Death is one of those topics everybody is interested in, even if nobody wants to think about it much. As a Pastor, I come face to face with death often. I have done roughly 100 funerals, and assisted, spoken at or simply attended maybe a hundred more. I have been blessed to sit with families … Continue reading Presenting: A Series On Death?
Life is messy. That's the reason I don't care for so many Christian movies. It's not that I have anything against Christians making movies or movies about Christianity or the attempt to share the Gospel with people who are far more willing to watch a movie than listen to a sermon. It's just that so … Continue reading Not Like In the Movies
Obviously, life has changed a whole lot in the past few days. Michigan voted in the Presidential primary on Tuesday 3/10, and that seems like months ago as I write this on Sunday 3/15. The world is in a health crisis. So is our nation, our state, our community. Wherever you are, your situation is … Continue reading Covid-19 Special Edition: To Gather or Not?
Some years back, I spent some time working retail with Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. You've probably heard this before, but I agree that it's a pretty good idea for nearly everyone to spend at least a little time working retail and/or food service, to see what it's like "on the other side of the counter." … Continue reading Retail Lessons for Life
This week, my own kids are back in school, along with the school that is a crucial part of our ministry. I know some kids were back earlier, and some kids will go back later, but 'tis the season of returns.In so many ways, our lives in America revolve around the school year. That's true … Continue reading Come Back
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
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 As Father's Day comes to a close, I want to tell men "thank you" for being men, and especially to those who are active and passionate in your calling as fathers. … Continue reading Men
You can’t take it with you. We’ve all heard it, we all know it, and sometimes we even remember to take it seriously. But there are things aside from money and possessions that we can carry all the way to the grave, and those things will weigh us down, drag us down, bend us and … Continue reading Forgiveness
There is a Garth Brooks’ song that talks about what it means to truly live. The chorus goes like this: There's two dates in time That they'll carve On your stone And everyone knows What they mean What's more important is The time that is known In that little dash There in between What’s on … Continue reading Write Your Own Obituary
If you were to die tonight and find yourself standing before the great judgment throne of God Himself, only to have Him ask you why He should let you into heaven, how would you answer? It’s an old question, meant to terrify a little and prompt you to clarify whether and what you actually believe. So, what … Continue reading The Answer