18 Parenting Thoughts on Cammi 18th Birthday

Often, I hit the blogosphere when a significant day happens for the family. Today is my daughter’s 18th birthday. I’m trying to let that sink in.  Cammi is 18….I have an 18-year-old. *pause for a moment of silence for this parent. Okay. I’m back. [deep breath] As usual, theses moments cause you to reflect uponContinue reading “18 Parenting Thoughts on Cammi 18th Birthday”

Nine Considerations for Church Members This Easter

I wanted to re-blog this outstanding post by Tom Rainer.  I’ve added my own thoughts in blue. Enjoy:  It will be one of the highest attended days of the year for your church. It may be the highest. There will be some people you don’t know. Some of them are guests. Others are members whoContinue reading “Nine Considerations for Church Members This Easter”

Emotional Monarchy: 3 Steps to Prevent Emotions From Ruling Your Life

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?     Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God—     soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face.     He’s my God. Psalm 42:5 (MSG) If you are familiar with me, you know I do deal with bouts of depression.  I don’tContinue reading “Emotional Monarchy: 3 Steps to Prevent Emotions From Ruling Your Life”

How to pray for your pastor: 5 lessons my intercessor team taught me

One of the greatest decisions I ever made as a new Lead Pastor was for an intercessory team. I saw it as a priority my mentor (props to Joel Stocker) and it was one of the first things Anne said we needed to establish when we got to Kalamazoo.  Very early in our tenor here, IContinue reading “How to pray for your pastor: 5 lessons my intercessor team taught me”

Series Preaching: 5 Reasons I choose to preach in series.

I recognize that this blog won’t apply to a lot of people.  But I have a tremendous heart for pastors.  Also, I know that everyone has their preference in preaching styles whether you are the one delivering the message or you are the listener. I’m not writing to proclaim that my style and/or approach is theContinue reading “Series Preaching: 5 Reasons I choose to preach in series.”

“Warning: Choking Hazard” New series starting @kalamazoofirst

As a kid, the idea of choking frightened me.  If you’ve never choked on anything, you’ve never felt the sheer panic of fighting to regain the breath of life that we take so for granted.  Just one act of “choking” will have you monitoring the size of food going into your mouth and the amountContinue reading ““Warning: Choking Hazard” New series starting @kalamazoofirst”

Marriage Blog: Don’t think like your spouse.

I’ll start of with my main point: The goal in marriage is not the think alike.  The goal is to think together.  There’s only one way to say it: Anne and I are different. We were raised different. We have different hobbies. We have different view points on a number of things. We speak different loveContinue reading “Marriage Blog: Don’t think like your spouse.”

Marriage Blog: 16th Wedding Anniversary…16 simple thoughts on marriage.

It’s hard to believe she’s put up with me for 16 years. We’ve had our struggles and challenges but I can’t imagine doing life with anyone else. I thought this week’s marriage blog I’d simply give you 16 Thoughts on marriage: Christ MUST be your foundation. Marriage by itself is hard. I can’t imagine doing itContinue reading “Marriage Blog: 16th Wedding Anniversary…16 simple thoughts on marriage.”

Date Night Part 1: “Elevator Talk”

At the recommendation of Anne, we are starting a new series with our weekly marriage blogs. “Date nights” were of such an extreme importance for most of us before we were married. It’s where we learned everything we needed to know about our spouse before we married them.  The problem: we got married only toContinue reading “Date Night Part 1: “Elevator Talk””

“Fruitful Fights”

I can’t say that Anne and I ever fought while dating. Both of us were very compromising about most issues…well every issue. I don’t think it was because we were so compatible (see “The Myth of Compatibility“). I think we had no desire to “stir the waters”.  It could have been out of fear andContinue reading ““Fruitful Fights””