Here we go! This marks the first entry of what I intend to be a weekly blog about life, ministry and yes, theology. With that in mind, I thought I would kick things off with some answers to questions you might be asking. So without further ado, here are some F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions): Who … Continue reading Welcome In, Welcome Back
...I've been here for years, I just haven't written or posted often enough. Well, all that is about to change! I have challenged myself - and asked the Communications Director of my church to hold me accountable - to write and post something every single week! So... Beginning August 19th, I will begin regular blogging, … Continue reading Don’t Call It a Comeback…
It’s official! I will be installed as the Lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Ministries in Saginaw, Michigan on Sunday, May 5th, at 3:00pm. You’re all invited if you can make it, and we would love to have you celebrate with us, either in person or from a distance.
The service will be at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave, Saginaw, MI 48602, with refreshments to follow.
Saginaw, it is!
Well, here we go.
After a great deal of prayer, thought, conversation and prayer, plus a lot of prayer, I have decided to accept the Call to become the Lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Ministries in Saginaw, Michigan. I announced it to the people of Community Lutheran Church in Flat Rock, where I have served in my only call to this point, since 2011.
What a crazy thing, this call process. Since receiving the call the afternoon of Sunday, March 3rd, while I also happened to be at my buddy Sean’s installation at his new congregation (the McCoys are coming to Michigan, yay!), I have been both honored and humbled, while also feeling pulled in two different directions. It has taken a toll on me mentally, emotionally and physically, as well as on Heidi and to a lesser extent Ethan and Katy, who were a part of the decision-making process…
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It has been quite a while since I posted here, but the Blog is still active, believe it or not! Today, I am updating you on some big news for our family: I have received a Call to serve as the Lead Pastor for Peace Lutheran Ministries of Saginaw, Michigan. To find out what that means, continue … Continue reading A Big (and Prayerful) Decision for Us
Getting very personal today…
Five years ago today, my heart was broken and bruised.
Five years ago, my son died.
Five years ago, he was six years old.
Five years ago, I was lost.
Today, I am still lost.
I continue to stumble my way through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, trying all the while to pretend like I am a normal human being, capable of life.
I know the Lord is with me, and I am not alone.
Still, I feel alone.
Because life goes on. Time moves on. You adjust. You change. You become. Just like you did when he was born. Just like you did when every new challenge presented itself. You just do. You have responsibilities. You’re still a husband. Still a father. Still a pastor. Still alive. No matter how much you want to run and hide, life just doesn’t allow it, because life goes on…
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He is considered the Rock Star of meteorologists, a face and name synonymous with extreme weather. He became famous for reporting on the scene of major weather events - and he may even be credited with making bald look cool. But while Jim Cantore has developed a reputation for reporting for The Weather Channel no … Continue reading The Storm King
I have tattoos. Two of them, actually. Ink is not for everyone, though it has certainly become far more mainstream to get tattoos, and lots of them, for that matter. Some people have very strong opinions on tattooing - whether or not it's attractive, whether it makes a difference if you're male or female, what … Continue reading Ink
As my incredible wife Heidi and I celebrate 21 years of marriage (!), I thought I would pass on some advice - the thoughts that I share in my wedding sermons, actually. If you have been or will one day be called into marriage, I hope you find some truth in it. And if it … Continue reading How to Stay Married
It's a fascinating question, and a question that has fascinated people for as long as people have been around. We barely like to admit we are aging, let alone deal with our own mortality, so the idea of immortality - living forever, living again, or living in paradise - is one that at least give … Continue reading What Happens When We Die?