Rise

  I first learned about Rise back last Fall, thanks to a few tweets from friends. Then I had the first hand of experiencing the power of what they do in April, when I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids. I had the pleasure of writing this piece for them on […]

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Of Influence, Change, and Loss

I’ve been refreshing my mind on adaptive leadership of late, as some significant changes are happening in my job. Three themes are on my heart today, and when something is on my heart I will loos sleep until I write about it. Influence___ I’ve been placed in a position of great influence, pretty much by […]

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stories, glitter and plumbing

This is my absolutely favorite children’s bible. I hadn’t read any sort of children’s bible since I was a child myself and when I was looking for something different to use in Children’s Church, I knew The Jesus Storybook Bible would be the way to go. It was highly endorsed at seminary, and several friends […]

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in which a "kid" takes care of me

Thomas is the first person I’ve ever hired. I didn’t do it by myself – I put together a committee of four people to help write the job description, go through resume submissions and then ultimately interviews and the hiring. We could only afford to hire a part-time youth director, so we knew it would […]

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Processing the Gospel

My small group just began the 9-week study “The Gospel-Centered Life” by World Harvest Mission. I’ve gone through the 36 week version of this study (Gospel Transformation) twice, once as a learner and once as the teacher. I’ve also taught another small version of it called “Living in Light of the Gospel Story.” These are […]

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Chaos and My Teachable Moment

… And Ashton’s meltdown began. We were frosting cookies for the nightshift at the police station tonight. We were doing this as a thank you for all their amazing work keeping us safe.(Which means a lot in our town.)  Ashton had used his knife once as a sword. I gave him a warning “It will […]

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Grace and Love (and some other stuff)

I have to love others who have a history of not loving me.I have to love others who’ve rejected me.One of the first things a professor said to me that hit me really, really hard was this: “You can’t be in ministry unless you love people.” and then one step further… “If you don’t think […]

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Acceptance

So, I’m about 5 months into my new job. And Wednesday night I was overwhelmed by it. Not so much in the details of the job – i.e., the stuff that needs to get done to make a ministry even happen. I’ve pretty much got that down now. But I was overwhelmed in the “people […]

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