting […]

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Affirming the Acceptance Problem

An article I wrote three years ago has created a lot of conversation over the past few days in response to the Supreme Court decision concerning same-sex marriage. It has been really encouraging to see people who are willing to approach the conversation with humility and a posture of learning from the stories of other […]

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Dealing with Disappointment

‘God gives us what we would want if we knew everything He knows.’  I have said this line many times and I really do believe it, but it is SO much more difficult to preach personally in the midst of disappointment.  The longer that I anticipate something and the closer it feels to reality, the […]

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Gospel Waiting

When I was a kid in a small Midwest town there was one street in particular that has stuck in my memory.  This street had a train crossing and it felt like the only time it crossed was when we were in a hurry.  I knew there was nothing that we could do to make […]

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Gospel Mentoring: Part Five – Engaging in Gospel Conversations

When I travel there are moments when I sense God clearly calling me to reach out and engage a stranger in a conversation. Sometimes they’re listening to music, sometimes reading a book, and sometimes they’re just sitting in silence looking off into space. These conversations are always great at pushing me to the Gospel. They […]

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Northwest Ministry Conference Notes

This Temporary Post is for Attendees of My Session on the Family Ministry Transition: Session PPT: NWMinConf2013 Parent Stages PPT: Parent Meeting_3_13 Family Discussion Guide Sample: Family Discussion Guide1 Book Recommendations for Churches in Transition: Think Orange by: Reggie Joiner Sticky Teams by: Larry Osborne Family Ministry Field Guide by: Timothy Paul Jones I hope that helps you […]

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We have iPhone 5’s! Why they stink…

So let me make a few quick disclaimers. First, I’m a nerd. I’ve had every iPhone since the original, lots of windows phones, androids and blackberry’s too. Second, my mom spoils me. So as an early birthday gift she financed a new iPhone 5 for me and the proceeds from our former phones via Craigslist […]

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