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Inauguration Accommodation

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump is just around the corner and no matter what side of the aisle you are on, this reality seemed far fetched just a few short months ago. The nation has been and continues to be divided on so many issues that it would be difficult to list them. I […]

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What About Me?

We all ask this question – the bonus of a post like this is that we can read and ponder it without worrying about what facial expressions we’re making or what our ‘real’ response is. There is a fundamental battle in the heart of every human being and that battle is about who we love the […]

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Permission to Buzz the Tower

It has been a long week…wake up before the sun and go to bed long after I’d prefer to kind of week.  I was graciously given some introvert time this afternoon by my lovely wife and it didn’t go exactly as I expected.  I sat down with a cup of coffee and headphones to journal and study. […]

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The 5 P’s of Making Progress Together

This week at Eastern Hills we’ve been gearing up for an exciting year of ministry and the planning that comes with it.  In church life, summer time is like your training for the rest of the year.  You’re executing a plan you’ve already made and working on one for the next year and beyond.  It […]

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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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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 One

Life and relationships are messy and hard. There are roads you haven’t traveled down before and lessons you haven’t learned when you’re already taking the exams for them in life. We have many books, messages and blogs that have sought to provide clarity to these kinds of life challenges with mixed results.  While we have […]

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An Open Letter to Conservative Christians Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

There have been plenty of times when I’ve written things that I knew would be taken wrong, mischaracterized and come back to bite me but perhaps no more than this one. I have lived in the Northeast, Midwest, Texas and now do ministry in the Northwest. I’ve experienced opinions on this issue that range from […]

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