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Joyfully Making Disciples

Lessons from Dad

On my computer I have a file folder simply titled “Funerals.” In that file there are nearly one-hundred separate funeral services I have conducted in 15 years of pastoral ministry. One is simply titled “Dad.” Dad lost his battle with... Continue Reading →

Constancy in Christ

It's funny how quickly things become constants in our lives, seemingly without our notice. Almost two and a half years ago, I walked into an animal shelter and walked out with a dog. For two and a half years that... Continue Reading →

Love in the Midst of Tragedy

Monday night, 22 people lost their lives in a cowardly act of terrorism in Manchester, UK. As people are identified, we grieve for those lost in this senseless act of violence. With the community banding together and posts from around... Continue Reading →

Practical Discipleship: 3 ways discipleship shows itself in everyday life.

Often times, we get stuck in the grand gestures of life. I know I can get paralyzed by the fact that I can never be Elijah or Paul or Peter. Their ministries had flashy and moments of grandeur that I... Continue Reading →

The Laundry Crusade

Every mother can relate to the challenges of laundry. As I raised five children, I loathed the loads and never ending loads of tiny clothes.  The abundance of socks that needed matching. The food and grass stains that required attention.... Continue Reading →

Where Do You Find Satisfaction?

Satisfaction. It’s a word we use all the time. We can be satisfied with our work, our house, our life. People can satisfy us in many ways, both personally and professionally. Satisfaction comes when you receive what you want or... Continue Reading →

God at Work

The book of Ruth begins with a placeholder ”the time of Judges”. The book of Judges is a book of desperation, of people scorning God and suffering the consequences of turning away. The history of that time period is one... Continue Reading →

The Model Church

What are the basic functions of the church? Each church has a different personality and expresses itself in a variety of ways. It makes no difference what the building looks like, whether the pastor wears a suit or blue jeans,... Continue Reading →

Purpose in the Pews

How often do we wonder why the church isn’t growing? Why the church isn’t meeting the need of xyz? Why Sunday mornings seem to grow stale or fall into a routine? More often than not, we turn to the church... Continue Reading →

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