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My Boys' Testimonies and Baptisms

On October 14th I had the amazing privilege of baptising my sons Ethan and Edison. It was such a wonderful day, and my wife and I are so proud of them. I’ve finally uploaded their testimony and baptism video to youtube and want to share it with you. The audio isn’t that great, so here’s a copy of their testimonies. Every word […]

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Pretending To Be F.I.N.E.

How are you? – Fine. Really? – Yup, Fine. Are you sure, ’cause you don’t sound fine? – Totally fine. Ok. Have you had that conversation with someone? Someone once told me that F.I.N.E. stands for “Feelings I’m Not Expressing”, and while I agree that there are times and places to keep things to yourself (or to gush), there are a […]

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Gossip Defined

Gossip is… uh… Last night at small group study we had a surprising discovery. Everyone around the table was absolutely agreed that gossip is a bad thing, and that we should confront it, but when I asked the group to define gossip, we couldn’t do it. We danced around a lot of ideas like “malicious talk”, “things that are none […]

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Why I am Reformed

The above video spurred me to write this entry. It touched me deeply and reminded me of who God is creating me to be, where I have come from, and why I do what I do the way I do it. It is beautifully shot, and powerfully narrated by John Calvin. I encourage you to dim the lights, turn on […]

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Unity – A Powerful Witness

Last Friday I had a post called “We All Need A Good Church” where I talked about the importance of being around other believers. I mentioned in the introduction that I was going to be sharing a sermon I preached on a related topic – unity in the church. Here’s the link:  “Unity – A Powerful Witness”  

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Giving & Receiving Criticism

“You can please some of the people, some of the time”, they say. I would add, “and some of the people who aren’t pleased have no problems telling you why.” Criticism is something we all have to deal with, isn’t it? None of us are perfect, and yet it surprises people when someone makes a mistake. As a pastor I […]

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We All Need A Good Church

I just paused my sermon prep for a moment so I could post this to the blog. I’m currently writing a sermon on The Powerful Witness of Unity in the Church and remembered that I had written in a Facebook Post earlier in the week. The two didn’t really connect in my mind until now, so I want to share […]

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Male Eldership

  There’s some confusion among Christians regarding male Eldership and the role of women in the church.  This is a concern to me because it can easily become a divisive topic if it’s not clearly communicated and carefully (and humbly) studied.  I want everyone to understand what God says about the different roles of men and women in the family, […]

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Christian Conflict Management Tools

I have some friends that are in a difficult place, trying to help some people they know reconcile hurting relationships.  I offered to give them some helpful articles and tools, and believe that they may be able to help others. Some Articles: 1. Conflict Provides Opportunities 2. Peace-breakers, Peace-fakers, and Peacemakers 3. Four Promises of Forgiveness 4. How to Move from Forgiveness to Reconciliation […]

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The Story of Robin

I spoke on Meditation this week, beginning with a story of a man named Robin.  Do you see yourself in his story?   Robin wakes up once again to the beeping of the alarm clock, and hits snooze one more to see if he can squeeze out nine more minutes of sleep from his morning.  He didn’t go to bed […]

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The Speed-Dial Principle

While writing this article I was reminded about this song by Casting Crowns called “Does Anybody Hear Her” which seems to hit the nail on the head. Do Churches Still Help? I had a conversation recently where we were discussing the place of “para-church ministries” within the realm of global and local missions and it dawned on me that North […]

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The Complexity of Christianity

I was invited for an “Ask The Pastor” night last week and brought along this handout I’d been working on.  I sat in front of the white board and asked myself “If I am going to help the people in this church grow as Christians, then what does a fully functional disciple of Jesus look like?”  And I started to […]

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De-Trivializing Our World

Did you know… … a cluster of bananas is called a hand and consists of 10 to 20 bananas, which are known as fingers. … C3P0 is the first character to speak in Star Wars. … the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust is aluminum. … there are 1189 chapters in the Bible: 929 chapters in the Old Testament […]

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Parental Wisdom in Country Songs

  Part of getting to know someone is asking them what kind of music they like.  That question seems to rank close to “What do you do?” and “Where are you from?” when we are looking to understand someone better.  I have a hard time with that question!  I listen to so many different styles that it confuses my poor […]

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Rethinking Facebook

I almost went back on Facebook this last week.  I had left “the social network” quite some time ago for a myriad of reasons.  It was taking up a lot of time, feeding my pride, and when a friend told me Facebook was a contributing factor to his adultery, it was the last straw and I deleted my account.  It […]